January 13, 2015

NYX Color Correcting Powder Review & Swatches

NYX Color Correcting Powder

NYX Color Correcting Powder ($10 0.21 oz) is a new permanent color correcting powder available in green, banana, and lavender shade selections.

You likely already know what a huge fan I am of The Skin Food Dark Circle Powder and unfortunately, I’m starting to run low on it and Skin Food discontinued the powder might to my horror. I’m always shopping alternatives to replace the powder and I’ve found a few I really like such as Ben Nye Banana Powder but I’m always on the look out for the next best thing.

When NYX Color Correcting Powder launched a few weeks ago I decided to order two of the three shades and see how they performed to set my concealer and maybe I’d get lucky and love the formula as much as I do Skin Food’s Dark Circle Powder!

Let’s take a look!

NYX Color Correcting Powder is an ultra fine loose setting powder that’s available in three color correcting matte finish shades which is paraben and talc-free. These come in a larger pot which I love because you have a nice lid to swirl the powder in and tap off. They are a silica based powder which will mattify skin and set makeup but they do have a slight tint so they have some color correcting benefits. Green helps to diffuse redness, lavender brightens up yellow undertones, and yellow will brighten redness or olive tones. These do not come with a powder puff or brush so you have to use your own brush for application.

They have a super silky texture and they blend onto skin flawlessly. I didn’t have a problem with the powder clinging to my drier areas in the least and they set makeup flawlessly. You do have to be careful though as they are easy to over do and aren’t completely transparent so you could come out of the experience looking pretty pasty and chalky if you over do things. I didn’t technically buy them to set my makeup though as I don’t really like to set with powder.

NYX Color Banana Correcting Powder

NYX Color Correcting Powder (Banana)

NYX lavander Color Correcting Powder

NYX Color Correcting Powder (Lavender)

NYX Color Correcting Powder Swatches

NYX Color Correcting Powder Swatches (Banana and Lavender)

I purchased both shades to see which would prove best for setting concealer. I have to say I was delighted with the banana shade! It not only sets concealer for all day wear but it’s also pigmented enough to diffuse the look of dark circles while brightening up my entire eye area. Again, you have to be careful with this as it’s easy to overdo but a light sweep and dusting of banana under your eyes using a blending brush like the MAC 286 will not only set concealer but also brightens up your entire eye area!

Whether you’re buying these to set your foundation or your concealer they are a complete win. They prove inexpensive and aren’t completely transparent with plenty of pigment to actually color correct as they are supposed to do!

Highly recommended.

Really liked these.

They are available now at www.nyxcosmetics.com.


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    • amy

      They’re “mineral-based”, which doesn’t mean mineral oil. It just means they use other minerals besides talc, which is awesome. Since NYX goes out of the way to state “talc-free” & “paraben-free”, I highly doubt they’d use a petroleum byproduct. Besides, mineral-oil products are typically used in pressed powders, and rarely in loose. If you haven’t already done so, try finding a full ingredients list. HTH!

      • It’s Gamayun

        No, she’s right, there’s mineral oil in the banana version of the powder. Right there in the ingredients list on their website.

      • Andi

        INGREDIENTS/INGRÉDIENTS: Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)

        INGREDIENTS/INGRÉDIENTS: Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Ultramarine Blue (CI 77007)

        INGREDIENTS/INGRÉDIENTS: Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Mineral Oil/Paraffinum Liquidum/Huile minérale, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)


        It’s Gamayun is correct! I found it on their website, and Mineral Oil is in Banana and Banana ONLY, which is seriously disappointing and baffling. But considering they felt it necessary to add parabens to their Mineral Finishing Powder, I can’t say I’m too surprised. I wish NYX would try to clean up their ingredients just a little sometimes though.

        • NJ

          ergh. I don’t want to smear aluminum on my face. I’ll stick with Physicians formula organic.

        • blah

          Mineral oil is not harmful to your skin and never has been. Fragranced plant oils (essential oils) are 1000x more harmful to your skin than mineral oil.


          “Mineral oil is approved for use in cosmetics (and a wide variety of other medical applications) globally, and in skin-care products is certified as either USP (United States Pharmacopeia) or BP (British Pharmacopeia). It does not contain impurities that harm skin in any way, nor does it contain any carcinogens (cosmetics-grade mineral oil is free of the compounds present in industrial petroleum).”


          “ssential oils can contain volatile compounds, increase free radical production, and be irritating – in the amounts they are found in beauty products.[…]

          It’s interesting: Salespeople often tell you that one of the benefits of essential oils is that they are perfectly safe and “non-toxic” when compared to synthetic products. Yet this is not the case. Due to the mode of extraction, usually distillation, essential oils may contain a variety of volatile molecules such as terpenes and terpenoids, phenol-derived aromatic components and aliphatic components (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008).”

  • Erin

    I’m interested to try these and really glad to see your review! Using them Wayne Goss style under my Urban Decay Naked liquid foundation might really help my redness and uneven skintone. Now… Green or Banana…

  • Katherine T.

    That Banana shade looks interesting! For $10, I will definitely check it out. I have yellow undertones, and loved Vincent Longo’s Golden Banana powder, as it was a perfect match for my skin, but it’s pricey at $44 each, hard to find, and didn’t control oil that well. So maybe this NYX is the answer

  • Angel

    I may need to check out the lavender. I haven’t experimented with that color much so I’m curious how it would work on my skin. Happy to hear these are so finely milled, they look really nice.

  • Sarah

    Just the thing I’m looking for! So which color do you use for your under eye area? Obviously the yellow will be better for masking dark circles, but do you use the purple on top for brightening? Would using one on top of another (yellow and then purple) be overkilled and looks caked on? Many thanks.

    • Isabella Muse

      i just use the yellow under my eyes, the purple makes me look like a ghost under my eyes. I dust the purple on after foundation to set but not under my eyes. I wouldn’t use both, that’s kinda overkill.

  • Kristi

    Muse, have you tried mac’s color correcting powders? I wonder how these compare…

      • rawortley

        Im finally having to reup on my mac cc lavender and bobbi brown retouching in pink… ( i mix both with elf hd white and there yellow….it seems like alot to go through but mixing those four make the perfect salmon color undereye setting color) and was hoping to find a cheaper dupe as of course I run out of the 2 most expensive at the same time…gonna try the nyx I think because maybe if its more pigmented means I can use even less in my concoction!

  • Wendy

    Wow I’m so happy that NYX came out with this! I have their color correct concealer in pots (green and yellow), and they’re my go-to when I have to cover up redness or dark circles. Will be purchasing both green and yellow!

    • Isabella Muse

      if you have yellow undertones it’s good for brightening up your entire face!

  • niki

    “Bill Bye” Banana Powder? is this some kind of autocorrect or inside joke? like.. i am relly laughing anyway 😀

  • niki

    and question: i am using elf yellow loose powder – shade is awesome for my blue undereye circles, but when used on rest of the face, it clings on dry areas and emphasizes them (no matter if i use denser/looser brush or just small ammount of powder) – so its probably not so finely milled.

    Can you compare elf and nyx? or would you rate nyx powder as really finelly milled/suitable for skin with dry patches? sounds strange, but i am living proof that you can have dry patches on your oily t-zone..

    • Isabella Muse

      niki I’ve never used ELF’s loose powder, so I can’t really compare! I’m sorry! I have drier, flakier areas on my cheeks and this doesn’t cling and buffs out very nicely. Hope this helps!?

    • Erin

      @ Niki – You’re not alone. My skin is crazy combo and I occasionally get dry flakes in areas that could rival the Middle East for oil production (usually when I’m recovering from a breakout) so the areas that I most need to set and mattify end up looking patchy and cakey.
      @ Muse – I’m really glad to hear these don’t cling to that!

  • Raquel

    Would you consider NYX CC Banana Powder to be a Dupe for Ben Nye Banana Powder?
    I want to try Ben Nye’s, but I’ll get the NYX one instead if it’s pretty much the same thing! I love NYX!
    Thanks! 🙂