First things first, I’d like to apologise for the fact that my NYX Taupe Blush in the picture has been touched. I’m a bad blogger, I know. The truth is I was so eager to give the product a try and taking picture perfect snaps of the blush just kinda slipped my mind. I’m only human, right? Anyway, moving on. If you read my post on the makeup from Cult Beauty that I recently picked up then you’ll have already spotted me talking about this.
In a nutshell, for a while, I’d been using the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette for contouring, specifically the shade Frisk as I have quite pale cool toned skin. The shade worked really well for me and gave me a really natural contour which I loved. However, I hit pan. I could well have just bought another Basics 2 palette. However, I barely use the other shades and it would have been so wasteful. I just couldn’t justify it. Plus at £26 I was convinced that there would be a much more affordable product available on the market that would be just as suitable. So after doing a bit of research, I discovered that those with similar skin to mine found the NYX Taupe Blush worked well for them.
A medium taupe brown shade that feels lightweight on the skin
So I ordered the blusher from good old Cult Beauty and awaited its arrival. When it arrived I was a bit sceptical if I am honest. It was a lot darker than I anticipated. Although it was cool toned, it wasn’t as cool toned as the Frisk eyeshadow as it did have a very slight warm look about it. The colour its self is a medium taupe brown. At first glance has a matte finish but actually has an ever so slight silk finish to it.
I really didn’t think that the blush would work for my skin tone based on my first glance. Nevertheless, I gave it a go and to my surprise I actually really like it. The texture of the powder is pretty silky when on the skin. Although there is some messy fallout when you dip your brush into the product. However, once on my skin, it feels really quite smooth and very lightweight.
A stronger and more noticeable contour than I am used to
I find that the affordable cool toned contour product is a lot more dramatic and noticeable on my skin compared to the Frisk eyeshadow which is a lot more natural. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just means that you get a much stronger contour. At first, I wasn’t really a fan of this. That being said, I am getting used to it and it really is growing on me. To apply the medium brown blush I use a rounded face brush that I got in my faux Real Techniques brush set which works absolute wonders.
I apply the contour colour to my cheekbones, jaw and a little on my forehead. When first applied it looks very bold and in your face but it blends quite well. Sure it doesn’t look as natural as the Urban Decay eyeshadow in Frisk but is a lot more affordable. Plus, I’m actually starting to like the more intense and noticeable colour more. I would definitely recommend checking out this product if you are pale like me. However, I think those with skin fairer than mine may struggle to make this work as it can appear quite dark.
Have you tried the NYX Taupe Blush? What were your thoughts on the medium brown blusher?