NARS Talia Contour Blush
NARS Talia Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is one of two new, permanent highlighting/contour duos for fall. The highlighting shade in the duos tends to be mostly matte, so it is not your typical shimmery, glowy highlighter. Talia adds a solid choice for medium and medium-dark skin tones looking for skin-like contouring. I also think it can work for lighter skin tones as well, particularly if you like a more dramatic contour or like being able to use a light hand and build-up.
Talia (Highlight) is a medium brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and effortless when it came to blending and applying it to the skin. It had good color payoff that could still be sheered out and/or applied with a lighter hand. For reference, it adds some noticeable color on me (like a very subtle bronzer) on my skin tone. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Bronzer (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #5 (LE) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Talia (Contour) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was firmer and less forgiving, so it took extra work to blend out. On me, this shade started to fade after eight hours. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Deep (P, $44.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Bronze (P) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.