Twin Cake Powder SPF 10

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Category:
Makeup > Powders > Pressed Powder w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/7/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This finely milled pressed powder has an almost creamy texture that blends on super smooth. It picks up easily with a brush and offers medium coverage with a semi-matte finish. The color range is impressive, with shades for fair to tan skin tones. Formula-wise, this is workable for normal to slightly dry skin.

The low SPF rating is the major disappointment here because it is too low to be counted on for sufficient sun protection; SPF 15 is the minimum by most medical boards around the world. While the formula does contain titanium dioxide, which typically provides UVA protection, it isn’t listed as active; therefore, you cannot rely on this product for broad-spectrum defense (see More Info).

This powder is fine for touch-ups, but don’t count on it for sun protection.

Pros:

  • Finely milled pressed powder blends on super smooth.
  • Medium coverage and semi-matte finish.
  • Texture feels creamy and picks up easily with a brush.
  • Impressive shade range for fair to tan skin tones.

Cons:

  • SPF 10 rating is too low to be counted on for sufficient sun protection.
  • The formula contains titanium dioxide, but because it isn’t listed as an active, you can’t rely on it for UVA protection (see More Info).

More Info:

Titanium dioxide not listed as active ingredient

Note: Although this product contains titanium dioxide, it cannot be relied on for sun protection because it is not listed as active. Titanium dioxide has multiple functions in cosmetics, but to function as a reliable sunscreen, it must be listed among the active ingredients.

Talc, Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, Silica,Hydroxyapatite, Methylparaben, Fragrance, and Butylparaben. MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Yellow Iron Oxides (CI77492), Calcium Carbonate (CI 77220), Red Iron Oxides (CI 77491), orBlack Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

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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