Review: Nyx Cosmetics Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder + Swatches

By Trecee Hutchinson - 3:59:00 PM

Recently, I posted an Ulta haul that featured a bunch of products I picked up in the month of December, including some brand new Nyx Cosmetics launches for 2017.

One of the items I picked up was the Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in "Crushed Bloom" and I have been wearing this non stop so I just had to run and tell y'all all about this powder!

These Duo Chromatic Powders seem to be Nyx's answer to The Anastasia Beverly Hill's Moonchild Palette and the just launched Kat Von D Alchemy palette. The real question is, do these measure up?

These are available at Ulta and on the Nyx website and retail for $6.99. Ulta describes these as " silky powders that blend like a dream". The formula also contains light catching pearls that look different from every angle, which really intrigued me because a lot of highlighters have duo chrome claims, but never get it right

Currently there are 5 available shades in this range.


Crushed Bloom


will be rating all aspects based on Pigmentation, Packaging, and Performance on a scale from 1 - 5.

Packaging 4

The packing on this product is pretty standard and not to special. At .21oz, there is a bunch of product so I can basically never see myself using the whole thing. The texture of the powder is actually really silky and smooth, which will help the powder blend well.

Pigmentation 4

Crushed Bloom is a pink tone highlighter with opal reflect. The glitter particles are minimal, so this powder gives a sheeny glow and is not a glitter bomb, which I prefer. This shade is definitely going to be a blush topper for my girls that are lighter. On dark skin, this is a gorgeous highlight for any one who likes be stand out. The pigmentation on this shade is amazing, its swatches opaque, but doesn't lose its color integrity when sheered out! Meaning you actually can see the duochromatic effect on your face.

Performance 5

Piggy backing off the pigmentation, this also performed really well on my face. I spent about 2 weeks wearing this under different conditions and it lasted about 6 hrs when I had on a full face of makeup. When I wore it with a bare face, I found that it didn't last as long, but I still got about 4 hours of wear. For application, I primarily used a fan brush and applied it sparsely on the high points of my face and found that that worked out really well, but you could also use a blush brush. Lastly, this blends out much better than I expected! I also love that you able to build up the intensity so it can be super subtle or a full on pink highlighter.

Does it measure up to the ABH Moonchild Glow Kit?

I think these powders are a good alternative to the ABH Moonchild palette. Especially if you know you won't use all of the shades, 'cause I mean who really needs a green highlighter.
I swatched the shade Pink Heart from the Moonchild Kit next to Crushed Bloom and found it to be almost identical except Pink Heart has a tad bit more glitter and only slightly more reflective. On the skin they honestly look the same ! So if you want the Moonchild look without paying the price, these are definitely your best bet.


I did end up picking up two more shades: Snow Rose and Lavender Steel so I want to add some pictures and swatches here.
L to R: Snow Rose, Lavender Steel, Peach Kiss from Makeup Revolution

Will you be picking up The Nyx Duo Chromatic Powder? Drop me a comment below

For a Full Review on the ABH Moonchild Glow Kit click HERE.

Here are a few of my other Nyx Faves

NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Stick Review

NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner Review

NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow Review 

NYX Ombre Blush Review

NYX Ombre Lip Duo Review

NYX Electro Liner Review

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  1. Ou, these sound nice! I've actually been wanting the Moonchild palette for the longest time. I'll definitely try the NYX one's out first. Thanks for sharing :)

    Nicole | The Glam Surge // Enter My Giveaway!

    1. Nicole,
      You definitely should its worth trying to see if you like the color! Thanks for reading!