The Quest for the Perfect Contour

I've been in search of a perfect contour color. For quite awhile now. My beloved Dainty Doll Money Talks blush broke a few months ago and ever since then I've been trying to find a dupe for that perfect pinky-taupe shade, but to no avail. But since then, I've been using a few different bronzers and blushes as a replacement for it until I find the holy grail. I thought since contouring is all the fucking rage these days, I'd share my favorite products that I use for contouring this pale face.
Left to right: Benefit Dallas Blush, Bobbi Brown Natural Bronzer, NARS Douceur Blush
Now I'm probably going to get a lot of people commenting on here like I have in previous videos - "try Hoola bronzer! It works great!" Not for everyone my friends. I've swatched Hoola, and damn that shit looks yellow on my skin. Dallas is darker, and definitely reads as a bronzer on my skin, but it has way more pink and plum in it for it to be still flattering on my skin tone. Anything too yellow on my skin just ends up looking dirty, and that's how Hoola looks on me. Dallas, on the other hand, has a natural satin finish and while it's not the perfect contour shade, it's a pretty decent bronzer for me.
Here is another bronzer that I thought would work like a contour on me - well I was wrong again! I will wear this in the summer as a contour, since I do have a little bit of sun. And I saw little liberally. I stay pale. I ain't about that fake tan life, or that melanoma life. Bobbi Brown's Natural Bronzer is a great bronzer for a couple of reasons. 1. It's matte, but not chalky. 2. It's super blend-able. But it is quite pigmented, so you either need a very light hand or a wispy brush. It's easy to overdo this thing with a densely packed brush.
Now to one of my favorite blushes in my collection - NARS Douceur. This thing has been in my collection since I basically started buying high-end makeup. It's the second NARS blush I ever bought, after Deep Throat, and it's always a fail safe. It looks natural on my skin as a blush, or a contour. Though it does read a bit pink as a contour if I am on the pale side. But out of the three, it does look the most natural on my skin in the hollows of my cheeks. It's another matte product, so it doesn't have any shimmer, which is good if you're going for a natural look.
These all look weirdly alike in this lighting. Not sure why.
Left to right: Benefit Dallas, BB Natural Bronzer, NARS Douceur.What are your favorite contour and bronzers? And what is your skin tone? I've been on the hunt for a perfectly taupe/grey/rose/brown shade for my cheekbones that isn't discontinued *coughMACSTRADANYXTAUPEILLAMASQUAPRIMALcough*

Seriously why are all the good contour colors for cool-toned gals discontinued? AHHHH.

Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. NYX Taupe is still available on their website for $5! :-)