The Glow UP: Nyx Cosmetics Bright Idea Illuminating Sticks

By Trecee Hutchinson - 10:29:00 AM

During the summer, I'm all about that glow! Honestly, I've always been about that glow; fun fact my first ever high end product was a highlighter from Fashion Fair when I was a junior in high school for prom. The other day, I went to Ulta to re up on some skin care products I was running low on and I stumbled upon some new illuminating products on display by Nyx.

I like to try new things, so after a quick swatch I decided to pick up three of the Bright Idea Illuminating Sticks.

Let's talk about the Official Details (According to

Brighten things up with one of our new Bright Idea Illuminating Sticks! Available in a range of radiating hues--including four highlighters, four blushes and four bronzers--each creamy-soft shade goes on smoothly and sets right away for an instant, lit-from-within glow. Petite, portable and perfect for strobing, it’s the makeup must-have of the season.

I picked up three of the shades:
Pinkie Dust - light rose pink with gold glitter
Chardonnay Shimmer - Chardonnay Pink with Gold Shimmer
Sunkissed Crush - Gold with Shimmer


Price: $7.99 for .21 oz. There are 12 shades in the range that include bronze, blush, and highlight shades.

Availability: Ulta Stores and

Staying Power

I typically stay away from cream highlighters because they tend not to last long on me, but i had no issues with these staying on. Worn alone or with powder highlight, these lasted all day on my face.


These are super creamy highlighter in stick form. As you can see from the swatches above, these highlighters are super pigmented, but not overly shimmery. There are no glitter chunks in the three that I have whatsoever. I also love these because I had no problem getting the colors to show on my face and body.In my opinion, this is not a subtle highlight product because of the opacity. You can blend it out but it will still be vibrant. This would make a great addition to your strobing routine. I will insert a pic of me wearing Chardonnay Shimmer from kind of far away so you can see how vibrant it really is!!

Wearing Chardonnay Shimmer

Easy to Apply

These blend out on the skin really well and easily. The best method of application for me has been placing it on my skin and blending it out with a small stippling brush.When I used this as a base for my highlight, I put this on my face and blended with my finger and then used a fan brush to apply my highlighter.


These babies can also be worn alone or my favorite way as a base for a powder highlighter to give a little something extra when you want a super glowy look. This can also be used on the body. I put this on my decolletage for a night out and it was gorgeous.

Overall, this product was win for me. I love the lasting power and vibrance of the colors. They also melt into the skin which is always ideal for highlighter. For me personally, this is a subtle glow product because I can be extra when it comes to highlight, but I think everyone could get some use out of this product!

Have you tried the NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Sticks? Drop me a comment below!

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