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In January 2016, I went to Generation Beauty LA and got bunch of products and samples.
Here's what I got. I already reviewed Benefit They're Real! Mascara (top middle), Laneige BB Cushion in Light (top middle), Pixi in Wakeup Wisteria nail polish (bottom right), and Too Faced Melted Chocolate in Chocolate Milkshake (bottom middle).
NYX products. For this post, I will review their highlighting palette.
NYX Strobe of Genius Illumination Palette
Where to purchase: ULTA, CVS, Target, and online at nyxcosmetics.com
Price: $19 for 4 x 0.07 oz/ 2 g and 3 x 0.14/ 4 g
Made in China
Description from the package: This breakthrough palette gives you everything needed to achieve today's most buzzed-about highlighting trend: Strobing. Includes seven shades to enhance your features with serious levels of illumination. Mastering the look is easy - all you need is a little natural light.
Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, Tin Oxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Thoughts: I actually got this from the NYX machine. You tweet a number they give you and they shoot out a product. The volunteer/worker told me they hardly shoot out the illuminating palette. Most of the products in the machine were the blushes. For that reason, I was more excited to try this product!
Now for swatches...
Now for my overall opinion... First of all, I wouldn't say it's travel-friendly. It doesn't come with a mirror unless you carry one. Since I apply the illuminating palette at home before I go out, this is friendly to me. With that said, I wouldn't say it's completely compact. I can see it crack if you drop the product. Secondly, it's not powdery! After trying e.l.f. Illuminating Palette, I was kind of scared to try this product. e.l.f. Illuminating Palette was so powdery even if I dip my brush into the product, the powder went everywhere. Thankfully, this palette wasn't like that. If I moved my brush in the product, I did see slight powder. It wasn't bad though to the point of it being all over the place. If you dip the brush into the product and not move it, you won't see any powder. With that said and third, the product is opaque. You don't need to do much with the product. Just dipping the brush into the product is good enough to grab the product. Fourth, the product doesn't make you look oily! It makes you look dewy. Since I have dry skin, I'm all about dewy than matte. In my personal opinion, I think matte face makes people look older or at least it does for me. For that reason, I've been about the dewy look. Then again, it might be seeing all the Korea actresses and singers. In Korea, it's all about dewy face and skin. If you have oily skin, I can see it getting oilier throughout the day. With that said, the shine isn't only on the top layer. I hate products where once the top layer is removed, it's matte. It avoids the whole concept of the product. Lastly, it lasted all day on me. It did not fade throughout the day.
* Not powdery.
* Makes me look dewy.
* Shine is not only on the top layer.
* Does not fade.
* Not travel-friendly; can see it crack if dropped.
* No mirror.
* Might not be good for oily skin.
Would repurchase: Yes.
Rating: 4/5 Tobey's Paws
Other NYX's products reviewed/swatched:
Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie
Ombre Lip Duo
Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is given to me. I am not affiliated with the company nor getting paid to advertise the product. This post is written with my honest opinion.