Contouring has always been something that fascinates yet terrifies me. Illusion of cheekbones? I'll take that any day. Looking like you've fallen face first in the mud? I'll pass. Being pale sadly means there's quite a deficit when it comes to contours that will suit my skin tone. However, after some googling I found rave reviews about this NYX powder blush in Taupe. After tying it out, I can understand why.
|I swiped it once on the left and then built up to a darker shade on the right.|
The pigmentation: I swatched it multiple times on my arm and as you can see it's very sheer but very buildable. Perfect for contouring pale skin as you get a lot of control over how dark you want to go.
The colour: A cool toned taupe.
The application: I used Sephora's Pro Contour Brush #74. I didn't want to go too dark as I'm very inexperienced with contouring, and due to the sheerness of it I could keep it faint and natural looking. If you're less of a contour wimp unlike me then you can easily build it up. (Also, I would like to thank lighting and unfocused shots for being the best photoshop out there.)
The road test: It does fade throughout the day so if you want to come home with more than just a subtle glow, retouching is required.
Overall: I definitely recommend it if you're also a contouring beginner with pale skin. It's easy to work with and it is an affordable price at USD $5 on the NYX site. As I live outside of the U.S., I purchased mine on Amazon since NYX don't ship directly to other countries.