NYX Cosmetics HD Studio Photogenic Foundation Review, Swatches and Photos

For years, Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation has been my must-have foundation but recently, I stumbled upon a great knockoff, NYX Cosmetics HD Studio Photogenic Foundation.

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation

The HD Studio Photogenic Foundation utilizes HD Photogenic CX to give a light-diffusing effect and Magic Cover Powder to diminish the look of pores and wrinkles. It is mineral-enriched, talc-free and paraben-free and contains tri-peptides to promote collagen generation, reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate skin.

There are 8 shades to choose from and HDF 04 Sand Beige is a great match for my NC30 skin.

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation Sand Beige
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in HDF04 Sand Beige

The foundation has a creamy texture that goes on smoothly and feels really lightweight. It blends well and literally disappears into my skin within seconds without highlighting any dry patches.

Like the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, coverage is great. One pump can cover up most of my undereye circles and even out the redness around my nose, forehead and chin.

The finish is dewy, natural-looking and a little moist but a light dusting of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural will take care of that. The foundation also wears well and stays on a good 8 hours without oxidizing or fading.

At $15 a pop, I really have no complaints about this. It works equally well if not better than some of the higher end foundations I have used. Definitely give this a shot!

Wearing NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation Sand Beige

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NYX Cosmetics HD Studio Photogenic Foundation is available at ulta.com and www.nyxcosmetics.com for $15.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I am pakistani and have got yellow undertone skin.
    I m NC 30 in MAC. will it be suitable for my skin tone and complexion????
    Need ur opinion ?

  2. Will you consider taking some full face photos with this/in reviews?

    It’s hard to tell about a product if it’s just a pump on the hand.


  3. Can I get it in HK? I’m willing to give this a try since quite a few of my clients are allergic to MUF foundations and I need an HD one for work…

  4. i really want to try nyx hd founation but im not sure if i should try medium or natural beige? im an nc35 or nc37 yellow undertone which one do you think would be better for my color?

    • I don’t know how dark Natural Beige is but Medium is just a little darker than NC30. If you’re closer to NC37, I’d go with Natural Beige.

  5. This was really helpful, thanks! :)
    PS! Also you have the most gorgeous lip shape I have ever seen, you lucky girl! 😉

  6. hey, i have fallen in love wid ur lip color.. pls do let me know wat ru wearing on ur lips, also any dupes and alternatives, cuz sumtimes we dnt get the exact product …

    • Thanks =) I’m wearing Pixi Succulent Lip Twin in Pink Peony. I can’t think of a dupe on the top of my head but I’ll go through my lip stuff and let you know.

  7. Hey, nice post!
    I’m NC35, do u think that this shade is good for me too?

    Sorry my english, Kisses from Brasil 😀

  8. hey!
    i was just recently swatched as mufe hd in shade 140 and its perfect! but its $40 :/ and i stumbled upon this foundation will sand beige be my color? mufe describes my skin color as “medium skin with dark yellow undertones” or which do you think will suite best? thanks!

  9. hi. do you know which shade matched with NC 25 – NC 30? i have been using Stage foundation and ever since they discountinued it here in Singapore, ive been on a hunt for a good foundation. Tried Mac Pro Longwear, but i can feel that my skin is not breathing. And revlon colour stay, is too pink for me, as im a yellow undertone. Hope to hear from you soon! :)

    • Sorry for the super late reply! I wear NC30 too and HDF 04 Sand Beige (the color featured in this review) is a good match.

  10. Please share how to apply eyes make up like your photo above. I really love it! You looks like Tang Thanh Ha (Viet Nam star) in this photo :) Thanks so much!

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