Here's the scoop: Most BB creams are little more than tinted moisturizers, often with sunscreen which is great but for NYX's version they left that critical component out. Most BB creams also include some beneficial ingredients but again, this one doesn't.
Overall when it comes to BB creams (or CC, DD, EE, and for one company an A to Z cream) it is a mixed bag of what you can expect. The best ones multi-task with bit of coverage, sunscreen, and anti-aging ingredients but this one does not meet expectations. This BB cream's lightweight, creamy texture has a weightless feel on skin and blends on smooth and sheer. Skin tone is slightly evened, but there's not enough opacity for covering blemishes and other skin imperfections—and the lack of sun protection puts this at a disadvantage compared to most other BB creams.
On the sun protection issue, it's worth mentioning that the formula includes two sunscreen ingredients; however, since they're not listed as active and this BB cream has no SPF rating, it cannot be relied on for UV light protection.
Each of the three shades are flatteringly neutral with a natural finish (not totally matte, nor too dewy). Currently, the shade range only caters to light and medium skin tones.
If NYX had front-loaded the formula with skin-beneficial ingredients and added sun protection, we would have been more impressed. As is, it's lacking and just not a compelling pick. Further adding to the problem, this BB Cream contains fragrance which is a potential irritant for skin (see more info).
- Flattering, neutral shades.
- Blends on smoothly for even coverage.
- Lacks skin-beneficial ingredients (including sunscreen) to make this a standout BB cream.
- Contains fragrance ingredients known to be irritating.
- Not enough coverage to camouflage skin imperfections.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin. (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)
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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