NYX Cosmetics

Tinted Moisturizer

for $ 9.99
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Tinted Moisturizer from NYX has a simple, fragrance-free formula that begins creamy and blends easily but sets to a lightweight finish that hydrates a bit, but certainly not to the extent that those with dry skin will feel their it is moisturized.

The formula sets to a soft matte finish that's best for normal to combination or oily skin, and it's also suitable for breakout-prone skin.

As is typical for tinted moisturizers, this provides sheer to light coverage for a soft, evened-out skin tone. NYX offers a mostly good range of shades, with options for light to tan skin tones, although those with fair skin or dark skin won't find suitable colors. Consider Natural Beige carefully and avoid Warm Beige, which has a strong peach overtone. Nude and Soft Beige are great shades, as is Almond.

All things considered, this tinted moisturizer is OK, but lacking when compared to many others, including those sold in drugstores. For example, it doesn't offer sun protection, so for daytime you'll need to apply this over a product rated SPF 15 Or greater; also, it contains only a dusting of anti-aging ingredients, so the formula isn't giving your skin much in the way of benefits beyond a sheer tint and soft, smooth finish.

  • Inexpensive.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Easy to apply.
  • Lacks sunscreen, so it's not as "all-in-one" as many other tinted moisturizers.
  • Contains only a dusting of anti-aging ingredients.
  • Limited shade range, and some of the available colors are questionable.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Diisostearyl Malate, Propanediol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

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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