Today I’m reviewing a gorgeous blush from NYX’s HD Studio range ~ Grinding Blush in shade Sangria in Madrid.
Price : $15 (picked up from cherryculture.com for $12.40)
What NYX says about the product ~
A revolutionary system for face blush. This genius system grinds mineral-enriched high-definition blush powder that reflects light from skin and makes pores appear smaller and smoother. Perfect for photos and filming. Grinding powder allows you to control the amount you need to keeps remaining product fresh. Say goodbye to oil trapping on powders, contamination, and cracking.
INGREDIENTS: Mica, Kaolin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Silica, Hexyl Laurate, Diisostearyl Malate, Magnesium Stearate, Red 30 Lake, Nylon-12 Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, C.I. 77491 (Iron Oxides), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, VP/VA Copolymer, Hydroxypropyl Methycellulose, C12-14 Pareth-7, Amodimethicone, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol, Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Salicornia Herbacea Extract.
My take on the Product
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding blush comes in a round jar packaging which has a a mirror on the underside of the screw on lid. Inside, the blush has a mechanism for grinding – when you twist, the blush comes out through the holes giving you a fresh ‘batch’ so to speak for every application. To be honest, I’m not really sold on the packaging. For starters, the loose powder blush which is ‘ground’ out is always too much and makes the packaging quite messy. After 2 applications, there is a dusting of blush everywhere including the threads of the outer lid. Thankfully, the new product comes with a blue seal (shown in the images) so there is no fallout in the fresh product.
The blush is well pigmented and the powder is finely milled. One needs to be a little careful as its very easy to pick up excess blush with the whole ‘grinding’ mechanism here. It is fairly easy to blend and has an excellent staying power. The longest I’ve worn it yet was around 10 hours and though there was a bit of fading, there was significant color left on my cheeks. As for the HD claims of this products, I don’t really see any major differences in how it photographs compared to other blushes. It does look more satin-y instead of dry, matte in pictures though. The overall quality is excellent and definitely superior to the regular NYX Powder blushes in terms of pigmentation, texture as well as staying power.
The shade Sangria in Madrid is a warm raspberry pink which may look more reddish on some skin tones. On me, it a beautiful warm pink that adds a lovely warmth and glow to the face. I think this is an excellent pink blush for warm/dusky/tanned skin. It has a bit of red in it so if you have reddish acne/marks etc, make sure to conceal well as it tends to emphasize redness. I have a little bit of reddish pigmentation on my cheeks and when I wear it alone (without foundation), it does not look pretty. The shade has a soft satin-matte finish and doesn’t look dry or powdery on the cheeks. I absolutely love the shade and would recommend it to everyone especially to women with medium-dark complexions!
The GOOD about NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush :
- Finely milled powder
- Excellent pigmentation
- Blends well
- Long stay
- Gives a lovely satin finish
- Beautiful shade
The NOT-SO-GOOD about NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush :
- The packaging tends to get messy!
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blushes come in a jar mechanism wherein you can get a fresh batch of blush everytime you need by ‘grinding’. The whole concept is quite interesting and keeps the blush hygienic but it also makes the packaging very messy. Formula-wise, this beautiful warm raspberry pink blush in excellent – it gives a lovely satiny color to the cheeks that stays on entire day with barely any fading. I don’t agree with all the claims NYX makes about this blush but it does look nice in pictures though not more than any other good blush.
Rating : 4.5/5
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