NYX Cosmetics

Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer

for $ 16.00
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Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer is supposed to create a smooth canvas for flawless makeup application, but we found that it actually made matters worse! In fact, despite the "angelic" name, our review reveals the devil is in the details.

The problem starts with the liquid-cream texture which has to be shaken before use each time (otherwise it comes out runny). Like most primers, this one has a silicone-rich formula, but it requires a surprising amount of rigorous blending and leaves a matte, white cast which is especially noticeable on deeper skin tones.

When worn under makeup, particularly foundation, the texture creates a clinging effect that results in uneven application. Blending over this primer is not only difficult; it also exacerbates flaws (such as dry patches) and causes foundation to pool in pores.

About the only promise this delivers on is minimizing shine (temporarily), and at least it's fragrance-free, but that doesn't make up for all this primer's anti- "skin perfecting" qualities.

  • Temporarily minimizes shine.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Difficult to blend.
  • Leaves a white cast, particularly noticeable on deeper skin tones.
  • Grabs on to makeup, creating uneven application.
  • Draws attention to dry skin and pores.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polysilicone-1, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Nylon-12, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Laureth-12, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide

Smashbox At-A-Glance

This small Los Angelesbased 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 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, and the line can also be found at Target and Nordstrom Rack, 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 website is www.nyxcosmetics.com.

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