Let’s Review: NYX First Base Primer Spray

Dear Lovely Reader,

When I saw that NYX had come out with a Primer, I just had to pick it up to try it.  I liked NYX Matte Setting spray and had just picked up the Dewy one to try it out.

I used the NYX First Base Primer along with the Dewy for the week to see how it applied, how it set, how it performed during an active work day greeting clients and answering phones, and how it looked getting home to decompress and eat dinner.  This encompassed a 12 hour time span with weather that ranged from sunny to rainy downpours, and temperatures that ranged from 32 degrees to 60 degrees — New York City is heading into Springtime so we get fluctuations with the weather and humidity.

The makeup and color kept, and my skin looked smooth.  My nose had a slight shine but no huge meltdown or breakup of the makeup.  I had a phone and hands to my face, checked for smoothness of the skin and it felt a little powdery, I felt a little grit, but other than that, the makeup stayed true and didn’t fade away or wash out.

The NYX primer doesn’t have a particularly memorable scent.  It smells rather bland, almost like a kid’s school glue smell.  It’s very non descript.  So for those who don’t care for floral or heavy scents, there is nothing to worry about here.

I use a hand fan to dry my face after spritzing with the primer and this helps speed up the drying process.  To check performance, I have utilized Colourpop, Smashbox, e.l.f., L’Oreal, Cargo, Maybelline and theBalm  — various cosmetic products to see how the primer performs and it does the job every time.  To further set, I used the Naked Cosmetics banana powder and blended it in, and spritzed with the NYX Dewy Setting Spray.

I did notice that when I did not use a true moisturizer (I had been using a Shea Moisture Shea Butter Moisture Wipe to cleanse and “quick moisturize” my face) the setting of the makeup was a little less smooth and I could see that my skin looked dry.  I must remember to moisturize.

This is a close up after 11 hours of wear so you can see what I mean.  But I am impressed that the primer and setting spray kept my nose (while slightly oily) from having the concealer, bronzer/contour and foundation to separate or get weird or cakey.


Eyeshadow:  the Balm NUDE’tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Foundation:  L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow

Blush:  Colourpop

Contour/Bronzer:  Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer

Concealer:  Tarte Shape Tape and Maybelline Superstay Better Skin (brightener)

Eyeliner:  LA Color

Me at 8 AM….


11 hours later…


Eyeshadow:  Colourpop Pressed Eyeshadows (various)

Eyeliner:  Stila

Lip:  Tartiest Lip Paint

Blush:  Colourpop

Contour/Bronzer:  Cargo Swimmables Water Resistent Bronzer

Foundation:  L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow

Concealer:  Tarte Shape Tape

Brightener:  Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin

elf cosmetics

Eyeshadow:  e.l.f. Mad for Matte (original)

Eyeliner:  Just For Redheads Eyeliner

Mascara:  Maybelline Colossal Big Shot

Setting Spray:  e.l.f. Mist & Set Spray (the only time I did not use NYX Dewy just to make sure it could work with setting sprays that were not NYX!  it did well)

same blush, contour, brightener, concealer as above


Foundation:  Essence Pure Nude “No Makeup Feel”

Eyeshadow:  e.l.f. Mad for Matte

same bronzer, blush, brightener and concealer

Me at 8 AM for dayjob:

elf foundation 8 am


6:00 PM at home — the lipstick is gone, nose a little shiny, but the rest of my face looks pretty good!

Foundation:  e.l.f. Flawless Finish SPF15

Lip:  MAC Year of the Rooster “Russian Red”

Eyeshadow:  e.l.f. Mad for Matte 2

Same bronzer, brightener and concealer

My conclusion?  NYX First Base Primer works well, and is a great price between $7.00 to $9.00 on Amazon and CVS.

Further details from the CVS link:

NYX First Base Primer Spray

Prep your face for impeccable makeup application with our new skin-smoothing first base primer spray. This nourishing mist keeps the skin looking and feeling soft, supple, and refreshed while it locks in makeup.

  • What it is: A lightweight primer spray that smooths and preps your skin for flawless makeup application
  • What it does: Creates an even canvas for impeccable application and lasting coverage
  • Why we love it: It’s so much more than a primer spray! Packed with skin-loving ingredients like vitamin B5 and cornflower extract, this amazing mist leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed!


Water/Aqua/Eau, Alcohol Denat., Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.


How to use: Holding the bottle six inches away from face, shake and spray directly onto clean, moisturized skin. Once primer sets, continue with your makeup routine.

Stay lovely!





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