Review: NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic – a brown girl’s best friend

August 19, 2016

I’ve been experimenting with the NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic and oh my, it does what it says on the compact.

NYX Illuminator LITERALLY makes your face look like it’s lit up. You’re left with a fine dusting of gold that’s almost Kardashian-appropriate!

The beauty of the NYX Illuminator is that it doesn’t leave you coated in sparkle, like loose highlighting powders.   Nor does it sit in streaks, which can be a problem with liquids. Instead it literally kisses the skin.

I usually avoid full-on highlighters as I don’t want to be left with this very-obviously-highlighted mirror effect:

Khloe Kardashian wearing lots of makeup at the gym

And that’s her bloody gym makeup. Sorry Khloe.

But what’s even more awesome is that it ticks the brightening boxes in a much more subtle and appropriate way than using a lighter foundation.

For too long us Asian or dark skinned girls have experimented with mismatched foundations.  The ones that were matched to our skin (according to the girl at the beauty counter) made us look ashy or muddy. Whereas with NYX Ritualistic Illuminator, my skin is brightened and works on top of my usual foundation.

Watch my full video review where I compare how my cheeks look with and without the NYX Illuminator, my suggestions on when to wear it (clue, it’s not appropriate for EVERY occasion), how to wear it for best effect, and the downside to this almost perfect product.


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I’m a British-Bengali Muslim mum-of-two. My pictures aren’t filtered and neither are my words. I’m not a makeup artist, chef or lifestyle guru. I’m just me, sharing honest beauty reviews for brown skin, halal restaurant finds, travel inspo, mum life hacks, easy Bengali recipes and more. If that’s your bag, keep reading!

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