I am a newbie when it comes to NYX. I heard so many things about it, mostly good things, and I always wanted to try its Mosaic Powder Blushes and single eye shadows. Featured here is the NYX Mosaic Powder Blush in Highlighter, my first ever purchase from this line, and a very brief review on it. Suffice to say, I am pleasantly surprised, for the price that I’m paying. I got my NYX from nonpareilboutique.com by the way, when it was 20% off.
If any of this matters to you, I’d like to point out that this highlighter is made in China, as many products are, and mica and parabens are part of the ingredients. If you are in any way sensitive to these, then, this will be a miss for you.
This highlighter looks pretty cool with some shades in pink, lavendar, pale beige, cream and pale taupe. The presentation of the powder somehow reminds me of Laura Mercier’s shimmer / mosaic blocs.
Here’s a close up of the colour and texture of the highlighter. There isn’t much glitter at all, just very subtle shimmer, which I quite like. The powder is finely milled and you can either use the pink and lavendar side for a pinky glow, or the pale beige and cream side only for a golden glow.
For the swatch below, I swirled around the whole palette and it just gives you a very natural glow. Not too pink or golden. As you can see, the one taken in natural light is extremely subtle, I wonder if you can see it.
When I took the picture with flash, you’ll see the light reflecting off the back of my hand. I really like that it doesn’t shout highlight! This is just a very natural sheen that can be added to your cheeks, forehead, along the bridge of your nose and your chin to add dimension, even for day time. That’s right. And it doesn’t make you look like you have a disco ball for a head! LOL!
There are a couple of things I don’t like. One thing I noticed most is the staying power. After about 3 hours of wear, the highlight shimmer is gone. Maybe it’s due to my combination oily skin, but I had primer on, and my bareMinerals foundation was still intact. Also, unlike some of the higher end brands that I’ve tried, this tends to sit on the skin surface for a while. Just doesn’t look well blended.
However, it looked better after I sprayed my face with MAC Fix+. For a very affordable price, I’d say this NYX Mosaic Highlighter does what it should and I must not compare it to the higher end brands. It’s unfair to compare both when the price range is in extremities. Hah!
I am a firm believer of “you get what you paid for” but I also acknowledge that there are hidden gems and rotten eggs in all price range or brands. Out of context, would you prefer to splurge because of the brand name and the associated quality, or do you love a bargain with the uncertainty of quality?