New $6.50 NYX High Definition Blush: On Days When My Face Is on the Oily End of the Sebaceous Spectrum, This Powder Blush Is a Dream

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Face, Makeup, NYX, Product Reviews

The Curse of the Black Pearl is a freakin’ cakewalk compared to The Curse of Combination Skin (which I have). I mean, it’s not like I’m dealing with undead skeleton pirates or anything, but hella moody skin that alternates between bone dry and Oil Slick City comes with its own set of problems, man.

NYX High Definition Blushes

The new NYX High Definition Blushes ($6.50 each)

May I present to the court Exhibit A: the new $6.50 NYX High Definition Blushes.

NYX High Definition Blush in Baby Doll

Four of the 24 available NYX High Definition Blushes

On days when my face is on the oily end of the sebaceous spectrum, this powder blush is SUCH a dream (they’re just $6.50 each). When I wear it, my cheeks look like I just found out that I won the lottery, and subsequently told my curmudgeonly feline boss to suck it — all that naturally glowing lit-from-within jazz that comes with telling someone off or doing a vigorous wop to Push It or, I dunno, making out with your knee (Ha! That’s how I used to practice kissing…).

And then there’s the soft, smooth powders, which feel like fairy dust and blend like powdered sugar; the cray-cray amount of pigment; and the 8-hour wear time — hot dayum! — which all add up to placing these on the cusp of legendary drugstore makeup status.

NYX High Definition Blush in Coraline

High Definition Blush in Coraline

NYX High Definition Blush in Baby Doll

High Definition Blush in Baby Doll

NYX High Definition Blush in Rose Gold

High Definition Blush in Rose Gold

NYX High Definition Blush in Hamptons

High Definition Blush in Hamptons

NYX High Definition Blush Swatches from the left: Coraline, Baby Doll, Rose Gold and Hamptons

High Definition Blush Swatches from the left: Coraline, Baby Doll, Rose Gold and Hamptons

NYX High Definition Blush in Coraline

Wearing Coraline on my cheeks

But then there are the dry days…when my combo skin suddenly decides to imitate a desert. “Hey! Wouldn’t it be fun to crank up the dry patches today?”

And that’s when this blush doesn’t fare so well… Whenever I have dry bits on my cheeks, it applies patchy and uneven, settling into my pores and latching onto every textured and flaky bit. I have to really get in there and BUFF to make it appear reasonably even and smooth, and even when I do, I still end up with an uneven, patchy mosaic of madness on my cheeks by the end of the day.

Yeah, these are better for oily skin, methinks.


As for the colors, there are 24 spread out among different finishes.

If you have dry or combo skin, or have any textured, flaky bits, you might run into some trubs, so keep your receipt, just in case.

PRICE: $6.50
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores, Ulta and online at

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, my friend! 🙂 Will there be any green beer in your future today?


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  1. Agata says:

    NYX is really bringing it recently. I love the pigmentation of these blushes. Even when my skin is dry, my cheeks aren’t so I think I’d be all right!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Karen. Not a big fan of beer in general, so no beer for me but corned beef and cabbage for dinner it is!
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  2. surleen says:

    Great post! What is your favorite blush brush?

  3. Heather G says:

    SO excited for these to arrive in-stores.

  4. Anne Marie says:

    I love these blushes! I’m on the hunt for Double Dare, a beautiful orange that matches my hair color perfectly. None of the stores around me have it though! Glad to see a good review for it!

  5. Erin says:

    I have a tendency to really dry cheeks, so I’m going to skip trying this one.
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  6. You used to practice kissing with your knee? How on earth did you comfortably reach it? I used my forearm/elbow…
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  7. Kwmechelle says:

    Out of this entire post, Funnel Delight is the only thing I paid attention to. I now want that lippie + funnel cake. Tehehehehe 🙂

  8. QBdoll says:

    Karen gurl, you are my comic relief. I love reading your posts. Those blushes are gorg – esp on you! Have you tried the new blushes by Colourpop? They are a cream/powder hybrid and oh so lovely. Very long wear and only $8 a pop!

  9. gio says:

    Rose Gold is gorgeous! But my cheeks are dry, so I don’t think it will work for me. 🙁
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  10. Rachel R. says:

    Those look beautiful. I have oily skin, so I’m very happy to hear they’ll work well on me. Baby Doll is my favorite, I think.

  11. Natalye says:

    these look great! Baby Doll is really pretty!
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  12. Beti says:

    I love the look of Coraline and Rose Gold, they would be great for the warmer months.

  13. Lovely colors!!! I have noticed NYX blushes not to last too long and fade within couple of hours, what do you feel about these new ones ?
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  14. The blushes look great and at the price point they are pretty good!!

    I guess i will keep them for summers than winters.. Its a pain when you have to blend blend and blend with powder blushes just to get even application.. 😛
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  15. Holly says:

    Thank you for the review; I need a pink blush & I keep hearing such wonderful things about NYX. Having oilier skin, this looks as if it’d be perfect in my makeup bag!

  16. Coraline and Rose Gold have my name written all over them! Pretty.
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  17. Amber says:

    Despite my dry skin, I won’t be able to say no to these beauties. I’ll just try them for “blogging purposes” mmmmK? Thanks for the pretty swatches!

  18. Tulipthecat says:

    Hi Karen,
    How funny. I just order 2 of these when I went to order the NYX Intense Butter glosses on the Ulta site. However, I can’t remember which ones I ordered. But right now they are buy 1 get 1 half off. It’s better to order online because I can never find them at the Ulta store that hasn’t been opened already (yuck).

  19. Fancie says:

    Rose Gold is looking pretty tempting! I have dry skin though so I’m a little nervous but the color is worth a try
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  20. Marqui says:

    I LOVE blush. I have combo skin and I tried two of these blushes and returned them last week because they applied patchy. Your blog post makes me want to give them another try!

  21. Deanna says:

    Helllloooo! You look so lovely in that picture and it makes me lightweight crave these NYX blushes. But tarte can do no wrong. How do you think they compare? Thanks again for the awesome post!

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