Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Product Review -- NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in White

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that I have super fair skin.

Like Casper the Friendly Ghost fair.

I don't mind it -- I avoid the sun and self-tanners like the plague on purpose -- but it is often a problem when it comes to finding foundation (or even concealer) shades.

I can't tell you how many times I've purchased the lightest shade in a brand's foundation color range only to find that it's too dark.

A million?

A billion?

Well, yeah, probably not that much but enough that it's seriously frustrating.

There are foundation mixers on the market, of course, which usually come in white and other correcting shades, but I've never had much luck with them.

Several higher end brands like MAC and FACE atelier have white foundations, but they're all over $30, and while I freely spend money on makeup all the time, I resent the idea of having to pay that much for a product that I'm just using to make another product work for me.

I've tried more affordable white foundations too, like Manic Panic's Dreamtone Foundation, but I've had issues with the consistency of those and how they make the foundation I'm trying to lighten break down in a strange way.

Enter the NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in White.

I picked it up mainly as a fluke (I needed to add something to my cart at Ulta to get free shipping; am I the only one who would rather pay for another product than shipping itself?) and really wasn't expecting much from it.

It comes in a squeeze tube that makes it easy to squeeze out as little of the product as you'd like -- and you get over 1 fl. oz. of the mixer, so it'll last a good long while.

NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in White

NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in White
The product itself has a somewhat thick cream consistency, but interestingly enough, I haven't had any problem getting it to blend with foundations in a variety of textures -- it even works well with thinner, serum type foundations like the Stila Aqua Glow Foundation I reviewed the other day. That's probably because the mixer blends easily into the skin all by itself.

It doesn't alter the coverage of the foundation either, which I think is important, and the white shade doesn't alter the finish of the foundations I've used it with either.

NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in White

Top swatch: MAC Matchmaster Foundation in 1; Bottom swatch: MAC Master Foundation in 1 + NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in White
Best of all, it's only $10!

I have an entire drawer full of foundations that are too dark for me but I haven't been able to throw away -- a foundation graveyard, if you will -- and I've been able to pull so many of them out and actually use them since I got the Pro Foundation Mixer.

If you have fair skin and haven't been able to find a concealer that's light enough to really brighten under your eyes either, you can mix a little of the white in with your favorite concealer too and finally get that bright under eye look that everyone else does.

Now, of course, you don't have to be super fair to get use out of the Foundation Mixer in white. A lot of us probably have foundations in our collection that are too dark regardless of our skin tone that it can help with.

If you do other people's makeup on a regular basis, this would come in super handy for customizing foundation shades too.

And if you don't really have an issue with foundations that are too dark, NYX offers the Foundation Mixer in other shades as well.

Some are meant to color correct like the while, while others can be used to give your foundation a more luminous finish.

There is Opalescent, which is a sheer white with opalescent shimmer; Luminous, a champagne cream with gold undertones; Warmth, a burnt orange; Olive, a deep beige with olive undertone; and Deep, a deep dark brown.

I haven't tried any of the others, but I think they're worth checking out based on the performance of the white shade.

You can purchase the NYX Pro Foundation Mixers on the NYX website, Ulta, and anywhere else NYX products are available.

Have you tried any of the NYX Pro Foundation Mixers? Which one works best for you?

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