I love this powder. It does just what it says, gives you that porcelain doll finish without being flat. I use my normal liquid foundation and lightly apply this over it with a soft powder puff and my foundation stays all day, never creases and I never look oily or flat. I have dry skin on my cheeks and get a tiny bit oily in the T-zone as the day goes on. It never feels or looks heavy even over my liquid foundation. My face looks the same after a long 12 hour shift as a nurse as it did when I put it on in the morning. By itself it gives pretty good coverage as well. I bought this to have in my little emergency kit I keep in my locker at work for those days when I sleep in too late to apply makeup at home for a better than nothing quick fix. But this product surprised me and I have been using it all the time.
I love this powder. I think that the color matches me perfectly and it stays on fairly well throughout the day. I use the Soft Beige and I think it's just right. I don't use the little sponge that it comes with, but rather a large fluffy powder brush. I think it gives me the right coverage and looks really nice.
As for the matte side of it, it kind of does it's job. I have pretty oily skin so I wasn't expecting anything amazing, but it does well. It keeps my skin looking matte(r) than usual for a few hours, but then my forehead will stay to shine a little. I just dust on some mineral vail and call it a day.
Overall, I really enjoy this compact and I will buy it again. You just have to make sure you match it to your skin well (like most products) and use a finishing powder over it.
Pros- its a powder
Good initial color match
No shine control at all
Bought this after a " tight" money week to replace my Pur Minerals, biggest mistake! Nothing else in my routine was changed, and after 6 days using this had the absolute worst acne i've ever had.( incredibly embarrassing at 30). Literally RAN to ulta to get my Pur. Has taken 3 weeks for the redness and acne to START to dissapear
I was watching a youtuber named emilynoel83 and she mentioned how much she loved this foundation and how good it is with shine control. Well, I don't have the same love for this. I purchased this at Ulta and right off the bat, I was having a problem trying to find the right shade for me. I'm Medium with Olive tones and wear NC40 in MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation. Ulta has a limited selection for this NYX powder foundation. Out of the medium shades in their selection, I swatched shades: SMP05, SMP06, SMP07, SMP08, SMP09 and SMP10. Out of these shades, SMP08 (Golden Beige) Medium with beige undertone was a bit too light but had the right undertone. The next shade SMP09 (Tan) Medium with golden undertone is a nice shade match however the tone is too red for my skin. SMP09 looks like NW30 in MAC. When I compared it to my MAC Studio Fix powder in NC40, I could see a huge tone difference. SMP09 makes me appear sunburnt. The following shade SMP10 (Caramel) was too dark shade wise and very noticably red in tone. I could try SMP11 (Sienna) medium with warm tones to see if that works or just purchase the SMP08 (Golden Beige) and apply a light dusting of bronzer over it. To be honest, this is a lot of thought and effort to put into a medicore powder! NYX considers this foundation to be full coverage. I beg to differ. I found this foundation to be just a regular ho hum setting powder with very little coverage. This foundation didn't cover any blemishes even with multiple layers. Also, this doesn't control my oil. I still needed an additional powder to blot the oily spots. Some of the good qualities with this powder is that it never looks cakey. Even with multiple layers, it makes your skin look like skin. I also like that this powder doesn't cling on to dry flakes. This foundation gives such a nice glow without any shimmer or glitter in it. Another good quality is that this powder doesn't break me out or clog my pores. I guess I don't have a real need for this type of powder because it doesn't control my oil to be a setting powder and it doesn't offer enough coverage to be a foundation.
I would not recommend this product to anyone. I know NYX is a very popular brand that is both affordable and constantly updated on the trends women are into, however this product was just terrible.
I got this at ULTA for I believe for $10 (more or less depending on taxes). I was very disappointed. It seemed to hit the pan so quickly! I used it for a week and I could see the middle of the metallic pan showing!
When I used it as foundation, I was also disappointed. I don't feel like I was evening my skin tone whatsoever, which is the reason why I even wear foundation!
When I used it as a powder to set my liquid foundation, I found that it just left me very oily after an hour or two. It also made my skin very dark! Of course it isn't a translucent powder, but hey, it was my skin tone color, and it made me look so orange...
No matter how I used it, I was disappointed.
In conclusion, spend your money elsewhere!
overall i didnt like this product as a foundation. i used it to dust over my liquid makeup and it looked so nice and soft. it did not break me out but the colors are all a little on the pink side. the powder itself is not gridded as fine as it could be the coverage is almost not there its more of a VERY sheer coverage . so if u have no scars but an oily facce this product would be awesome for you.
Usually all powders turn me orange. I've tried Maybelline, Palladio, Bareminerals and lots of other brands and they all turned me orange since I have oily skin. This powder is amazing!!! I didn't turn orange at all, I stayed the same color all day and it looked great, not cakey at all! Definetly try this if you have combo/oily skin. Its too dry for dry skin. My HG powder<3 continued >>
I love this powder! It really is silky smooth, and it's not crazy powdery like most powder foundations. I love pairing this with MAC's Pro Longwear foundation, I'm an NC 15 (the prolong wear runs a little dark, so I'm normally an NC20) but I feel like the Shade 02 (nude, I believe) is too dark for my skin and really makes me look darker. For some reason it looks perfect when I use it over my Revlon ColorStay in 150 Buff, but when I use it with my MAC foundation it completely changes the color, so I'm going to Ulta after this to exchange it for the lightest shade. I love how NYX has YELLOW toned powders. I have yellow undertones so it's practically impossible to find the lighter/lightest shades WITHOUT pink undertones, which looks terrible for me. From what I've read the lightest shade has yellow/neutral undertones and I'm very pleased about it. If you don't have yellow undertones, and you have pink undertones there are tons of other drugstore foundations that are your color, so don't worry.
Anyways! This is like velvet, I can see if you apply too much or over a thick foundation how this could look cakey - but my MAC Pro Longwear is very matte and very thin in consistency, and has GREAT coverage so I really don't need to use a lot of powder, but I do like adding a touch of more coverage just for that flawless face. This is very comparable to MAC's Studio Fix Powder Foundation(27.00$) - and a fraction of the price. 9.99$. This doesn't cover as well and I can't say that I'd use it alone, but over a concealer for the rushed days this would look nice and fresh. I really love using this with my Elf Flattop Studio Brush for maximum coverage and an even application, and then dipping my elf Kabuki in it and buffing my face and it really smooths everything out and looks so flawless. I will post a link to a picture of me wearing this powder over my MAC foundation, and you'll see how this looks flawless but not too powdery. Also, another tip for this powder is to use some kind of finishing spray or setting spray - it really makes it look natural and takes away any extra powder left behind. This is my new favorite drug store powder. It stays pretty matte - it's not as longlasting as my Milani but in my opinion it looks less powdery and when I wear it with MAC's Pro Longwear it lasts 15 hours at least.
This is best powder i've been able to find so far. The color nude is a nice light shade w/ yellow undertones. It has a beautiful skin like finish, not shimmery or glittery at all, but naturally glowing. There isn't much powder dust flying around when you swirl your brush in it, so it's very finely milled and not chunky at all. I just wish the packaging were less bulky and cheap feeling/looking...
Pros ~ nice packaging to put in purse, med/full coverage, can be used wet or dry, it does live up to it's name!
Cons ~ when using with dry sponge it made my skin like dry and muddy, you do not get a lot of product in the pan!!
I have used both the liquid and powder of this product. I defiantly like the liquid over the powder. I feel both have great coverage and staying power. However, at the end of the day the liquid looks better on my skin than the powder. I did get better results applying the powder with a damp sponge vs dry. Neither caused any breakouts for me. I usually don't have trouble with any NYX's products doing that! I should mention that I used this about 6-7 times (not heavily) and the bottom of the pan was already showing through!! The one I used was SMP 04-creamy natural. It was about 2 shades to light for my skin? I am in NC35 - NC37 range.