NARS Paloma Contour Blush, Altai and Vientiane Matte Multiples and Contour Brush #21

April 5, 2014

NARS has been killing it with some amazing new releases this year. New items on my radar focus on contouring: Matte Multiples in Altai and Vientiane ($39 each for 7.5 g), Paloma Contour Blush ($42 for 8.2 g) and the new Contour Brush #21 ($42).

The new Contour Blushes are powder duos with shades that create dimension
for the face while giving a luminous finish. Each compact has a deeper shade to create definition and contour and a lighter shade to highlight and blend. There are three color options and I picked the middle option Paloma. The powders are very similar in concept to the MAC Sculpt and Shape powders. I find the NARS slightly more velvety in texture. Paloma has a neutral cream powder with a neutral tan. It’s described as having a rose undertone which is nice because it prevents the colors from turning too brown or orange on the skin. I found Paloma to be dark enough to show up on the skin but it is still very natural looking. I’m not a contour pro, but I like to apply contouring/bronzer powders in a 3 shape on each side of the face starting at the temples and down to the jawline. You could use this as a nude blush, however adding a swipe of a brighter blush on top like NARS Torrid really brightens the face after using the Contour Blush first.

Matte Multiples have been all the rage lately. I purchased a handful and have been really impressed with the velvety pigmented texture that is really easy to blend. The Matte Multiples have more pigment than the regular Multiples. The only downside is the new matte multiples are smaller in size than the regular versions and priced the same. Altai is the lightest bronze option which I find perfect for contouring. For those familiar with the older flesh-colored multiples from several years ago, Altai is a close duplicate for Tuomota. Vientiane is a darker warmer bronze. The NARS artist at the Melrose Boutique used this to contour my face in the temples, nose, cheek bone and jaw. The velvety texture of these adheres well to the skin and the formula allows for precise control of pigment. I found these to last on the cheeks quite well (much longer than the regular multiples).

I have swatches and also comparisons, first up swatches of the three new items  I purchased from NARS – Paloma Contour Blush, Altai Matte Multiple and Vientiane Matte Multiple:

Paloma Contour Blush comparisons to MAC Accentuate Shaping Powder, NARS Zen Blush, NARS Douceur Blush, MAC Sculpt Powder, Chanel Les Beiges in 30 and MAC Strada Blush.

Altai and Vientiane Matte Multiple comparisons to other cream contouring products (unfortunately I think all have been discontinued) St Barts Multiple, MAC Naturally Defined Pro Sculpting Cream, MAC Pure Sculpture Pro Sculpting Cream, NARS Tuomota Multiple and NARS Laguna Multiple:

Last item I wanted to feature includes one of the newly re-designed brushes: Contour Brush #21. This is a sturdy basic black angled blush. The bristles are very soft yet dense. It has a medium-sized handle that fits my hand well. It’s not too short but not too long. It picks up powder really well and helps to apply it evenly on the face.

Dior Tra La La on the nails
Views of the Contour blush from different angles:

Overall really pleased with these new discoveries from NARS. You can find the items at NARS counters and boutiques now. Online now at Nordstrom (gift with purchase now), Bloomingdales (also has a gift with purchase now), Barneys and Narscosmetics.com.

What’s your perfect contouring product or tool? Have you checked out the new Contouring Blushes or Matte Multiples? What did you pick up?

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  • Hi Sabrina,

    I'm really loving the look of NARS Paloma! I've been looking forward to trying the shade… the pink undertones are right up my alley!

    • I know how much of a NARS fan you are, I think you'll love Paloma πŸ™‚

  • Thanks for those lovely swatches again Sabrina!
    I'm quite interested in the Nars Matte Multiples, especially Altai.
    The undertone is quite warm though, do you think it's suitable for contouring?

    • Hi Teri – the bronzy/tan multiples do look really warm, I didn't think the darker ones could work for contouring but I was surprised how well they worked when one of the NARS artists blended it along the jaw line. There are some good videos I'd recommend this one on the darker shade:


      I think Altai will definitely work for contouring πŸ™‚

  • Nars Paloma is something I would like to get my hands on looks really good!

  • Need to get my hands on this line! xx

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  • I love NARS! Contouring my face is a must.

  • I would be curious as to how Altai shapes up against Illamasqua's "Hollow" Cream Pigment and OCC's "John Doe" Creme Colour Concentrate.

  • Thank you for sharing this post and the lovely swatches Sabrina. I didn't think I need a new contouring product; I thought the NARS Laguna that I have worked just fine. However, it seems Paloma would be an improvement now that I have just realized how brown, warm, and unshadow-liked Laguna is. I assumed that since I have warm-toned skin, I need to use a warm-toned contouring product. While Paloma is cooler in tone, I think this shade would mimic shadows better (thus better for contouring).

    I definitely need to go check this out at my local Nordstrom! I'm surprised this is not sold at Sephora though. I would have loved to use my VIB discount.

  • Oooh, the Paloma contour blush looks fantastic! It doesn't seem to be available at Sephora yet, but it's good to know it's at Nordstrom.

  • OMG!!! This collection is super pretty. I thinks its worth the try. I myself prefer these kinds of shades for they are light and natural.

  • i' m dying for Matte multiple and i have tried contour brush at the counter and it doesn't interesting for me