Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat Powder Foundation

Hey everyone!

I hope you're all having an amazing week so far!  I've started my summer job again (as a lifeguard), and I'm loving it! :) I've been really busy though, which is why my posts have been lacking a little! I'll try to get better! :)

Remember, there's less than a week left to enter my giveaway! You can enter it here!  It's full of Bath and Body Works Candles, NYX lip gloss and more!

Anyway, as you all probably know, NYX is one of my favorite 'drugstore' brands, but the only store I could actually find their products at was ULTA.  Well, recently, they started carrying a larger selection of NYX products, so of course I had to try some out!  I had never tried their foundations before, so that was the first thing I went for.  I grabbed a bunch of products, but I was most excited to try NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation!  

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So, as you can see, I've hit pan on this product.  The reason I bought this in the first place was because summer was coming, and even those like me with super dry skin can tend to get oily in the summertime (especially if you're always outside in the sun!).  I wanted something that could keep me from getting shiny.  
Although some say that during the summer it's not good to wear powdery face makeup (because if you sweat it can look cakey), I've found that wearing powder is a LOT less heavy on my skin, making it more wearable in the summer.  I've always been a fan of the Bare Minerals Matte Foundation, I wanted to try something a little less expensive and see if it works.

Price: I believe this was around $8 or $9 at ULTA, but you can also purchase it on the NYX website for $9.50.  It's pretty standardly priced for a good drugstore brand face product, I think.  

Quality:  Honestly, I think it was a little too cakey on my face during the winter and early spring, mainly because I tend to have extremely dry skin.  It has decent coverage at first application, but it is easy to build.  As summer has started and I've been in the sun & sweating more, my skin is more hydrated so the product seems to cover my skin better than when it was cakey and dry.

Alternatives: Like I mentioned earlier, the Bare Minerals Matte Foundationis my holy grail product for the summer if I'm looking for a very light, daytime matte coverage.  It is pricey though.  NYX also makes a liquid version of their Stay Matte Not Flat foundations, but I have yet to try it out!  Let me know if you do!

Overall:  This product was exceptional, but not great.  When I was primarily using the product, though, I did not have the ideal skin type (aka dry) for using a matte foundation.  Now that my skin is hydrated though, I'm enjoying the product more.  If I run out, I may repurchase for the summer just to see if I really do like it better on my non-dry skin!  Overall, I would definitely recommend this for people with shiny or oily skin, because it seems to soak up all the extra moisture on my skin!  If you have dry skin, I wouldn't recommend this for you, just because it didn't absorb the right way into my dry skin.  But, feel free to try it and let me know if it works better for you! :)

What's your favorite matte summer foundation??
Comment and let me know!


xo Sarah

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  1. Thanks for this review. I had been looking at this to try out myself. I think I'll skip it. I've got super dry skin as well, and in the summer it goes to normal.

    1. Yeah it definitely didn't do anything positive for my dry skin! I would recommend trying something else!

  2. The matte foundation I'm using is actually a liquid and it's Clinique's Stay Matte Oil Free foundation. I really like it, but I wouldn't advise it for dry skin!


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