Hey guys!! Welcome back to makeupfancy, my name is Jillian and I am a makeup addict (this is where you all stand up and say in unison “Hi Jillian”).
Today I am starting a new series and I’m real, REAL excited about it. Its called Does it Dupe? If you have been dabbling in the beauty community for any amount of time you will know what a “dupe” is. A product that is normally less expensive than its counterpart but essentially works the same or has the same effect. There are plenty of dupes that are maybe just color dupes, formula, texture, and on and on and on, I think you feel me.
My series will be all about dupes, BUT, I don’t want to go and just find dupes, tell you and be done, I want to find the dupe, or potential dupe, test it, see if it really is a bona-fide dupe or not and share my findings with you regardless of the outcome, so you’ll be hearing about everything I test. I’m hoping by doing this that I can help you guys by saving you the trouble of maybe wanting to find out whether or not something is a better buy without actually having to do the work yourself, feel me? So now that the explaining is out-of-the-way, let’s get to the goods. Today’s test I find out whether or not the Nyx Strobe of Genius (Mermaid Armour) is a good dupe for the NudeStix Nudies (Illuminaughty). Here we go ….
Lets start with the product we are trying to actually dupe. Meet NudeStix Illuminaughty. I picked this stick up at Sephora for $33 and it comes with 8g of product. It is in the All Over Face Colour line and there are quite a few different shades including 2 other highlights, bronzers & multiple blush shades.
The packaging is sleek matte black with a ring around the bottom that indicates the shade. All of the stix in this range have similar packaging. There is also a brush on one end that I routinely forget is there because I really don’t like using it. It also comes in a cute little tin that has a mirror on the inside of the tin’s lid. I will be honest I feel like the tin is cute and all, but it’s just extra packaging that I can’t be bothered with. I didn’t even keep it long enough to take a picture for this review. All of NudeStix products come in the little tins.
I like putting this product on with a beauty sponge or a brush. It doesn’t apply well if you try to just go straight onto your face from the stick, it really mess’s with any product you have underneath it sadly. The first time I tried it, lets just say … it wasn’t a pretty sight. I wish it worked better so I wouldn’t have to use another tool to apply it but life sucks and then you die. The product inside is so gorgeous that I would apply it with whatever tool I had that worked and I make myself look past the not so desirable application.
Speaking of the product inside, lets discuss. This highlight is special, it’s obviously a cream and is in a league all its own. A very editorial trend has recently started and its the wet or glossy highlight. You want the effect that your actually sweating … but in a pretty way. There isn’t a color or shade, it just shows up as a nice wet gloss on the cheeks. When the sun hits your cheek just right (or some other light source) you will see a slight shift of pearly pink opalescence and it’s just magical. I have really been enjoying this, especially this summer, it really looks amazing when your sporting a no makeup makeup look and you just want that perfect I really am glowing from within look and I didn’t spend $33 on a highlighter to get it.
Now with that out of the way, lets talk about the product I tested to see if it is good enough to be a dupe of illuminaughty. That product is from Nyx and is their Strobe of Genius Holographic Stick in the shade Mermaid Armour. I picked this up at the brand new, oh so amazing, Nyx Store here in Edmonton at West Edmonton Mall. I was SOOOO excited when I found out they were opening a stand alone store here, it’s about time and I have frequented the establishment quite a few times since it opened June of this year (2017 if your from the future).
This stick has 6 grams so 2 less than illuminaughty but the price is $9.00 so much less than the hefty $33 price tag of the NudeStix highlight. You could buy two of the NYX stick, have more product and still have spent less money. The packaging is not as sleek as the illuminaughty, the cap is made of a much cheaper plastic and is clear. It doesn’t feel as heavy in your hands and doesn’t have a brush on the end (not that the brush is something I ever use or recommend on the NudeStix so no loss there in my humble opinion). If you’re a vegan or only buy cruelty free makeup you will be happy to know that both brands are cruelty free, so .. hooray! Now with the boring logistics aside lets talk about what really matters …. the product.
Now if your thinking my photo of the swatches is lacking, you’re not crazy. These aren’t the easiest highlights to photograph just because of what they are meant to do. They are a clear gloss with a bit of a shift when the light hits them just right. As I said the NudeStix doesn’t apply well from the stick and it isn’t my favorite application method with the Nyx stick either but it is much easier to apply than the illuminaughty. It comes off much smoother and doesn’t disturb your foundation as much as illuminaughty does. The NudeStix highlight has a bit of a more clear pink shift to it where the Nyx has more purple shift to it. They both have a very very fine micro shimmer in them, nothing that is overly glittery or sparkly or that emphasizes texture or pores.
If you swatch these side by side you will notice the color difference a lot more but when you put these on your cheeks the difference is really negligible. They both look really pretty on the high point of your cheeks, nose or cupids bow. I can’t see much of a difference when we get down to it. If you want a truly clear gloss and absolute no color to it at all then go with the illuminaughty, it is more of a clear, no color look to it but for the price difference it isn’t hard to make the Nyx look very similar with a little blending.
Now, is the illuminaughty worth the $33 or should you skip it and just pick up the much more affordable Mermaid Armour. As much as I love the NudeStix highlight and it is beautiful this is not something I really think you need to pay $33 for. Like I said before this is a trend, I don’t know how long the trend will last but in my opinion the $9 Nyx highlight does the job just as well, if not even a little bit better than the NudeStix. So yes, the Nyx product is a major dupe for the NudeStix Illuminaughty. So save them dollars and splurge on something a little more practical, like that amazing foundation you’ve been eyeing or that fabulous eyeshadow palette that you would wear everyday.
Hope this helps my loves!! I’m sure you enjoyed the first episode of Does it Dupe as much as I did … right??
Until next time, May the Force Be With You,
Love Always, Jillian xo