I had been trying several different powder foundations over the years and always tend to switch brands. I decided to go to Ulta since I had some reward coupons, I had never purchased NYX products, since overtime they had a small selection. This "new" Ulta i went to had a larger selection, I bought the NYX HD Foundation and the Powder Foundation. Since I have been using both of these products together I have had compliments from colleagues and strangers saying my face looks so flawless. This powder does cover very well and is almost as good as MAC , but I'd prefer to pay $9.99 over MAC's $27 matte powder. It doesn't have a creamy texture like a foundation-powder. It's just like a matte powder. I will be using this product again and again!
I have this in the two lightest shades and like it very much. It is what it says: matte, but not flat-looking. This is achieved with a fair amount of mica, but not enough to look overtly sparkly.
Colors are good, not pink at all. Coverage is sheer to light, but buildable. Will not control major oil, but I use Milk of Magnesia under it for that purpose.
Price cannot be beat: $9.99 at Ulta, plus, they have testers!!!! Testers, I tell you!
Only caveat is that as it is a pressed powder foundation with a sponge applicator, it will highlight any flaky skin, so make sure you have exfoliated/moisturized/primed if you are prone to that.
Compact is overly large, but that is because it has a separate vented area for the sponge. Latch broke on mine but it still clicks.
Overall, good product for quick and easy skin perfection for those who have pretty good skin to begin with. It won't cover active acne, but it does blur old dark marks, though it doesn't hide them totally.
I keep it in my purse for touchups and would buy it again. Pressed powder foundations are in general so poorly made, yet I'm always trying them out on my oily skin and with my busy lifestyle, but this one is a winner!
1. Price: Kind of expensive for what it does.
2. Packaging: Ok, I admit it, the packaging is pretty freaking cute, sturdy and expensive looking and feeling.
3. Quality: I don't know, but it felt kinda itchy once I had it on...as if my skin could not breathe. The smell didn't help either. It's kinda hard to describe, kinda like burnt rubber. As far as coverage ...its minimal. This could be an okay setting powder at the most, shouldn't be called a powder foundation. I prefer the NYX TWIN CAKE POWDER over this ANY DAY.
I got SMP 06 Medium Beige and SMP 07 Warm Beige because I really needed a compact powder to carry around. I liked the color selection for my very yellow Asian undertone, for loose powders I usually mix a straight yellow color corrector to keep from looking dull grayish pink. I think the packaging is quite nice for a drugstore brand and I replaced the sponge with a puff because it works better to fill in my large pores. That's the favorable side of the review.
I also get quite oily and whether I use this over BB cream, liquid foundation, or just primer, I notice the shine in under an hour without sweating. "Sweat Resistant"? "stay matte"? I think not. And as for "Apply dry (as is) for full coverage" (side of box)? Not by a long shot but its not the worst in the drugstore range. It also doesn't do much to cover my pores, even with a pore primer, using puff, brush, or sponge and I have tried better ones but most didn't have my color shade like this. Its an ok compact powder but no substitute for a real powder foundation. Will probably return at least one of the two.
I bought this to use as a setting powder over foundation, and it works decently for that purpose. The little sponge they give you in the compact is a joke! I use a brush to apply this over foundation, but beware with this technique-there is tremendous fallout.
Overall, it doesn't feel like anything to write home about, but it works for what I need from it. I certainly wouldn't use this as a foundation--when I tried to apply it to bare skin, it looked blotchy and kind of caked. But using a brush to gently apply this over foundation for setting purposes is fine.
Bought this to wear over my BB cream, both as a setting powder and for a little more coverage. the shade I got 01 Ivory is perfect--yellowish undertones and very fair. Doesn't seem to transfer. I'm not sure I'd use it alone as I'm not fond of powder foundations, but I do really like this one. I haven't gotten any new pimples from it and I've been using it for about a month now.
Update: coverage isn't great on this, and I'm finding other powders can do better job as a finishing powder.
For about 10 bucks this powder is my new friend ;)
I set my foundation normally with MAC Studio Fix powder in NC25 for that extra matte staying power which just started getting oily and cakey looking due to the warmer weather (or my new primer).
Anyhoo fast forward; seen this at Ulta for about 9.99 so i said why not I can always return i guess..
I purchased in the shade 03 Natural which has the PERFECT amont of yellow undertone NC25 (hard to find in "drugstore" products). It kept me matte for atlest 6 hours if not more. I did use this as a setting powder and have not tried it on its own yet, and probably will not knowing how good it looked and stayed put in my normal routine.Little tiny bit of shine started at the very end of the day but it looked glowy not greesy. For 10 bucks I cannot beat that. This powder makes me want to start purchasing more NYX products and giving them a chance.
I would not recommend this product on its own for someone with dry/flakey skin patches or what-not because powder just naturally makes those areas bigger problems.
I bought this back in Feb when we went on vacation and was really hoping this would be a cheaper alternative to my hg powder (Macs studio fix), but it wasn't. This barely covered anything,it has little to no coverage. I actually like to just keep it in my purse for touch ups but that's all its really good for. It didn't turn orange on me like other people have mentioned, the color that I got was actually the perfect match for me although it looks really scary in the pan but when I tried it in ulta and blended it it worked well.i bought it in 04. I feel like this doesn't last on me either and i have combination skin, but when i applied it and wore it around the house for a little bit i realized that within 2 hours what little was on my face was gone. I won't be buying this again unless they change the formula and coverage then maybe I'll try it.
I am over the moon with this product! It's amazing! First off I love that it has yellow undertones which is hell for me trying to find any kind of foundation that aren't pink shades! Second my face gets super oily as the day goes in and this is the ONLY product that keeps my face matte! It goes on smooth and makes my bronzer/blush look immaculate!! I have no problems with oxidizing or break outs (so far). Coverage is great when I use concealer first! Just a great product for me!! Thank you Nyx!!
This stuff broke me out really badly. It left me with small bumps that wouldn't go away for days even after I stopped using this powder! It's also a pretty pricey powder for what it does...which isn't much. Little coverage and also looks very cakey/chalky. Thumbs down for me!