In Our Makeup Bag: NYX Rouge Cream Blush

Is it just me or is there another “revolutionary” new makeup product introduced every freaking day?! Just walking into Ulta or Sephora (or even Walgreens!) sends many chicas into fits of hysteria, reaching for the nearest brown bag to regulate their breathing. It’s all so overwhelming.

So how can you know which product – among the sea of thousands – is the best? Which does what you need it to do? Which ones are worth the extra money? Let me help. I don’t know every beauty product out there, but I’ve tested a lot of them and I’ll let you know which are worth the money and which are not.

(Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for review purposes)

What it is: NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Glow & Rose Petal

Why this should be in your bag: Since my eyes have been opened to the wonders of a great blusher, I’ve become something of a hoarder. I’ve got blushes in every shade, for every occasion. Coral, pink, red, tan – you name it, I’ve got it. I find blush really finishes off your look and can make you look so alive and fresh! If subtly done, you have a great, natural flush to your face and no one will even be able to tell it’s from a product. Cream blushes are best for this natural glow, as they blend seamlessly into your skin and just brighten up your cheeks instead of caking on powder. The dewy finish they leave seems real, and I think this is key in pulling off that “Oh I just woke up and left the house”look. NYX Rouge Cream Blushes deliver everything I’m looking for in a cream blush: pigmentation, creamy texture and variety.

How to use it: Start by applying your face-basics, whether that includes moisturizer, primer, foundation, etc. I also make sure I apply my concealer before blush, because sometimes the application area tends to overlap. You can use your fingers or a brush to apply the cream blush. I’m usually lazy and go with my fingers, but a brush guarantees even coverage. The NYX Rouge Cream Blushes are CRAZY pigmented (it’s a good thing!) so be careful when applying. You really need very little, which means that one of these blushes will last you for a while. After blending it out, I usually dust some bronzer or powder all over my face (to set it)  and then head out!

TIP: I’ve recently started using these babies as a lip color and they work well for that too! A tad dry, but a good substitute if you’re looking for a particular color last minute.

(Left: Glow. Right: Rose Petal. Both so pigmented!)

(And here they are blended out!)

CC Rating: A
The NYX Rouge Cream Blushes are great! Not only is the pigmentation and texture comparable to MAC Blushcreme, but they are a fraction of the price ($6 compared to $18.50!). You get loads of product in each pan and the color range is fairly wide. My only complaint is the lasting power; these will last all-day when I’m working in my office, but the second I step outside, they only last until about noon. Now, 4 hours in hot, hot heat is pretty good, but I would love to get 8 hours out of these.

All-in-all, the NYX Rouge Cream Blushes have made their way to the top of my daily blush list and I find myself constantly reaching for them. Rose Petal is great for everyday and Glow works for when I’m going out or just feel a bit sassy! A great, natural blusher for $6? Count me in!

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