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.
NYX’s HD Studio Photogenic blushes come in packaging that grinds the product into the well of a jar. There are a total of 8 shades. This review is for the Grinding Blush in American Girl–a pale peach color.
The HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blushes come in circular jars with twist-off lids with a mirror inside. The pressed powder sits under a metal piece with holes in it. You twist the metal piece to grate the powder underneath, much like you would with a cheese grater.
This is a very pale color. It works as a good, understated blush for light skin, but if you have medium skin, you’ll have a hard time getting the color to show up. And the color can easily make dark skin look ashy.
The loose powder form (after it’s grated) translates into a soft consistency and leaves an even application. I found this blush was smoother than Apricot, and blended into the skin better. This could simply be due to the light color, though, as opposed to the formula.
The finish is matte but didn’t make my skin look dry or flaky. The wear-time is good. I didn’t have any problems with fading, even after the 6th hour.
My criticism comes from NYX’s over-reaching claims about what this blush can do. According to the company, this blush not only gives an “HD” finish, but will also reduce the appearance of your pores and smooth your complexion. The “HD” claims are empty (what does that really mean?) and the blush certainly doesn’t do anything to reduce the appearance of pores or make the skin smoother.
Ease of Use: 9/10
Move the metal grate only a fraction. You’ll want to swirl your brush in the pan, so if you shave off too much powder, you’ll end up with too much on the brush.
Unlike with Apricot, which requires a fan brush to avoid looking clown-like, you can apply American Girl with a normal fluffy blush brush. Since the color is light, you have more leeway for how much you apply.
For $15.00 you get 7 grams (0.25 ounces) of product. This is certainly a more-than-average amount of product for the price you’re paying.
Kaolin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Silica, Hexyl Laurate, Diisostearyl Malate, Magnesium Stearate, Nylon-12, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, VP/VA Copolymer, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, C12-14 Pareth-7, Amodimethicone, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, and Salicornia Herbacea Extract. MAY CONTAIN: D&C Red No.33 Lake (CI 17200), D&C Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035:1), D&C Red No.6 Lake (CI 15850), D&C Red No.30 Lake (CI 73360), Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491), D&C Yellow No.6 Lake (CI 19585), Yellow Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Black Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Magnesium Stearate (CI 77492), Mica (CI 77019), or D&C Red No.7 Lake (CI 15850)