My Favourite NYX Blushes

NYX Blushes for fair skin

Hi everyone! I thought I’d give a little love to one of my favourite makeup products, NYX powder blushes. NYX are my favourite drugstore blushes. They wear longer on me than many other blushes Iโ€™ve tried, including high-end brands. After 8-12 hours they look exactly like they did when I first applied them. Typically priced at less than $6.50 CAD, they are a great deal, with the only downside being that the blushes are small (4g VS a 6g MAC blush for example) and very soft, so I do go through some of my favourite shades rather quickly.

Here are my favourite, top six NYX powder blushes:

Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, Mauve

Top L-R: Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural. Bottom L-R: Peach, Angel, Mauve

NYX Pinched blush

PB25 Pinched

Pinched: A peachy-coral blush with subtle golden shimmer, Pinched has been compared to NARS Orgasm. Although similar, I don’t feel that they are exact dupes. Orgasm is much more pink and the finish is quite different. Orgasm has more of a duo-chrome type of sheen, reflecting differently from different angles, whereas Pinched is just shimmery. Here is Pinched swatched with Orgasm, Benefit Coralista, and MAC Peachykeen for comparison:

swatches NYX Pinched compared to NARS Orgasm, Benefit Coralista and MAC Peachykeen

NYX Pinched compared to NARS Orgasm, Benefit Coralista and MAC Peachykeen

NYX Bourgeois Pig blush

PB28 Bourgeois Pig

Bourgeois Pig: Love the name of this one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although a bit washed out in this pic (don’t get me started on lighting during a dark Canadian winter), its actually a very pigmented matte pink. On fair skin you do have to apply carefully with a light hand, but I like this blush for getting that flushed, rosy-cheeked, “I’ve been out in the cold” type of look. Its a great fall blush.

NYX Natural blush

PB07 Natural

Natural: A light, cool-toned matte pink. Great shade for fair skin.

NYX Peach blush

PB06 Peach

Peach: NYX is known for inexplicable shade names that don’t give a very accurate description of the actual colour. Peach is a perfect example of that. This blush is not even remotely peach. Its really a pale, soft, matte ballerina pink, very similar to Benefit’s Dandelion. Really love this one!

NYX Peach is a dupe for Benefit Dandelion

NYX Peach is a close dupe for Benefit Dandelion

NYX Angel blush

PB03 Angel

Angel: This is one of my favourite blushes ever! The prettiest shade on fair skin, its a unique โ€œneutralโ€ type of blush, with a subtle sheen, that I can only describe as peachy-pinky-apricotty perfection! I have hit pan on this shade so many times it made my Most Repurchased Products of all time.

NYX Mauve blush

PB13 Mauve

Mauve: Again, another NYX shade name that is very misleading. This is not a plum-toned blush at all. Its one of those soft, neutral, matte blushes with beigey/browny undertones, similar to some of my favourite MAC blushes like Prism, Blushbaby, or Mocha.ย None are dupes for Mauve. Mauve is more peach than any of them.

swatches NYX Mauve VS MAC Prism Blushbaby Mocha

MAC blushes that give a similar effect as NYX Mauve

Here are all six NYX blushes swatched side-by-side:

swatches NYX blushes Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, Mauve

L-R: Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, and Mauve

I’d love to hear what your favourite NYX blush shades are!

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl โค


Filed under Cheeks, Face, Favourites

28 responses to “My Favourite NYX Blushes

  1. Alicia

    Dear Nerdy Librarian Girl, my “desperate” search for a dupe for NYX’s Angel made me land on your blog. I own a fairly amount of high and low end blushes, but no one is as flattering on my pale skin as this one. And I’m about to finish it. Do you happen to know any dupes? Thanks, Alicia


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  3. Fizzah Iqbal

    Sleek Blush Rose Gold is the shade very similar to NARS Orgasm


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  7. Ellie

    Hi! I wonder if NYX Mauve is similar to The Balm’s Frat Boy?

    I have just received Mauve today.. But I noticed that on the pan it looks very similar to Frat Boy! I didn’t swatch Mauve, because if it’s indeed similar, I’d rather give it to someone else in a sealed condition.

    Thanks in advance!


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  10. The NYX names are hilarious. My favourite NYX blush is Mocha and it is not at ALL brown – it’s a lovely mid-toned pink.
    I keep meaning to buy more NYX blushes – they last so well for the price. I think I need Bourgeois Pig too!
    Thanks for the photos and comparisons – very helpful.


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  12. colormepeach

    Wow! I’ve always loved the colors of these but wasn’t sure with the lower price point. If they last on you forever though, I might just have to try these!


  13. Ive been trying to pick out a new blush to try! This was helpful! I love that b-pig!


  14. I need the Natural shade because I am white as a ghost!!!! I nominated you for the Liebster Award my lovely


  15. Love the colours. I need to get that Bourgeois Pig….love the name & the color โค


  16. plus+beauty27

    These are gorgeous shades! I love Nyx’s powder blushes and own a few of them. I need to buy more lol. Great swatches!! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo


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