Review: NYX HD Studio Photogenic Complexion Collection

With several new affordable complexion products on the market recently, I couldn’t leave out the NYX HD Collection!  These five new products soften lines, diffuse light, and make the skin photograph better; think lust-worthy makeup at must-buy prices.

Even if you’re not on-camera, you’ll reap all of the benefits from this line, because it wears well in everyday conditions and lighting too.

NYX HD Foundation

This liquid foundation is available in eight shades and suits all skin types. One pump is enough for my entire face, and covers extremely well without looking caked on. In areas I need just a little more coverage, I can apply just a dab more with my foundation brush for complete coverage in those areas, and then set it with the Grinding Powder. For those who prefer paraben-free makeup—this is a great option. (Nude is a perfect match for me, I’m an NW20.)

NYX HD Primer

At first, I wasn’t too crazy about this primer—but after just one day of wear, it completely made me a believer! It has a milky consistency and is super bright white when it comes out of the bottle. Once it’s blended in, I can still faintly see a little bit of it, but after my foundation is applied, all is well. This primer really prevents liquid foundation from pooling in my pores and makes my skin look smoother, while making my makeup last all day.  I’m glad I gave this a chance, otherwise I would be missing out!

NYX HD Grinding Powder

This powder is HUGE, and so awesome. Resist the urge to grind away, just the slightest twist will be plenty! Grinding Powder sets the HD Foundation beautifully and doesn’t have a chalky appearance at all. Often, powder can make the skin look flat—but not this one. You can use it to set foundation, or build up coverage with it too, and it’s also paraben and talc-free. (Nude is a perfect match for me, I’m an NW20.)

NYX HD Grinding Blush

The blush is in a component similar to the Grinding Powder, so I also have to be very careful not to shave off too much product at one time. Please believe me when I say that a little goes a very long way! I tried out Terra Cotta, but it’s available in eight shades. (One looks like it could possibly be a NARS Orgasm dupe—check out Ménage à Trois.) I was worried that this would look too bricky on my fair skin, but it really didn’t. I thought it diffused the light on my skin well and gave it a soft glow. I would definitely check out other colors in this! Terra Cotta is surprisingly pigmented and isn’t powdery or chalky at all.

NYX HD Eye Shadow Base

For $7, you cannot beat this primer! It reminds me of a combination of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer. It locks my shadow into place all day, without creasing. If you’re over paying $18-$20 for eyeshadow primer—this is the one!


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  • Justine

    I saw these products on hautelook earlier this month, they had a set with the foundation, powder and blush, I was tempted to order it, but since at the time, I hadn’t read any reviews I didn’t get it. The packaging of the grinding powders totally looks like smashbox.

  • Lisa

    I was very impressed with the SKII Facial Treatment Essence, enough so that I have continued to use the product daily as part of my skin care routine after the test period. It’s a luxury purchase to be sure, but this is one of the best products that can really make a significant difference in your skin, and so worth every penny.

    I applied the treatment each morning and evening after cleansing my skin and before moisturizer/primer and then makeup. Within just a few days I could see that my skin was much more supple and smooth – particularly in the t-zone. After about two weeks, I loved the beautiful glow my skin had – even without makeup.

  • Amber

    Hey Justine!

    It does look like the Smashbox Halo packaging for sure :)

  • BrooklynShoeBabe

    I’ve heard good things about NYX cosmetics in general but I’ve only dabbled in their eye shadows. I have oily skin so I like to use primers for their mattifying abilities. Do you think the NYX HD primer would be good on African American skin or would the residue be too noticeable?

  • Amber

    Hi Brooklyn!

    It will definitely have a grey cast until you put foundation on, and possibly lighten your foundation. I’m SO pale, that I couldn’t tell after my foundation was on, but I am curious how this works on women of color. Can anyone out there help us out?

    :) Amber

  • Kariny López

    I loved everything, has a store selling these products online? and make delivery in another country?

  • Amber

    Hi Kariny, You’ll want to check with to see what they have for delivery options.

  • Gab

    Hi, that’s an awesome collection!
    i wonder what shade of HD foundation would my NW30 skin match to? help pls.. TY ^^

  • Amber

    Hi Gab, I’m so sorry! I wish I had more swatches to offer you comparisons for your skintone.

  • Bel15

    hello! could you tell me if nyx powder pink or yellow undertone is? thanks

  • Amber

    This was so long ago and I don’t have the powder anymore, but I don’t think it’s pink at all.