High Definition Blush
"High definition" is a buzzworthy phrase in the world of makeup, and so we have NYX's High Definition Blush. While there really isn't anything that makes this particularly "HD," thanks to its good performance and bargain pricing, it's a powder blush option we recommend with one or two (relatively minor) caveats.
High Definition Blush comes in a small, black plastic compact with a clear circular window that allows you to see the blush color inside. The texture of the blush itself is satiny but quite powdery; if you swipe your brush across it, you'll kick up a bit of "blush dust." We recommend gently tapping your brush into the powder, then applying.
A little of this definitely goes a long way, as this blush is highly pigmented—but it is blendable enough that you can sheer it out if you apply a little too much at first. This blush adds a healthy flush of color to cheeks, and wears remarkably well throughout the day without fading.
As far as the color selection goes, it's impressively extensive. Of the nearly 25 shades offered, there's a color and a finish for just about everyone. There are matte, satin, and shimmer finishes, and the shades range from neutral colors suitable for contouring to soft pinks, to bright reds. Even better, this fragrance-free blush comes in at less than $10, making it a true beauty bargain!
Overall, once you get past the initial powdery texture, this is a great blush, one that earns a three-star rating, and our recommendation!
- Highly pigmented formula means a little goes a long way.
- Easy to blend.
- Wears well throughout the day.
- Extensive range of shades and finishes.
- A beauty bargain!
- Texture in the pan is a quite powdery, which could lead to messy application.
A high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly. This vibrant and silky blush delivers a beautiful flush of color and is paraben free.
This small Los Angelesbased makeup line was founded in 1999 by a woman named Toni Ko. The company's Web site is vague about Ko's background, merely stating that she developed an interest in cosmetics as a teenager and wanted to create her own line of cosmetics. Ko's goal was to produce high-quality products at affordable prices, and that's the draw of NYX (pronounced "nicks") Cosmetics. We are pleased to report that, for the most part, Ko succeeded in her childhood dream.
It is important to note that this line offers a full selection of makeup products, from foundations to lip gloss. However, the only place to access everything NYX Cosmetics has to offer is their Web site. The Ulta chain is the largest distributor of NYX Cosmetics products in the United States, and the line can also be found at Target and Nordstrom Rack, but they carry a smaller selection of NYX products.The good news is that most of the few NYX products Ulta stocks are impressive, especially the powder eyeshadows, which compete evenly with eyeshadows that cost a lot more.
NYX Cosmetics website is www.nyxcosmetics.com.
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