Rhyea asked about NYX blushes in a comment on my post below where I confessed to being a blush addict.
These are the only NYX blushes I own at the moment. I used to have about 6 but I gave away the rest for various reasons, mainly because I had too many duplicate colours.
NYX Cosmetics is pronounced “nix”. According to their website:
NYX was named after the ancient Greek goddess who ruled the night just like many of our fans out there who rule the night life in this hip and modern techno-savvy world!
They are based in Los Angeles and their products are very reasonably priced. In fact, I’d go so far as to say they are really cheap! The quality of their makeup is very good for the price. I find their powders relatively finely milled and the colour pigmentation is pretty good. I did not expect much for the price, but I was very pleasantly surprised to see that it was all good. In fact, the pigmentation is so good, I’d say they are equal to some higher end products!
They are however, not so easy to find, even if you are in America. Check out the store locator to see if NYX is available to you nearby. Those who care about animals would be happy to know that NYX does not test on animals, so they are safe to buy. On to the NYX powder blushes (US$6.00/RM20 each)
As I said, I presently have 3 colours:
Cinnamon – a peach blush with a brown undertone. It goes on sheer.
Angel – A light sweet pink blush that is neither warm nor cool. I’d say it should fit most skintones.
Peach – A straight peach with little pink undertone. This colour would be gorgeous on most Asian ladies.
The 3 blushes I have have little or no shimmer so they are great for work. The texture is on the sheer side but I like that in a blush so I can layer on the colour without making mistakes. The problem with a pigmented blush is that if you make a mistake, boom! instant clown cheeks!
Packaging wise, its very practical. The blushes come in a large square pan with a quilted surface. The cover flips up and has a clear cover so you can tell what colour it is inside. Great when you have too many in your drawer!
This brand is very underrated and worth checking out, if you can get your hands on it. If you have friends going to or are based in the USA, ask them to check it out for you. Its cheap and can be found at Ulta drugstores (not all, so check the store locator). It is sometimes cheaper in the stores.
You can also buy it online but it costs more. The website ships internationally, but a trial order I made cost me $38 for one $6 blush shipped to Malaysia by airmail! Horrors! Alternatively, look on ebay.com. There is a seller on ebay.com that sells NYX Cosmetics at a price slightly under retail, and her shipping is very reasonable. I’ve never bought from her personally, but I’ve made enquiries about shipping costs which I found very fair. Others I’ve come across have had good experiences with her though.
All said, I’d say these blushes are some of my best finds and among the cheapest too!
Pros: Cheap, good quality, large range of colours
Cons: Hard to find, not available in Malaysia