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NYX Crimson HD Blush

NYX Crimson HD Blush
NYX Crimson HD Blush

NYX Crimson HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is bright, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a satin shimmer. MAC Contrary (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). Zoeva Underneath the Gold (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC News Flash! (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunset #3 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #3 (P, ) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Adobe Brick (LE, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Erotic (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #4 (P, ) is more muted, warmer (80% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $24.00) 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.

Crimson
Crimson
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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NYX Hamptons HD Blush

NYX Hamptons (19) HD Blush
NYX Hamptons (19) HD Blush

NYX Hamptons HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. Too Faced Tres Fab (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Left) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Pink Sand #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #1 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Dandelion (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sugar or Syrup (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $24.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (DC, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced So Peachy (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Motu Tane (LE, $39.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This blush had that unfortunate powdery consistency I have found all too common in this range, which is really the formula’s biggest downfall! (Such a shame, too!) The color payoff is mostly opaque, and it is easily sheered out or blended along the edges or built-up in layers without looking powdery on the skin. The color lasted for seven and a half 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.

Hamptons
Hamptons
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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NYX Tuscan HD Blush

NYX Tuscan (07)  HD Blush
NYX Tuscan (07) HD Blush

NYX Tuscan (07) HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a bold, bright coral-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Coral #2 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $24.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop RomCom (P, $8.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B316 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Anastasia Scorching (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Crave (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Peep Show (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Coral (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $27.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Tuscan is an intensely pigmented blush where a little goes a long way. The powder is very silky and soft, but it is prone to kicking up excessive powder as it is just so soft. That softness does seem to help make it incredibly blendable and forgiving, which is key for something this bright and pigmented. On me, the blush managed to last for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Tuscan
Tuscan
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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NYX Nude ‘tude HD Blush

NYX Nude 'tude (02)  HD Blush
NYX Nude ‘tude (02) HD Blush

NYX Nude ‘tude (02) HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a meduim brown with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Dark Earthy (P, $42.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% 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. Nude ‘tude is semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a really soft, silky texture that practically crumbled when a brush touched it, so there was a lot of excess powder in the pan. If you are very fair, you may find it easy to over-apply as a lot of product gets on the brush if you aren’t careful. The blush is finely-milled, though, which makes it easy to blend out on the skin, and it doesn’t look powdery on. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

Nude 'Tude
Nude 'Tude
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
77%
Total

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5 Gorgeous Copper Lipsticks to Try for Fall

I touched on some of my favorite copper eyeshadows last month, but coppery lip colors are becoming more and more prevalent with each passing season (much to my surprise!), so here are a few that I really like:

  1. NYX Wrath — A Warm Copper with a Metallic finish.
  2. Kat Von D Thin Lizzy — A Warm Copper with a Frost finish.
  3. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) — A Warm Copper with a Satin finish.
  4. Milani Bronze Beauty — A Warm Copper with a Metallic finish.
  5. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic — A Warm Copper with a Metallic finish.

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The side-by-side link isn’t quite working, which we’ll fix probably on Monday (it’s a little minor for a weekend emergency, I try not to be a crazy boss, haha!), so please use THIS LINK to view side-by-side swatches 🙂