NYX Magnetic & Ritualistic Illuminators Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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. Becca Beach Nectar (LE, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Velvet Rope (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Mr. Wind (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Huda Beauty Ibiza (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Fizz (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Milani Flashing Lights (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (PiP, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Peach Delight (007) (LE, $50.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Hot Damn-oiselle D'Avignon (LE, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior Coral Vibes (002) (LE, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Dose of Colors Melonade (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Hit Rewind (P, $7.00) is darker (85% similar). Huda Beauty Zanzibar (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Tom Ford Beauty Gilt Glow (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Persona Laguna (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Let It Rock (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Or Blanc (LE, $70.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (PiP, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Metallic Pearl No. 1 (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Vegas (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Givenchy African Light Gold (LE, $41.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Burberry Silver Shimmer (LE, $68.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Ghostlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Lightgasm Highlight (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.

Magnetic

PPermanent. $9.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

Ritualistic

PPermanent. $9.00.
B+
B+
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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NYX Ritualistic Illuminator
NYX Ritualistic Illuminator

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NYX Ritualistic Illuminator
NYX Ritualistic Illuminator

Illuminator
NYX
$9.00/0.33 oz.

85%

Average

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold
  • Becca Backlight Primer
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On lips:
  • Urban Decay Sheer Beso Lipstick
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Even though I already own the e.l.f. dupe for Nars Albatross in Gotta Glow, Ritualistic looks sooo tempting. But it would certainly be redundant on my part to buy it.
Magnetic is also a super pretty shade! Very natural looking type of glow because of it having peachy tones. Oh, and that it dupes a few TF highlighter shades makes it a win!

Hmmmm….I had been eyeing Ritualistic, but now I don’t think it will work… Albatross looks straight up yellow on me, so given how similar they are, I’m guessing this would be the same. Magnetic looks quite lovely & relatively subtle on you, though, so maybe I’ll give it a whirl!

I LOVE Ritualistic! A little goes a long way and it’s a great dupe for Albatross or any other mid- to high-end version. I haven’t been reaching for it as much since I got Champagne Pop a while back, but when I need something that isn’t as warm or peachy, it’s great. I think I used it regularly for at least a year and it still looks brand new, barely even a dent in the surface.

I like Magnetic! I ordered a blush and Nyx setting spray from their website over the weekend because I couldn’t find the blush online at Ulta or in the store. Wish I had known about this! Can’t beat the price! Ulta had Nyx bogo half price though. So, I had to scoop up the much raged about contour palette just because I’ve heard so many good things about it! I got my niece one for half too! 😀

NYX your killing me with these NARS dupes. I loved Albatross but found the shimmer was too large for my taste…. Ritualistic is on my list when I can get to the NYX store in Toronto foresure.

Christine, I absolutely LOVE it that you show the list of ingredients in the stuff you review. It helps me immensely to see what’s in the formulation and whether I can even consider it or not.
Thank you so much!

I like Ritualistic, Magnetic isn’t bad either, but if I had to chose I’d go with Ritualistic.
Good thing that NYX products doesn’t dig such a huge hole in the walett.

These highlighters look ab-so-lutely GORGEOUS!! I kinda shied away from them thinking they might not have a great formula and I’m pleasantly surprised. And now with these amazing swatches, I might pick up a few even just for blush. Now, I’m wondering how gorgeous enigmatic is…

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