NYX Total Control Foundation Review

I’m very fussy when it comes to foundations. I like a full coverage and matte finish that isn’t going to cost me an arm and a leg. I’m constantly on the search for “the one”.

Not long ago, I picked up NYX’s Total Control Foundation from Boots for £14.00. The foundation is available in 24 shades, from Pale to Deep Espresso and most skin tones in between. I ordered online, so I took a guess at my shade and picked up Porcelain. I was relieved to find that it matched my skin tone well – I really dislike choosing shades without seeing them in person.

The foundation is contained in a glass bottle with a dropper. If you are unaware, this is a drop foundation. NYX created this to help users create their ideal coverage. The bottle contains 13ml of product and is cruelty-free.



The formula is very thin and runny. However, the smooth consistency made the product very easy to blend on my skin. When applied to my skin, I found that the shade didn’t alter at all. Once dried down, the foundation appears as a semi-matte.



The packaging suggests it will take 4 or more drops for a full coverage. I found 4 wasn’t enough, I use around 8-9 drops to create a coverage that I’m happy with, as I have a few imperfections and my skin tone can be uneven.

While this amount creates a good coverage, I go through the bottle incredibly quickly. This foundation can last me anywhere between 3-4 weeks. I can’t sit and complain, because this product is designed to offer a coverage personal to you. I’d say that if you like a full coverage foundation, this probably isn’t the best option, unless you don’t mind purchasing frequently.


I have a full-time job, so I’m usually wearing my make-up for around 12 hours. Straight away on application, the product clings to dry patches, these get worse throughout the day and can make breakouts appear awfully cakey. After around 5-6 hours, the foundation starts to fade, especially around my chin and nose. Towards the end of the day, at about 8-9 hours, the foundation begins to appear cakey across my entire face.

I feel like I’ve been very negative so far about the product, but overall, the foundation is good. It’s got a buildable coverage, a lovely semi-matte finish and lasts ok throughout the day. Personally, I run through the bottle way too fast, only due to the fact I much prefer a full coverage. For me, its not “the one” but it’s my go-to drugstore foundation.

What’s your go-to drug store foundation?



20 thoughts on “NYX Total Control Foundation Review

  1. Lauren's Life says:

    I love Colourstay by Revlon, I’ve used it for a number of years now and still love it. They have two different formulas – one for normal/dry skin and one for normal/oily skin so there’s one for everybody. Despite loving this foundation, I found myself looking for something different purely because I wanted to see what else was out there and I picked up Maybelline’s Fit Me foundation. I’ve only used it a couple of times as I don’t wear foundation to work but I’ve found myself reaching for it over Colourstay!
    😊 xo

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    • ruralroses says:

      I’m glad you’ve found some foundations that work for you! I haven’t tried those as Revlon and Maybelline are sold in China, therefore tested on animals. Thank you for reading though lovely! Xx


  2. girldaze says:

    Thanks for doing this review! I’ve been contemplating purchasing this for a while as I have quite dry skin so only certain foundations work for me. I personally love Rimmel’s wake me up foundation! 💕

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