NYX Total Control Drop Foundation Review + Swatches

It’s very rare that I find a foundation worth reviewing due to my ghostly pale complexion. Most ‘pale’ foundations tend to still look a lovely shade of orange on my skin so finding any worth trying out is few and far between. The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation* has 24 shades, an impressive shade range in my opinion and the lightest ‘pale’ looked genuinely ghostly in the bottle so I was very excited to try it out!

I will say I was surprised by how small this bottle of foundation is. You get 13ml for £14, which is on the more expensive side for a ‘drug store’ foundation baring in mind you normally get double the product for around £30 for high end foundations. I feel I use a lot of product each time I use this so I’m not sure it’ll last too long.

This foundation has an almost water like consistency. It’s extremely runny which makes applying it quite difficult. I’ve found the best way to use it is to drop foundation onto my hand and then quickly using my finger tip dot the foundation around my face. I then go in after with a beauty blender to blend it out.

When testing this foundation I applied it over my usual base of Clarins Multi Active Jour Day Cream and Charlotte Tilbury’s Brightening Youth Glow Primer. This foundation blends beautifully and the colour match was almost perfect, I was throughly impressed!  I originally started with one half dropper full of product. This covered my face well with a light finish. It evened out my complexion but you could still see blemishes, a little redness and my dark under eye circles. The coverage is build able but you need to add a lot of product and I only felt it reached a medium coverage. I still needed my usual Tarte Shape Tape and Nars Soft Matte concealer to cover my imperfections. The finish of this foundation is almost velvety which I like and it feels like I’m not wearing any foundation. It looks nice and natural for everyday wear and really enhanced my natural complexion.

Throughout the day this foundation definitely settled into and separated on my dry patches, particularly on my nose so I’d highly recommend using a moisturiser and primer when using this. It lasted well through the day though and faded evenly so still looked good at the end of the day. I was very impressed this foundation didn’t oxidise at all, the shade is very well suited for pale skin.

As always my swatches are unedited to try and show the foundation as true to shade as possible! The foundation looks rather yellow toned in swatches but once blended it didn’t have a yellow tone.

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation Review + Swatches

I think this foundation is well suited for ‘good skin days’, when you want something to give a little coverage and enhance your own natural complexion. It’s by no means a full coverage foundation, you’d have to use a lot of product to get close to this.

The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is a perfect summertime foundation. The shade range is excellent and it’s very rare I find a foundation that truly matches my ghostly skin. I’d highly recommend this foundation if you’re looking for a nice light coverage, everyday foundation. The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is available from Cult Beauty.


  1. August 6, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    I love lightweight the foundations feels 😊 Even though I feel dropper can be annoying at times I do like the foundation

  2. August 7, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    I appreciate when people say a foundation is light coverage because 9/10 I want full! x

  3. August 7, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    Ooh now this sounds pretty interesting shade-wise! I’m exactly like you, I’m so pale I’m often told I look see-through 😂

    It definitely seems as if it has its pros and cons though so I’m not 100% sure I’d try it… when are us pale gals going to get something truly magical for our skin?!

    Great post xx

  4. August 7, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    This post is super helpful, I’ve seen this a few times and was also surprised at the size of the bottle. I prefer fuller coverage foundations so I think I’ll give it a miss after your review!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  5. August 7, 2018 / 10:40 pm

    I tried this product for the same exact reason, the lightest shade seemed like it would ACTUALLY match me! I do agree this is more of a good skin day product, I noticed that it sometimes looked kind of dry on my face so again I agree to use moisturizer. I wish more company had shades as light as this one for us super pale girls!

    Mich // simplymich.com

  6. August 7, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try this but I’m really not sure after reading this! The shade looks great but I have very dry skin and do struggle with formulas breaking up on my dry patches a lot so I’m not sure how well this would work for me. It sounds quite pricey for NYX too! x


  7. August 7, 2018 / 11:21 pm

    If you find a foundation you love but can’t quite get the right match then I’d highly recommend using The Body Shop’s shade adjusting drops. They allow you to customise your shade and I find them so helpful.
    I always have some in my makeup drawer in case I find a foundation that I love but doesn’t quite match.

    Louisa | http://www.loubeeloublogs.co.uk

  8. August 9, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    I love how this doesn’t oxidise, it’s the most annoying thing when a good foundation turns out a few shades darker after some time. I’m not sure how I feel about the dropper, but it sounds like a great foundation xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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