NYX Ombre Blush ($10 or Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off at Ulta.com) are a new gradient blush inspired by the ombre trend that has two shades of silky powder blushed blended into one gorgeous shade. These were launched with the NYX Spring 2016 Collection but they will be a permanent addition to NYX’s color collection.
NYX Ombre Blush quite remind of the MAC Spring Forecast Blush Ombre that released originally in 2010 (since that time we’ve seen some shades and even new shades repromoted in collections such as the Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection).
I love how gorgeous and crazy bright these are but that’s their downfall too.
So you’re either going to love NYX Ombre Blush or you’re going to hate it. I’m personally in between those two myself. I both love and hate this formula.
For $10 you get 0.28 oz of blush in a slick black compact with a full size mirror. Last year, NYX HD Blush launched with the Spring 2015 Collection and were $6.50 at 0.16 oz in size. So you’re getting double the blush here for a mere $3.50 more plus a hell of a lot more pigment. Not that UD Blush wasn’t pigmented but Ombre Blush blows them out of the water!
One of the reasons I disliked HD Blush was because it was very powdery so I was surprised when I read that some users found that NYX Ombre Blush was powdery. I didn’t feel that way at all. These aren’t necessarily powdery but my brush does pick up a lot of color on a single pass that’s for sure.
If you have a darker skin tone you’re going to love these as they really pack the color on. They are intensely almost too pigmented with a very bold, vibrant color pay off. The formula is slightly dry on some shades and they blend a little patchy on my drier cheeks and tend to adhere to drier areas. The best option for application that sheers out the color and gives it more of an airbrushed finish is by using a fibre brush. These are just too pigmented so it’s easy to get some major clown cheeks as you can see in one or two of my photos I over did things because I have a heavier hand and I used my favorite Bobbi Brown blush brush to apply which isn’t a great brush for use with these. The wear is excellent at around ten hours without showing signs of fading.
NYX Ombre Blush aren’t without their application issues but some shades are worth exploring and trying out especially if you like super bold, pigmented blushes! I wouldn’t say this formula is the best blush formula around nor is it the easiest to use but some of the shades to stand out as keepers like Soft Flush.
NYX Ombre Blush are available now at Ulta and Ulta.com.