As I’ve mentioned, my skin is far from perfect, so when I heard that my beloved Nyx had just come out with a full-coverage foundation, I ordered it right away. It was a bit difficult to pick a shade off the internet, but finally I went with “Ivory.” It was described as a yellow toned foundation, but I thought that would be good to correct some of the blazing redness in my face. According to Nyx, this product offers the fullest coverage of any foundation in their line, and leaves skin matte and flawless. Just what I was looking for!
The packaging is pretty simple, just a black plastic squeeze tube, and none of the ingredients listed on the back were anything that breaks me out. As a side note, this product contains glycerin, dimethicone, and tocopheryl acetate, and might provide a bit of moisture. When I swatched it on my hand though, I was aghast. It looked so dark! And orange! As you can see in the picture, this does not look like a shade for fair skin, and I was pretty disappointed at first because I thought I would have to return it.
Fortunately, I decided to wear it anyway, and once I blended it out, it had turned extremely pale. The swatch on my hand looked nothing like the product on my face, but that’s a good thing. On to the foundation: Firstly, although this is advertised as full coverage, it really isn’t. With some layering, I got a medium level of coverage, but definitely not the “fullest coverage” that was promised. So, if you’re wanting this to use on break-out days, or to cover a scar/birthmark/tattoo/ etc, you’re going to have to layer a powder foundation over it to get more coverage. This might cover up freckles, but if you have severe acne, for example, this won’t do the trick. Also, it does feel a bit heavy, and can be hard to blend because it dries really fast. I’ve applied it over primer and over bare skin, and with a balm over the top, but to me, the easiest way to apply it so it doesn’t dry before you can blend it properly is to mix a drop of the foundation with a thin primer, like Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser, and then to add some luminizer, like Revlon Skinlights, so that your face doesn’t look flat, and then blend it in using a brush. It looks decent applied with my fingers too, but when I tried to use a sponge it soaked up too much of the product. Also, I wouldn’t say that the finish is matte. It might just be my very oily skin, but I definitely need to set it with a powder. Don’t get the wrong idea, though. This is not a bad product by any means. In terms of consistency and performance, this is like a hybrid of Revlon Colorstay and Urban Decay Naked Foundation, with the thickness of a BB cream. That’s what it reminded me of. Yeah, it isn’t a perfect foundation, but I do like it because it is one of the palest foundations I have ever found. It may look very dark straight from the tube, but I think any pale skinned chick would be able to find a match in this line. It actually matches my skin really well, as you can see from this picture. Not too pink or yellow.
The shade selection looks pretty expansive, also. They had a good range of fair tones and dark tones, with cool, warm, and neutral undertones, so props to Nyx for that. Also, if you are willing to work with the foundation, you can totally make it wearable. It is very long lasting, another bonus point. It doesn’t oxidize, either, so the color you put on in the morning stays the same all day without turning that annoying orange by midafternoon. If your skin is pretty good, not too oily, and you don’t need full coverage, then you would probably like this a lot. Good shade range, good lasting power, and is inexpensive. It isn’t my HG, but it is certainly worth checking out!
Also, if anyone was interested, I ordered seventeen products from Forever 21’s Premium Cosmetics line, and will do a full review or video once they arrive. (I’m wearing that Hollywood Red lipstick from their line in this review.)