NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

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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
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
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.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$7.99/0.21 oz. - $38.05 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to "blend like a dream" and have a "luminous finish." The pigmentation varied from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with a denser, lightly creamy texture that felt thicker in the pan but did not look or feel that way on my skin. 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. They lasted around eight hours on me.

Browse all of our NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Magnesium Stearate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850).

Synthetica

PPermanent. $7.99.
A-
A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
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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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What a pleasant surprise to see you reviewing this! There have been SO many drugstore releases as of late that I wasn’t expecting you to pay NYX much of any mind! I hope to see your reviews on some of the lighter shades, as I’m not one for blush toppers like I used to be. If I was, though, this would be right up my alley. I can definitely imagine setting this over a lovely coral (Mac Fleeting Romance anyone?) and having a great time! I really love how the duochrome is ACTUAL duochrome and not just a haphazard random shimmer. These look WAY smoother than I was expecting based on other reviews, despite their stiffer texture. I’ve heard people say mean stuff about these so I am very excited that you are shining some positive light on them. I feel like I’ve seen these at the drugstore and, had I not been swayed by the negative reviews, I would have swiped one up. Good thing there’s still time!

They feel denser but feel very smooth – more like MUFE Artist Eyesahdows to me, which have a denser, firmer, creamier feel but not stiff where you have to scrape product off, or it isn’t blendable, etc.

You know what’s really funny about that? As a birthday gift year before last, I got that 50 Shades of Grey/MUFE Eyeshadow palette with the mini brush. I remember thinking to myself “Goodness, I don’t like these on the eye, but I feel like I could work them in as blushes or highlighters” and they actually worked out great! Thanks for the texture comparison!

I’m in love with this one!!! Synthetics will be mine! Even though I normally hate orange on my cheeks, this shade is so multidimensional that it looks red, pink, orange, peach, gold all at once!

We saw 4 of these new NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders (but only 3 testers) in the Toronto flagship store on Monday. My friend was smitten with this Synthetica shade. 😉

I just purchased this the other day and absolutely LOVE IT! Such a pretty highlight for when you want a subtle highlight on the tops pf your cheekbones. I’m a chocolate girl and it looks marvelous against my skin tone! I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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