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NYX Total Control Drop Foundation
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NYX Total Control Drop Foundation


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4.20 / 5 based on 2,811 Reviews


Customize your coverage like a pro with our Total Control Drop Foundation! Now available in six more shades to accommodate an even wider range of skin tones, this fan-favorite foundation provides sheer-to-full coverage and a soft matte finish. Use the included glass dropper to fine-tune this velvety-matte formula to your heart's desire. For beautiful application, prep your face with our new Total Control Drop Primer.


From sheer to full, your ideal coverage is just drops away with our new Total Control Drop Foundation! Fine-tune this velvety, matte foundation with the included dropper. Simply adjust the number of drops until you create the look you’re feelin’ today. Want more coverage? Add more drops! Buff expertly using the Total Control Drop Foundation Brush for a seriously smooth finish.

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  • Wondering if the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is any...3 Answers
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NYX Total Control Drop Foundation
NYX Total Control Drop Foundation
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Meagan E.
Broadlands, VA
49 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Vanilla more...
I can't get behind the hype around this foundation. I love NYX as a brand, so I was very disappointed that this foundation didn't work for me.  A little bit about my skin type: I have extremely oily skin and texture.  I look for foundations that are matte and long lasting, since I'm usually out and about during the day.

Pros: The shade range is decent, so hopefully everyone can find a shade that works for them.  This foundation would probably work for dry/normal skin with not a lot to cover, since the coverage is pretty light and it doesn't dry down very matte.

Cons: The consistency is so liquidy and thin.  I bought this foundation with the recommended NYX brush, and it just soaked up the product.  I believe it recommended 4-6 drops for full coverage, but I used at least 10 drops and only got light to medium coverage with another foundation brush.  Even though I set this foundation with a powder, I still became oily after a few hours and it made my face look horrible.  My blush and bronzer did not blend well on top of this foundation either.  Lastly, this foundation is so expensive for drugstore prices! $14 for a little bottle is a lot, and it is not worth it for me.  If you have oily skin or need a lot of coverage, stay away from this foundation.
😍😘😁 G.
Seagoville , TX
80 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Buff more...
This is a 10 in numeral shade , buff in name shade . Im not light tan and this color has a pale finishing touch and the next shade being the 11 is too dark for me , its formula is good to buy 2 and mix and match to get your perfect shade i just wasnt sure at the time of my purchase . It has great coverage but not full. Medium-full coverage . It is super liquidy but once you start moving it around (better with a brush) it starts creating thickness and coverage . It sets powdery , by that i mean its not drying but it does have a matte finish , but if you tend to touch and hug others with ur face or even chin it will stain clothes . Its as if you did powder foundation ontop, even if you did set it , makes it even more powdery but not cakey . And it is odd and all but its great to me just i didnt choose the right color . I havent tried setting it with matte setting spray so i dont know if the color trespassing would cancel out as so . It does not dry out through out the time of wear like some dewy foundations at the end of the day arent dewy this isnt dewy but not matte and stays exactly how you finished until you take it off .
Katherine C.
Snohomish, WA
176 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Alabaster more...
This has quickly become my favorite drugstore foundation. I have very sensitive and very pale dry skin, which says something about the product. Many foundations irritate my skin, but not this one! I was even amazed to see that this product had shades lighter than my skin tone, which is hard to imagine because I'm usually the palest shade if at all. The only hiccup with this product is that it does apply very liquidy at first. So if you try to apply it with a brush it might become very frustrating. To apply this product I put a couple drops on each cheek, my chin, and my forehead. Then I spread the products around with my fingers before I fine tune the application with a beauty blender or my sigma F80. I then set my t-zone with setting powder and I'm good to go. This product can easily build coverage and is fairly long lasting. It makes my skin look smooth and flawless. I would recommend exfoliating 1-2 times per week when using this product. If you are using a full coverage look it can emphasize those dead skin cells, which isn't cute. Overall, I highly recommend.
Kelley M.
4 reviews
Review for: Natural more...
I just started using this foundation a few days ago and so far I am impressed with it. It has a matte finish but is not overly drying. It also lasts for an incredibly long time. I can put it on in the morning and it will not budge all day long. I was able to find a perfect color match for my skin tone, but I bought it at Ulta which had testers out so I was able to try out a few shades and figure out which one worked best for me. It may be a bit challenging to judge the color from the packaging if you are purchasing it somewhere without testers. The only downsides to this foundation are that you do not get a whole lot of product in each bottle, so I am not sure how long this will last me and it is on the more expensive end of drugstore foundations. Also, figuring out how to apply it can be a bit of a challenge because the formula is so runny. However, once you have found a method that works for you (I just put the drops on the back of my hand and then dip the recommended brush into the product to apply) then it is not so bad. I have heard of other methods like using a sponge instead of the brush or applying the drops directly to your face (I tried this but felt like it was strange because of how runny the foundation is). All in all, I think it is a good product and  would recommend giving it a try if you are curious.
Becky S.
1065 reviews
I bought this foundation from the #nyxcosmetics website after taking the "match my foundation" quiz or whatever called... I took it 3 times, slightly changing my responses each time and got the exact same product and shade as a result each time. So either it is rigged to sell this stuff or I must fit the criteria.
PRO- there are a lot of shades to pick from
CON- there is no way to test what matches
PRO- The bottle is durable I like dropper idea
CON- it isn't really a dropper. It just dips in &collects product along the shaft.
PRO- you can layer for more coverage
CON- if you don't let it dry completely between layering you'll have streaks/uneven blending
CON- the shade matched to me is too light and I cant return or complain as there is not a nyx store anywhere near me and of course the shade I purchased is only sold online
CON- the manner that the product dispenses if "dropped" on your face looks like something out of a dirty movie so either do it alone or place product in hands before putting on face and blending.
Abbey L.
Painesville, OH
140 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Light Ivory more...
Guys, I wanted this to work so badly. I wanted to fall in love with this foundation. NYX has so, so many great products but this one is just a huge miss.

It gets major props from me for the shade range - it's expansive, and that's important, and more than a lot of brands can say about their foundation launches. Unfortunately, that's where my praise for this product ends.

I prefer a full-coverage foundation, and that was nearly unacheivable with this formula. I use a damp beauty sponge to apply foundation, and the amount of product I had to use to cover the redness of my face was borderline absurd. On top of my redness, I have oily skin - this stuff did not stay put. I only got about 2 hours of wear when set with powder before my oil started to shine through. Products didn't layer nicely on top of this stuff, either.

I'm holding out hope that NYX will release a GOOD foundation at some point...but this is just not it. It's a hard pass from me.
Gabby M.
Brenham, TX
20 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: True Beige more...
The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation was not the worst foundation that I've tried. I have oily/combination skin and I found my face started feeling sticky within 2-3 hours. I got this feeling when I used a setting spray and when I didn't use a setting spray. It is really hard to color match unless you have testers because the colors on the box, bottle, and signs don't match up. I also think that you get enough product for the price. I was expecting the bottle to be bigger than it actually was. I tried this foundation with a Morphe Y6 brush and a beauty blender. I found that the brush left streaks and the beauty blender had to be applied in more layers. Overall, the idea of being able to choose your coverage is amazing but the product itself could be better.
Shannon B.
Seattle, WA
28 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Review for: Deep Sable (online only) more...
This has become one of my favorite foundations. I have very oily sensitive skin. I prefer a foundation with highly adjustable coverage and this one does it. It is quite liquidy and can be runny, I like to dot it on my face, blend with a brush and then spot add where I want more coverage. I've found that the application is easy to manipulate depending on what brush I use. For a more sheer coverage I use a skunk brush, for more flawless look I use a very dense brush. Great price point. The only thing that would make this perfect would be a matte velvet option. I do find that if I don't blot it does slide around on my face a bit. Other than that this is an amazing foundation. Great shade range. Easily accessible. 
Rachael E.
Erie, PA
5 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Review for: Porcelain more...
I can. not. get enough of this stuff; it is the perfect foundation.  I tend to get extremely dry skin in the winter, and my favorite thing about this stuff is the fact that it doesn't exacerbate it.  I apply it with a beauty blender, using about two-three drops on each section of my face.  A little goes a long way with this product, so you won't need to run back to the store every month to restock.  I love the amount of control I have with this product as well; some days I want more coverage than others, some days I want as little as possible so that I get a nice glow but nothing too dramatic.  You can go big or go natural with this stuff.  By far one of the best purchases I've ever made.  The only downside I've found is that in the bottle it looks darker than it is, so whichever shade you think goes best with your complexion in store, I'd suggest going a shade darker.
max 🥀 j.
40 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Buff more...
this foundation worked very well for me . i saw this in target so i decided to buy it . it was a really risky choice though , just because they didnt have any testers and such , so i went with the shade ' buff ' . i was so lucky that i was my actual shade to a T ! this foundation gave off the ' my skin but better ' apperance , and i actually loved it ! it works well on my skin after exfoliating and moisturizing properly . i personally love to wear this foundation without setting powder ( oops ) , just because the natural look it gives off is stunning ! i also only use a couple of drops for everyday wear , blend it out , and it looks amazing , even right after applying ! will definetly repurchase after my current foundation bottle runs out
Cassandra A.
Victorville , CA
177 reviews
I have really dry skin right now thank to winter? Do you recommend this foundation? I want to try it but I don't want to waste my money if it's not meant for my skin type
Kailey T.
37 reviews
Is it better to apply this with a brush, or with a sponge?
Alexus M.
Virginia Bch, VA
193 reviews
How the coverage? Is it cakey?
Alandria D.
1 review
What is your color?
Jilly C.
O Fallon, MO
167 reviews
What method do you like to apply the drops? I'm not having a lot of luck

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