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NYX Week – Illuminators, Contour, Setting Sprays & NARS Orgasm dupe???

NYX Week – Illuminators, Contour, Setting Sprays & NARS Orgasm dupe???

Happy FriYAY bellas,

Today we’re rounding off the week with an array of NYX face products. I’m not going to do a long intro since you’ve already read my thoughts on the brand in the previous posts this week so let’s get on to it.

NYX Illuminators – R155 ($9*)

To say I searched high and low for these would be an understatement. I waited for 8 months before I finally found them restocked at Clicks and grabbed one of each just in case. The illuminators come in 5 different shades of which only 3 made it to our shores. Packaged in a sturdy, black plastic compact, these mimic the style of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators I reviewed here sans the gorgeous embossing. Ritualistic is a strong ivory base with gold shimmer. Narcissistic is a peachy-pink with golden sheen and Enigmatic is a soft pink with golden sheen.

NYX Illuminators in Ritualistic, Narcissistic and Enigmatic - https://belleblushh.com NYX Illuminator - https://belleblushh.com nyx-illuminator-swatches

These are supposed to have a ‘radiant shimmer’ and give the skin a ‘subtle glow’. They do not contain chunks of glitter and is very finely milled. It is drier and more powdery so fallout is expected. As you can see in the swatches below they are much more pigmented than the Strobe of Genius palette I reviewed here, even when blended out. When using a fan brush, it deposits a harsh streak of pigment which is both horrible and unappealing. When used with a denser brush though, it gives you a gorgeous, popping highlight. This does accentuate pores but not to a point where the skin looks textured. These highlighters last around the 6 hour mark and even longer when used with a setting spray.

NYX Illuminator Comparison Swatches - https://belleblushh.com

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette – R395 ($25*)

This caught my eye long before it was launched on our shores. I was impatient and couldn’t wait so I got it from Muse.SA for R550. The palette contains 8 pop out pans that are refillable. The top row contains 4 highlight shades, the outer ones, Ice Queen and Nectar, with a shimmer finish and the inner ones, Soft Light and Cream, being matte.

NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette - https://belleblushh.com NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette Swatches - https://belleblushh.com

They are a bit drying under the eyes so if you don’t hydrate beforehand it’s going to be a hot mess. The darker shades are in the bottom row with the first two, Tan and Toffee, having a satin finish and the remaining two, Sculpt and Hollow, being matte. I mix the first 3 shades to contour depending on the look I’m going for. I use my Swiitch Beauty G31 contour brush to chisel out my cheeks and nose. The powder is very blendable so if you accidentally mess up it’s easy to fix.

NYX Illuminator Swatches - https://belleblushh.com

This is the perfect palette for beginners and pros alike because the powder is so finely milled, they can be mixed to create custom shades. Whether you have pale or deep skin, this palette is for you. If you’re like me and don’t want to splurge on getting an ABH or KVD contour palette, I highly suggest you check this one out. If this palette still wasn’t available, I’d still pay the initial price because I love it so much.

NYX HD Concealer – R105 ($5*)

I don’t own any cream contouring palettes because I find them messy and unhygienic. Instead I always opt for individual products like these. I picked up two shades of the NYX concealers, one to highlight and one to contour. When I swatched the shade Medium at home though, I found it to be more peach so instead use it as a corrector. The shade Nutmeg is the perfect contour shade for my skin tone and I use it if I want my contour really strong or have extra time to do my makeup.

NYX Concealer - https://belleblushh.com NYX Concealer Swatches - https://belleblushh.com NYX Concealer Comparison Swatches - https://belleblushh.com

The formula is very creamy, not drying and blends like a dream. It has medium to full coverage so if you’re looking for that in an undereye concealer, this isn’t it.

NYX HD Blush – TBA ($6.50*)

I seem to have misplaced the receipt for this one and it’s not available online at Clicks. I got the shade Taupe which I’ve heard is a great contour colour for fairer skin tones. Not sure why it’s labelled as a blush. For the undead perhaps? Since there wasn’t a tester in store I decided to try it out myself. It has a strong gray undertone which creates the illusion of a shadow. I find brown contour shades leaning on the cooler side i.e. more gray than orange, make the cheeks appear hollow yet natural. Too much of this can make my skin look ashy and weird so I use this in conjunction with my NYX contour palette for the perfect shade for my complexion.

NYX Blush - https://belleblushh.com NYX Blush - https://belleblushh.com

NYX Blush – R50 ($5*)

I picked up the shade Pinched after reading it was a dupe for NARS Orgasm. I already owned that so I wanted to do a dupe post myself for my blog. This was over a year ago and hey guess what, here it finally is. Delayed much? Let me just talk about the blush itself first. Pinched is described as a ‘coral pink with gold iridescence’. On my complexion it definitely leans more pink. I love the colour and the blush is very pigmented so it needs to be applied with a light hand. This blush is not powdery, very long wearing and very affordable.

Is it a NARS Orgasm dupe?

In my opinion, not even close. While NARS Orgasm can also be described as coral with gold shimmer, it definitely does not looked the same when applied to the skin. NARS Orgasm has much more visible shimmer while NYX Pinched has more of a sheen to it. The NARS Orgasm formula is also different in that it is harder pressed and kicks up no powder whatsoever. It is buildable and definitely earns its reputation as a cult favourite. I thought I was going crazy and found this dupe comparison on the Temptalia website which echoes my sentiments.

NYX Pinched vs NARS Orgasm - https://belleblushh.com

NYX Setting Spray – R159 ($8*)

Another one of the items I searched months for before getting my hands on them. They come in two variants, Matte and Dewy depending on the finish you are going for. Because I had really dry skin at one point, I was only using the dewy one to set my makeup. It’s not as stiff and strong as the Avon or Urban Decay setting sprays but it hydrates the skin while locking the makeup in place. Now that my skin is on the oilier side, I reach for the matte one more. It removes any shine and cakiness from the skin and controls oil production as the day progresses. It does hold makeup well but I would suggest getting the AVON one since it is more transfer-proof.

nyx-setting-spray nyx-setting-spray-swatch

Overall thoughts

While I think all of these products perform well and have worked for me, the ones I would recommend getting is the contour palette and dewy setting spray.

Selected NYX products are available at Clicks stores and online. If you are outside of South Africa, you can purchase the items directly from the NYX website.

Thank you for making it through NYX week. I hope you enjoyed reading about all the products and recommendations. Let me know which product from them is your favourite and I’ll be sure to check it out. Have an awesome weekend bellas.