NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($7.99) light-catching pearl highlighting powder that gives skin a gorgeous glowing finish. This new highlighting powder launched in five shades with the NYX Spring 2017 Collection and I picked up two of the five shades to review.
Here’s a look!
I don’t really migrate to highlighting powders like this. Typically I have a minor obsession with pretty highlighters from brands like Lancome, Guerlain, and Givenchy. But in recent years, I curbed my highlighting hoarder ways and I don’t have as many in my beauty vault as I once did. Something as basic looking as NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder would typically be passed over by me. These come in a simple (0.21 oz) clear plastic compact with a black backing. I’m all about the pretty but I’m also one who doesn’t really use highlighters all that much due to a lack of application skills and fear that I’ll look like a disco ball. My blog is an hompage of sparkly looks that I’ve done and failed at in the past. So, yeah, I tend to try avoid sparkly highlighters and leave them to the experts.
But recently, while at Ulta the new NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in Synthetica was too gorgeous a shade to not try out. This stunning and vibrant golden orange looked like it would make a fantastic blush shade.
Trust me, it doesn’t especially if you’re as heavy handed as I am. Word to the wise, it’ll make a great blush as it is pigmented enough to work as such but I couldn’t quite get it down right as it was a little too overkill glow on my face when applied all over.
But the good news is it does create a gorgeous glow on cheeks. For me this is one of the stand out shades in this collection. I’ll apply a matte blush and follow up by buffing in some of Synthetica at the top of my cheek bones and instantly my entire face glows. Truly, the shade is fantastic.
I can’t say I experienced the same glow with the second shade I purchased, Crushed Bloom. But Synthetica was just too beautiful and exactly what I wanted from this formula.
These have a smooth, hybrid texture that mimic the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow and Blush range. It’s a pressed gel-powder with a slightly dense texture that’s easy to pick up with a brush. Remember what I said earlier about being heavy handed? User beware as they do pack pigment and a lighter touch is needed during application. I also have to buff very well for the smoothest finish as the color tends to accentuate drier areas on my face and will likely accentuate uneven skin texture or pores. Just be sure to prep well prior and be prepared to blend, blend, blend for the smoothest, most even finish.
If you can get the application down just right, you’ll be very happy with the results. I only tried two shades but Synthetica was the shade that had the most impact and glow on my face. I went a litte lighter with Crushed Bloom in my photos above but it packs punch too when applied a little heavier.
All in all, the NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder are a fantastic addition to the brand’s permanent collection. I would say Synthetica is not to be missed if you like shades like glowing shades of coral, orange, or peach. It’s a stunner!
Highlighter fans will adore this, no doubt.
NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder are available now at Ulta.com and on sale with a Buy 1, Get 1 50% off as well as a coupon code for $3.50 off $15 purchases (promo code 400469).