Mineral Stick Foundation

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A good stick foundation is hard to come by, but this one from NYX hits the spot with its smooth blendability and medium-to-full buildable coverage. Another plus? Its twist-up tube packaging makes it easy to use on-the-go, and it's fragrance-free, which is preferred for all skin types.

The natural looking finish is neither too dewy nor too matte and is best for someone with normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin. Those with blemish-prone skin, however, should avoid stick foundations in general since the waxes and other ingredients that keep the foundation in stick form it can clog pores and exacerbate acne.

Among the shades, avoid Porcelain and Cool Tan due to their unflattering pink undertones. Otherwise there are neutral, flattering shades options for fair to medium-deep skin tones.

By the way, there's nothing particularly beneficial about "mineral" makeup (see this article for more info), but regardless, this is an excellent stick foundation to check out.

  • Smooth blendability and medium-to-full buildable coverage.
  • Twist-up tube convenient for on-the-go touch ups.
  • Natural looking finish is neither too dewy nor too matte.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Has the potential to exacerbate acne.

Beeswax/Cera Alba/ Cire d'abeille, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Diisostearyl Malate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Alumina, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

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. JodyR.
    Reviewed on Monday, September 01, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Great Foundation Stick!!!
    • I am so glad I gave NYX Foundation a try. I was using a Clinique and a Lancome one before this. This looks great on my normal to dry skin. I am 60 and this does not settle into fine lines:) I disagree with Paula on the shade "Cool Tan" as it matches my skin perfectly. It matches better than the two department store ones I used. NYX colors seem to run on the lighter side. I tried Medium first and have light to medium skin. The Cool Tan matched the best! You can't beat the $10 price either!

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