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NYX Illuminator
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NYX Illuminator


4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars49%
  • 4 Stars27%
  • 3 Stars16%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star3%
4.14 / 5 based on 981 Reviews


Brighten up your complexion! The radiant shimmer of this illuminator diffuses light so your skin looks vibrant and refreshed while adding a subtle glow. Available in 5 radiant colors.


For most recent ingredient list, please refer to packaging.

Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Petrolatum, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamte, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850).

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NYX Illuminator
NYX Illuminator
Reviews (981)
Q&A (32)
Media (134)
  • "this illuminator was fairly good. nice sheen to it and buildable for a more natural or intense glow. can even be used all over face or just to highlight. the color is nice but i think more suitable for lighter skin tones and light medium and olive. great price and recommended." in 53 reviews
  • "love this highlighter i find it as a dupe for champagne pop because it does have gold and undertones i do find it to be a tad powdery but other than that it's fine i would suggest wedding your fan brush before using to get that glow withen" in 39 reviews
  • "a little gritty but otherwise soft. more of a chunky texture, but dose not contain chunk yet glitter if that makes sense. it is a perfect shade for those with fair skin. i really love this highlighter on my skin tone" in 22 reviews
  • "i use it everyday it is extremely versatile and the color pay off is crazy good for the price i use this with a light coral nix blush and the combination makes me look perfectly sun kissed all year around!" in 1 review
  • "the shade matches my skin tone perfectly, it gives my face a young flawless glow and it's also in my price range." in 1 review
Danielle M.
Marietta, GA
41 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Ritualistic more...
Ritualistic is my baby. It’s kind of pressed hard and I feel like I need to get the top layer off, but my gosh, is it beautiful. It’s a slightly subtle white-gold highlighter; a NARS Albatross dupe for a lower price tag. It can easily be built up for more sheen and it’s simply beautiful. It is kind of pricy for the drugstore, but much less than a NARS compact! The pan is fairly large however, and does have a decently sized mirror in the lid. The compact feels a wee bit cheap, but it’s holding up.
Crystal M.
40 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
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I used this for year to highlight very small areas of my face, usually the inner eye corner, brow, and Cupid’s bow. It is a bit intense for the cheek area but if you like that then go for it. I’ve had for a very long time and I’ve just now hit pan. I used it all over my face when I was in a play because it showed up well on camera under the stage lights.
Jes B.
Saint Louis, MO
124 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
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When I first started getting into using highlighters I started with a drugstore option. This fit what I was looking for. The color is so pretty! When dusting on with a brush, this sweeps right on and leaves a beautiful shine. The color isn’t super bright with one sweep. I like that because it makes it buildable. It can also be used for a brow bone highlight. I’m all about versatile makeup products! I will definitely keep this in my collection.
Mary M.
69 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Now that I have them, these are the only highlighters I use regularly. They go on very easily and blend well and leave with a subtle or radiant glow depending on how much I use. They are also universally flattering, and I have shared them with friends of varying skin tones and they look great on all of us. I also love the packaging since it is cute and durable and includes a mirror.
Anna L.
64 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
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It’s not my favorite highlighter I’ve ever picked up, but if you’re going for a soft luminescent glow, this is a good product. The shade Ritualistic is a soft white and when applied in small soft circular motions it makes my skin look glowing. I prefer higher impact highlighters usually, but on days when I’m dressing down or going for a natural look, this is what I grab.
Marie N.
Newport, RI
284 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Review for: Narcissistic more...
I absolutely love this highlighter. It gives me a really nice healthy glow and I like that it has gold undertones because it makes me look just a tiny bit tanner. I will Be buying this when I run out but it seems like it’ll last forever because there is just so much in the pan. It goes on really well with any small tapered brush or a fan brush!
Mark M.
16 reviews
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This highlighter is okay. It’s not really blinding like I was expecting and how it swatched originally in the store but once putting it on my face I found its very subtle. This will definitely work for you if you’re going for a casual or subtle makeup look but I wouldn’t recommend if you like blinding highlighters.
Molly H.
Kansas City
32 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
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I love a matte finish for foundation, so highlighters are a great way to emulate a glow-y, dewey complexion. I've tried balms, liquids, sticks and powders, but I've really come to love this illuminator from NYX. You can grab it at any drugstore and it's less than $10! My challenge with highlighters is that I'm so fair skinned, some of them don't actually look like a lighter shade on my skin. #palekidprobs But, a few swipes of the color "Ritualistic" and my face is just glowing! 
Becca 🖤.
Ormond beach, FL
59 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
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BLINDING. This highlighter is everything. Lasts all day long and is buildable do I can use it for a casual make up look or bump it up to a blinding highlight. The finish is beautiful I tell all my friends about this product.
Lauren B.
507 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
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I am not in love with this product at all. While it goes on really nice and blends out there is not enough life to it. I just feel like it was really bland and it felt like I just had some random extra powder on my cheeks and nose. There was no wow factor for me.
Emma C.
Chicago, IL
5 reviews
I've been looking for an inexpensive highlighter that will be subtle, but still be a great highlight. Is the NYX like that?
Ashley B.
Jacksonville, FL
33 reviews
Does anyone else feel like they have to use quite a bit of this for it to show-up on their skin?
Ash S.
Dickson City, PA
36 reviews
Does this highlight have chunky glitter in it or is it more a sheen type of highlighter?
Griseda H.
252 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Can this be used for setting the foundation? It look like it has a lot of shimmer
Samantha P.
Churchville, PA
278 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
What do you guys use to apply this? Trying to find the best way. It doesn't seem to be working well for me

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