Dear Lovely Reader,
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
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)
Lip: Tartiest Lip Paint
Contour/Bronzer: Cargo Swimmables Water Resistent Bronzer
Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow
Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape
Brightener: Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin
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:
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
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!