Total Control Drop Primer
Total Control Drop Primer is advertised as the perfect natural matte base for foundation. Unfortunately, we saw very little improvement using this product.
Dispensed via dropper, this milky-liquid primer has a lightweight, silky consistency that absorbs smoothly into skin. On lighter complexions, it blends in imperceptibly, but on deeper skin tones it can leave a slight milky-looking cast.
While this primer does provide a soft matte finish once it dries down, the formula isn't as absorbent as most struggling with oily skin will need to hold back shine for hours. In fact, we did several split-face comparison tests with this product and couldn't see a difference from one side to the next (one side being primer-less).
On the plus side, as far as minimizing pores go, you get an ever-so-slight blurring effect with this fragrance-free formula. It's not overly impressive, but better than nothing.
Otherwise, we didn't notice our foundation applying any better or lasting any longer with this primer. It didn't hurt, but it also didn't help, so kind of a wash.
The bottom line: There are better options to choose from on best foundation primers list.
- Lightweight texture is a cinch to apply.
- Produces an ever-so-slight pore-blurring effect.
- Fragrance free.
- Not absorbent enough to hold back oily shine.
- Leaves a milky cast on deeper skin tones.
- Doesn't make foundation go on smoother or last longer.
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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