If I had to choose my favorite makeup thing, it would probably be highlighter. I’m always in search of new products and, if I find something interesting and affordable, I will definitely try it out. Recently my eyes fell on NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders and I decided to make a small review on them. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

Claims: Light up your features with our new Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder. Available in five glowing shades, this silky Powder blends like a dream for a fresh-faced look. This breathtaking formula’s light-catching pearls deliver a luminous finish that looks different from every angle. Brush this illuminating wonder along the highest points of the face—such as the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow.” (according to NYX website).

Package: As most NYX products, Illuminating Powders have quite simple packaging: round black plastic pan and clear lid with brand and product’s name.

Value: Highlighter contains 0.21 oz (6 g) of product. Illuminating Powders retail for $8.00   which means that you pay $1.3 per each gram of product.

Formula: As manufacturer claims, the formula of these NYX highlighters is soft and silky. They are not chalky or overly powdery (as there was no kickback after swirling my brush in it).

Vegan/Cruelty-free: Despite being acquired by L’Oreal, NYX claims to produce “100% cruelty-free cosmetics”. However, according to this blog post, NYX cosmetics is not vegan.

Wearability: These highlighters are not as blinding as one other ones but some may not consider them suitable for everyday wear as some shades are not very natural. Since I have pale skin, I believe that some shades (like Crushed Bloom and Synthetica) are not very everyday appropriate for me as the are a little bit bright for my skin tone.

Longevity: As my skin is quite oily, I had to touch up my highlighter a couple of times, but overall longevity is pretty good.

Blendability: Illuminating Powders are easy to blend but you can spray your brush with some setting spray for more blinding effect.

Shades: There are 5 shades in total. Descriptions are taken from NYX website.

  • 01 Twilight Tint – white base with blue duo chromatic pearls
  • 02 Lavender Steel – soft lavender with pink and lavender duo chromatic pearls
  • 03 Crushed Bloom – dusty rose with pink and light blue duo chromatic pearls
  • 04 Snow Rose – white base with pink and lilac duo chromatic pearls
  • 05 Synthetica – pink base with gold duo chromatic pearls


From top to down: Twilight Tint, Lavender Steel, Crushed Bloom, Snow Rose, Synthetic

Twilight Tint

This is one of two shades that are the most suitable for my skin tone. I prefer this highlighter on more “cool-toned” days. Also it is really gorgeous as an inner corner highlighter.

Twilight Tint

Lavender Steel

This color reminded me of the shade “Lavender” in Lime Crime’s Hi-Lite Blossoms palette. It looks gorgeous on the skin but I prefer to use it as an eyeshadow because it’s a little bit too dark for my skin tone.

Lavender Steel

Crushed Bloom

As I mentioned before, Crushed Bloom is one of the shades that are too dark for my skin tone. But it swatches beautifully and would look amazing on deeper skin tones.

Crushed Bloom

Snow Rose

This is the second shade that is perfect for me. Pink highlighters are my favorites and Snow Rose is probably my favorite shade out of all Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders. Also it can be a nice dupe for pink highlighter in Lime Crime’s Hi-Lite Opals palette.

Snow Rose


Like with Crushed Bloom, I can’t tell how this shade looks on face, but it swatches nicely and looks pretty as an eyeshadow. So, if you have deeper skin tone, you’ll probably like this shade.


Where to buy: nyxcosmetics.com and ulta.com

Overall verdict: To sum up, I enjoyed the product. Not all shades suited me as highlighters but they worked great as eyeshadows. Also, some shades reminded me of Lime Crime Hi-Lites . So, if you want duo chromatic highlighter at a reasonable price, make sure to try out these NYX Illuminating Powders!

Have you tried these highlighters? What do you think? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments.




    1. I had this problem with looking sweaty(with glitter sparkles all over my face) with some highlighters but not with these. Maybe because they are more subtle. Thank you for comment, Alice!


    1. I’m not sure but maybe Synthetica or Crushed bloom will suit you. I wish the shade range was bigger so it could be suitable for everyone! Thank you for the comment ^^


  1. Seems like a great product and I love the colors! 😍 I might actually get these (I don’t usually wear a lot of make-up). They are great for a somewhat bolder look!

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  2. At first glance I thought these were eye shadows, too! 🙂
    I’d love to try some of the more unique hues, though no idea if they’d look good on my vampire pale skin!

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  3. I am so difficult with highlighters, I still did not find the right colour for my very pale skin (with a yellow subtone, oh joy!) Also, I love the packaging of NYX. So simplistic & pretty! I didn’t try them yet though. I am always afraid that the colour won’t suit me..

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    1. I have a really pale skin too (but I have pink undertone) and finding the right color for me is a real struggle! Maybe you can try champagne highlighter? I hope you’ll find your perfect color soon!


  4. Ohh loving all the shades of the highlighter, love wearing it on a night out otherwise I just have my lipstick on for normal days. My favourite from your list just has to be Snow Rose.

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  5. I’m super bad at using highlighter and maybe my oily skin doesn’t help with that. Someone should really teach me how to do it correctly. These look really nice though so maybe someday I’m brave enough to try again 😀

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    1. It took me quite some time to learn how to use highlighter properly (though I think I’m still not good enough at using it 😅). I hope you’ll learn how to use it soon! Good luck and thank you for the comment^^


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