Review & Swatches: NYX Cosmetics Bronzer & Blusher Combos and Highlight & Contour Powder

NYX Cosmetics is really coming into its own! With an impressive roster of affordable and on-trend products, it’s hard to deny their presence in the mainstream these days. In the last few months, they’ve released several new products—take the Color Lip Balms for instance, and the Xtreme Lip Creams. They’ve both quickly made the right marks in the blogosphere, but will their new complexion products make the grade?

Next up for bat are five new Bronzer & Blusher Combos, and a Highlight & Contour Powder. While both products go hand in hand—you can use one without the other, but I thought I’d wrap this all up with one shiny bow!

The Bronzer & Blusher Combos are available in an array of shades for all skin tones. You’ll find the appropriate mix of cool and warm tones, but they’re all interchangeable. Here’s the shade breakdown…

Sunrise in Bali — golden peachy pink blush with shimmering medium bronzer
Ibiza — shimmering orchid blush with satin medium bronzer
Marbella — soft satin pink blush with medium bronzer with bronze micro glitter
Phi Phi Island — golden peach blush with golden glitter and medium/dark bronzer with golden glitter
Bora Bora — medium shimmering terracotta blush with golden shimmering bronzer

The star of the bunch is Sunrise in Bali, it bears some similarities to the NARS Orgasm/Laguna blush and bronzer combo, which will be music to most beauty junkies’ ears! While the darker shades, like Bora Bora and Phi Phi Island will probably be better suited for medium-to-dark skin tones. The pigmentation is great, however those with oily skin may find that the product might not make it through the entire day. These are still definitely an approved buy, and I’d snatch one up if you’re in the market for an updated blush and bronzer for spring!

The Highlight & Contour Powder contains a split pan of a dark brown satin powder and a white satin powder. These might look a little scary in the pan, but believe it or not—they really help create angles in the face. Without getting too complicated, I find it’s best to apply the contour shade with a super light hand. I use a fan brush to softly sweep it into the hollows under my cheeks and along the sides of my nose. (I like Trish McEvoy’s Brush 62 Fan for this.) Next, it’s best to apply the highlight powder with a light hand too, and slowly build up to the desired effect on the brow bones, bridge of the nose, the high points of your cheeks. Don’t forget the cupid’s cusp on your upper lip too, it helps define the shape of your mouth. (I like using the MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush.) Basically, you’re going to lightly apply the contour shade on any place you want to recede, and the highlight shade on what features you want to bring forward.

Both products are housed in a nice compact component that has the perfect heft to it, complete with an interior mirror.

Bottom Line: These will keep you glowing all year round, for less! Don’t miss Sunrise in Bali, or Ibiza—they’re both super wearable and friendly for most skin tones.

Price & Availability: $9 each—

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  • sassa7

    I got Ibiza today and I’m in love!! I also liked Sunrise in Bali, but the bronzer seemed darker than Ibiza’s and Im pretty fair. Ibiza’s blusher is SO beautiful. I’d give all of them 5 stars too. They’re pigmented and gorgeous. The store didn’t have Bora Bora, Marbella and Contour&highlight. I wish I could have seen those ones too! Thanks for the review!