I’m so glad you’re here to read my NYX HD Foundation review! Today is Friday, which means it’s Foundation Friday. NYX has been on my radar lately as a great brand from the drugstore. They are affordable and accessible, since I can find them at my local Target. You can also find them on sale at Ulta, which is where I purchased this foundation. This costs $17.99 for 1.12 ounces.
If you are new to this series on my blog, this is where I review a foundation every Friday (or, nearly every Friday). I will share what the claims are for the foundation, any tips for application, information about the shade range, and finally my thoughts after wearing it.
It might be helpful for you to know a little bit about my skin. I have very pale, combination-oily skin. My skin concerns are discoloration from skin damage and acne spots. I control my acne through diet and only experience the occasional hormonal break out. My skin gets oily in my t-zone throughout the day. My favorite foundations are dewy, long lasting, and natural looking.
Now, let’s get into the NYX HD Foundation review!
For informational purposes, the full name of this foundation is the NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation. That’s quite a mouthful, so I will refer to it as the NYX HD Foundation. The claim is, basically, picture perfect skin. From the website, they claim that flawless-looking skin is no longer just for celebrities. This foundation uses light-diffusing technology to enhance the appearance of silk-smooth skin.
This foundation is available in 20 shades. I purchased the lightest shade, which is Nude. The darkest shade is Deep Espresso, so it seems that the range covers both ends of the spectrum. Not being an expert on the deep shades, it seems to be that this foundation goes very dark. Now, being a bit of an expert of light shades, this lightest shade is light enough for me. I think I could’ve gone with the next darkest shade, which was Warm Ivory. However, the ‘warm’ in the title of the shade had me shying away from it. Most foundations look too warm on my skin, so anything that explicitly says ‘warm’ is not something I usually go for. The Nude shade that I purchase is light, and it’s almost too chalky on my skin. It needs just the slightest bit of warmth to be perfect for me. But! Kudos to NYX for actually have a light shade.
I tried my usual ways of application. Of course, I tried it with a damp beauty blender. That made it entirely too cakey. If you want this to be completely full coverage, definitely apply it with a damp beauty blender. It was too much coverage for me on a regular day. Next, I tried my ever faithful Marc Jacobs The Face III buffing brush. That has, by far, been the best way to apply. Marc Jacobs is pretty expensive, so I’ve linked some similar alternatives at the bottom of this post.
Now, let’s talk about my experience. As you can see in the two pictures above, it looks very dry on my skin. It also settles into my laugh lines and creases between my eyebrows. I promise, I do not look that wrinkly without makeup on! I’ve been having a hard time with foundation settling deeply in between my eyebrows, and it’s been frustrating. This NYX HD Foundation has been the worst recently. When I don’t have makeup on, you can barely see that I have creases between my eye brows.
All that being said, my pictures are very close up. When I’m simply going about my day and notice myself in the mirror, it looks fine. It’s matte but it’s not completely flat. On my skin, the undertones do look a little chalky. It has a subtle radiance in the finish that I really like. It does not settle into my pores, but it doesn’t look great at the end of the day. Even though the finish is nice and the color is very light, I think the foundation doesn’t work perfectly with my skin. I honestly think this would be better on someone who has more oily skin. It simply doesn’t sit well on my skin.
Again, it’s good, it’s just not great. I will use this up so it doesn’t go to waste, but I also won’t be reaching for it day after day.
Have you ever tried this foundation? What do you think about it?
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