Review & Swatches: NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation

Availability: ULTA, NYX
Price: $15.00

Company’s Description

Our most advanced foundation uses light-diffusing ingredients providing a pore-less and flawless appearance even under most high-definition technology. HD Studio Photogenic Foundation is infused with tri-peptides and is ideal for everyday use, professional shoots or anytime you’re in the spotlight.

NYX’s HD Studio Photogenic Foundation is available in 8 shades and is said to impart a flawless appearance. This review covers the foundation in general and specifics about the shade 03 Natural.

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Packaging: 10/10

This foundation comes in an opaque, air-tight bottle with a pump at the top. The packaging does a great job of keeping the product inside clean and the pump releases a controlled amount of product each time.

Quality: 8.25/10

The HD Studio Photogenic Foundation has a thin formula but isn’t watery. It has strong pigmentation and gives medium coverage.

Despite having a thin formula, I find that the foundation gives some resistance during the blending process. And, despite being pigmented, I still have to use several pumps to evenly coat my face. Otherwise, the foundation leaves a splotchy finish.

Once it’s blended out, the foundation is seamless. Unless you have dry skin, you will need to set the foundation with powder because it leaves a shiny finish. You will also need to blot during the day if you have combination or oily skin because this foundation doesn’t do anything to counter-act shininess.

A major turn-off for me is that the color 03 Natural looks like it has oxidized. It’s not just that the color is slightly darker than my skin, but that it has a slight peachy-orange tint to it. Once it’s all blended out, it doesn’t look that bad, but it always bothers me when I’m using this foundation and I see the oxidized hue to it.

I don’t have any problems with wear-time (note that I set this foundation with powder); it lasts for at least 9 hours without noticeable fading.

Ease of Use: 8.5/10

It takes more pressure to blend out this foundation that it usually does with my other liquid foundations. I also absolutely have to blend the color down onto my neck to counter-act the slightly oxidized tint.

Price: 9.75/10

For $15.00 you get 1.26 ounces (36 grams). This is a drugstore-equivalent price for a higher-than-drugstore-end brand. Plus, you get more than the usual 1 ounce.

Final Grade

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation Box Packaging

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation Box Packaging

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation Packaging

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation Packaging

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation Packaging

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in Natural Swatch

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in Natural Swatch Blended


Deionized Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Diethylhexyl Maleate, Butylene Glycol, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane/Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Sodium Chloride, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil , Sorbitan Olivate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone crosspolymer, Cyclomethicone/Dimethiconol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylene carbonate, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Hydrogenated Vegatable Oil, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Alumina, VP/VA Copolymer, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, C12-14 Pareth-7 , Amodimethicone, Adipic acid/ Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer , Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Copper Peptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8,and Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4. MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Yellow Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Red Iron Oxides (CI 77491), or Black Iron Oxides (CI 77499).

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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation

  1. Noelle says:

    I love nyx but they’re color range sucks! The are no shades available for WOC I’m talkin NW45 & darker

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