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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

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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  1. Anon. in Seattle
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 31, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    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!

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