Review: Nudestix Nudies Blush n’ Glow Duo

Hi, everyone! Today, I’m sharing my review of the Nudestix Nudies Blush n’ Glow set, which includes a blush and a highlighter stick. I’ve been wanting to try Nudestix ever since hearing Samantha Ravndahl and Mariah Leonard raving about the brand last year, and it’s a huge bonus that they’re Canadian!

Originally, I had my eyes on their stick eyeshadows, but I have a LOT of eyeshadows in my collection that I need to get through right now. Like, a lot. I have also been interested in trying out their face products, and since I couldn’t justify buying their eyeshadows, I decided to go for their blush and highlighter set.

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THE BASICS

This Nudies duo will give you that effortless, fresh, and youthful no-makeup makeup look. Go from the catwalk to the sidewalk with a touch of dusty-rose-nude blush and a pop of pearl highlight. Try them on your eyes, cheeks, and lips.
Nudies are multitasking, long-wearing, and effortless. They are dual-ended with a soft color balm on one side, and a blending brush on the other. This is a custom, all-over face color that softly kisses the skin with a matte or dewy, lightweight, and luxurious formula. Draw effortless nude color all over the face for a fresh, natural finish.

The Blush n’ Glow set includes a full size of the Nudies Matte Blush and Bronze All Over Face Colour in the shade Naughty n’ Spice and the Nudies Bronze & Glow All Over Face Colour highlighter in Illumi-Naughty.

In terms of price, the Blush n’ Glow set is a steal as it retails at $49, while the products included cost $35 each if you were to buy them separately. This set is made in Korea (surprising!)

Both of these sticks are meant to be worn on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. To be honest, I’m not really into multi-tasking products, so I pretty much only wear this on my cheeks.

Closeup of Nudestix Blush n' Glow Duo tin packaging

THE PACKAGING

I don’t know what I was expecting, but both of the sticks came in its own separate tin. In my head, I thought they would only come in tins if you buy them in singles. It’s such a fancy touch! You can tell which shade is inside by the sticker at the end of the tin, which is nice because you can identify which product to reach for without having to open the tin up.

The face sticks are dual-ended and come in a simple black tube. One side is the cream product, and the other side is a flat, dense brush that you use to blend the product out. You can tell which side is the product and which side is the brush, because the side with the cream product has the shade name on the cap. I will discuss the brush in detail in the performance section of this post, as I think it relates to the performance of the product in general.

I find this blush and highlighter duo to be a pretty convenient product to bring with you for touchups. The packaging is compact, and you don’t need to bring any separate brushes with you!

Close up shot of Nudestix All Over Face Colour Brush End

PERFORMANCE

I have to be honest, I was a little nervous about using a stick blush and highlighter. In the past, I’ve struggled with face products that come in stick form because I found the application process to be daunting. They’re always difficult to blend out, and I end up leaving a streak of colour on the face. However, I knew these had to be something special if everyone was raving about them, which made me curious to see whether these would be easier to work with compared to older cream formulas.

Close up of Nudestix Matte Blush and Bronze All Over Face Colour in Naught n' Spice

Naughty n’ Spice

Naughty n’ Spice is a matte dusty rose shade that I think goes well with a lot of skin tones. It’s the prettiest muted shade that goes well with any look too.

This shade is extremely pigmented, which could be a little intimidating for people who don’t like using cream products. However, the consistency is very creamy and easy to blend out seamlessly into a natural look, even with your fingers. It leaves a dewy finish on the skin, which my dry skin really appreciates. Overall, it gives my face a natural-looking flush, and I find that it’s a really perfect product if you want that no-makeup makeup look!

In terms of the brush, this was another aspect of the product I was quite hesitant about. Most of us know that the brushes that come with a product are usually not of great quality. On top of that, the shape of this brush is really small and has a flat shape, and I was worried that the brush would buff off the foundation underneath. I started off avoiding the brush completely, and only used my hands to apply the blush by rubbing some of the product onto my fingers and then patting it into my skin. This worked fairly well, but I felt like the shade wasn’t building up quite the way I wanted it to.

After a few uses, I finally decided to try the cream blush with the brush – it’s how we’re meant to use it, after all. I swiped the blush right onto my face, and then used the brush to blend it out in a stippling motion. I found that the cream blended up really well this way, AND my foundation was not disturbed underneath. The handiest thing is that the brush actually twists off so that you can wash it!

This blush lasts on my face for the entire day, and doesn’t cling to dry spots. It does look a little faded after a 12 hour day, but I like that it fades very evenly and not in a patchy manner.

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Illumi-Naughty

Illumi-Naughty is one of their Hilite + Glow sticks in a subtle pink pearl shade. I took about 100 photos of this, but it’s really hard to capture the duochrome nature of this. It just ends up looking like a glue stick!

I have to say, based on the swatches I saw online, this was not what I was expecting at all. It would classify this as a pigmented face gloss. At first I was pretty disappointed because I’m 100% a metallic highlighter girl…but I’ve since decided that I really like it! I don’t own anything else like it, and I love the glossy wet look it gives. It’s a subtle highlight, but my dry skin looks so dewy with Illumi-Naughty on the cheekbones!

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From left to right: Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush in Naughty n’ Spice and Highlighter in Illumi-naughty

The only thing I’m a little unsure about is the fact that the texture is pretty sticky, and it doesn’t really set quickly. Overall, I don’t mind this because the stickiness doesn’t negatively affect the performance of this highlighter, but I feel like people with oilier skin or people who live in a humid climate may not appreciate this aspect. Your body is already sticky enough in hot places, you don’t need a sticky highlighter on top of that.

Instead of using the brush at the other end, I apply Illumi-Naughty directly onto the cheekbones and then blending out the edges with my fingers. You can tell that it actually does take a bit of makeup (blush) off my face, because the stick comes away pink after I’ve swiped it onto my cheeks. However, I personally don’t think this is noticeable on the cheeks, so it’s not a dealbreaker for me.

Similar to the blush, I found that this wore away very evenly, and I feel like the sticky consistency actually makes it last longer. Due to the fact that it has a glossy finish rather than a metallic one, it doesn’t accentuate pores.

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SUMMARY

PROS:

  • Beautiful dewy finish
  • Gives your skin a natural flush and glow, doesn’t look dry
  • Easy to work with; formula blends out well
  • Lasts throughout the day

CONS:

  • Highlighter has a tacky feel and doesn’t dry down completely
  • Single sticks are pricey
  • Foundation takes off a little bit of blush underneath during application

Overall, these are gorgeous cream products with a creamy consistency that apply like a dream. They don’t really have any more highlight shades I’m interested in, but I am down for trying more of the blushes for sure!

13 thoughts on “Review: Nudestix Nudies Blush n’ Glow Duo

  1. The blush looks absolutely beautiful! I am not really a stick product type of girl for fear that the application would ruin whatever foundation I choose to wear. (Super pet peeve when it’s all going well until that ONE STEP.)

    A lot of products seem to be getting made in Korea these days and I mean both European and American brands!

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  2. I have the In The Nude Nudies Blush and I really love it. Never tried their highlighters before because I always use my eye sticks for that. I really love the blush you have. It’s redder than what I have so I might grab that as a fun Fall colour.

    One downside for me with these is that I find the brush end very scratchy. I’ll use it in a pinch but I mostly like using my own brushes to blend.

    Great review! What blush shade are you thinking about getting next?

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    • What a smart idea to use their eye sticks as a highlighter! I think they only have three shades of highlighter anyways, so it’s not a huge selection.

      It’s interesting that you say you find the brushes scratchy. I don’t think I’ve ever found them that way, but now I kind of want to go back and feel them again compared to my other brushes!

      I haven’t decided what shade I’m going to get, but all of the new Nudies Bloom shades look beautiful! I want to try the eye sticks too – I realized the sets you reviewed that I want aren’t at Sephora, but are on the Nudestix website!

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      • I would highly recommend the Jetsetter set because it has a little bit of everything and is perfect for on the go. Ive shopped directly through nudestix because they just carry items I want vs Sephora.

        The Nudies Bloom do look really pretty and slightly sheerer and dewy which is what I’d want for a summer blush. I would go for the Poppy girl shade 😍

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        • Good to know, that really helps! Thanks for the tip 🙂 I definitely didn’t realize that the company website had a much wider selection until recently!

          Poppy Girl is so pretty! I don’t know how I’m gonna pick between all of them, haha!

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  3. Great review! I love the Nudestix brand since their products fit in so incredibly well with my makeup tastes. I haven’t tried any of their face products yet but I’m hearing such great things about them. That blush color looks amazing and the texture of the highlight sounds right up my alley! I actually don’t mind when a product doesn’t set down 100%.

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      • I’ve only tried some of the eyeshadow sticks at this point. My recommendation would be the Magnetic Color for Eyes in the shade Twilight! It’s a gorgeous cool-toned grey/taupe that’s so wearable, and it lasts forever!

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  4. […] 2019 was finally the year I got to try Nudestix! The formula of their Nudies blushes is creamy and easy to blend out with my fingers. The stick format makes it a great travel companion, as it’s not necessary to bring a brush or sponge. I also feel like this shade in particular would be flattering on a wide range of skin tones. I can’t wait to collect more of these in the future! My in-depth review of this product is here. […]

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