Friday, May 18, 2018

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | NYX TOTAL CONTROL DROP FOUNDATION

Welcome to another foundation Friday!  This is a blog series I recently started to share my reviews of cruelty free foundation.  To help you find all my reviews, I've linked them at the bottom of this post.  I hope they're helpful!  Additionally, and before we get into the review, please let me know if there are any cruelty free reviews that interest you.  Thanks, friends!

So, today we're talking about the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation.  This foundation is very unique in that you use a different amount of drops to achieve different levels of coverage.  How versatile is that?  For all you ladies out there who like to use a different coverage of foundation based on whatever day it is (i.e., work vs. weekend), this is for you.

THE CLAIMS

The claims for this foundation are custom sheer-to-full coverage with a soft matte finish.

If you watch my instastories, you might have seen the day I tried this for the first time.  It was a super hot day, and I wasn't sure how it was going to hold up.  I'm glad to say that it did hold up ... for the most part.  By the end of the day, I could tell that it had worn off.  However, it looked really good.  It wasn't completely worn off, but it also wasn't patchy or breaking down.  You can color me impressed.

Living in a hot climate, I can't tell you how many different ways foundation has completely broken down and practically melted off my face.  Even though the foundation didn't last 100% to the end of the day, I am very happy that it didn't look worse after being in the heat.  If you are looking for a foundation that lasts all day and looks fresh until you go to bed at night, this is not the one for you.  If you want a foundation that doesn't need to be touched up throughout the day, then this is for you.  I really don't feel the need to touch up my face when I wear the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation.

NYX recently released 6 more shades in this line, to bring their total of shades to 30.  That is a really great number of shades, especially for an affordable range.  They have some very fair shades and very dark shades.  Can you believe I'm not even the lightest shade?  The lightest shade is way too dark for me.  I am actually

For shade comparisons, here are other foundations that also match me:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in Porcelain
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation in 100 (first impressions video here) 
rms beauty Un Cover-Up Foundation/Concealer in 000 (review here)
Wet n Wild MegaCushion Foundation in 106A (review here)
Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Foundation in Soft Ivory (review here)

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately tries out the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. Click here to read her Foundation Friday post!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately tries out the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. Click here to read her Foundation Friday post!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately tries out the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. Click here to read her Foundation Friday post!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately tries out the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. Click here to read her Foundation Friday post!

HOW TO APPLY

As you can see, this foundation is in liquid form.  I actually apply it by putting the drops at the top of my cheek bone.  It doesn't slip down my face immediately, but I do have to work quickly.  The great thing is that it doesn't dry down quickly, so you do have some time to work it all over your face.  My favorite way to apply this is with a very thick buffing brush.  I have the Marc Jacobs The Face III brush, and it's perfect.  There are many affordable options that are similar that I've linked at the bottom of this blog post.

I have used a smaller buffing brush and a damp beauty blender, but they did not blend it out smoothly.  The small buffing brush left it a bit streaky, and the damp beauty blender soaked up a lot of the foundation.

As you can see on the back of the box, it shows you how to achieve different levels of coverage.  The more coverage you desire, the more drops you apply.  My ideal coverage for a normal day (at work, for instance) is three drops.  Two drops would be more of a lightweight coverage for the weekend.  Four drops definitely ups the coverage, but it's just too full coverage for me.  Three is perfect!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately tries out the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. Click here to read her Foundation Friday post!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately tries out the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. Click here to read her Foundation Friday post!

For me, this is a staple foundation for me. The versatility is unmatched by anything else I own, and I love how smooth it looks.  I don't normally touch up my foundation throughout the day, and I don't have to worry about how this looks when I'm on the go.  At $14, it's definitely worth it.  That's a bit pricey for the drugstore, but a little literally goes a long way.  I can see this lasting for quite a while.

Have you ever tried this?  What do you think of it?

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