NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush Review and Swatches

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush 1

My review on the NYX HD Studio Grinding Blush is a long time coming since I have a love/hate relationship with them.

Tried them?

Why do you love them?

I’m betting several people will proceed to tell me they hate them and I totally understand why….

What a great blush.

I dunno how they do it but NYX successfully creates inexpensive, quality makeup time and time again.

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush 2

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush 3

NYX’s HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush compact allows you to freshly grind just the right amount of blush which each application. This finely milled formula gives a super, flawless finish with plenty of pigmentation and a lovely camera-ready finish. I found the finish was pure perfection that melded with skin beautifully leaving behind a lovely glow with a long wearing formula. I absolutely love everything about the formula.

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush 6

English Rose

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush 10

Sangria in Madrid

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush 9


NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush 7

English Rose, Sangria in Madrid, Apricot

The packaging is a complete dud…

At first glance, I thought the screw top pots incredibly cute. Each blush has a top that completely unscrews and a mirror hidden in the top part. The wells are large enough to comfortably swirl a brush in as well and let’s not forget the generous size of 0.25 oz size for $15! I thought the little black pots quite nice to look at as well.


The mess created after each grind.

Sadly, I find I end up grinding too much product no matter how careful I am and if I screw the lid on with a little blush left over in the pot the next time I open it I find a complete mess. The blush ends up all over the rim, mirror, etc…

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush 4

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush 5

I find the faulty packaging is a complete killjoy and deal breaker for me so I actually never bothered hauling additional shades of the blush in the end and just stuck with the original three shades I own.

Overall, NYX should consider perhaps a flap to cover any extra unused blush to keep things a little less messy. These won’t travel well if you keep powder inside the pot and they tend to make a royal mess if you do store them with powder inside.

No likey!

Great formula but a vast improvement on the packaging is needed before I can recommend them.

Disclaimer: Two of these blushes I purchased and one was given to me as a press sample for review.

  • 5/15/12 19:43 Sarah:

    I was gonna say, the colors are supremely pigmented but I’m not sure if I could get behind the whole grind your own blush thing because it looks like it’d get super messy. :o Still might be worth a try since it’s a lot of blush for $15.


  • 5/15/12 21:47 Ruth:

    can you pry the grinder ttop hingie off and just use it like a regular blush?


    • 5/16/12 9:46 the Muse:

      that would def take some technical work ruth lol!


  • 5/15/12 22:18 Leighann:

    Bummer! I wanted to try these when Ulta had NYX 40% off. When I checked, they only had 2 colors in stock. When I went back to put them in my cart, they were all sold out. I still kind of want to try one because they look gorgeous, but the packaging is a real buzz kill!


  • 5/16/12 2:17 chelle:

    I have these in menage a trios & english rose. I really love the formula. It goes on smoothly, lasts all day, and very little (VERY VERY LITTLE) goes a long way. (It will take forever to finish a pot.)

    I only grind out what I intend to use and that helps in preventing huge messes. That being said, I turn the grinder just enough to get a few particles loose, sometimes I don’t even use the grinder at all and just use what my brush picks up through the holes. :)

    My problem with the packaging is that it’s rather bulky and I kind of hate having it in 2 pieces. I would have preferred a flip compact like the HD grinding powder foundation (which I also love). Furthermore, I don’t think I’ll be able to tell when I’m nearing the pan.


    • 5/16/12 9:08 the Muse:

      hey chelle, I’ve tried really hard to just grind a little but for some reason I always end up with a lot! I actually like the packaging, I like not having a lid attached, makes it easier to get my brush in without hindering me. I do think you’ll be able to see, through the holes, that you’re getting nearer to the end ;-D


  • 5/16/12 13:08 Mary:

    These have been out a while and I don’t know why my local Ulta still doesn’t have them :(


    • 5/16/12 13:15 the Muse:

      cherry culture mary?


  • 5/16/12 13:40 Majick:

    I have not seen these yet. THey look lovely. The grinder reminds me of Smashbox Halo. I don’t have a problem with that one but I do what Chelle does and only move the grinder 1 or 2 clicks. I say click because even a 1/4 turn will put out enough powder for an army. Sometimes I don’t turn it at all either.


  • 5/16/12 22:24 dina:

    english rose is beautiful but can’t go for that mess :(


  • 10/15/12 22:51 stef:

    you guys are all cray cray. if a blush looked totally AMAZING on me i wouldn’t care at all about the packaging


  • 10/16/12 6:44 Siska Utari:

    I love NYX powder blushes.
    Can’t wait to try this one out.


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