Nyx Cosmetics has an entire new professional line of makeup out called HD Studio Photogenic Collection. The collection includes foundations, powders, primers and blushes.

What makes this stuff HD? They claim that “unique light-diffusing formulas create a soft-focus effect on the face, making skin appear perfectly smooth. Designed for the high-definition coverage needs of those in the spotlight, the products cover skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining imperceptible on film or video – and in everyday real life.”

HD Studio Photogenic Foundation ($20)

The unique liquid foundation is formulated with High Definition technology. When light hits skin, the diffusing effect of the foundation reflects the light, making skin appear smoother with reduced appearance of pores and wrinkles. The foundation covers skin flawlessly and is infused with tri-peptides to promote collagen generation, reduce wrinkles, and rejuvenate skin. Available in 8 shades.

HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Powder ($30)

This advanced compact powder system utilizes grinding technology to finely grate the powder each time it’s used – allowing precise control over how much is needed, while also keeping the remaining product fresh and contaminate-free.  Like the foundation, the mineral-enriched high definition powder deflects light from skin, making pores appear smaller and skin smooth and clear. Available in 6 shades.

HD Studio Photogenic Primer ($17)

Silky and lightweight, the primer creates a fresh canvas for liquid makeup or face powder application. The high definition formula’s light-diffusing properties help soften lines and erase the appearance of pores for a smooth finish. Makeup will look fresh and flawless all day. Available in one shade.

HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush ($20)

Utilizing the same technology as the Grinding Powder, the Grinding Blush gives you control over the amount you need for precise application and no waste.  The richly-pigmented blush goes on smooth and wears beautifully all day. Available in 8 shades.

I have to say I was a little surprised by the cost of the items here. Maybe because it’s the new “HD” technology or because it’s labeled as professional it costs more than a lot of department store lines. Interesting.

Do they work as promised?

Primer unblended

Primer blended

The primer comes in a bottle with a pump applicator and is in liquid form. I have to say the first thing I noticed when taking it out of the box was that the plastic lid felt really cheaply made. I didn’t get a sense of nice packaging by feeling the bottle. Moving on.

The primer pumps out a pretty good sized amount and it’s got a blueish white cast. I noticed on me (I have fair skin) once blended into the skin the white cast was mostly gone, but not completely, at least not on my face.It does do a decent job of helping to hide pores and make skin smoother, but not as good as some primers I have recently been using.

I wore this for the first time yesterday under my standard Dior Capture Totale foundation all day and was not impressed. First of all it felt a little greasier than say the Hard Candy or Tarte primers do on me. There was that slight whitish cast also, which made me look a little more pale than normal. My foundation didn’t apply as smoothly over it as other primers do, and I did feel a bit greasy and shiny by mid-day.

Then the worst part; I broke out! I rarely break out, I never really even had pimples much as a teenager, but this did it. Not sure why, but I had small pimples on my forehead and all around my nose, and this was the only thing that had changed.

So for me I will be going back to my beloved Hard Candy primer for now!

Foundation unblended

Foundation blended

The foundation color I was sent is called Sand Beige (04) which was a bit too dark for my skin tone, so I haven’t worn it on my face. A good amount comes out of each pump, probably enough for almost your whole face. It blended really nicely into my skin and basically disappeared on my hand. It felt soft and kind of velvety once it was blended. It did seem to help cover the small imperfections on my hand, but I can’t say if it does the same on the face.

The bottle felt the same as the primer did; plastic and and a bit cheap. Not what you would expect from a foundation that costs $20.00.

Powder “ungrinded”

Powder “grinded”

The powder comes in a cool container that opens up to a weird looking inside filled with holes. Those holes are there as part of the grinding system. You twist the bottom of the container and slowly out comes the powder from the holes. Pretty cool concept because it helps to keep things neater and more sanitary. You do wind up with a lot of powder in it, so be careful with how much you grind. I wanted to get all carried away 🙂

Powder swatch, blended

Obviously this powder is way too dark for my skin tone, but it felt soft and nice.

Blush “ungrinded”

Blush “grinded”

The powder blush comes in the same kind of grinding container, but slightly smaller. Same concept here, you turn the bottom and out pops the product from the holes.

Georgia Peach

Georgia Peach is a very pretty pinky peach color which worked nicely on my skin. It was pretty colored, so make sure you tap off the brush before applying onto cheeks.

It felt nice and soft and comes in 8 shades right now.


I really liked the grinding powder and blush, and also feel the foundation has some great potential. The primer did not work out for me at all, but it could just be that I was allergic to something in it. Even with that though, I think there are much better primers out there, some that are less expensive.

The prices are definitely on the steep side I think, especially considering the packaging of the primer and foundation. Not sure $30.00 is worth it for the powder, but I do think $20.00 is a fair price for the blush.


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What do you think about any of these products, would you try them at this price?


Written by Kelly
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