Dayum, it’s so nice out here by the pool today… Nice and hot! — like a bare-chested Ryan Gosling in tight pants.
Here, put on some sunscreen, please. I’m not letting you burn on my watch, missy. And stop hogging that pitcher of iced tea! Go on now, pass it this way. Sharing is caring.
Oh — sorry. That was strange… I got lost in a daydream there for a minute and forgot that Christmas is less than three weeks away.
I don’t know what happened. I was just sitting here with the new NYX Bronzer & Blusher Combos ($9 each), and then everything got all summer, summer, summertime.
Everything about this new line of blush/bronzer duos, from the exotic black-and-white illustration on the compacts to the free-spirited pigments inside, reminds me of summer. I think it’s an unusual release for the holidays, but I don’t mind the timing at all. I’m a ho for blushes, so it’s all good.
For me, the blush halves are the stars of this show. They’re pigmented, easy to blend, and come in the kinds of colors I see more often from lines like NARS and MAC. In fact, I think a couple of them even look like possible dupes, particularly peachy Sunrise in Bali, which reminds me of NARS Orgasm, and shimmery, plummy gold Phi Phi Island, which resembles a lighter, more sparkly version of Sin.
The bronzer sides, however, despite how dark they appear in the pans, aren’t nearly as pigmented as their blushing halves. Still, I find them pretty easy to build up when I want more color.
01 Sunrise in Bali
04 Phi Phi Island
05 Bora Bora
Swatches, top row from the left: 01 Sunrise in Bali, 02 Ibiza, 03 Marbella and 04 Phi Phi Island; bottom row, 05 Bora Bora
Swearing 04 Phi Phi Island
For a sun-kissed look, I like to swirl my brush in one of the pans to mix the blush/bronzer together, but I like the way they look separately, too.
Although they do seem a little powdery, and sometimes I can see the powders sitting on top of my skin, buffing them down with a kabuki brush results in a pretty natural look.
I get about six hours of wear time with these, so not quite as long as similar products from MAC and NARS, but overall, not bad at all, and a steal of a deal for $9 each.
Good job, NYX!
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