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NYX Pastel Chic & Baby Doll HD Blushes

NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush
NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush

NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a very pale pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It is almost like a washed-out lavender. There is a strong white base, so on my skin tone, it looks chalky, and obviously I’m unable to show it to its best appearance as a result, even though it had semi-opaque coverage. (It is going to be ideal for someone who is fairer and finds most blushes too dark for their preferences.) The texture is very, very powdery, despite having an incredibly silky consistency to the touch but remains easy to blend out on the skin and looks even applied. On me, it wore for seven hours before fading. Guerlain Carousel (LE, $62.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Full of Joy (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P) is darker (85% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Unconventional (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Baby Doll HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a pop of light-medium pink with subtle, cool blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to totally opaque coverage in two layers with a moderate shimmer that was noticeable without emphasizing pores. The blush had a somewhat powdery consistency in the pan, but it applied well and sat nicely on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Cherry (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Crush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a Baby Doll, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Pastel Chic
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
78%
Total
NYX HD Blush Baby Doll
Baby Doll
Baby Doll
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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NYX Bronzed & Glow HD Blushes

NYX Bronzed HD Blush
NYX Bronzed HD Blush

NYX Bronzed HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a softened, medium copper-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen powdery but didn’t look it on the skin. The blush seemed to “melt” against the skin to a degree, as the finish had a natural sheen that didn’t emphasize pores but helped the skin look like skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Deep Plum (P, $6.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Glow HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, while the soft, silky texture made it easy to blend out the edges or to sheer it out, if desired. The texture gets a little powdery, as it is so soft, but it doesn’t look powdery on the skin. When I tried it, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Honeysuckle (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Liberating (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Bronzed
Bronzed
Bronzed
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX HD Blush Glow
Glow
Glow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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5 Faves: Summertime Coppers

Copper is a great color for summer and fall (though surely you can wear it any time of the year!), but it has a brightness and often comes in a more shimmery finish so it gives off that summer vibe while the reddish tones read autumnal as well. Here are a few summer favorites:

  1. Sephora Sly as a Fox — a matte copper eyeliner
  2. MAC Coppering — a shimmery, copper eyeshadow
  3. Becca Songbird — a luminous coppery blush
  4. NYX Wrath — a metallic copper lipstick
  5. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper — a lighter copper eyeshadow

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NYX Prismatic Eyeshadows (Part 2)

NYX Prismatic Shadow
NYX Prismatic Shadow

Here are the remaining six shades of NYX Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.)! The formula is supposed to be “fully pigmented” with a “brilliant metallic” finish and is available in twelve shades (see part one). Overall, the formula had good color payoff ranging from semi-opaque to opaque with soft, blendable textures that could get a little powdery and had a fair amount of fall out during application, while the wear was typically between seven and eight hours (no primer). I don’t think they’re truly metallic, but they have a good sheen but with more noticeable sparkle/shimmer, so I think they tended to look more frosted than truly metallic. Worth noting, I had originally purchased all twelve from Ulta online, and about half of them arrived broken. I ended up returning those and then purchasing directly from NYX, and only one (Tin) was broken. The formula seems particularly fragile as they are softly pressed into the compacts, so they crumble easily.

NYX Blue Jeans Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “cobalt blue with silver shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium blue with a silvery sheen and frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation but looked a little faded at all times. The texture was soft but dry, and it was a shade that worked better with a damp brush (though NYX didn’t mention anything about this being a wet/dry formula from what I read). It lasted for seven hours before fading. MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is darker. Dior Rivage #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, brighter. Urban Decay Strip (DC, $18.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Giorgio Armani #19 (P, $32.00) is lighter. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Dive Bar (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. YSL Wet Blue (10) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Frostbite Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “white opalescent with blue pearl.” It’s a bright white with a bluish sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage with a powdery, slightly dry, texture that made it difficult to apply and build up color. It had signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) is less shimmery. Maybelline Too Cool (P, $6.99) is cooler. MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) is less shimmery. Maybelline Too Cool (P, $6.99) is cooler. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Milani Bella Diamond (30) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Mermaid Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “opalescent mint with gold shimmer.” It’s a brightened, aqua green with subtle, warm undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation but was prone to crumbling, so it didn’t smooth out as well on the skin as I would have liked. This was another shade that seemed to apply better with a damp brush or over a slightly tacky base. It faded within seven hours of wear. Lancome Fashion Forward (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever #53 (LE, $23.00) is warmer. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21.00) is darker. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is darker, warmer. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Too Faced Joy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. theBalm #36 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Guerlain Blue Ocean (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Anastasia Aqua (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Guerlain Blue Ocean (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Smoke & Mirrors Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep gunmetal grey with silver shimmer.” It’s a charcoal gray with lighter silver sparkle and warm, brownish undertones. It was noticeably sparkly and had some fall out during application as well as during wear, even though the base color lasted for almost eight hours. The texture was almost gritty as the sparkle tended to pull away from the base. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE, ) is less shimmery. theBalm Surf’s Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Stila Black Diamond (P, ) is cooler. MAC Smoky Black Friday #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Tisse Paris #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Uninhibited #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Viseart Diane (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Jaded Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep green with light green shimmer.” It’s a muted, dark forest green with soft, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation that blended out easily without being too powdery. The color stayed on well for eight hours before fading. Inglot #414 (P, $6.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Envy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. Fyrinnae Boot Season (P, $6.80) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Venitien #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Make Up For Ever ME310 Fir Tree Green (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Anastasia Emerald (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Christmas Tree (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler. Urban Decay Floss (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Craft (LE, ) is warmer. Sephora Collection Hidden Treasure (114) (LE, $13.00) is lighter, warmer. Guerlain Les Precieux #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Milani Bella Emerald (18) (P, $4.49) is brighter, warmer. Clarins Garden Escape #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Rouge Bunny Rouge Whispering Ibis (P, $19.00) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Tin Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “metallic silver.” It’s a brightened, light silver with a frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation that went on fairly evenly, but it could have been a little smoother on the lid for more even coverage. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Lancome Style Section (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Chihuahua (P, $18.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P, ) is lighter. theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum (P, $21.00) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #3 (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Moonshine (LE, ) is less shimmery. Buxom Pure Platinum (P, $12.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Crystal (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE, ) is lighter. L’Oreal Primped & Precious (LE, $7.99) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Prismatic Shadow Blue Jeans
Blue Jeans
Blue Jeans
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
NYX Prismatic Shadow Frostbite
Frostbite
Frostbite
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
NYX Prismatic Shadow Mermaid
Mermaid
Mermaid
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
NYX Prismatic Shadow Smoke & Mirrors
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
NYX Prismatic Shadow Jaded
Jaded
Jaded
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
NYX Prismatic Shadow Tin
Tin
Tin
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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NYX Prismatic Eyeshadows (Part 1)

NYX Prismatic Shadow
NYX Prismatic Shadow

NYX Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is a “fully pigmented” powder eyeshadow formula designed to have a “brilliant metallic” finish and is available in twelve shades. This post covers six of the twelve, with the other six to be reviewed shortly. Overall, the formula had good color payoff ranging from semi-opaque to opaque with soft, blendable textures that could get a little powdery and had a fair amount of fall out during application, while the wear was typically between seven and eight hours (no primer). I don’t think they’re truly metallic, but they have a good sheen but with more noticeable sparkle/shimmer, so I think they tended to look more frosted than truly metallic. Worth noting, I had originally purchased all twelve from Ulta online, and about half of them arrived broken. I ended up returning those and then purchasing directly from NYX, and only one (Tin) was broken. The formula seems particularly fragile as they are softly pressed into the compacts, so they crumble easily.

NYX Bedroom Eyes Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep brown metallic.” It’s a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was incredibly soft and almost crumbly, so it can be a little powdery to work with. It had good color coverage and blended easily on the skin. The wear came in at eight hours before fading. MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is darker. Chanel Charming #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE, ) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Mortal #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P, ) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Fireball Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “rusty orange with red opalescence.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that blended really easily on the skin. There was slight dryness/powderiness to it in the pan, but it didn’t look that way applied. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence (DC, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Brash (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Star Myth (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE, ) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Girl Talk Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “opalescent pink.” It’s a light, pink-tinged peach with hints of beige and warmer undertones paired with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture that was less powdery compared to other shades in the range. It applied well and stayed in place for eight hours. Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Champagne (P, ) is less shimmery. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Beige (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE, ) is darker, more muted. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Golden Peach Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium coral with warm, pink-red undertones and golden frost. It had very nearly opaque coverage with a lightly powdery, but fairly blendable, texture that sat well on the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Urban Decay Freelove (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Inglot #407 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Mortal #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Shark Attack (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Anastasia China Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer. Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #6 (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Liquid Gold Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep copper gold.” It’s a rich, brightened copper with warm, orange undertones and a lighter, golden metallic sheen. The eyeshadow as intensely pigmented with a really smooth, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery at all. It wore for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Espresso Blend #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is cooler. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Toasted Nut (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is more shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Punk Heart Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep plum with purple shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a drier, powdery texture that was blendable and adhered well to the skin for the most part, but it was a bit messy to work with and faded after seven hours of wear. Inglot #445 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Remix (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Diapason (92) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Plum Grand (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Prismatic Shadow Bedroom Eyes
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
NYX Prismatic Shadow Fireball
Fireball
Fireball
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
NYX Prismatic Shadow Girl Talk
Girl Talk
Girl Talk
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
NYX Prismatic Shadow Golden Peach
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Prismatic Shadow Liquid Gold
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
NYX Prismatic Shadow Punk Heart
Punk Heart
Punk Heart
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette
NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette ($25.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a set of four highlight powders and four contour powders. All of the shades included in the palette can be purchased individually, and the palette is refillable, so shades can be removed or rearranged. The only downside is that they don’t sell the palette empty, and there are two additional highlight powder shades (Bone, Soft Peach) and two additional contour powder shades (Sienna, Saddle) available as singles (each single is $5.00). I liked that two of the four highlighters had some shimmer to them, so for those who like a little sheen to their highlight, you’ll have those options, and you can always tamp down the satiny sheen by dusting one of the more matte highlight powders on top to stretch out the others if you like less shimmer. The contours all had a semi-matte to satin finish, so none were totally matte, and they looked natural on the skin without looking too shimmery or too flat. I had some trouble blending out the contour shades at times, and I had the best luck by applying with a more feathery brush to lay down the general outline of the contour, and then going back to darken as needed. The highlight shades are soft and smooth but powdery.

Highlight Powders

Ice Queen is described as a “pearly pale white.” It’s a very light, cool-toned white with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to fully opaque color if desired, though it’s likely a shade worn more diffused for most, so luckily, it blends out quite easily. It just slightly emphasizes pores if I’m not careful or don’t buff it out enough. It lasted for eight hours on me. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is cooler. LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Soft Light is described as a “matte nude.” It’s a very light, white-beige that is fairly neutral in undertone paired with a matte finish. The texture was soft and smooth but noticeably powdery. This looked chalky against my medium skin tone, so it is probably better mixed with one of the contours or for fairer skin tones than mine. The coverage was semi-opaque and slightly buildable, but with how powdery it was, it tended to sheer out if you blended out the edges at all. It started to fade after seven hours. NARS Highlight (P, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cream is described as a “matte soft yellow.” It’s a soft, buttery yellow with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a really soft, smooth consistency that was easy to blend and apply to the skin, though it was powdery in the pan. On me, it started to fade after seven and a half hours. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Lyric (P, ) is lighter, cooler. LORAC Yellow Highlight (P, ) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Nectar is described as a “pearly soft peach.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer. It was less frosted compared to Ice Queen. The texture was soft, blendable, and slightly powdery/dry but didn’t appear dry on the skin. The shimmer didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or pores. It wore well for seven and a half hours before turning a little patchy/faded. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. MAC Star! (LE, ) is more shimmery. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Contour Powders

Tan is described as a “matte soft brown with slight red undertones.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a smoother texture that was slightly firmer to the touch, and it could have been a little more blendable on the skin. I started noticing fading after eight hours of wear. NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Smashbox Bronze (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Toffee is described as a “matte neutral brown.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. This was one of the more shimmery contour shades (it’s not matte at all!). The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth without being powdery. It lasted for eight hours on me. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Dark Cocoa (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sculpt is described as a “matte taupe.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray overtones but the stronger, more orange undertones made it look warmer and browner. It had a very slight satin sheen, but it was the more matte of the four contour shades in the palette. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery. This shade blended fairly well on the skin, and it wore for eight hours. NARS Paloma Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. NYX Tan (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hollow is described as a “matte deep brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a slightly firmer consistency, which made blending more challenging than desired. Once on, it stayed put for eight hours. Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Deep Contour (P, ) is cooler, better quality. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

B+
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Highlight Powder Ice Queen
Ice Queen
Ice Queen
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Highlight Powder Soft Light
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
NYX Highlight Powder Cream
Cream
Cream
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
NYX Highlight Powder Nectar
Nectar
Nectar
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
NYX Contour Powder Tan
Tan
Tan
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
NYX Contour Powder Toffee
Toffee
Toffee
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
NYX Contour Powder Sculpt
Sculpt
Sculpt
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Contour Powder Hollow
Hollow
Hollow
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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