Review: NYX Powder Blush (Taupe)23:06
One of the most raved about cheap prized contour products for fair skin is NYX's Powder Blush in shade Taupe. Of course, I was curious enough to finally order it from Ebay and try what all the fuss is about. I can't say it worked for me.
The blush comes in a plastic black packaging with transparent lid. You can easily see the shade and it's an average standard packaging. I got it for around 5€, but the prices vary from one seller to another. Inside the packaging is 4 grams of product.
Here is also the ingredients list.
The shade to me seems a bit too brown to pass as a taupe shade. It kind of has that grey sheen to it in the packaging, but on my skin I only see red undertone, which is not what I wanted. Most contour products should have grey undertone to imitate natural grayness of a shadow. The red undertone in it, makes me look flushed and almost a bit irritated around the edges of my face, where I like to use it. I guess the name was promising, but the shade itself is not what I expected.
The texture of the blush is pretty dry to the touch, but very well pigmented. It's also completely matte.
You can even see on the swatch below, how much browner and warmer the shade looks on my skin.
I decided to compare this shade to some of other eyeshadow shades that were pretty similar.
The swatches from left to right: Essence I Heart Nude eyeshadow in 05 My Favorite Tauping, NYX Powder Blush in Taupe and L'Oreal Color Riche L'Omre Pure in 106 Breaking Nude.
Essence eyeshadow is the most what I wanted this NYX blush to be. It's a lot more grey and sheerer, so perfect for a very light contour on a light skin tone. NYX blush is way too brown and warm toned to pass as a contour on me. L'Oreal eyeshadow is too pigmented to be used as a contour and in my opinion a bit too dark and muddy looking for fair skin tone. To my surprise, I really like Essence eyeshadow as a contour shade for me. If you're looking for something similar, maybe try this one ;).
I also photographed the product on my skin. I didn't use any blush, just highlighter and NYX Taupe on the cheeks. But you can see that it looks like I have blush on.
I'm disappointed, because I seriously thought that this would be an amazing shade for contouring. A lot of people said that this is a really good cheap product and that this shade suits fair skin tones. I disagree. In my humble opinion, you'd probably be better with that Essence eyeshadow, if you want your contour to look cool toned and still fair enough.
After reading the comments I feel like I need to stress this. I think this shade didn't work for me, because of the very obvious yellow undertone of my skin. You can see how it looks like on Mateja. She also has fair skin, but cooler skin tone. It's a common misconception that fair skin is always cool toned or neutral. Well, I think I am proof enough that you can have fair skin with warm undertone.
Sara also pointed out that the formula might have been changed and it's gotten more brown that it used to be. You can see her swatch here.
So keep all those things in mind. I actually think if your a cooler or neutral undertone, this might work for you. If you have an obvious yellow undertone or olive, stay away.