NYX Cosmetics

Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation

for $ 9.50
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Brand Overview

This pressed powder foundation is worth checking out for its wonderfully smooth texture and fragrance-free formula. Appropriate for all skin types, this mica-based powder sets to a natural, semi-matte finish. To reiterate, this is not a true matte foundation, and those with very oily skin may find the subtle radiance in the finish adds more glow than is desirable.

Still, this foundation is easy to blend and it offers buildable sheer-to-medium coverage that wears well throughout the day. With the generous selection of shades, finding a match is easy for those with light to medium-deep skin tones, and all the shades are recommended. Kudos to NYX for providing options with warm, cool, and neutral undertones!

  • Fragrance-free.
  • Blends easily.
  • Attractive, semi-matte finish.
  • Generous shade selection.
  • Inexpensive.
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Mica, Nylon-12, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Magnesium Stearate, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane / Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate. May Contain: Iron Oxide Black (CI 77499), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI 77492), Iron Oxide Red (CI 77491).

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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