By Sheila Arkee
Beauty blogger receives samples of a new HD line of foundation in the mail. Beauty blogger is a bit skeptical, thinking this is just some kind of a gimmick. You know how those things go. Beauty blogger schedules a family portrait session with her son and uses the HD products. The photographer raves the entires session about how amazing beauty blogger’s skin looks. Sold!
The proof is in the pudding, so here’s a couple of shots of my skin while wearing the products.
The HD Studio Photogenic line from NYX Cosmetics that I tried were four products: a primer ($17), a foundation($20), a grinding powder ($30),and a grinding blush ($20), all of which are paraben- and talc-free, and enriched with minerals. The products contain light diffusing particles, which means that when you’re photographed, your skin will look really nice – say bye bye to your boo boos!
The primer is the only product in the line that I wasn’t thrilled about – it has a blue tint and dries down quickly.
You have to work really fast and use a light hand with the primer, but I could honestly go without it. I had take off the primer a couple of times because I had applied too much and the blue really stood out, so in the end I ditched the primer.
The foundation has a souffle-like texture, really soft and light. The foundation glides on the skin and doesn’t feel heavy at all – it’s a full-coverage finish that covers well and feels good. A win in my book. The color I tested is Sand Beige, which was a perfect match.
The grinding powder is the definite winner of the group.
I have fallen in love with the powder, which is a high-end concept brought to reasonably-priced standards. At $30 it’s a little high for typical NYX fare, but lower priced than similar products on the market. I tried True Beige, which was also perfect for my skin tone.
Looking at the ingredients, I did notice that one of the main ingredients is Titanium Dioxide, which is a big no-no when it comes to makeup for photography. However, I didn’t really notice any major ghost face in the photos of myself above – the color in the photos is pretty true to my skin tone in person.
I ended up testing the powder with both the NYX foundation, and also with a tinted moisturizer for a little lighter coverage. In both cases, I was very pleased with the results. The grinding powder offers flawless coverage and it did not irritate my skin at all.
The blush is soft and beautiful, and showed up very nicely on my skin – it’s a great compliment to the line! The color I tested is Georgia Peach, which would look lovely on any skin tone.
A warning – use caution when grinding the powder – one twist is all you need! The container has a mirror in the top (as does the blush), which I thought was an interesting touch to add, but be careful with handling the containers or your mirror will be covered with powder before you know it.
*Products provided for consideration.