Blush (and blushers) is something that I don’t always get on with. As someone who usually has very naturally red cheeks (and doesn’t like it, thanks Rosacea!), it always feels odd covering it all up… and then putting it back again with blush!

But as I’ve discovered, having that smooth pop of warmth on the cheeks, really helps pull a look together, and gives your face that warm, healthy glow. I’ve not tried many blushes, as the problem is, I really don’t know what shades best suit me. So I’ve generally stuck to the same blush that I know (and that’s the Naked Skin Flushed in the shade ‘Naked’. But I’ve been trying to take a step out of my comfort zone, and on a recent trip to Boots, I came across the NYX counter, and the High Definition Blush compacts caught my eye. There were 24 (yes, 24 shades) and I was overwhelmed with choice. So I picked at random 2 shades, and just hoped for the best that they wouldn’t be too intense!

First Impressions

These mini compacts retail for around £6.00 each, and contain around 4.5g of product. These blushes are supposed to be lightweight, easy to blend and offer vibrant long-lasting colour. The two shades I went for were shade HDB05 ‘Summer’ and HDB11 ‘Amber’. ‘Summer’ is a beautiful deep pink coral, whilst ‘Amber’ is more of a deep rose. The compacts are cute and lightweight, but the lids can be a little tricky to open (at least, I’ve noticed they can be tricky to open once I’ve applied my primer. Maybe I just need to wash my hands afterwards?).

Peachy Cheeks!

These blushes (at least the two shades that I have tried) blended into the skin with effortless ease, whilst laying down a nice amount of pigment. These blushes are quite pigmented, so I would definitely recommend starting out light and then building it up. However, if you do get a bit heavy handed, it was quite easy to soften it out with a good buffing brush.

For me and my skin tone, ‘Amber’, when applied lightly, felt almost natural. Compared to ‘Summer’, it’s a softer, slightly darker shade and gives just the right amount of glow. ‘Summer’ is perfect for those days when you are feeling a little bit brighter, and I think would look beautiful on skin that is perhaps more tanned. Still, when used lightly, even on my skin tone, I think it still looks pretty, but it does look more obviously like blush.


I’m not really sure what else I can write about; it’s blush! But what I can say is that the formula is smooth, silky and blends effortlessly. It lasts almost as long as the rest of my make-up, and the shade range is pretty phenomenal. And at just £6.00 a pop, it’s almost drug store pricing, but for a product that’s got a luxury, high-end feel. I’m definitely going to invest in some more of these High Definition Blushes, and I also want to investigate more of the NYX range, so if you have any recommendations; hit me up on Twitter or in the comments below!

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Where to Buy

You can order directly from NYX Cosmetics, or if you are in the UK, you can pick them up from Boots.