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.
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.
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!