Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette review and swatches

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette
Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

I probably recommend the Paula’s Choice line more than any other, but honestly mostly for skin care. I have had a love/hate relationship with her color cosmetics. Cream Concealer? Not for me. Foundation? None of them are my favorites. Lip gloss? Nothing special.  Some of the color cosmetics are fantastic though – love love love the Bright & Berry Lip Collection, Brow Defining Cream, and Eyeshadow Palette.

I recently placed an order for about 10 of the Gentle Touch Makeup Remover – it’s so good I get anxious when I am down to five bottles! – and at the last-minute decided to add in the Blush It On Contour Palette. This is Limited Edition and costs $36. I was a bit uneasy spending that amount when I haven’t loved Paula’s blushes in the past, but I am happy I took the plunge and I’ll bet you might want to invest after reading my review.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette
Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette:  top row left to right – Pearl, Delicate Coral, Peony; bottom row left to right:  Bronze, Dusty Rose, Soft Mauve

Prior incarnations of blush from Paula didn’t do much for me. They just weren’t pigmented enough and didn’t last on my blush-eating skin. However, this palette is a wonderful improvement from the previous blush formulas. The Blush It On Contour Palette has six shades for highlighting, contouring, and blushing like a school girl. The formula is silky smooth, blends in beautifully, and has a satin matte finish. The colors are long-wearing with minimal fading, and they don’t oxidize throughout the day.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette
Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette left to right:  Pearl, Delicate Coral, Peony

The highlighting shade is Pearl, which swatches pretty dramatic but has a beautiful, glowy effect on that looks very natural. Paula is typically anti-shimmer yet pro-luminescence, and this highlighter definitely delivers. I love it on the tops of my cheekbones for a youthful glow, as well as down the center of my nose with the Bronze shade lightly brushed down the sides to give a ‘thinning out’ effect.

Delicate Coral is a very pretty coral shade that is gorgeous on warm skin tones and deeper skin shades. I love this when I have faux-tanned my skin into the medium range; it looks like summertime and sandy beaches to me.

Peony is a very pretty medium pink without shimmer. It is a perfect everyday shade for work, and it layers nicely for a more dramatic evening look.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette
Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette left to right:  Bronze, Soft Rose, Dusty Mauve

Moving on down to the bottom row, Bronze provides the ‘contour’ in the palette name. This is a soft but versatile contour/bronzer. I like that it’s matte – I think too much sparkle and shimmer ruins some otherwise terrific contour products. I love this just underneath my blush to give my cheekbones more definition and, as I mentioned, it’s awesome paired with Pearl for thinning out the nose.

Soft Rose is a light pink that pale complexions will adore. It’s probably too light for any skin tone darker than medium, but this is a great ballerina pink that is just tad bit peachy.

Dusty Mauve is my favorite of the blush shades. It’s a deeper berry pink that might be a tad too dark for you pale princesses, but is amazing on any shade darker than porcelain. It’s the most dramatic of the shades so go easy with it and build up to the color you want.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette
Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette
Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette
Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette Pearl and Soft Mauve

If I had my druthers, I would love for Paula to add two more shades to this palette – one more highlighter with less pink tint and more sheen, and one more bronzer in a deeper shade. But that’s really nitpicking.

While none of the colors are dramatic, they all give beautiful, natural washes of color that last all day. This is a great workhorse palette that you will find yourself reaching for time and time again. If you haven’t ordered from Paula’s Choice before, I have a code for $10 off your first order, just click HERE.  If you are looking for a great new blush palette I highly recommend this one – get it before it’s gone.  – Lisa

*purchased by me


  1. Lola Seicento | 28th Apr 16

    What a beautiful palette! I love the highlighter shade and Dusty Mauve!

  2. Never Say Die Beauty | 28th Apr 16

    The shades are lovely, and they certainly look pigmented on your skin and fingertips. I have one of her eyeshadow palettes but I haven’t used it yet. You’ve really got me curious about the cream blushes because cream is my favorite form for my super dry skin

  3. Aleya Bamdad | 28th Apr 16

    This palette is perfect for people who like to change their look every day. That coral color is beautiful.

  4. Shannon | 28th Apr 16

    Wow, what a beautiful palette – and so many colors that would look good on my skin, too!

  5. Cindy (Prime Beauty) | 28th Apr 16

    Great shades in that palette!

  6. Kat Dinges | 28th Apr 16

    OMG DEAD! I need this so badly in my life – the colors are gorgeous!

  7. Heather | 28th Apr 16

    I love this blush palette!

  8. Kim | 28th Apr 16

    Pretty colors, but I’m not sure how they’d fair on me.

  9. Kath Thefabzilla | 29th Apr 16

    It’s a beautiful blush palette. I like Paula’s Choice eyeshadow palette

  10. Nora | 29th Apr 16

    That coral and soft pink shades are calling my name!

  11. Nidia - Lit From Within | 29th Apr 16

    I haven’t tried any of PC color cosmetics before. Looks like this is the one to start with, though.

  12. Bailey | 29th Apr 16

    I was wondering about this, but had yet to see any reviews. It looks incredible!

  13. Polarbelle | 30th Apr 16

    oh that’s a pretty palette!

  14. Sandy P | 30th Apr 16

    Lisa, it looks so good on you. I love the softness and natural look.

  15. Ashley Perez | 1st May 16

    what gorgeous colors(:

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