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.
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.