HD Studio Photogenic Foundation
This liquid foundation has a creamy, fluid texture that blends to a finish that’s satin in appearance but feels matte. You’ll get medium to almost full coverage and the pigment technology behind this makeup, like many of today’s best foundations, allows the coverage to blur imperfections and improve skin tone without feeling or looking like a mask. On balance, the formula is best for normal to dry skin.
The shade range covers light to medium-tan skin tones, but beware—some of the shades have a slight, typically unflattering orange-y, undertone. A bigger issue (and the reason for this foundation’s rating) is the inclusion of strong fragrance, which is not only noticeably annoying for your nose, but also irritating to your skin (see More Info).
- Medium to almost full coverage for light to medium-tan skin tones.
- Improves skin tone without looking like a mask.
- Creamy, fluid texture blends on smoothly.
- Noticeable fragrance is not only annoying, but also potentially irritating.
- Some of the shades have an unflattering, orange undertone.
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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