Review: NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

I’ve always had trouble finding that perfect foundation for my skin. I also really love NYX, and loved the fact they were coming out with a new liquid foundation. The Total Control drop foundation, first of all, came out with 24 shades. 24 shades. Kudos to you, NYX. You’ve already got my interest, so now I had to try it out.

Ever since puberty hit me hard, I’ve had oily, acne-prone skin, with a very pink complexion. For a long time, I just skipped liquid foundation because every formula I was using either ended up melting off my face, or was super cakey because of how thick I had to apply it to stay on. This foundation, however, is a very thin formula, which claims to have a buildable coverage. The description for this product says you can just adjust the amount of drops according to what coverage you want. Personally, I prefer a fuller coverage, so I had to use more drops.

I bought this in a NYX store, along with the foundation brush they created specifically for this foundation. The foundation comes in an almost-matte glass bottle with a dripper, each bottle costs $14, and I’m in the shade Vanilla. The fact that they have so many different shades is a huge bonus point for me! The brush is not very dense, but curved at an angle to improve application, and that also costs $14.

When I got home, I did my normal prep routine, as I planned on wearing this foundation for the night. Starting off with a clean face, I did my normal moisturizing (e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer, and e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream), my primer (NYX Studio Perfect in green, to neutralize my natural redness), and my color correcting (L.A. Girl Pro Conceal in yellow, green, and lavender). I’m a thorough believer in when trying a new product, you have to use it with products you already love in order to see how it fits in with a routine that works for you.

My color correction before being blended.

My first impression on this product is how thin it is. I knew it was a thinner formula than I was used to, but at first, I really had my doubts that this would somehow be able to give me the coverage my skin needs. First, I wanted to try a small area with my beloved Beauty Blender, just to see how it applied.

Yeah, never mind that idea. My Beauty Blender immediately absorbed so much of the foundation that I was barely able to get much on my face. Had I really wanted to use just the sponge, I would’ve had to use tons of product. But that’s why they made a brush specifically made for the Total Control drop foundation, isn’t it?

Half of my face now wearing the foundation.

I put a couple drops on a clean, flat surface and dipped my brush in it to apply. Immediately, I was surprised at the amount of coverage this was giving me. It wasn’t cakey whatsoever, but still covered everything I needed covered. It applied easily, and by the time I was done, it didn’t feel like I was wearing as much as I thought. I was impressed with how great it looked, especially for the price. This foundation feels like a $40 foundation, with a better price tag.

After applying it to my whole face and letting it sit.

One tip that the manager of my local NYX store gave me, is to let this foundation sit for a couple minutes after you’ve applied it, before you do anything further. It dries more and I’ve also noticed the color changes slightly once it’s dry – in my case, it matched perfectly.

After letting it sit, I continued the rest of my routine to get my final look. The foundation was compatible with the concealer I used, and blended super well with it. Once everything was set, I was happy with the look. The foundation holds true to its claim of a velvety matte finish, which in my case, balances out my oily skin well.

The only thing I would say is with how matte it really is, it does tend to really seep into any fine lines and creases you may have. I have a couple areas where my skin tends to crease more than normal, and the foundation really sank in and made it more noticeable, at least to me. Gary swore up and down that he couldn’t even tell, but I still noticed it. In their defense, I may just need to try a different primer. (I have had my eye on NYX’s Angel Veil – Skin Perfecting Primer for a while now, maybe that’d work better for me?)

My final look!

All in all, I really love this foundation. I know some people are concerned with thinner formulas and oily skin, but it really held up well for me. At the end of the night, without any touch ups, it still looked great. If you do decide to give the NYX Total Control drop foundation and brush a try, you might just find yourself loving it. I know I do!

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