NYX High Definition Blush | Taupe – Review

nyx high definition blush review
Don’t we all want stunning cheekbones and a slim jaw? Well, sometimes shadows may not make us look the way we want them to, so we just need to help them do their job with some artificial shadows also known as “contouring”

Funnily enough, even though I am calling this product contouring, it is actually advertised as a blush… Well, I guess you could say so, even if I personally disagree with that label.

From the pictures, or maybe even your own personal experience, would you call this a blush? Or could you see yourself using this as a blush in any way?


The product:

Nyx Cosmetics – High Definition Blush – Taupe

Important things first: It has a little plastic ribbon as a clasp, how cute is that?
The package design for the “blush” is relatively simple and straightforward with rounded edges to complement the whimsical feeling the ribbon gives the whole product. The most convenient part of the whole packaging is the see-through cover though, as you can immediately discern what colour you are holding, and do not have to open it or look at the swatch name in the back.
This is especially convenient if you have more than one of the High Definition Blusher in different colours.

Keep in mind that Taupe is a cool-toned shade, so if you have a warm skin tone, this might not work as well if you want to use it as a natural contour or blush.

nyx high definition blush review



Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Lauroyl Lysine, Trimethylsiloxyphenyl Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Isostearyl Isostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

Taken from NyxCosmetics.com

Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate: Long name, easy description. In a nutshell, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate is a texture enhancer that is used in cosmetics to prevent caking. It is deemed safe for use in cosmetics but it also has concentration limitations.
This is no cause for worry, as a lot of ingredients are only deemed safe in certain concentrations for obvious reasons. I am pointing this out, as I did see some articles stating that this ingredient is a health hazard, which is true if it is not used correctly, but that is the case with nearly every other chemical too.  

Polymethyl Methacrylate: This ingredient is often used in makeup and hair-/nail care products as a film former or a “viscosity increasing agent”, which basically means it increases the thickness of a liquid. Basically, it makes the product look smoother and it feels soft to the touch.


How to use it:

  • No instruction is given

To be fair, I do not think you really need any instruction except for “This colour should be used as a contour colour, not a blush” 

But you guys know me and I just love adding my own little application instructions for you, so here we go: Don’t use it as a blush. *If you are as pale as me

The colour is very sheer and has high buildability, so there is no reason to start with a lot of powder on your brush. With each application, gently build up your contour for a very smooth and natural-looking finish.

Should you still wish for a stronger contrast after that, I would recommend using a smaller brush and drawing a line where you want the darkest part to be, then simply blend it out. Because of the high blendability, it will fade at the edges but nevertheless, leave you with enough shadow to look good.

Maybe you can see yourself using this colour as a blusher or in combination with a blush? If so, do tell me down in the comments and share your experience.
I am aware that I am really pale, so obviously a cold toned brown will not work as a blusher for me, but maybe there is someone out there whose perfect colour is Taupe. 

nyx high definition blush review


 What it claims to do:

  • high definition
  • lightweight
  • blends evenly
  • vibrant and silky

Taken from the Nyx website


What it really does:

nyx high definition blush review

I would not say that the blush/contouring has high definition (if we take this phrase as strong pigmentation or colour payoff) as it is natural-looking and blends into your skin seamlessly. If you are into that strong full makeup-makeup, this is not your product.

The High Definition Blush is lightweight though, it feels soft and featherlight when applying the powder and after that, it feels like you are wearing nothing at all. I do not many powders that feel as pleasant as this one does, to be honest.

I did talk about the blendability before, so you should know that I do think highly of the product. It spreads easily and it can be layered for a slightly more pigmented look in certain areas of your liking.
Maybe it is just this particular Taupe swatch, but I would not describe the blusher as “vibrant”


The cons: 

Con 1: Given that the product is advertised and named Blusher, I feel like I should count the fact that it cannot be used as a blusher as a con – At least to my knowledge, I cannot imagine doing that, but I would love to see some of you prove that you, in fact, can.
For me, this is contouring, not blush.

Con 2: If you want really high pigmentation this is not the product for you. You can build up a certain amount of colour, but everything has its’ limits. So while it can be a pro, I also think I should list it as a con.

The pros: 

Pro 1: The contouring will look really natural and it blends right in with your makeup, faking a soft shadow. Personally, I absolutely adore the soft finish because it is easy to apply and it will complement understated day to day makeup.

Pro 2: The blendability of the Nyx Blusher is phenomenal. I rarely worry about any sharp edges or bad blend, as it simply merges with my makeup or whatever I already have on my face.

Pro 3: I have also mentioned high buildability, which is a huge pro. The powder does not cake at all, no matter how many layers you apply (Do not take my word on the “no matter what” – I mean anything that is in a feasible realm of layers)



With my pale complexion and love for light to medium coverage makeup, this is the perfect contouring for me, but I can also see this be too light or sheer for a lot of you so I will not give it a holy grail rating. I like it, I love to use it, but it is also no holy grail.
Thus, the Nyx Cosmetics High Definition Blush in the colour Taupe has earned a good four out of five from me.


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Would I recommend it? If this sounds like the type of contouring (not blush, mind you) that would fit your needs, then YES! If not, then no – this is no product for full-blown glam makeup.

nyx high definition blush review

My Alchemiin Tip:

This contouring is one of the products that really blends well with blushers. I would totally recommend trying a combination of dark blush and this contouring, it looks stunning.

My personal favourite combo is the Missha Tension blusher mixed with this High Definition Blush. The combo makes one of the most sophisticated looks I can pull off, and I always feel like I have full cheeks and nice definition at the same time.
Let me see whether I can find a picture. If not, I will do the look and add it in here.


It has been ages since I have posted. If I am being honest, I kind of lost the passion for makeup for a while. I rarely wore it because it seemed so inconvenient and I was too busy with other things.
I did not want to write recommendations and reviews I did not really mean so I took a break, and the break got longer and longer. It was somewhat hard to get back on here but I feel confident that I will pick up some sort of regular schedule again. 

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