We Try It: Nyx Powder Blush in Pinched

For years, I’ve read in various beauty magazines and blogs that the perfect blush for everyone is Nars Orgasm. But for me, it’s the price that makes me hesitate to buy it. So there’s a plan B – look for a dupe, or a color from a less expensive brand that matches it.

The best dupe I have found for Nars Orgasm is Nyx Pinched. Ulta carries it, and it is much less expensive than Nars Orgasm, a little under $6.00 as opposed to $26.00.

Nyx Pinched is a little pinker than Nars Orgasm, but, aside from E.L.F. Candid Coral, which is even less expensive than Nyx Pinched, this it the best dupe that I have found. There is a slight gold shimmer to Pinched, which gives a bit of a glow to the cheeks. I use a primer and then a foundation and then powder over that, so when I put the blush on last of all, it stays for the whole day.

E.L.F. Candid Coral. Source: www.xmiss-amirax.blogspot.com

What about you? Have you found less expensive dupes of more expensive products? Care to share with the rest of us bargain hunters?

10 thoughts on “We Try It: Nyx Powder Blush in Pinched”

  1. I freaking LOVE NYX make-up, and love that I now have a dupe for Orgasm, because I have always wanted to try it but refuse to pony up the cash.

    My favorite dupe is from NYX as well. I used to buy the Brow Zings brow shaping kit from Benefit because my eyebrows are like 6 different colors, making them look patchy, but then I found this- http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/products/eyes/eyebrows/eyebrow-cake-powder – from NYX for $5. It works exactly the same, and is $25 cheaper. I also have a light eyeshadow from them that is just like a Benefit shadow that got discontinued. I cannot sing the praises of them enough.

    Off to the beauty supply store now! Thanks!

  2. (NARS) Orgasm is overrated!  And I hate shimmer.  NYX is a great brand overall though.  Their lipsticks are fantastic.  Worth the money is Tarte’s Amazonian clay blush in Tipsy.  Matte, long lasting, realistic flush with no shimmer.

    I’m not so much interested in finding ‘dupes’ as I am in finding a mix of DS and HE products that work for me.

  3. I love articles of this nature! I was just thinking about trying a “dupe” for the Nars Orgasm blush. With my skin, though, I’m usually tempted to try cream blushes. My skin is so dry. D:

    As a thought, I would love to see you do a big ol’ article on bronzers. I’m pale as a ghost with blue undertones and I don’t even know where to start looking for a bronzer (or really, how to apply one, for that matter).

    Keep up the great posts. I’m totes your fan! :)


  4. Blusher is yet another thing I don’t understand and don’t really care for either. Maybe because it gives me the idea that it will make my freckles disappear and I think my freckles are one of my best features.

    For years, the mascara from a chain grocery scored better points on several tests (for €3,-) than the big names like Maybelline, Revlon et cetera. I still enjoy it.

  5. I love finding dupes! I’ll have to look into this blush, though I’m sort of a bronzer addict and for that I love Rimmel bronzers.

    My fave dupe is Revlon Ravish Me Red for Nars Heat Wave. The Nars color is a little more matte than the Revlon one, but the overall effect is the same.

    It’s also important to remember that lots of these makeup companies are all related to each other, so when you know that, you can sometimes find formulations that feel the same.

    That said, sometimes it’s nice to buy expensive stuff. My Urban Decay Naked palette makes me happy every time I use it.

    1. I love love love my Naked Palette. To try and buy it in NZ would have cost me $115. Thankfully a kind friend in the US got it for me, I think it cost me NZ$50 + the gift I sent her back in thanks that she had done that for me.

      Other than that, I am very much a “drug store” brands girl, I cannot afford the pricey stuff! Revlon foundation costs me $45 here!

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