NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos

 

Hi everyone!

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

 

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos

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What NYX says about  HD Studio Photogenic Primer  :

  • High-definition
  • Mineral-enriched
  • Talc-free
  • 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!

 


NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos

 

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos

 

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos

 

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos

 

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos

 

 

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

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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.

 

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

 

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

 

 

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

 

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.

 

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

 

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

 

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

 

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Review Swatch Photos

 

The GOOD about NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer  :

  1. Sturdy, travel friendly packaging with pump dispenser
  2. Single pump dispenses enough product for single application.
  3. Fills out lines and pores diminishing their appearance to an extent.
  4. Gives an instant glow and brightness to the skin.
  5. Helps foundation go on smoother and more evenly.
  6. Helps makeup and skin retain a fresh look for a longer time.
  7. Good price.
  8. Does not contain silicones, parabens  and talc.
  9. Cruelty free

The NOT SO GOOD about NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer 

  1. The product is very difficult to blend.
  2. It needs moisturized and exfoliated skin to go on well
  3. It leaves a white cast which gives a glow but shows up very badly in flash photography
  4. It does not go on ‘smooth’ or ‘silky’ as claimed neither does is it good for photography.
  5. It is not easily available in India.

 

 I’ve worn this primer in the following FOTD in my post HERE.

 

NYX cherryculture haul- sunny bright FOTD

NYX cherryculture haul- sunny bright FOTD

 

How it looks in flash (I’m wearing only  NYX HD Studio primer on the face)

 

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : Review, Swatch and Photos - with flash

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer : FOTD with flash

 

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.

 

Rating: 3.85/5

 

Have you tried NYX HD Primer ?   

 

38 Comments

  1. August 30, 2011 / 1:08 pm

    no i have not tried it, but i did see you tube videos on these and they were saying that it was good..anyway i have just tries 1 oriflame primer and its ok,,no dramatic change…

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 30, 2011 / 7:51 pm

      Okay, it is good. You’ll definitely see a marked glow on the face when you apply it. You could give it a try.

  2. August 30, 2011 / 1:45 pm

    arrey it looks bad in flash ??? but thn why is it called photgenic primer :O

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 30, 2011 / 7:50 pm

      😛 Don’t know why they named it so..its looks bad cos of the white cast !

  3. August 30, 2011 / 1:50 pm

    i reallly wanted to get this…dont knw wethr i shud buy it or now….. 😐
    i like d glowy effect it has given u in the picture above 🙂

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 30, 2011 / 7:49 pm

      Ohh the glow is really nice. You should try it 🙂 But don’t be photographed in flash when u’re wearing it 😛

  4. August 30, 2011 / 2:07 pm

    Oh i thought of getting this one but after your review m not sure if I should? first it looks bad in pics with flash and also difficult to blend with white cast 🙁

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 30, 2011 / 7:48 pm

      Blending problem is ok..you’ll get the hang of it once you apply it 2-3 times. But yes, not the product for you if you’d be photographed in flash.

  5. August 30, 2011 / 2:19 pm

    m confused whether to buy it or not :(, thanks for the review dear

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 30, 2011 / 7:47 pm

      Hi Rentu, if you won’t be photographed in flash, you should definitely go for it 🙂

  6. August 30, 2011 / 2:24 pm

    I still wouldnt mind giving this a try 🙂

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 30, 2011 / 7:47 pm

      It does give a nice glow..worth a try!

  7. August 30, 2011 / 2:29 pm

    Thanks for the review Ankita. I thought of buying it, I will not buy it now if it looks bad in flash photography. 😐

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 30, 2011 / 7:47 pm

      You’re welcome Eesha 🙂

  8. August 30, 2011 / 5:44 pm

    This review is brilliant…

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 30, 2011 / 6:58 pm

      Glad you liked it Gauri 🙂

  9. August 30, 2011 / 8:46 pm

    The difference does show up…it gives a smoother and glowy appearance on the primed part than the unpimed part of ur hand …if u can post a pic with flash…I think that wud b helpful for many to decide…nice product at great price I wud say!

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 31, 2011 / 12:05 pm

      It does make a difference Pooja. I’ve updated the post with a pic with flash. You can see how it enhances the white cast on the skin!

  10. Manali
    August 30, 2011 / 9:19 pm

    yes Anki u shud post a pic – with only the primer & one without it… as Pooja said, it wud b helpful to decide….

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 31, 2011 / 12:05 pm

      Hi Manali, I’ve put up a pic of how it looks in flash..hope thats helpful.

      • Manali
        September 6, 2011 / 8:33 pm

        yes I saw it…. flash is killing the product….. :-S

  11. August 30, 2011 / 9:47 pm

    I think you reviewed this just in time because now i’m going to save my 14USD and add it to buying a higher end one. The results are good, I have to admit. Your pores look smaller and I like the idea of a glow. But it being hard to blend and lacking that smooth feeling? Bleh!

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 31, 2011 / 12:02 pm

      Ohh don’t give it up altogether. The glow really lasts quite some time and you get the hang of blending after few applications. But it does lack the smoothness of silicone containing primers

  12. August 30, 2011 / 11:34 pm

    bad for snaps???then might skip it all together….was thinking of getting it the next time …

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 31, 2011 / 11:55 am

      I’ve updated the post with a pic taken in flash. See how it gives a white cast? If you’re using flash while taking snaps then you can totally skip it!

  13. Taps
    August 31, 2011 / 12:49 pm

    when i apply lotus white glow gel creme a bit more, it looks same as yours in flash photography! from where can i buy nyx primer ? suggest a good face primer except maybelline uv base!

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 31, 2011 / 5:12 pm

      Ohh..I’ve not tried the Gel creme, just the micro-emulsion which I really like! NYX Primer can be bought from cherryculture.com. Or if you find a store that sells NYX in India- though I’m not sure if they stock this product or not. There are a lot of options available online- NYX (Studio primer and HD primer), BH cosmetics. Oriflame Giordani range also has a base which I’ve not tried myself. And MAC Prep+prime of course!

  14. Taps
    August 31, 2011 / 12:50 pm

    but under sunlight, ur pic is looking soooooo fresh and dewy! i am loving it

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 31, 2011 / 5:13 pm

      It gives a very nice glow Taps 🙂 Glad you liked it!

  15. August 31, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    I think I am gonna try this once 🙂

    • Corallista
      Author
      August 31, 2011 / 5:20 pm

      Its worth a try Rekha 🙂 Just steer clear of flash photography when you’re wearing this!

  16. gargi g
    May 4, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    have u tried taking a picture with flash after putting a foundation over this primer?does it still give a white cast?

  17. Meg
    August 15, 2012 / 4:29 pm

    i was searching this online and found it in Urbantouch.. but its priced at === Rs 2422 === shocking 🙁 from what u said that its only 600 rs… quite a rip off…

  18. Manali
    August 19, 2012 / 2:40 pm

    so huge difference in price :O

  19. Nicole
    May 23, 2013 / 9:18 am

    Just FYI this primer DOES contain silicones, as it is listed in INGREDIENTS you list silica is on that list. Silica is silicone. So if any of you are allergic to silicone do NOT use this primer. Here are just a few of the names silicone is called Silicon, silica, silicone, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxane, Amodimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyltrimethicone, Methicone, Trimethicone. Hope this helps.

  20. Joo
    July 30, 2014 / 10:05 am

    Yea u right it gives so much glow .. Even without flash ur face has so much shine

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