but short time and some makeupalley.com reviews later, i calmed down and my only interest was still strong in this one blush. i bought it for around 8$ (shipping included) off ebay.
it is reviewed to be a good shade for contouring.
and now i can say it's right. i was on the hunt for such a shade for sooo long.
i wasn't yet a "beauty-connaisseur" as MAC discontinued the famous blushes "Strada" and "Emote", two cool toned browns, which were told to be perfect at mimicking the shadows that an imaginary prominent cheekbone would create on your face, so i am lusting for such a shade. Strada and Emote are offered as "collectors items" for horrendous amounts on evilbay which i am not willing to pay.
i know Illamasqua does a blush with similar shade to Strada called Rumour (which is still on my wish list).
but for now, NYX's Taupe will do the job.
it is just how i wanted it to be: matte, not too pigmented, and the most important, COOL toned. if the shade is too reddish/orangish, it just makes me look ridiculously fake. this has a dominant grayish undertone, not as other contour shades i acquired on my hunt for the perfect colour.
but see for yourself:
bottm row: NARS Zen - NYX Taupe - MAC Harmony
|NYX - MAC - NARS|