NYX HD Foundation Review & Swatches
As you know NYX has a new range of HD products including a brilliant primer that I’m loving! Have you tried? Whatcha think?
I’ve been a little slow getting my review forward on the NYX HD Foundation as it was kinda a testing process that took me all over the board. I’ve been wearing it on and off for several weeks and had a reader ask me about the review….
I think it’s about time I gave the word!
Foundation formulated from HD photogenic synthesis. This foundation reflects the light to make skin appear smooth and reduce the appearance of pores. The foundation covers skin flawlessly with tri-peptides infused to promote collagen generation, reduce wrinkles, and rejuvenate skin.
I think price point is a good way to lead into this review as many of you are concerned and possibly shocked that NYX, which is normally a budget friendly brand, has a $15 price tag. OMG! Everyone run in circles and scream. Let’s not panic. Broken down you’re looking at 1.26 oz of foundation for $15 versus say your favorite Make Up For Ever foundation at a mere 1 oz for $40. See? We are still very much on the budget friendly track here.
Unlike Make Up For Ever’s HD range, sorry peeps, have to say it, I did not feel like NYX HD Foundation was greasy. Yes, yes, yes, I feel like MUFE’s version feels really greasy and oily on my skin, of course this is when they first launched the range maybe its change since than but my first try with it was “Ew! Oily!” I didn’t experience that with NYX’s version.
The formula has a runny texture which mimics that of the primer. In some aspects I want to say that the foundation and primer have the same texture and feel, kinda hard to explain, but sort of rubbery, like a second skin. It smooths on brilliantly well and absorbs oh so easily while smoothing out imperfections pretty well but only minor ones.
On top of the primer, it wears a solid 6 hours at the very least. That’s alot considering foundation outside of BB Creams normally oxidize fairly fast on me. Without the primer? I’m looking at about the same wear time. It just has a certain knack for sticking around rather well.
Pigmentation is good but correct me if you opinion differs here, I personally felt like it was somewhat sheer. It didn’t feel very buildable and the color perfects skin but doesn’t necessarily conceal problem areas should you have them. Don’t quote me there, but that’s how I felt. The formula absorbs a little too quickly and doesn’t leave enough color pay off behind to really conceal issues should you have them. I wouldn’t say it was medium or full coverage but leans towards lighter wear. The formula wears very lightweight unlike other HD products I’ve tried, it feels comfortable sans a greasy, oily feel or finish. The finish feels semi-matte but has a hydrating formula that works well with my dry skin.
The foundation comes in a pump which worked perfectly well. No worries about pumping out enough foundation to cover your body with.
I got the shade 3 aka Natural to try out and was sorely disappointed that it was so orange and muddy. Natural should have been right smack in the middle of where my skin normally is, not quite cool toned and not quite warm toned, just in the middle of the two. Snooki orange was not what I expected when I though of Natural 3.
I haven’t seen the other shades so not sure how those will turn out.
- Anyone seeking a cheaper HD foundation for taking photos or looking for a base that perfects (the product actually photographs really well and it’ll blur out minor imperfections in front of a camera but in real life, well, you’ll pretty much see your problem areas such as fine lines, pores, etc….I simply think the product is too sheer to actually cover these types of issues up).
- Anyone wanting to perfect their skin but not necessarily wanting to conceal problems (if you already have a fairly woe free skin type this will make it look better but won’t conceal problem areas such as acne scarring, acne, larger pores, finer lines, etc…).
- Those wanting good, strong and long wear from their foundation (six hours in isn’t too shabby).
- Those used to NYX’s normally cheaper price line (yup, $15 could prove a little too much for some if they are already used to paying 65%-75% less for their NYX but compared to other HD products, it’s a steal).
- Those wanting an HD foundation that will make them look flawless on and off camera (I wouldn’t call this complete perfect but it does ok for itself).
I’m somewhat torn here as NYX HD Foundation has some finer points and some quirks that prevent me from saying, “YOU need this!” It’s a good foundation that performs fairly well particularly because of its long wear but I just felt like the coverage was a little lacking here which isn’t necessarily bad for me as I don’t like to wear heavy foundation but it could prove a deal breaker for those that depend on foundation to conceal minor to major skin problems.
Good formula, overall nice finish, damn fine wear time, could use a bit more pigment. If the lack of pigment doesn’t bother you, I’d recommend checking it out. You might be surprised to find yourself liking it more than MUFE!
Anyone try it?
This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR.
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