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    (4.1)

Price Category: Value

  • $7.50 Retail

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Pros

  • Intense pigment
  • Soft, silky powder texture
  • Diffused, airbrushed effect on cheeks
  • Available in 12 colors that come in matte and glowy finishes

Cons

  • Intense matte pigment can be hard to work with

Overview

If a bold cheek look is what you’re after, this NYX blush will deliver. Sweet Cheeks has an intense pigment that gives cheeks an airbrushed effect.

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NYX Blush ‘Sweet Cheeks’ comes in a matte and radiant finish for the perfect flush of color.

Who doesn’t love a pigmented blush at a steal of a price? NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush is just that: a high performing, intensely pigmented blush at the drugstore for just $7.50 a compact. Its 12 shades come in both matte and radiant finishes for any cheek look desired. I find a lot of blushes at the drugstore can be misses. The texture of the powder isn’t silky, it applies patchy, it isn’t long wearing, or the shimmer looks chunky when applied. Luckily, this isn’t NYX Sweet Cheeks. Both the matte and radiant finishes deliver stunning results.

Promises vs. Performance: Use a light hand when applying this NYX blush.

NYX blush ‘Sweet Cheeks’ claims a super-smooth formula with “beautifully pigmented color.” Whether you pick a matte or shimmer shade, the Sweet Cheeks has a silky texture with that promises an easy application. The 12 shades come in a variety of traditional hues, like pinks, corals, and berries, plus “artistry-inspired shades” of purple and yellow. No matter the cheek look you’re going for, Sweet Cheeks has you covered.

I really enjoy the texture of Sweet Cheeks Blush. It’s a soft and silky powder that gives cheeks a beautiful airbrushed look. It applies smoothly onto cheeks without looking patchy or disrupting the makeup below. The pigment is pretty intense at first swipe, so definitely start light handed and build your way to your desired intensity! When it comes to longevity, NYX doesn’t say much for Sweet Cheeks, but I find it has a long wear on my combination skin. Because the powder is so silky and finely milled, there’s very little settling into fine lines and pores, or accentuating texture. My cheeks stay stay vivid for a full day of wear.

Quick Rating Rundown

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(4.1)

:NYX Sweet Cheeks Creamy Powder Blush

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(3.7)

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(4.6)
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How It Compares: Does more pigment make it better?

When it comes to the most pigmented blush at the drugstore, not many do it better than NYX Sweet Cheeks. This blush packs a punch and really takes the teeniest amount to paint your cheeks with. Paired with a light hand and a fluffy blush brush, Sweet Cheeks smoothly applies to cheeks. The intense pigment and soft powder texture make for a great long wear, too. You can expect minimal setting and fading with this blush formula.

Even still, I give major props to e.l.f. Primer-Infused Blush and consider it the standard drugstore blush. For starters, the compact houses double the amount of product (.35oz vs .17oz) compared to NYX – and for the same price. I find e.l.f. to be more user friendly, too. The creamy powder doesn’t have as intense of a pigment, making it easier to achieve a buildable application rather than immediate intense pigment. And, let’s not forget the star of the blush: the primer-infused formula means this blush has an impeccable long wear. With e.l.f. Primer-Infused Blush, your cheeks will stay poppin’ from morning to night.

I know, I know – there’s a ton of great powder blushes at the drugstore. We here at Milabu Co. have put together a list of our favorites, for all your powder blush needs! Both NYX and e.l.f. made the list, plus a handful of other faves. Did your favorite make the list? Check and see here.

Advertised Product Highlights

NYX Professional Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Creamy Powder Blush

# OF SHADES/COLORS: 12

FORMULATION: Pressed powder

FINISH: Matte; Shimmer

COVERAGE: Buildable

LONGEVITY: No claims

BENEFITS: Silky powder blends with ease

OTHER: Vegan

CLEAN BEAUTY CLAIMS: No claims

Edited by Maddie

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