HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This lightweight, fragrance-free, loose powder is made up entirely of finely milled silica, which gives it an undeniably silky, soft texture that truly glides across the skin. The formula has a super-smooth but dry finish that temporarily absorbs shine, making it ideal for those with oily skin. (It will exaggerate dry skin or dry areas unless applied exceedingly sheer.)

The powder looks pure white in the container, but sheers out for a nearly imperceptible finish that works well for setting makeup and for touch-ups. Be aware, however, that those with dark skin tones will notice a subtle whitish tint.

As usual with loose powders, transferring this from the container to your face can be a bit messy, but that's a minor tradeoff considering this is a fantastic finishing powder.

Note: This finishing powder is superior to and less expensive than Make Up For Ever's HD High Definition Powder Microfinish Powder.

  • Lightweight, loose powder with an ultra-silky feel.
  • Nearly imperceptible, translucent finish helps absorb oil.
  • Works well to set makeup and for touch-ups.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Exaggerates flaky, dry skin.
  • Can leave a subtle whitish tint on darker skin tones.

Silica, Propylparaben, Methylparaben

Brand Overview

NYX Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Strengths: NYX provides complete ingredient lists on its website; inexpensive for such quality makeup that rivals department store brands (yes, even M.A.C.); superior blush, gloss, and eyeshadow; several excellent mascaras.

Weaknesses: Many products are available only from the company's website, which means you can't see or test the colors in person (and the company doesn't offer samples); disappointing foundation primers.

This small Los Angeles–based makeup line was founded in 1999 by a woman named Toni Ko. The company's Web site is vague about Ko's background, merely stating that she developed an interest in cosmetics as a teenager (you know, just like about 99.9% of teenage women) and wanted to create her own line of cosmetics. Ko's goal was to produce high-quality products at affordable prices, and that's the draw of NYX (pronounced "nicks") Cosmetics. We are pleased to report that, for the most part, Ko succeeded in her childhood dream.

It is important to note that this line offers a full selection of makeup products, from foundations to lip gloss. However, the only place to access everything NYX Cosmetics has to offer is their Web site. The Ulta chain is the largest distributor of NYX Cosmetics products in the United States, but they carry a smaller selection of NYX products. The good news is that most of the few NYX products Ulta stocks are impressive, especially the powder eyeshadows, which compete evenly with eyeshadows that cost a lot more.

NYX Cosmetics customer service number is (866) 699-1004 or you can visit www.nyxcosmetics.com.

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Leaves white residue

This powder gives a matte finish; however, it does leave my face a bit whiter than usual. For the price, I'm not complaining, but would rather use some other product.

Reviewed by
yeari c.
Blows all other powders away

For some reason, neither talc nor cornstarch have any effect on my oily skin. Only silica keeps me shine free (almost) all day. Great product, great price.

Reviewed by
E. M.
Best Ever Finishing Powder for Fair Skin!

I originally purchased the extravagantly priced Urban Decay finishing powder because it was rated "Best". That powder gave my fair skin an orangey cast, so I thought I had to settle for this NYX version. I can honestly say that this powder is every bit as good as Urban Decay, does not accentuate dryness and is heavenly smooth and translucent on my face. That is really important since I put so much effort into finding the right shade of foundation! this powder deserves a BEST rating!

Reviewed by
Anon. in Seattle
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