NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder

In Face Makeup, NYX Cosmetics by Angie Canning8 Comments

NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder is my current favorite product to finish off my makeup look!  It is so soft and silky and gives a very natural finish to the skin.


The product comes weighing a mere .21 oz (6g) but do not let the weight fool you!
It is so lightweight, there actually is a lot of product that will last a very long time.

The powder is very finely milled and powdery, but looks translucent on the skin. 

I attempted to capture how soft this finishing powder is in the photo above.  It blends into the skin and disappears, leaving a soft and silky finish.

NYX’s Studio Finishing Powder  is made of 100% pure silica minerals that smooths over imperfections and is the perfect way to set my face makeup.  While this can control oil, I find I do need to use additional oil-controlling products for my skin (see my VanityPicks here!), but this does an amazing job giving immediate mattifying results that are not cakey.  This product has been compared to Makeup Forever’s HD Powder, but I do not yet own that, so if I decide to compare the two I will let you know what I think.  I’d love to know if you have both what you think!

Where To Buy: Ulta, $9.99Also NYXCosmetics.com, $10 (currently sold out)

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  1. WOW! This powder looks very similar to my ELF HD powder, I think that one is $6-ish. I don’t *need* another HD powder, BUT I’m adding to my must-try list anyways 🙂

    1. Yes I think they are exactly the same – they are made with similar ingredients:
      elf: Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica.
      NYX: Silica, Propylparaben, Methylparaben

      I will say I tried the elf one but did not like it as well. I am going to go back in and see if I was just applying too much or if there is another difference I can tell. The NYX one seems to disappear into the skin better, but I could be imagining things – I will let you know! 🙂

      1. It’s very easy to over apply the ELF one because the packaging is the worst ever. I hear a lot of people say it’s too powdery, but I have been using it for years and have had no problem. I just use a smidgen from the lid and press it into the skin and dust off the excess with a large brush. I love it! I still wanna try this NYX though, lol, I have a secret adoration for face powders 😉

        1. Oh I see! Maybe I was just applying too much then. I will give that a try! I will also try pressing it into the skin as you do, that is a great idea! Thanks Krystal. 🙂

      2. Although I like the finish of this powder…I wish this NYX finishing powder didn’t have paraben ingredients!

    1. Hi there! Both are made of the same ingredients – silica powder, so I imagine the results would be the same. I have heard to use the powder sparingly to avoid camera flashback, but I do not really have photos taken with a flash so I cannot verify either way.

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