NYX decided to revamp their blush collection. I hate when brands do that! Usually something I love gets chucked. In reformulating their powder blushes into the new HD line, I worried about my go-to contour shade, Taupe? Then I "comme des fuck down" because it would take forever to finish the one I have and they had kept the shade in the new line. Still though, when I received the Cheek Contour Duo in Double Date* I wanted to know if I had been given a Taupe backup. Because, if so, SCORE!
NYX Cheek Contour Duo in Double Date* ($15CDN, 2.5g) is supposed to create a natural-looking contour and a gorgeous glow. The rest of the Cheek Contour duos have combos of blush/bronzer and blush/highlighter with one more highlight/contour option titled Cheek to Cheek. The formula is supposed to be silky and perfect for on the go. Here is the palette swatched in comparison to Taupe
The contour in Double Dare is slightly darker and warmer than Taupe. It doesn't lean orange, is cooler than the Wetnwild option I recently tried and the palette is the more cool option in the Cheek Contour Duo line (the contour in Cheek to Cheek (not shown) is even warmer and has a pink toned highlighter). The pan is slightly stiff but the powder is silky when blended and easily picked up onto the brush. No dryness in the pan and way less powder kickup than Wetnwild's.
The NYX highlighter isn't matte (my preference) and is less yellow/dark than Wetnwild's, but not white. Its a very pale light neutral yellow (neither too cool nor warm) with very fine, very small golden shimmer. The highlighter is subtle and suitable for work and everyday. I don't like super glowy highlights and this isn't one.
Though the contour shade is not a Taupe dupe, this still works and will continue to work as my skin darkens in the summer months. My preference is still towards cool when contouring, but I'm unexpectedly loving the presence of a highlight and contour in one palette. Opening and dabbing separate pans takes away the precious seconds I need to get myself out of the door in the mornings. The case is quite sturdy and I imagine it would be great to bring along to wherever.
Have you tried NYX's Taupe? What is your contour shade?