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The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation Review


I’ve been on quite the foundation hunt lately which is not fun for me at all. I hate trying to look for a new foundation. Have you ever gotten excited to shop for something because its going to be new and then hate that you even tried? So far the things that fall on that list are bras, swim suits and foundations. I have really yellow undertones and it turns out that drugstore brands hardly cater to that. I’ve tried several drugstore brands and they’re either too orange or too pink on my skin. This has left me with having to shop for higher end foundations which really makes me resent trying new ones. The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation was released recently and it turns out they have a really wide range with lots of yellow shades. My favorite drugstore brand comes through for me again! 

The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is $14.00 and can be found on the NYX website or at Ulta. At first, I wasn’t too thrilled because matte foundations and I don’t get along so I was ready to pass. I was scrolling through my Instagram feed one day and the Dupethat girls mentioned in a post that if you have dry skin, then this would actually work. WHAT?! In case you don’t know who Dupethat is, they’re a duo who run a blog providing you with the latest beauty news & swatch comparisons for a ton of products. I love them because a lot of their reviews align with how I feel about a product.

Since I’m still a college student tryna make it, I don’t have the luxury of buying every shade for swatches so I checked with them and they were totally cool with allowing me to use their picture to show you guys all of the shades. <33

I’m in the shade “true beige” and if you watched my previous video, you’ll see that I made the mistake of ordering “beige”. I specifically told myself not to get the two mixed up and did it anyway. (oh, Britney. Smh.) Don’t be like me if you need one of those two shades!

Like the Dupethat girls mentioned, it is definitely sheer to full coverage & feels very weightless. I had a slightly different experience in terms of how it laid on my skin which I’ll break down for you guys below.

So how did the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation hold up?


The first picture is of me bare face, besides the really dark brows. The second one is with the foundation on. It does a good job evening everything out with just a light layer. I like my freckles to still show through but cover up the redness.

(Do you also see the mild resemblance to Lord Voldemort in the picture with foundation? 😂 This is why highlighting and contouring is so important to me!)

Using a beauty sponge:

This is my favorite way to apply foundation.  I don’t like a lot of coverage so its the easiest way to make sure I have the thinnest layer while preventing cakeyness. It turns out that this method didn’t work out for me at all. It left me looking patchy so a lot of my redness was peaking through. I had to keep trying to reapply but the sponge would just soak it back up. I could see why the brush is always mentioned with this product.

Using the Total Control Drop Foundation Brush:

This is a synthetic angled brush which helps with reaching around all of the natural curves of your face. This method worked out much better for me. I used the dropper to put only a few drops at a time to make sure I didn’t apply too much. Somehow I still managed to put way too much around my mouth the first time so it got very cakey. I grabbed my Real Techniques Sponge , blotted that extra foundation and picked up just the right amount without getting patchy!

Hydrating Primer:

In this case I used the Laura Geller Spackle Hydrating Primer. It works more like a moisturizer without really altering the finish of a foundation. I really wanted to see how a matte foundation would hold up on my dry skin which is why I chose this one. After I applied the foundation, I noticed that there was a very slight tackiness that never quite went away.

After about an hour and half to two hours of wear I noticed that it started settling into my lines. This is a big no-no for me. I have very pronounced smile lines which is where I noticed it first. About a half hour after that, I started noticing that it also started to do the same on my forehead. I don’t have noticeable lines on my forehead at all. I just make a lot of facial expression so imagine how cute it was to see lines of foundation collected in areas across my forehead when I was expressionless. 😒 However, it didn’t accentuate the large pores I have around my cheeks which will also make or break if I like a foundation. It was a little weird to see myself looking so matte since I live for being so glowy, but I did like the velvety finish.

Luminous Primer

Ahh, my ride or die — the Becca Backlight Filter Primer. This gives me the perfect glow and prevents foundation from settling into lines and pores. It basically makes being critical of a foundation a little more difficult. Don’t get me wrong though, I have tried foundations with this primer that still clung to my dry spots and accentuated my pores. Luckily I didn’t have this problem at all with the Total Control Drop foundation. I just couldn’t handle looking so flat from the matteness. I needed that extra luminosity added back to my face & I’m so glad it was. This held up for me all day without settling into any lines.

All in all…

Everyone’s skin is different so products work differently for everyone. I found that as long as I used a brush and my Becca primer that I can wear this and it’ll work out wonderfully. I’m really pleased with this find and getting the super yellow shade wasn’t a total loss. Now I can probably buy foundations that are a little more pink and mix it. I also ended up picking up the NYX Pro foundation Mixer in white so I’ll be testing that out to see how well it makes my perfect shade. Let me know if you want to know how that turns out! I’d be happy to talk about it.

Have you tried the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation yet? If so, how did it work out for ya?

Three Killer Drugstore Liquid Eyeliners


Winged liner is a must for me when I put on makeup (even though it makes me want to rip my hair out some days). The problem is, finding a reliable eyeliner to make such an annoying task easier, is also difficult. I feel like I’m always on the hunt for a new ride or die because over time, something goes wrong with the one I’m using. Either the brush gets all weird, or the formula starts separating, transferring, or fading…I’m sure you’ve been there & its so annoying!

For the longest time, the Girlactik Precise Marker Liner,  was the perfect eyeliner for me (and still is) but I find myself annoyed with paying for shipping when I’m only buying/replacing one thing. I know there are some pretty great ones at Sephora that people rave about, but I just wanted to find something inexpensive and reliable.

So, I took a trip to the drugstore, picked up a few & was pleasantly surprised by these babies:

**I’ll be linking these products to the actual brand’s website so you can use their store/retailer locator option to find where they’re closest to you.

Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner

What it is: Felt tip liquid liner
Price: $ 8.00

This one really threw me off when I first saw it. It looked like it would fit really awkwardly in my hand, but I guess that’s because it was just hard to picture. It turns out that it’s shape actually makes application a lot easier since it gives my pointer finger natural support that isn’t normally there
with a standard liner.

I’d definitely recommend this if you’re a beginner or if you just can’t seem to master wingin’ it to see if the change in grip makes it easier for you to apply. The first time I tried it, I didn’t even have to go back to  really make sure my eyes looked even (maybe it was just luck). The only thing I’d say I’m not too crazy about is that I have to go over the line a couple of times to really get it to that jet black shade I like but, eh, that’s not really a biggie since putting on eyeliner generally requires doing it in steps. I’d also like to add that it really held up for me throughout the day, even with oily lids and accidentally rubbing my eyes.

NYX Epic Ink Liner

What it is: Pen tip liquid liner
Price: $8.00

I love how thin of a tip this little guy is. (haha, pun intended #sorrynotsorry) But seriously, this is great for precision & would be eyeliner for you if you like switching up the boldness of your line. I also really like how fluid it felt. It really irks me when my liner starts to tug because it also means that I’ve probably also just messed up I’m gonna have to go back & clean it up (or if I’m extra lazy, make my liner much thicker than I intended).

I will say that I had to reapply it in the inner part of my eyes because it seemed to have faded/disappear in that area as it was supposed to be drying. (It takes a while to dry down but I find that to be pretty common with pen tip liners.) However, once it dried down, I found that it held up fairly well throughout the entire day with minimal fading.

Wet n Wild Proline 


What it is: Felt lip liquid liner
Price: 3.99

This liner really surprised me because its the first liner I’ve ever used that I could take all the way into inner eye and it didn’t fade away all day. Normally my liner bleeds or fades to right about where my lashes start, so its not really a big deal for me but I’m happy there’s a liner out there thats finally comin’ through.

Its also worth mentioning that though I really appreciate the thinness of the NYX one, this is the perfect size thickness for me because I generally wear it about the same everyday, plus it made filling in the wing much faster. From what I’ve been hearing, people have been comparing it to the Kat Von D tattoo liner which I haven’t tried, but if you have, it might be worth this trying one out since 3.99 is a great price point! Lastly, this one only required one application to reach the desired darkness that I look for in a liner.


If you guys try any of these, let me know how they work out for you, or if you have any killer drugstore liners you love, do tell!