03.31.2015
0
5
Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation
Rating
$7.50
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation
Last Updated:03.31.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This creamy, fragrance-free foundation reminds us of old-fashioned makeup in modern packaging. The thick texture smears onto the skin rather than blending evenly, and given the inclusion of a fair amount of beeswax, the texture feels too heavy for oily or breakout-prone skin. Unfortunately, the matte finish also makes this foundation a poor choice for dry skin because it emphasizes the slightest bit of dryness, fine lines, or flaking.

The shade selection provides suitable options for light to medium-deep skin tones, but there's no sense in trying to find the perfect shade with this foundation when there are so many better options available. To find one that will work for you, check out our list of Best Foundations Without Sunscreen.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Suitable shades for light to medium-deep skin tones.
Cons:
  • Thick texture smears unevenly onto skin.
  • Can feel too heavy for oily or breakout-prone skin, and the matte finish is inappropriate for dry skin.
Claims
Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexane, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Beeswax, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Glyceryl Laurate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Isobutylparaban, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide Yellow, Iron Oxide Red, Iron Oxide Black.

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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