Zap shine and fade pores with these affordable gems
As far back as I can remember caring I have had an oil slick of a nose. In every picture it sticks out like a beacon, and has always made me self-conscious. I’ve tried expensive mattifiers, powders, and foundations to get rid of the shine, but it always rears its ugly head eventually. So when I opened my WHT box and discovered a slew of NYX products to treat my worst issue, I was guardedly enthusiastic.
NYX is an ultra-modern, affordable, and cruelty-free company that had already won our review team over with their cosmetics, and this time we were tasked with putting their complexion line to the test.
First up is my favorite, the hypoallergenic Shine Killer ($13). This primer is to be applied before the rest of your makeup routine, be it foundation, powder, or nothing at all on top.
I had my reservations the morning I squeezed my first pea-sized drop of Shine Killer out of the tube and noticed it looked a bit like Vaseline and felt a little oily. That was quickly dispelled as soon as I applied it to my nose. While it spread like silky smooth butter, it immediately zapped the shine, and gave me a perfectly matte, normal looking nose! What’s even better is that hours later at lunch time, I still didn’t notice any shine, and no product has ever lasted that long on me without some shine peaking through. At the end of my first eight hour work day, just a slight shine was coming on.
I should mention that on that first day, and most thereafter, I did not use any powder or foundation to see the effect of just this primer. When I have used it with makeup, I get even better results and it definitely helps makeup stay put, plus look smoother and more even.
I’m loving the squeeze tube and it doesn’t generally dispense more product than needed. If I do squeeze out extra, I just use the excess around other shiny areas of my face, including my eyelids. This doubles as a good eye shadow primer, as well!
Next up is the hypoallergenic Pore Filler ($13). This talc-free and oil-free primer feels even more silky than the Shine Killer. The light beige potion blends nicely with my skin color and glides over it like a soft powder. While it doesn’t completely fill in my pores, it does visibly reduce their size. The infused antioxidant vitamin E helps enhance and smooth the skin and protects it from damage at the cellular level.
For that mid-day shine peak through, NYX included three varieties of their Blotting Papers ($6) for the team to test. I tried the Green Tea blotting papers, which are immersed with Green tea antioxidants to protect and rejuvenate skin.
They absorb my excess oil quickly and effectively without messing with my makeup, and return my face to matte perfection. It’s very satisfying (and a little gross) to see that oil sucked right up on the paper! There are 100 sheets in the pocket-sized package that are worth every penny.
The review team also tested the Tea Tree and Blemish Control blotting papers. Tea tree oil is known to reduce and calm acne-prone areas and as a cleansing agent and the Blemish Control papers contain salicylic acid to soothe and calm skin for a more radiant complexion. I’ve had great success with Tea Tree Oil in toners and shampoos, so I’m looking forward to hearing from the team on these blotting papers.
NYX has scored huge in the complexion department with me – no more shine in the family photos has made me an adoring fan and probable lifelong customer!
How about it Readers and Testers – Does the NYX complexion line get the same love as the cosmetics line?[ratings]
Wht contributor Mel is a new(ish) Mom to the absolutely adorable Kellyanne, an avid makeup junkie and a junior high science teacher. Beauty and brains – just what we want in a wht author!
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