Today I’m reviewing NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer which I purchased from cherryculture.com some time back. Everyone has been asking for this product to be reviewed since a long time and it took me some to test this product well. Apologies for the delayed review!
Price : $14 (approx. Rs 650-700), I picked it up on sale for Rs $10.99 (approx Rs 500)
Quantity : 33g
What NYX says about HD Studio Photogenic Primer :
- Paraben free
Perfect fix for the goddess in you! Whether for the catwalk or sidewalk, this primer glides on soft to velvety perfect smooth complexion for that dewy finished look. Strike your best post and do that catwalk.
Good for all skin types. Softens lines. Light diffusing effect is perfect coverage for studio photos or taking fun pics with pals!
High Definition Studio Photogenic Primer creates a fresh palette for liquid makeup or face powder application. Apply to clean and moisturized face. Silky and lightweight formula helps to erase the appearance of fine lines and pores for a smooth finish before applying foundation. Your makeup will look fresh and flawless all day – even into the wee hours of the night!
INGREDIENTS: Water, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diethylhexyl Maleate, Glycerin, C.I. 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ethylene /Acrylic acid Copolymer, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, PEG-15 GLYCERYL ISOSTEARATE, Phenoxyethanol, Trihydroxystearin, Adipic acid/ Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Amodimethicone, C12-14 Pareth-7, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Tocopheryl Acetate, VP/VA Copolymer, Copernicia Cerifera(Carnauba) Wax, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Silica, Xanthan Gum, C.I. 77947 (Zinc Oxide), Lecithin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract,Chromium hydroxide Green, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Laurate, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Chlorphenesin, Ultramarines, Disodium EDTA, Salicornia Herbacea Extract[smartads]
My take on NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer :
The product comes in a black and white plastic bottle encased in a black cardboard casing and it provided with a pump for dispensing the product. Its hygienic and single pump dispenses enough product for covering face and neck. NYX is not known for fancy or attractive packaging and this applies to this product too- the bottle looks very simple and basic.
This primer is different from some of the primers I’ve tried so far in the respect that it does not contain silicones. Silicones are the chemicals responsible for giving the silky smooth feeling that most primers give. They are heavily used in hair care products too to give that smooth feel. While the absence of silicones is good, it makes the product difficult to blend.
The product itself is white in color and has a slightly runny and a tad sticky sort of texture. It blends with difficulty and leaves a slight white cast on the face. You can picture it like a mask, a sort of canvas forming on the face. After application, skin does not feel as smooth as it would in case of primers containing silicones. This cast gives an instant glow to the skin but on the downside looks horrible in flash photographs.
It does give a smoother, brighter glowing look to the skin and minimizes the appearance of pores and lines to an extent by filling them up. If applied and blended properly, it gives a dewy finish to the skin and helps foundation go on smoother and blend more easily. Its moisturizing but not greasy after blending. It also helps foundation last longer in the sense that with proper blotting at regular intervals, the face looks presentable at the end of the day (about 9-10 hours). It keeps the skin looking fresher and less tired. It doesn’t help much in terms of oil control and I do need to keep blotting my face to keep the oil and sweat away It doesn’t wash away with sweat.
The glow it imparts is apparent in pictures provided they have been taken without flash. In flash photography the white cast shows up very prominently.
I faced some trouble in the beginning in application and blending the product. It is very important to moisturize and exfoliate skin well otherwise it just wouldn’t blend properly and one would be left with a patchy white cast. The best way to apply this is to dot it all over the face and then blend it in small circular movements using fingers until its absorbed and the white cast is gone.
It has a mild fragrance with is hard to define- it’s a mix of something soft and pleasant and something not so pleasant. Its not very strong so that’s not an issue. I’m not sure of its availability in India but it can be purchased online from any website selling NYX cosmetics.
The GOOD about NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer :
- Sturdy, travel friendly packaging with pump dispenser
- Single pump dispenses enough product for single application.
- Fills out lines and pores diminishing their appearance to an extent.
- Gives an instant glow and brightness to the skin.
- Helps foundation go on smoother and more evenly.
- Helps makeup and skin retain a fresh look for a longer time.
- Good price.
- Does not contain silicones, parabens and talc.
- Cruelty free
The NOT SO GOOD about NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer
- The product is very difficult to blend.
- It needs moisturized and exfoliated skin to go on well
- It leaves a white cast which gives a glow but shows up very badly in flash photography
- It does not go on ‘smooth’ or ‘silky’ as claimed neither does is it good for photography.
- It is not easily available in India.
I’ve worn this primer in the following FOTD in my post HERE.
How it looks in flash (I’m wearing only NYX HD Studio primer on the face)
Overall Verdict : It is one of the few silicone-free primers in the market as a result of which it does not go on smoothly and evenly on the skin. It needs quite a bit of work for blending but once applied properly, it gives a wonderful glow and brightness to the skin that lasts all day. It leaves a white cast on application which gives the glow but shows up badly in flash photography. It helps makeup last longer but does not help in oil control. Also diminishes pores and lines to an extent but needs exfoliated and moisturized skin for it to apply well.
It may be a pain to blend but once one gets the hang of it, it is definitely a good product to have especially for the glow it imparts.
Have you tried NYX HD Primer ?