Do you use bronze or taupe shades for contouring? Review, swatches and comparison of NYX Taupe Blush | KITSCH/SNITCH

Do you use bronze or taupe shades for contouring? Review, swatches and comparison of NYX Taupe Blush

February 19, 2013

I have started getting into contouring more and more these days, and I think the reason why I never was big into contouring previously is because I had some very orange toned contour products, which can work in summer, but can look weird for the rest of the year. A few months ago I bought the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow (see review here), and I realised that there are some great alternatives to the typical bronze contours, and that these products can actually look like a really natural shadow... which ultimately what a contour is supposed to look like! The only problem I had with the Illamasqua Cream Pigment was that the cream is harder to apply compared to a powder product. I had heard that the NYX blush in Taupe is a great natural looking contour shade so I ordered it from I had to buy this online because NYX is hard to get in Australia, and even though this only costs $6 from Beautyjoint I had a pretty hard time getting it and I ended up having to pay a lot more than just the $6 (see my Beautyjoint fail post here)... I would recommend trying to buy this from other sites like because I wasn't very impressed with Beautyjoint's customer service.

So this is a typical NYX blush. The packaging is sturdy, but is made of cheapish feeling plastic, there is no mirror or brush included - but it is a great size and would be perfect for a makeup bag. This contains 4g of product and is cruetly free.

This isn't super pigmented, but can be built up and isn't at all powdery... which works well for a contour, as you don't want a super pigmented stripe down your face. This is a matte grey/taupe/purple shade which mimics the look of a shadow, and it works perfectly for a contour!

NYX Taupe, Illamasqua Hollow, MAC Harmony

I thought I would show this shade compared to the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in the shade Hollow, which I think is a great contour shade, and also compared to MAC's Harmony blush, which is a commonly used contour shade.

NYX Taupe, Illamasqua Hollow, MAC Harmony
 You can see how well this colour works on my skin, it looks like it is my natural skin tone but just a little darker - which is what you want from a contour shade. You can also see that this is similar to Hollow by Illamasqua, but Taupe is a little darker and a little more purple toned. Now it is interesting comparing this to MAC's Harmony, as Harmony is a classic contour product, but it looks so unnatural and looks like a horrible unnatural orange stripe compared to the other two shades.

Overall I think this is an amazing contour shade, and more people should start looking at taupes instead of bronzes. Don't get me wrong, bronzes can work if you are careful with it, or if you have tanned or olive complexions, but if you are pale or have cooler skin tones then taupe is the way to go!

What do you think about taupe contouring products?


  1. I had no luck with contouring until I tried the NYX Taupe blush. My skin is really fair and this works fantastically with it! I really like the look of Hollow as well.

  2. I love the NYX blushes! This one looks lovely for contouring, I think it would be great on my skin! (With a light touch!)

  3. Great post Kitch :) I am not a fan of contouring for that exact reason (and my face is already so slim!). Some people used a powder foundation in a darker tone for natural contour...I think I am going to try that as Nyx is so hard to find!

    1. I have tried that, but I find that as powder shades get darker, they also get more "tanned" looking... and they can be even more orange than contour powders... Also they tend to be more than $6. I hope you find a good powder :)

  4. I've never tried contouring. I always feel that its noticeable, even when I have barely any one. I might have to pick this up and try again! Thank you! Xx

  5. NYX Taupe is my holy grail contouring product :) I got so close to buying Illamasqua Hollow the other day but thought it would be too hard to work with as I only like contouring very lightly due to my pale skin xx

  6. Wow it looks awesome for contouring!!


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