Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This pressed powder foundation is worth checking out for its wonderfully smooth texture and fragrance-free formula. Appropriate for all skin types, this mica-based powder sets to a natural, semi-matte finish. To reiterate, this is not a true matte foundation, and those with very oily skin may find the subtle radiance in the finish adds more glow than is desirable.

Still, this foundation is easy to blend and it offers buildable sheer-to-medium coverage that wears well throughout the day. With the generous selection of shades, finding a match is easy for those with light to medium-deep skin tones, and all the shades are recommended. Kudos to NYX for providing options with warm, cool, and neutral undertones!

  • Fragrance-free.
  • Blends easily.
  • Attractive, semi-matte finish.
  • Generous shade selection.
  • Inexpensive.
  • None.

Mica, Nylon-12, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Magnesium Stearate, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane / Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate. May Contain: Iron Oxide Black (CI 77499), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI 77492), Iron Oxide Red (CI 77491).

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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I am blown away by this powder because it is so affordable. I have the most oily nose, and it's really not just in my head, people have actually commented on it. But, this powder makes it matte literally all day, even when I am golfing in 102 degree weather. Works wonderfully over Paula's Choice hydralight spf 30.

Reviewed by
Isabel, W
Equal to MAC Studio Fix

It's pretty obvious this product was reviewed by someone who did not actually use the product. Even though this powder contains mica, it is not shiny or glittery in any way. This powder foundation is probably, hands down, the best value for those with oily or sensitive skin wanting a long-lasting, matte foundation. I think it is an affordable alternative to MAC Studio Fix powder foundation and performs equally well. Beautypedia gives Neutogena Mineral foundation a "best" rating and it is horribl

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Love this - better than any high end I've tried!

Mature, oily, rosacea skin, patchy from treatment and broken out by hormonal acne caused by thyroid medication, hormone replacement and genetics. Hard to please? Yes! I've spent a fortune on skin/makeup products in the last decade! This powder is awesome. I keep purchasing foundations to try to hide/perfect my ever-changing fair, freckled, red face, but this works no matter what. Only a 3 on value because I have to purchase so often! Works alone or w/any base. Makes even bad foundations better!

Reviewed by
Melissa W.
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