Baked Blush

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$6.99 
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Category:
Makeup > Blushes > Powder Blush
Last Updated:
3/12/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This baked blush comes in a bevy of gorgeous shades including hues of coral, peach, berry, fuchsia, rose, and pink. Each leaves skin flushed with radiance, but goes on very sheer, requiring layering to achieve saturated color (particularly with the lighter shades).

As is often the case with "baked" powders, the top layer of this compact blush feels a bit stiff and doesn't adhere very well to a brush. Once that layer wears off, you're left with a much silkier pressed powder texture that applies beautifully.

If a subtle hint of luminous cheek color is what you're after, this is will do the trick (at a stellar price!).

Pros:
  • Extensive color range with gorgeous shades.
  • Subtle, luminous finish.
  • Pressed powder texture goes on smooth (once the top layer wears off).
Cons:
  • Top layer of powder compact is stiff until it wears off.

This small Los Angeles–based 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 (you know, just like about 99.9% of teenage women) 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, 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 customer service number is (866) 699-1004 or you can visit www.nyxcosmetics.com.

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