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— February 24, 2016 —

NYX Illuminator | Highlighters


NYX Illuminators (0.33 oz.) individually retail for $9 USD ($11 CAD) and are available in 5 shades. They are said to have "a radiant shimmer that diffuses light so skin looks vibrant and refreshed while adding a subtle glow."

Enigmatic is described as a soft pink w/ gold sheen. [P]
Ritualistic is described as a gold sheen. [P]
"Brighten up your complexion! The radiant shimmer of this illuminator diffuses light so your skin looks vibrant and refreshed while adding a subtle glow. Available in 5 radiant colors."
The packaging is a round plastic compact with a snap closure and features a mirror, the product itself also has no fragrance.


Enigmatic is a light-medium, pink peach with warm undertones, fine gold shimmer and a frosted finish. The texture was soft, smooth, a tad dry and lightly firm in the pan. It still applied and blended easily on the skin without looking powdery. It had more sheer pigmentation and could be built to a degree, but over applying the product could also intensify the finish and lightly emphasize pores. Enigmatic wore well for +7 hours before fading. (4/5)
* MAC Pearl Blossom (LE) was cooler, more pink.

Ritualistic is a light, off-white gold with warm undertones, find gold shimmer and a pearl finish. The texture was soft, smooth, easy to blend and apply—it wasn't nearly as dry or as dense as the other shade. It had great pigmentation and left a noticeable sheen to the cheeks, but once again, it could emphasize the look of pores if too much product was packed on. Ritualistic wore well for +7.5 hours before fading. (4/5)
* Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight was more shimmery. Becca Moonstone was lighter, more shimmery. Becca Pearl was lighter, cooler, more shimmery. NYX Ice Queen was lighter, cooler.

Overall, these were nice, affordable highlighters. While they do have shorter wear time and a drier texture, especially in comparison to more mid-range to high-end illuminators, they never looked powdery or had the appearance that they sat on top of the skin, rather than blending in nicely. The NYX Illuminators do lightly emphasize the look of pores and imperfections, but they leave a beautiful, soft glowing sheen. If you're in the market for a more affordable highlighter, these ones are certainly worth checking out!

Available now from NYX Cosmetics!

NYX Illuminator

NYX Illuminator
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NYX Illuminator

NYX Illuminators
(L-R: Enigmatic, Ritualistic)

NYX Illuminators
(L-R: Enigmatic, Ritualistic)

NYX Illuminators
(L-R: Enigmatic, Ritualistic)

NYX Illuminator in Enigmatic

NYX Illuminator in Enigmatic

NYX Illuminator in Enigmatic

NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic

NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic

NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic

Disclaimer: All product(s) featured were purchased by me for personal use.