NYX Crimson HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is bright, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a satin shimmer. Colour Pop Erotic (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
It had good pigmentation, and finally, a shade that wasn’t terribly powdery. The consistency was still soft, smooth, and fairly blendable (but it takes some patience and a light touch to get even application). Crimson is quite pigmented with a soft shimmer to it that becomes more pronounced as you buff it into the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me.
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.