M.A.C “Taupe” Blush VS. N.Y.X “Taupe” Blush

My undying love for N.Y.X’s blush in “Taupe” has been a well known fact for months and months now. It’s my life saver: It makes me look like a supermodel when I feel like a crack-addict. It makes me look like a photoshopped goodness when I feel like an unliquified mess. This blush is heaven and more to me..

But then N.Y.X decided it was time to shatter my golden days and discontinue “Taupe”..

*continues to sob for hours and hours*
“HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO ME N.Y.X??!!” – was the first thing that came to mind when a subbie tweeted me this horrible news. It literally felt as if the aliens of American Horror Story: Asylum came to my room and ripped my heart out.

And so the search for a not even nearly as beautiful dupe began.

R.I.P my love… </3
I visited the M.A.C PRO store today and walked into some of their contouring/highlighting powders. One caught my eye: “Taupe”. Would this be my holy replacement of my N.Y.X Taupe? Would life be that kind to me?

Top: M.A.C ‘”Taupe” – Bottom: N.Y.X “Taupe”
Life is a cruel monster sometimes.. Can we say: “Not even close?”

The thing I love about the N.Y.X blush so much is that it’s sheer and natural. When contouring with this, it literally looks as if you’re adding a natural shadow to the face.
Which is amazing! People will never be able to tell it’s all fake.

With the M.A.C blush all I can say is: It’s just too obvious. It’s super pigmented and just too there. It’s hard to explain but it just looks fake and caked on.

Now ofcourse if that’s your thing, go for it! But the reason why I love the N.Y.X blush so much is because it’s just so darn natural.

….. *sigh* and so the search for the perfect N.Y.X Blush in “Taupe” dupe continues……

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61 Responses to M.A.C “Taupe” Blush VS. N.Y.X “Taupe” Blush

  1. Linda says:

    En Mac Harmony blush dan?

  2. Deja says:

    Noooooo. It was discontinued???? That was my holy grail product..
    Why do they always have to discontinue best products?
    Let us know when and if you find a dupe for it though :)

  3. Alejandra says:

    I like Taupe by NYX is better for ivory skin :)

  4. Lisa S says:

    Um… maybe something like avon eathen rose? It’s not a dupe but you might be able to use it for the same thing. I’m really pale and it works for me.

  5. Irini says:

    Didn’t you find the shimmer in the NYX one a problem for contouring? Never seen it in real life, however, the swatch looks very similar to Lancome Miel Glace, so do a pic search if you want :)

  6. michelle prado says:

    Hate when companies decide to discontinue products that I love, cause it’s soooo fudgin hard to get that glorious replacement that saves ur makeup, hair or skin routine. Baaaaaadd companiessssss!

  7. ana says:

    maybe “buff” or “exposed” blushes by Tarte they are pretty nude blushes …

  8. Antonia says:

    Try Dainty Doll blush in “Money Talks”!

    • Lisa says:

      That’s so sad! :( Everytime you absolutely LOVE a product, it will be discontinued at one day… I hope you’ll find a good dupe for it very soon!

  9. BooBooNinja says:

    How about the MAC Pro Sculpting Powder in “Sculpt”?
    If it’s not an exact dupe for NYX Taupe, I think it will be an excellent contouring product for you. (Also, I’m curious how the two compare. Swatches, anyone?)

  10. Jessica says:

    OH MY GOD. I had no idea they discontinued Taupe! Making a mad dash to get a few tomorrow. Tear :(

  11. Silke says:

    I didn’t ever had a change to buy the taupe blush, but because of you loving it i really want to!

  12. Rebecca says:


    sometimes they still have discontinued blush colours.

    Love the blog!

  13. Iris says:

    NOOO, DISCONTINUED?? That’s freaking horrible! *hides under the chair*
    Can you still order some before they are gone?

  14. shelynx says:

    Oh F*… really? I like NYX Taupe, too for contouring. Though I have to say you might find an alternative in Illamasqua Heroine or the Cream Pigment Hollow. Love them both dearly but they’re a lot more neutral. – Nyx Taupe could get a little on the grey-rosy side.

    If you find another interesting alternative: report immediately! ;-) Please

  15. shelynx says:

    Just in case you’d like to see them in action: here are my contouring products so far. Illamasqua Heroine & Blush Disobey are yet to come. But Disobey is too orange (You use it as a bronzer I’ve seen). Heroine is really fine. The Colour reminds me of MAC Omega, but the product stays more powdery and the surface is wider and doesn’t seal as easily due to usage.

  16. Maartje says:

    Leuk geschreven :-). Ik hoop dat je je dupe snel vindt, ik ben ook erg benieuwd.

  17. shaikha-q8 says:

    and why the hell are they discontinuing taupe ?!
    it is THE BEST contouring shade

    so disappointed :(

  18. Oh noes! :( I finally went to the shop today to try and find this blush, but when I got there I couldn’t remember the name, so i guessed and ended up walking out with Mocha, (don’t know why, i think i had coffee on the brain) Will have to go check super quick tomorrow whether they still have taupe *holding thumbs* (the only advantage to living a backward country sometimes is it takes a while for stock to rotate :P)

  19. Jandemore says:

    I’ve got the Nyx one and I love it. My skin is darker than yours and it’s barely noticeable in my skin, but I love it anyway. I hope mine lasts forever T_T

  20. What the hell? I remember when people were jokingly saying that if they ever discontinue Taupe, it would be the end of the world for you. And now it actually happened? I discovered this product thanks to you and it became my holy grail. Since I live in the Netherlands, I order this blush at douglas.nl. I checked it now and they still have it. So let’s order a bunch and hope this is either a really bad joke or that we can someday find some dupe.

  21. Sylvia says:

    Ahh that explains it because I’d keep trying to look for NYX Taupe but I thought that all the NYX suppliers near me just didn’t carry all the products. What a shame that it’s discontinued!
    You can try the Sleek Contour palette in light? I have that one and the contouring color is pretty natural for me. I have no idea how it compares to NYX Taupe though :(


  22. Miss_i says:

    Heb net even gekeken op de site van douglas en daar staattie nog op

  23. Liz says:

    You should try Too Faced bronzer in “Milk Chocolate”. Looooove! It has replaced my Nyx Taupe. (For the time being!)

  24. ellen says:

    Bij de onlineshop van douglas hebben ze hem nog!

  25. Anna Larissa says:

    Nikkie don’t worry! NYX is NOT discontinuing the Taupe Blush. This is their official status:

    “We love the enthusiasm, but there’s no need to sob! We don’t have any plans to discontinue our Powder Blush in Taupe :)”

  26. Therese B says:

    They still stock NYX Taupe on http://www.cherryculture.com if you’re interested in stocking up ;)

    If you would like a light bronzer, I’d suggest checking out Rimmel Sun Shimmer bronzer in light matte. It is the perfect shade on my super pale skin, looks completely natural :D

  27. Lisa says:

    Barry M natural dazzle matt bronzing powder! Definitly try that Nikki, it’s amazingly familiar! :)

  28. Nicki says:

    Hey Nikkie!
    I just wanted to say that I’m so happy that they do NOT take down the Taupe Blush!!
    I just bought it today and I’m already in love with it!!

  29. CH says:

    ugh, nyx taupe is so beautiful. i dont think there will ever be a dupe for it :)

  30. Melissa Siqueiros says:

    I also have a question I have been using mostly Sleek and Ben Nye as well as some MAC on clients but me not being a pro and not having a Pro card its hard to get Sleek Matte Shades here in the USA. How are the Inglot shadows as far as pigmentation and chalky ness?

  31. Vera says:

    Glad to see that it’s not really being continued… you had me panicking for a moment there! *Whew!*

  32. Lois says:

    Lijkt NYX Taupe toevallig ook op Mac Harmony?

  33. yadet says:

    i asked nyx about it and they said that it is not discontinued, it’s one of their best sellers!

  34. Chantal says:

    O my god ,
    The N.Y.X blush it is gorgeous , i love it.
    But the Mac blush isnt That awful, maybe it is not the most beautifully
    But i van live with that.

    I love your articles , i’m Dutch by myself and you are too .
    But english is my favourite language .

  35. diella says:

    What?! NYX Taupe will be no longer available? Oh I have to buy it as long as it still is in shops… :O

  36. Seppi says:

    MAC Emote is supposed to be 95% the same as NYX Taupe (but a little darker) according to Temptalia’s Dupe List.

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  38. Eylin says:

    Nikki come to Mexico City, in one store of the downtown, they sale NYX you can only find Taupe blush ;-) I got mine and I dont use it so much we can make an exchange with some other blush. LOL

  39. Lilly says:

    MAC peforms tests on animals, NYX doesn’t. Is there really a choice?

  40. Rae says:

    Maybe Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow? (not powder though)

  41. emily says:

    try hollow by illamasqua x

  42. Caroline Fortson says:

    Have you tried Maybelline’s FITme! blush in “deep mauve” ?! It’s not exact, but it works for my pale skin! I was very sad to learn today that NYX taupe was dicontinued at Ulta… this was my second choice. Hope you like!! :)

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  44. Mariana says:

    Hi, Nikkie!

    Do you know the Kevynh Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium? It´s a good contouring product! But I don´t think it´s a dupe for NYX´s Taupe.


  45. Tallulah says:

    Hi Nikkie! was Nyx’s powder blush in Taupe actually discontinued? They told they wouldn’t do it, but now i’m confused…! Thanks
    I use Toleriane Teint (powder) nr 13 at the moment, but i’d love to find Nyx’s one.

  46. Tallulah says:

    I’ve just read some posts saying they changed the formulation… not for good…
    Could you please give me some info about the situation? Thanks (:

    • Kirstin says:

      I have purchased if this year and it gets hard pan and I get no color payoff. I have to scrape the pan and then pick up the dustings but it will get hard pan again. It would look great if I could dip or swirl my brush in it.

  47. tricia says:

    Have you tried Burberry’s Earthy.? Looks quite similar…

  48. Breann says:

    Try Chanel’s notorious or Kevyn Aucoin’s sculpting powder! I know they’re much pricier than NYX but they both are gray toned and well pigmented.

    • Amy Hoeh says:

      Where can someone find Chanel Notorious now? I’ve been on the hunt for such a long time. I’m hoping for someone to decide they’ve found a better contour and sell their notorious. <3

  49. Carol says:

    I am having this same problem with NYX’s Café blush! This is the ONLY blush I like!! I LOVE THIS BLUSH! And the discontinued it! Now I am trying to find a NYX color that is similar! WHY DO THEY KEEP TORTURING US!??! :(

  50. Kirstin says:

    Hi Nikkie!
    Huge fan of yours here! I was wondering if you ever tried MAC Emote? I know it’s discontinued but I’ve found a dupe of it and wondering if it’s worth trying because it is an online purchase. I am very fair like you and I like NYX taupe but it seems like it gets hard pan and I get no color payoff. I’m searching for a cool toned contour shade that mimicks a shadow on the face …. I don’t want to contour with a matte bronzer because it just doesn’t work. Currently I’m using the body shop’s honey bronzer in shade 1, but it’s still a neutral brown. I want something more gray. Now I’m wishing I had been able to try emote before it was discontinued. Harmony was much too warm on me. I told the lady helping me at MAC that I have bone beige sculpting powder and she said that’s lighter than harmony. It’s still not perfect but maybe I’ll play around with it while I continue my search.
    Thanks for any help, from anyone who has any input

  51. Heaven says:

    Discontinued? I just got NYX Taupe blush in the mail today. I ordered it from nyxcosmetics.com. Do they ship to your country? I’m in the US. I’ll be happy to send you a few.

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  53. Marygoddess says:

    Have you ever tried the Estee Lauder wild truffle eyeshadow?

  54. Sarah says:

    Nyx just restocked Taupe blush PB11. Get it before they sell out!

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