The NYX Cream Blush is another recent favorite of mine — alongside my usual Illamasqua Cream Blusher in “Laid” and “Promise.” Cream blushes are tricky to work with — and I find that the formula is most important. It can’t be too sticky, too oily, or dry too fast on the skin.
NYX states that this “velvety smooth cream blush provides radiant, long-lasting color and a fresh, dewy glow.” The formula is “infused with minerals that hydrate and condition the skin,” giving it a “silky feel [that] allows for virtually mistake-proof application.” The texture is really emoillient so it glides onto the skin really well. It’s smooth and not too tacky, so you’re able to really work it into the skin without any tugging or pulling. The “long-lasting color in the form of a velvety smooth cream” dries matte in a reasonable amount of time, and while the shade is very pigmented, it’s easy to work with and blends out beautifully.
This cream blush is very hydrating, so it doesn’t make you cheeks feel dry. Also, adding a highlighter or powder on top of the blush helps it last longer too without interfering with how it looks on the skin. I’ve noticed that the Illamasqua cream blushes can catch dry spots on my face, and if there’s even one flake of dryness, you’re going to be able to see it. With the NYX formula, all of that is hidden well. I’ve noticed that when blending in the color onto my cheeks, it doesn’t remove my base makeup that I’ve applied prior, which has always been a problem for me with other cream blushes from various brands.
The shade “Boho Chic” looks unoriginal and not very exciting in the pan — I know, but it’s a great basic shade to start with if you’re new to the cream blush band wagon. The formula and texture is great: super smooth, great application, and superb lasting power on the skin, and formula’s really the key to cream blushes. The color “Boho Chic” is natural and glossy, without looking streaky or patchy on the skin; it can flatter pretty much most skintones, and is a perfect blend of of a warm pink with a hint of peach.
As I’ve previously mentioned, working with cream blush can be tricky. But with a synthetic buffing brush, this formula is great and ranks a close second to my beloved Illamasqua cream blushers. This cream blush is a great alternative to the Illamasqua Cream Blushers and the more high-end cream blushes from Chanel, like the ones in shade 63 “Revelation” and 64 “Inspiration.” At only $6, it’s a great deal, even if you’re just experimenting.
While the Illamasqua cream blushers have a glossy finish, giving a porcelain kind of effect — the Chanel cream blushes have a mousse texture that is just as good and the finish is a soft-power effect. The formulas are different so they achieve different finishes. The NYX cream blush is a great alternative and there’s a wide array of colors. I’ll definitely be purchasing more in the future, and I highly recommend this blush as a budget-friendly option. I like cream blushes best for days when my makeup is light and effortless, and I’m not in the mood for full-foundation and eye makeup. The bright cheeks helps you look awake and healthy, and it makes such a big difference in the appearance of your skin!
Retails for $5.99 USD.