06.22.2012
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NYX CosmeticsStudio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer
1 fl. oz. for $13
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This silicone-based foundation primer has a velvety-smooth texture that blends to a powdery-soft, weightless finish. This temporarily creates a nice canvas for makeup, but once the product has had time to set completely, the finish looks chalky. If that isn’t enough disappointment, some of the colors (green and lavender) are odd, plus this lacks beneficial ingredients to improve skin. In the end, all you’re getting is a below-average primer that is neither photo-loving nor skin-loving. 

Pros:

  • Velvety-smooth texture with weightless finish.
  • Blends on well under foundation.

Cons:

  • Sets to a chalky, powdery finish.
  • Basic primer formula lacks the skin-beneficial ingredients you’ll find in our top-rated primers and serums.
  • Green and lavender shades make skin look a strange color.
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Cyclomethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Propylene carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Silica Silylate, Dimethicone/ PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil.

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Smashbox At-A-Glance

This small Los Angeles–based 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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