NYX Enigmatic Illuminator Review, Photos, Swatches

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. Clinique Pearl Pop (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (-, ) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Parisian Lights (LE, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Unicorn Dreams (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop One in a Millefeuille (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (P, $48.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace Down the Aisle (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Pink Flash (P, $42.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Blonde (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Glow Stick (PiP, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $33.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Flesh Beauty Certain (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Lightgasm Pop Blush (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.

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NYX Enigmatic Illuminator
NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator
NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator
NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator
NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator
NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator
NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator
NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator
NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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It looks very similar to Shell Pearl Beauty Powder, which incidentally I just had out last night, fixing it. I dropped it :S.. ugh.

I know, I was devastated. It took me almost six months to get up the nerve to even try fixing it! It came out ok though. (and it’s the Liberty of London packaging – no way I could just part ways with it!)

I like it. I like pinky and peachy highllighters. The slighlty powdery issue may be a problem on my almost 40 skin that is a litttle dry though. But, with a fan brush and for $9 , I may give it a go. I’m putting it on my list for after Christmas and look at Ulta.

Hey, Christine. if someone is on a budget can it be purchased for one’s Bridal makeup kit? Or one should invest in Kevyn Aucoin or the Becca highlighters?

Sad that it only lasted 6 1/2 hours, because this looks really nice applied. The peachy-ness of it is quite flattering, yet still not OTT.

This blush caught my eyes when you posted it in your web that I think you might give it higher score… It actually looks pretty on you, too~ Tempting, but when I see the score you gave… hmmm.. I need to re-consider it! ^^
Call me crazy but somehow I often based my buys on your review! Thanks for the review, Christine!

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