Oh wee *rubbing hands excitedly*, do I have a pretty poppy to show you today.
As I mentioned in my NYX liquid lipstick comparison post here yesterday, I picked up the NYX Lingerie in Exotic from fellow beauty blogger Azraa from Prettifulblog. Along with it I picked up this beauty. The NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette.
You know I usually like to have my highlight so popping it’s visible from space but not anymore. I don’t know what changed or when but recently I’ve been toning things down a bit. Instead of the ‘BAM in your face’/’cheekbones for days’ look, I opt for something a lot more subtle. An inner, ethereal glow I’d like to call it. With me picking up weight and looking all radiant, I’ve been asked numerous times if I’ve got a bun in the oven. Sadly though, it’s due to the lunchtime takeouts and good food my mum-in-law is feeding me at home. How did I veer off topic so fast? Let’s get back on track, shall we?
The NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette is housed in a sturdy plastic container with a clear window front. I would have liked that the lettering rather have been on the black edging so as not to detract from the gorgeous shades. The lid clips closed quite tightly so the palette won’t accidentally fly open during transit.
The NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette holds 7 different shades. There are 4 medium sized pans on the top row and 3 larger pans on the bottom row.
This is probably the most versatile highlighting palette I’ve ever seen. With shades like off-white, lavender and yellow gold, there’s something here for everyone. My favourite shades are the rose gold on the top right, which I hoped was in a bigger pan, and the bronze gold on the bottom centre.
Because the shades do not contain large chunks of glitter, it’s easy to mix and match to create your custom shade.
The powder in the NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette is very finely milled. It has medium coverage that is buildable for a more intense look. Spraying the brush with MAC Fix+ before dipping in boosts the pigment. I found the lighter shades such as the off-white, lavender and yellow gold sat on top of the skin when applied. It accentuated my pores and fine lines and looked very dry. I found it worked best when I applied a liquid or cream highlighter underneath first such as Benefit’s Watts Up or Girl Meets Pearl. The rest of the shades applied and blended easily to give a flawless finish.
Longevity & Wear
I found the shades to all be very long wearing until around the 6 hour mark. It did look better once I used a setting spray and melted into the skin.
I paid R380 ($19*) for the NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette which is definitely on the pricier side for a drugstore item. Because of the quality, performance and longevity, I’d say it is comparable to my ABH and Becca highlighters. That said, this palette is very affordable for the amount of product (20g) you’re getting and the number of shades you get to play with. This is the one drugstore highlighting palette that everyone NEEDS.
The NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette did not make it to Clicks stores but if you’re interested I’m hoping Azraa still has a few available here. If you’re living outside of South Africa, you can pick one up directly from the NYX website.