Review & Swatches: NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush in “Apricot”

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush in Apricot

Availability: ULTA, NYX
Price: $15.00

Company’s Description

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 Apricot–a bright pink with a coral hue.

Packaging: 9/10

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.

Quality: 8.75/10

The first thing you’ll notice is that this blush has strong pigmentation–strong enough that you need to be careful to apply only a little at a time.

The loose powder form (after it’s grated) translates into a fairly soft consistency and even application. This isn’t the smoothest blush when it comes to application or finish, but I have no major gripes about it.

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. It’s a blush…not a facial!

Ease of Use: 8.75/10

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.

I’ve found the best way to apply this blush is with a fan brush. This allows me to apply this very pigmented product a little at a time and then build up to my desired intensity. Using a fluffy powder brush makes it too likely you’ll over-apply.

Price: 9.5/10

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.

Final Grade

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush Packaging

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush Packaging

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush in Apricot

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush in Apricot

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush in Apricot

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush in Apricot

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush in Apricot Swatches


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)

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