January 29, 2016

NYX Ombre Blush Review & Swatches

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NYX Ombre Blush

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.

NYX Ombre Blush2

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.

NYX Ombre Blush Swatches (Soft Flush, Feel the Heat, Ista Flame, Sweet Spring)

NYX Ombre Blush Swatches (Soft Flush, Feel the Heat, Ista Flame, Sweet Spring)

NYX Soft Flush Ombre Blush

NYX Soft Flush Ombre Blush

NYX Ombre Blush Soft Flush

NYX Sweet Spring Ombre Blush

NYX Sweet Spring Ombre Blush

NYX Ombre Blush Sweet Spring

NYX Ista Flame Ombre Blush

NYX Ista Flame Ombre Blush

NYX Ombre Blush Insta Flame

NYX Feel the Heat Ombre Blush

NYX Feel the Heat Ombre Blush

NYX Ombre Blush Feel the Heat

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.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Dee

    Glad to have read your review on these before purchasing! Think I will pass on these.

  • danadoo

    Yeah, these are definitely not for me. I bought one of the HD blushes in a magenta shade which i have worn exactly twice. I just cannot master the art of super bright blush application! Maybe i’ll retry in the summer when im tan.

  • wina

    when i saw your photos I immediately decided on instaflame but now that you said it’s extremely pigmented I’m afraid of looking too clownish so I might decide on soft flush

  • Katherine T.

    OMG, lookeee that pigment! I’m light/light medium, but my cheeks “eat” blush, so I have to leave the house with clown cheeks, and by the time I get to work about 1 hour later, it’s faded to something more natural looking . This will be an-all-you-can eat buffet for them (evil laugh). And these remind me of the MAC and Tom Ford Ombre blushes, except a lot more wallet-friendly. I will definitely be checking them out, especially Sweet Spring. I don’t think I have that color in my stash

  • Fancie

    Whoa those are really pigmented! I have a feeling I may like them though since I’m not the biggest fan of sheer blush but I’ll definitely be using a duo fiber brush with these when I try them

  • Christine Joy Luikuo

    They’re beautiful, but it’s a no for me as well. I only need a little amount of color for my cheeks so this will be overwhelming for me. For sure, a lot of other people out there will love them.

  • Sara

    I agree! I got them and they are a little hard to work with because they are so pigmented!

  • Zovesta

    Bring on the pigment! 🙂 I’m always a fan of bold blush so I’ll be keeping an eye out for these. Thanks for the review!

  • Galaxia

    I think they all look great on you! I say, bring on that pigment! lol If they’re too much for me, I’ll just keep them because they’re pretty.