Product Reviews

NYX Cosmetics HD Studio Photogenic Foundation Review and Swatches

February 3, 2011

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.

The foundation has a creamy texture that went on smoothly and felt really lightweight. It blended well and literally disappeared into my skin within seconds without highlighting any dry patches.

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

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

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

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation Sand Beige

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in HDF04 Sand Beige

Wearing NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation Sand Beige

Wearing NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in HDF04 Sand Beige

NYX Cosmetics HD Studio Photogenic Foundation is available at and for $15.

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  • Reply Aneela Aziz February 4, 2011 at 2:38 am

    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 ?

    • Reply Phyllis February 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      I’m an NC30 too and I wear Sand Beige.

  • Reply Claire February 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    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.


    • Reply Phyllis February 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      Here you go Claire!

  • Reply alexa February 5, 2011 at 3:52 am

    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…

    • Reply Phyllis February 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      NYX is supposed to launch in HK and Taiwan later this year. If you need help getting this right away, let me know =)

      • Reply alexa February 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm

        I just might! When are you coming again? xx

      • Reply Kristine March 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

        I want one too. Are you coming to HK?

    • Reply julia March 8, 2011 at 5:39 am

      You can buy these from and they ship worldwide. I’ve never had a problemand they can be cheaper than the drugstore.

  • Reply claire February 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    It’s gorgeous on you!

  • Reply chris February 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    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?

    • Reply Phyllis February 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      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.

  • Reply Pauline February 10, 2011 at 2:19 am

    What eyeliner and eyeshadow are you wearing in that picture?

  • Reply Carol February 26, 2011 at 9:34 am

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

  • Reply Sarah February 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I am closer to NC40, so should I try warm sand?? I can’t tell if that or natural beige.



  • Reply irini March 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Do you know what color would work for an NC20-25 skin? Thank you 😀

  • Reply neha August 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    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 …

    • Reply Phyllis August 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      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.

  • Reply Bella September 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

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

    Sorry my english, Kisses from Brasil 😀

  • Reply sadee October 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    wow what lipstick is this?

  • Reply Pepper December 17, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Hi, thanks for sharing. How does this compare to Revlon Photoready, since they’re both in the same price range?

  • Reply bea December 17, 2011 at 9:29 am

    do you know what matches nc25? i wanna buy because it looks very natural on you!

  • Reply celia February 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    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!

  • Reply booya! April 18, 2012 at 12:51 am

    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! 🙂

    • Reply Phyllis Li June 28, 2013 at 10:02 am

      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.

  • Reply Phuong June 27, 2013 at 9:47 am

    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!

  • Reply Cel November 21, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Hi, can this cover post acne blemishes? 🙂

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