NYX Cosmetics

Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation

for $ 7.50
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Brand Overview

This creamy, fragrance-free foundation reminds us of old-fashioned makeup in modern packaging. The thick texture smears onto the skin rather than blending evenly, and given the inclusion of a fair amount of beeswax, the texture feels too heavy for oily or breakout-prone skin. Unfortunately, the matte finish also makes this foundation a poor choice for dry skin because it emphasizes the slightest bit of dryness, fine lines, or flaking.

The shade selection provides suitable options for light to medium-deep skin tones, but there's no sense in trying to find the perfect shade with this foundation when there are so many better options available. To find one that will work for you, check out our list of Best Foundations Without Sunscreen.

  • Fragrance-free.
  • Suitable shades for light to medium-deep skin tones.
  • Thick texture smears unevenly onto skin.
  • Can feel too heavy for oily or breakout-prone skin, and the matte finish is inappropriate for dry skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexane, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Beeswax, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Glyceryl Laurate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Isobutylparaban, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide Yellow, Iron Oxide Red, Iron Oxide Black.

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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