So, NYX just dropped a new foundation. (See what I did, there?) I’d never tried a NYX foundation before, and had certainly never used a drop foundation, but I’d been fascinated by them, so, when I saw NYX release this one, I wanted to check it out.
Let me first say that this foundation comes in a nice range of 24 shades. It’s nice to see a brand include so many in a new product release. They also boast 5 different undertones: yellow, pink, cool, neutral, and olive. I know that I need a yellow base, but none of the deeper shades are labeled yellow or warm, so between olive and neutral, I rolled the dice and chose Cappucino, which is described as “medium deep with neutral undertone”.
The color turned out to be the right fit. I didn’t purchase the recommended brush with it, but I’ve tried it with two brushes made similarly to that one. Of them, I got the best result from the stiffer of the two brushes. also tried it with with an oval head brush and a blender sponge. I achieved the smoothest finish from the sponge and found the brushes were the worst at showcasing my dry areas and blemishes. The instructions are to start with 2-3 drops, and to add more if you’d like more coverage. No matter what method I used, I wasn’t able to get the job done with less than three drops, and even used as many as six with one of the brushes I used. This foundation is easily built up by adding drops. 3-4 drops provides me with medium coverage, which is my general preference, and 4-6 gives me full coverage. The bottle contains less than a half ounce of product, and if used regularly, I don’t see it lasting very long.
As for wear, I’ve tried Total Control with two different primers. I have combination skin that leans more toward the dry side. I wore it the first few times with NYX Angel Veil. I found it didn’t do a great job of controlling my oiliness, and it clings terribly to any dry patches. I also tried using the Nivea men’s aftershave balm, which I generally dislike wearing because it makes my face oily, with better results, but I’m not big on a dewy finish. I think this foundation might be a better fit during the summer, when I don’t deal so much with dryness, but the lack of oil control will possibly change my mind. Sadly, it just seems to accentuate my issues.
Overall, with my problem skin, this foundation is a miss, for me. I think it would be best for those with normal skin, since it doesn’t control oil and calls attention to blemishes and dryness. It feels great, because it’s so light, and is almost like having nothing on my skin. I’ll continue trying to make it work, but I won’t buy it again. I purchased Total Control at Ulta, where there’s currently a buy one, get one half off deal, but it’s available on the NYX website, as well.
Have you tried foundation drops before? Do you have any tips?
Thanks for reading!