Friday, November 22, 2013

Pyramids of Terracotta

I regretted not getting this a couple of weeks ago but thankfully amid the ravaged NYX stand, I could find a NYX Powder Blush in Terra Cotta. It's described as a 'rose gold' shade, and an alleged dupe of MAC's limited edition Mineralize Skinfinish in So Ceylon and comparable to NARS Luster though I think Luster may be a touch less apricot with a more refined shimmer.





Terra Cotta is a warm earthy apricot with rosy undertones, making it a nice blend of blush and bronzer. Unlike sculpting blush it can't be used under the cheekbones because of the generous golden pearl running through it. I swatched it against a couple of coral blushes and a bronzer and I don't have anything like it in my collection, though I had a feeling Bourjois Ambre D'Or might be in the same apricot family. I gave that to a friend after trying it out a few times and failing to appreciate it. The golden shimmer was very chunky, which is why I like Terra Cotta so much. It adds warmth to the cheek without the gritty golden shimmer and shoddy pigmentation of the Bourjois pot blush. It's decently pigmented- nothing remarkable, which isn't unfortunate because I have a tendency to go overboard with blush. This shade is perfectly suited to spring, summer and maybe even autumn, so acquiring it at this time of year couldn't have been better.

Packaging is sturdy and compact enough, and I like the 3x3 pyramidal design of the blush as it's much more original than a simple flat surface or an etched design that quickly wears away but it's drugstore quality regardless of the 'shriek-it's-NYX' hype. NYX hasn't brought over the whole range, only five shades; Pinched, Mocha, Peach, Dusty Rose and Terra Cotta. Powder blushes retail for $9.95 each, and their Rouge Cream Blushes cost $12.95, which is reasonable relative to the other 'drugstore' brands Australis, Rimmel and Face of Australia.

l-r: NYC Sunny, Laura Mercier Lush Nectarine, NYX Terra Cotta, Rimmel Santa Rose

6 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous! I think it would be a lovely natural bronzey shade. I'll probably end up grabbing this - hopefulldy during a sale, but I have way too much blush as it is...

    x Tashi
    http://shiwashiful.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. When I went on Thursday a lot of the stock was gone! I don't think they'd last through a sale. :S I also have too much blush but I think I'll one-in-one-out with MAC Peaches. :)

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  2. Lush Nectarine looks really pretty in your swatch. Sometimes I forget I have 2 LM blushes from the Eye & Cheek palette I bought last year. They're not really my favourite shades though. Not sure how similar this NYX is to NARS Luster - I guess I'll have to wait until I can possibly swatch it in Target (do they have testers?). I do think those kind of bronzer/blush combos are perfectly suited to summer and for warming up the complexion :)

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    1. They do have testers! I remember not being wowed by Luster when I swatched it in Mecca but for $10 NYX Terra Cotta is a good way to try the burnished apricot blush/bronzer for summer.

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  3. When youtubers first started raving about NYX blushes, I had my eyes set on Terra Cotta for a really long time but somehow I just gradually forgot about it since I never see this shade around. But thanks for the reminder! haha I'll be on the look out for it again. Also, the Laura Mercier and Rimmel blush looks so pretty! :)

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    1. Lots of people like Peach and Pinched but I didn't think they were that special! Too many shades like them. Terra Cotta seems like a winner of a shade- perfect for summer and autumn. :)

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