NYX Taupe – New Formula HD Blush vs. Old Formula Powder Blush

Ahh, NYX Taupe blush. It’s a bit of a cult favorite and I’m in on this one! I discovered NYX’s Powder Blush in Taupe probably two years ago and since then, it’s been a real favorite of mine. And not just a favorite blush or favorite contouring product, oh no. This product is one of my all time favorite makeup products and I consider it a necessity. It’s a fantastic, affordable contouring product for fair skin! Due to it being a taupey-greyish color, it doesn’t look orange on pale skin as many other products do so it’s basically a pale girl’s dream come true.

As you may have imagined, I didn’t take the news super well when I realized this blush was being discontinued. Why would NYX do something so cruel to all of Taupe’s adoring fans?!

I was glad to hear it was being reformulated but still was a little upset that one of my favorite products had been changed at all. But I bought the new HD version of Taupe anyway to give it a try and to compare the two products!

Here we see the two NYX Taupe blushes side by side! The new NYX HD Blush in Taupe is on the left side of the screen while a very well loved and busted up, old NYX Powder Blush in Taupe is on the right side.

New NYX Taupe HD Blush vs. old NYX Taupe Powder Blush
New NYX Taupe HD Blush vs. old NYX Taupe Powder Blush

So let’s compare!

The new product is definitely softer to the touch than the old version and I think that’s a great thing. The new Taupe HD Blush is quite soft, picks up really well on brushes and blends beautifully.

The older, harder version of Taupe was notorious for creating a film on the surface of the product. You’d have to scrape a little off every so often so make sure your brush could actually pick up the product well. I haven’t had the new version long enough to know if that’s going to happen with it as well but I think the softer formula will make it more resistant to such problems so here’s to hoping!

I can’t really say there is anything about the old formula that I’m missing in the HD version.


As you can see in the swatches below, the new HD version of Taupe pulls slightly warmer than the old version. I actually wished the color hadn’t changed at all because I thought it was perfect as is but despite the fact that the two shades are definitely a little different, the difference is so slight that it won’t matter much for most people.

I do feel like my face looks a little warmer when I use the new HD version of Taupe but not in an orangey way, just in a slightly healthier, more glowy way. So certainly not a negative, in my opinion.

If the color difference is killing you and you must have the old Powder Blush version, there are still some for sell on Amazon but the price isn’t cute.

New NYX Taupe HD Blush vs. old NYX Taupe Powder Blush Swatches
Left – New NYX HD Blush in Taupe. Right – Old NYX Powder Blush in Taupe.


All in all, I am surprisingly really happy with the new NYX HD Blush in Taupe vs. the old Powder Blush in Taupe!

Have you tried either version of NYX’s Taupe Blush? Let me know your thoughts!



12 thoughts on “NYX Taupe – New Formula HD Blush vs. Old Formula Powder Blush

  1. There have been rumors about Taupe being discontinued for a while, but I actually emailed the company a while back and they replied and said there were no plans to discontinue it.

    If you look on their website, they have the new HD blushes but they also still have the older Powder blushes (here: http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/p-24-powder-blush.aspx). Taupe in the old formula is currently sold out, but so are lots of other popular products throughout the site – so it’s probably not discontinued, they just added another option 🙂

    1. I once saw where a NYX employee said via email that Taupe was discontinued. Then NYX showed up to say that that wasn’t quite true and there would be a new version of it instead!

      I know it’s still listed on their website but I think it’s been out of stock for a long time so that paired with with the other discussion I saw about Taupe led me to believe that Taupe wouldn’t ever be restocking in the powder blush form but I certainly hope I’m wrong!

      1. Oh okay, I hadn’t heard that most recent thing about the employee. I wish I could say that it seems unlikely that they would discontinue such a loved / hyped up product, but companies seem to do that all the time 🙁

        Either way, thanks for the post! Comparisons are my favorite!

  2. I have getting worried as I get closer to the bottom of my taupe blush pan. I am super pale and this is one of the few colors that work for me for contouring. It is nice to know even if they don’t discontinue it I can get the hd if they are out of stock!

    1. I know that feeling! My heart broke a little when I hit pan on the original. lol But even when it runs out, there is hope! 😛

  3. I bought a different NYX HD blush and it roamed all over my face (and somehow into my ear?) so I’m bummed about this version of taupe- I like the old formula!

  4. Thanks for this comparison! I’m quite pale and I love Taupe for contouring, it’s nice to know they haven’t changed it a lot 🙂 I actually don’t see the difference in the swatches, just that the new blush is softer/more pigmented. 🙂

  5. I am medium toned and I am looking for some cool shades for contouring. I am so put off by warmer shades for the purpose. Now I am not sure if I buy the new NYX HD blush. Will it show up against my yellow-toned medium skin? :/

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