I’m a huge fan of NYX cream and powder blush. I have several shades in both formulas but this is my very first NYX HD Studio Grinding Blush ($15). As you can see, they are pretty pricey when compared to their other blush formulas. However, I got English Rose in a NYX set on HauteLook a few months ago and am now just getting around to trying it out.
There are a total of 8 blush shades available:
- American Girl
- English Rose
- Georgia Peach
- Menage A Trois
- Sangria In Madrid
- Terra Cotta
“This revolutionary HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush compact allows you to grind just enough mineral-enriched cheek color for one flawless application. The result is a finely-milled, high-definition blush that, once applied, deflects light, reduces the appearance of pores and smooths your complexion—making you camera-ready in no time. The rest of your product remains fresh and uncontaminated.”
Right off the bat I’m not a fan of the packaging at all. This blush is really messy to work with. No matter how little I “grind”, I’m always left with too much. English Rose is so pigmented that you only need a tiny bit.
If you leave what’s left behind in the compact, it will float all around unless you store it perfectly flat. If you don’t, it will go everywhere when you open it back up. And I do mean everywhere! So I’m pretty much forced to dump what’s left after every use, which is totally a waste.
One good thing is that the lid closes really tightly so it doesn’t leak powder if you do leave the excess in there and invert it for storage purposes. But the inside of the lid has a mirror on it that gets covered in blush powder and becomes pretty much useless.
The color and the finish of this NYX grinding blush is pretty much the same quality as their other great blushers. It’s silky smooth and easily blendable. Even though I don’t like the packaging, I’ll still use this because of the pretty color. I’ll just be forced to waste a lot of the product so I can store it on it’s side with all my other blushers.
I would have to tell you to pass on these NYX HD Grinding Blushes. Their regular powder blush is just as good, cheaper and much, much less messier to use.