Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Cream Blush Rave: NYX Stick Blushes
Meet my new found blusher love: NYX Stick Blushes. These cream blushes come in eight shades but sadly I only own two at the moment that I can attest to being ah-may-zing. Right off the bat I love the cute, bright packaging that is sleek and tiny so the blushes are easy to tote around. It also helps that the color of the packaging is spot on at representing the shade of blush. No more opening up every blush to check what color you're reaching for!
Here is a glance at the ingredients for those of you who are curious or have sensitive skin. The primary ingredient is mineral oil which seems to strike fear in many people but I have never had a problem with using it on my face. I have been wearing these blushes quite often and so far I have not experienced any break outs or skin irritation.
Here you can see how similar the color of the packaging looks to the actual product. The blushes are easy to twist up although a bit of product might scrape the sides of the packaging a little. The only negative about the presentation of this product is how much product you are actually getting. The packaging says there is 6.2 grams and also .013 ounces. I think .013 is a typo and it should be .13 but still, that does not convert to 6.2 grams.... Nonetheless there is quite a bit of product and a little goes a long way with these pigmented blushes.
Hibiscus is a brown pink shade which gives the cheeks a warm yet understated flush. Magnolia is a bright, bubble gum pink which is surprisingly flattering on me despite being cool toned. The above swatch is about three swipes of the blush straight from the tube. I suppose you can apply the blush by dabbing the product straight to your cheeks but I prefer swiping a brush into the product a few times then applying it to my cheeks. Using a brush gives more even color distribution and it is easier to layer on color rather than risk applying too much and looking like a clown.
The blushes are easily sheered out and can be built up for a more potent cheek color. The finish on these is much less glossy and reflective than the NYX Rouge Cream Blushes which some have complained to be too goopy in consistency. The Stick Blushes also last much longer than the regular cream blushes probably due to the firmer consistency. On my oily to combination skin, the Stick Blushes can over eight hours which is quite impressive.
I am a very big fan of the NYX Stick Blushes and I will definitely be picking up some of the other shades in the future. These budget blushes retail at $6 and I picked mine up for less than $3 a pop. I highly recommend these to those of you who like cream blush. If you're a makeup beginner I think you will appreciate these a lot as they look very natural once blended out. Have you tried out this product? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts on them too!