As you may have heard, NYX released a new foundation it has a shade range of 45 shades in a matte finish. Which is fantastic. I'm glad that there's more options becoming available with extensive shade ranges. This was sent to me by Influenster and they also sent the CSWS Primer that is also matte.
Ok here's where I'm at with this.....my skin looks very dry when I put this on because all of the sudden I have a ton of flakes (that I didn't see before) and it just sits on the top of my skin. It won't buff or stipple into the skin it's just there on top of it. No matter what base I use. Then I exfoliated my skin with a Clarisonic just in case there were any flakes hanging out and used a sponge to apply it. It looked better but it still was just sitting on top of my skin and if I touched my skin, I had finger prints or I moved the foundation accidentally. Not necessarily like getting some transfer on my fingers or whatever, legit cause a finger print or moves the foundation or smudges it. Also with the sponge it seemed to be less coverage.
I used it again and had to take it off because it looked so horrible. I was using a brush again which I would now not do again with this foundation because it looks horrendous with a brush, in my opinion. I would recommend a sponge if you do want to try it.
All that aside I would love to see someone with a combo-oily skin use this and see if it does better because I truly think it will. Just basing my opinion off the way it seems to work on my skin, it seems that it almost attracts any moisture your skin might have, now in my position that didn't pan out, it made me look very dry and didn't sit well on the skin. If you were someone that had oily skin especially, I think it might be a totally different experience.
When I seen how it looked on Jackie Aina after she was wore it and how the finish of it looked I thought it was so stunning and flawless. On me it looked really bad. I will insert a picture below so you can see. It's a matte finish, it's not thick, its supposed to be full coverage but I don't feel like it's hardly at the full coverage mark but it is a higher coverage for sure. I have shade "pale" which is definitely a more yellow base but extremely light. Probably a shade or two lighter than what I need. I'm very happy to see this shade range and everything looks really lovely, it's not the foundation for me but that's ok! I still think it's a unique formula and it's definitely different from anything I've seen.
I had some high hopes. I thought it was a "learning curve" or that I just wasn't hydrated enough, I didn't prep the face right. At the end of the day, if it doesn't work for you, it just doesn't work. I might try it again when my skin is going through a more "oily" phase because skin goes through changes all the time. The one thing I did notice was that, products on top of this like bronzer, blush, etc it blended just fine on top of this and actually made it look better in my opinion. As the days went on where I was wearing this the entire day it looked better the longer I wore it and I think that's because it's summer and you can get shiny for sure but this foundation controls oil very well and keeps it's matte finish. So it just makes sense that it would do well when faced with increased oil production.
I don't really think many have had the issue that I had. Which still makes me wonder if I'm doing something wrong. After multiple ways though, and several tries, I think this just isn't for me. I've seen it look really lovely on others though and I'm glad. I'm going to link Jackie's video here for you to go and see for yourself. I think it looked amazing, she does such a good job at informing viewers about undertones and what is going on with each step, I learn a lot from watching her and I think you should definitely check her out.
So going from left to right:
The first two are obviously the same day. After taking these pictures I went and washed it off and used another foundation that was more hydrating. The last picture is today before any bronzer or blush obviously. It wasn't nearly as bad as the previous pictures which I hope you can see and maybe it will let you zoom in to how patchy and dry my skin looked. The 3rd picture looks a lot better but it's because I exfoliated again with my clarisonic and a gentle cleanser. I think went in with a soothing toner. I used a super hydrating eye cream, and 2 super hydrating moisturizing primers. I didn't know if it would work considering this foundation acts like a magnet to moisture. Luckily it was much better though.
So I hope this was helpful. I didn't speak on the primer but I did use it and it's super thick but it's also very cooling on the skin which I love. You're supposed to tap it into the skin so that it doesn't ball up. It's more mattifying, I think, than the Becca Evermat which is the most mattifying primer I have ever seen.
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