Foundation Files: NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

NYX’s Total Control Drop Foundation has been in my sight for some time and finally I’ve tried it so I can let you know what I think. I consider NYX an affordable brand that produces high quality results and based on the price point of their liquid lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes and everything else. The foundation retails for £14 for 13ml, which equates to just over £1 per millilitre. That’s pricey when you compare it to Sleek which gives 30ml for £8.99. Something to think about there…

Any way! Available in 24 shades, Total Control Drop Foundation is distinctive for the reason it gives the user greater control in mixing and measuring coverage. (My shade match is Beige by the way.) Offering sheer to full coverage, the liquid foundation is buildable to the desired effect and leaves a soft, velvety matte finish. Housed in a small glass bottle with a pipette, it commands a skill in applying since its formula is very fluid-y and any make-up tool will absorb it fast…in other words, avoid adding it to a sponge or brush and instead add drops directly to the face and get to work on blending it out pronto. (I recommend using a brush.)

To get the best out of the foundation, I paired it with NYX’s new Total Control Drop Primer* (also £14), a lightweight primer that dries to a soft, matte finish. I find this is easy to apply with your fingers or you may prefer to use a brush. It’s one of the nicest primers, a pale pink lotion that feels comfortable on the skin and dries to a clear finish.

Total Control Drop is a lovely foundation. It’s lightweight, easy to work with and sets beautifully, giving that soft, filter-like finish. It’s also longlasting (I have worn this for 12 hours without the need to touch-up). The bottle is cute but not particularly travel friendly especially with the dropper and the price tag is questionable (I’m guessing a portion of it goes on the packaging).

NYX’s Total Control Drop Foundation and Total Control Drop Primer are available from Boots, Look Fantastic, Cult Beauty, Feel Unique and NYX Cosmetics.


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