NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush in English Rose
Ah, to be a bored teen without wheels in the Easy Bay suburbs circa 1992 again… When you live in a town where the most exciting thing to do is get an ice cream cone at Thrifty’s, you figure out ways to amuse yourself.
On Friday nights my friends and I loved to watch The Grind on MTV. Remember that dance show? We’d crank up the volume and electric slide around the living room as the show’s host, Eric Nies, who was almost always shirtless for some reason, introduced the hits.
It wasn’t the most exciting way to start the weekend, but it was either that or ice cream at Thrifty’s…
We sure could have used something like these new NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blushes ($16.50 each; available in eight shades) back then. Dang if these things wouldn’t have kept us busy.
New for spring, they have a cheese grater-like contraption similar to the one Smashbox uses with their Halo powders. By turning the rim of the jar, the grater shaves off a small amount of blush into the pan.
Sangria in Madrid
Menage a Trois
Swatches from left: Menage a Trois, English Rose and Sangria in Madrid
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush in Menage a Trois
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush Sangria in Madrid; Additional makeup worn in this by NYX: Nude on Nude Palette, NYX Eyebrow Push-Up Bra Pencil and Doll Eye Mascara on eyes; Soft Matte Lip Creme in Milan on lips
I don’t mind having to use a little elbow grease in the name of beauty, but I cannot seem to find the sweet spot with these blushes. With all three of the ones I tried, I ended up dispensing more product than I needed, every single time.
And re-sealing the jar with any excess inside doesn’t rectify the situation. The extra product floating around in there gets up all over the place, on the counter, the floor, my favorite pair of Pajama Jeans, etc.
I’ve spent a LOT of time this week cleaning up after this blush, and I’m kinda cranky about it…
But apart from my packaging woes, I actually like this blush. I like how pigmented it is, that it’s easy to blend, and that it manages to last the entire day. I also like how good it looks in photographs and that it doesn’t look heavy on my skin.
NOTE: They also get the Tabs Stamp of Approval for being cruelty-free.
It’s a big improvement in terms of texture and wear time over NYX’s $6 powder blushes, which are also pretty good, but these are considerably more expensive.
Sure, $16.50 isn’t expensive compared to a $40 Chanel blush, but it’s not inexpensive for drugstore either. Price is usually one of NYX’s strong points, and it feels like they may have drifted away from that here.
Overall, I still think the NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blushes are good, but gimme simpler packaging (please hold the bells and whistles!). If NYX can find a way to get the same formula into a basic blush pan and reduce the price…WOOT! I’d hoard all eight colors!
PRICE: $16.50 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at select drugstores, Ulta and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Speaking of the ’90s
Remember this song? Groove *is* in the heart.
Onward to Friday!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,