A long overdue review, mostly because I had to revisit this blush again before I realized how great it is. That, my friends, is one of the perils of setting up a beauty blog without knowing much about it. But anyway.
The NYX Powder Blush in Taupe is a much talked-about product in the beauty world for a reason. Because most bronzers are too warm or golden to be used as a “proper” contour shade, this near-grey blush has been high up in the ranks of the too-few products that can mimic an actual shadow.
The “correct” contour shade relies heavily on the preference of the wearer, but if you’re someone who wants to lay off the orange, this one’s for you! It’s been mentioned a million times, and that’s because it works. It’s a great way to try out this shade, too, because NYX is cheaper than most of the grey contour powders or blushes out on the market.
The packaging is very un-glamorous and nondescript, but when a product works, you hardly notice the rickety mechanisms. You just enjoy it for what it is. The powder is not the best quality, but the pigmentation is good enough to show up and subtle enough to be able to blend away nicely and imperceptibly into the skin.
Overall, this is a great, budget option if you’re considering a great grey-toned contour. I’ve got light-medium skin tone (click here for foundation matches), but it shows up really well on me. I use a NARS Yachiyo Kabuki brush, a Hakuhodo H601 Powder Brush or the Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush (from the Travel Essentials Kit) to apply this to the hollows of my cheeks and blend away.
Now, the cruelty-free issue. NYX claims to retain its cruelty-free status despite being bought out by L’Oreal. Typically, when a CF company is owned by a non-CF parent company, I will still support it. But, as much as possible, I do not want to purchase from L’Oreal in particular because of reasons that go beyond animal testing. This is a personal consumer issue; I urge you to obviously only support companies you are comfortable supporting.
Because of this, I probably won’t be repurchasing it when I run out. Which will be a long way away. Thankfully, the Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Abundance, though not a dupe, lends a similar effect. But yes, it’s a cream, so there’s that.
* Items marked with an asterisk are PR Samples.