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NYX Twilight Tint Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

01/07

NYX Twilight Tint Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Twilight Tint Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Twilight Tint Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Twilight Tint Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Twilight Tint Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Twilight Tint Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Twilight Tint Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

Twilight Tint

NYX Twilight Tint Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($7.99 for 0.21 oz.) is cool, bluish white with an iridescent blue-to-violet sheen. The finish was somewhere between luminous and frost; slightly visible shimmer but once blended and buffed into the skin, the finish appeared more like a very smooth, luminous sheen. It had a moderately dense texture–the kind that has a very smooth feel with zero dustiness or powderiness to it but wasn’t actually stiff or difficult to work with. It had nearly opaque coverage, though I felt like it was easy to control and use with a lighter hand (or a different tool) to get semi-sheer to medium coverage, if desired. This type of shade can work exceptionally well layered over other products, especially to add a cooler, bluer tone to them, while also highlighting an area. When I tested this for wear, the highlighter wore well for eight hours on me.

NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder Twilight Tint
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

01/07

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

Synthetica

NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($7.99 for 0.21 oz.) is a pop of orange with warm, red undertones and a gold, frosted finish. It had good color coverage–not quite full coverage but close–with a smooth, silky consistency that was denser and firmer in the pan. It blended out easily on the skin, but I would recommend using a denser brush or using a heavier hand to get product onto the brush. I didn’t feel like the powder was stiff, but it wasn’t as loosely pressed as a lot of highlighters on the market, which did make it easier to control and build coverage and sheen up. This should work well for highlighting on darker skin tones and act more as a highlighting blush on lighter complexions. On me, the highlighter lasted for eight hours before fading.

NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder Synthetica
Synthetica
Synthetica
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

10 Sparkling, Shimmering Golds to Celebrate the New Year

Here’s a more traditional take on shades of the New Year — yellowy golds. I went for a list of some of my favorite more shimmering/sparkling shades for bonus points 🙂 What are your favorites?

  1. Anastasia So Hollywood — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  2. Kat Von D Thrasher — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  3. Colour Pop Get Lucky — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  4. Sephora Girls Night Out — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  5. NYX Mischievous — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  6. NARS Iskandar — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  7. MAC Old Gold — A Warm Gold with a Frost finish.
  8. L'Oreal Eternal Sunshine — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  10. Sugarpill Goldilux — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.

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13 Emerald Greens to Covet

Long-time readers will probably find this no surprise… but I love emerald green when it comes to makeup! Whether it’s for nails, eyes, or lips. Here are 13 favorites — from deeper to brighter, warmer to cooler! 🙂

  1. Butter London British Racing Green — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  2. Zoya Logan — A Cool Green with a Glitter finish.
  3. Kat Von D Iggy — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  4. Sephora Go For a Ride — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  5. Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  6. Milani Green Safari — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  7. Buxom Pre-nup — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  8. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosplay — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  10. Make Up For Ever D306 Bottle Green — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.
  11. Urban Decay Kush — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  12. NYX Risque — A Cool Green with a Metallic finish.
  13. Colour Pop Empire — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.

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NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator
NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium peachy-pink with warm, golden shimmer that gives it a frosted sheen. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (-) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (P) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Blonde (LE, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is more muted, darker (80% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is the last of the five shades in the NYX Illuminator range. The formula is supposed to have “radiant shimmer” that gives skin a “subtle glow.” The texture of this shade was slightly dry, but it applied without a fuss on the skin and didn’t look powdery, though it did emphasize pores slightly. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage. The highlighter blended out well and lasted for six and a half hours on me.

NYX Illuminator Enigmatic
Enigmatic
Enigmatic
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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NYX Magnetic & Ritualistic Illuminators

NYX Magnetic Illuminator
NYX Magnetic Illuminator

NYX Magnetic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, slightly dry consistency in the pan, but it applied well to the skin without looking caked on. The shimmer was just shy of pore-emphasizing-territory, so that was nice! I think this one is a more versatile shade that can be worn as a subtler highlighter or layered for greater glow. It wore well for seven hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $60.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Ritualistic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, white gold with a lighter, ivory base and stronger, darker gold shimmer. It had nice color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too dry or too stiff. The white base is strong enough that it may show through and look chalky on darker skin tones, but it shouldn’t impart much color on fair skin tones. It lasted for six and a half hours for me. Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Auréole (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is supposed to have “radiant shimmer” that gives skin a “subtle glow.” Most of the shades in the range (there are five) are moderately shimmery/frosty; only one is on the truly subtle side. The texture tended to be on the drier side, though I didn’t find them to appear dry on my skin (which is normal-to-dry). There is slight emphasis of pores, and the wear time varies from six to seven hours.

NYX Illuminator Magnetic
Magnetic
Magnetic
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Illuminator Ritualistic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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