October 6, 2012


I recently came across this post over on one of my favourite beauty blogs, Messy Wands. Xiao has the most amazing cheekbones already and I was pretty much just staring at her perfectly sculpted face and didn't even pay attention to the products that she was wearing. Once I looked at the post again, she said that she had used Chanel's 'Notorious' blush, a gorgeous grey-toned taupe. Upon closer inspection, surely enough she had been wearing this gorgeous grey colour hidden underneath her cheekbones creating the most incredibly natural and stunning contour - and a good way to avoid the dreaded orange stripe! I then scoured the internet trying to find out more about the blush and came across these gorge images from the Chanel A/W 2012 RTW show from last year:

sources: qaccipinho,

In the search to find a dupe for it, I went through all my eyeshadows looking for a similar shade to no avail. I had some pretty similar colours but all were shimmery (I'm personally not a fan of matte eyeshadows). 

The next day I was grabbing for my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze but when I opened it, I discovered it was Tough As Taupe. Hallelujah. I opened the pot and applied the tiniest amount under my cheekbones and holy mother of god it worked. Defined my cheekbones perfectly and I think the cream consistency of the eyeshadow makes it so much easier to blend in and results in it looking super natural and lovely. Although I'll still try to get my hands on Notorious, I'm so glad I've found a use for my Tough As Taupe especially since I wasn't too keen on it as an eyeshadow! Would you try using a grey contour shade? What products do you use on your cheeks?


  1. I've never been much of a blush girl - I've seen far too many fails to ever want to try it myself!
    But I've got to admit this actually looks amazing.

    1. I know what you mean - lots of 80s style applications seen around. The colour is so perfect and surprisingly natural, I love!

      Emily xx