Beauty, Foundation, Lifestyle

NYX is opening in Cape Town + Total Control Drop foundation first impression

Hi weirdos,
Happy Friday! It is a happy one indeed. With NYX opening its first store in Cape Town as well as the Beauty Swop or Sale expo tomorrow the excitement is real even in this cold! I thought I should give you guys a quick run down of what to expect at the NYX opening and my first thoughts on their Total Control Drop Foundation which most of you may have seen me wear already.
I purchased it last Friday and was so excited to try it, I used it for the first time live on Facebook in the Beauty Swop or Sale South Africa group. You can click the link and join the group to watch. I got the shade Caramel after it was suggested by Shamiela and beauty bloggers overseas who are of the shade MAC NC45. It is a perfect match to my skin tone! There are 24 shades, from pale to expresso you will definitely find your match! I suggest you look up a beauty YouTuber/blogger of your skin tone and see what shade they use or use

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation Caramel First impressions

Product claim(Nyx wesbite): “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!
Price: $14/0.43 fl.oz. in the US. R220 in South Africa per 13ml bottle. (tiny)
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Propylene Carbonate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Packaging: It comes in a cute black little box with NYX branding and all product details. The foundation is in a transparent glass bottle with a matte finish and a dropper to dispense it. As its my first time using a dropper for foundation I did take a minute to get the hang of it. You press the top of the dropper( rubber black part) to release a drop of it. I like that you can see the colour of it through the bottle and since it’s water based, the dropper is necessary. It can also fit into my small handbag which I love! Also, I am obsessed with mini things so I am glad to have my own “mini” foundation.
Consistency, Coverage & Finish: This is an extremely thin lightweight formula, its thinner than MAC Face & Body! It is smooth and sets to a velvety matte finish. It literally looks like a second skin on me, an evened out natural skin. If you like a natural look this is definitely worth a try! It is light-medium coverage but buildable. With 4 or more drops I basically get the desired look I like. If I use it for a fuller coverage look, it does not get cakey, patchy or look plastered on. I am in love with the fact that it looks like my own skin whilst hiding my unevenness but still feels like I am wearing absolutely nothing. It applies evenly and blends out well with a beauty blender or a brush. If you want more coverage I would advise using a brush.

Caramel swatch

My experience with the foundation: I used this twice in this week and both times I was impressed. It helps cover my dark circles which are pretty dark and I only need to use a little concealer and powder my and I am good to go. It lasted more than 8 hours, I had to wash it off before going to bed. Hence, I think it is extremely long wearing, it didn’t move nor fade, nor did it transfer. If you have large pores you may want to prime as it is such a thin formula it will settle into pores. The matte finish is beautiful and radiant, also the colour match is spot on. The oily girls you are going to love this! Drier skin make sure to moisturise well before using this. As far as acne marks or scarring goes, I believe you can build this up to cover it but its better you test this for yourself in stores as I do not have acne marks. You can always conceal those areas or colour correct. There is abit of flashback in photographs but I have a crazy intense flash and it could also be my banana powder. I don’t really mind this because I take those selfies in the natural light(hey gurl hey!). You also need to blend this is in quite quickly, it does not take long to dry down.
More thoughts: This is a 13ml wated based foundation, most foundations are 30ml. Therefore, this is a little more costly as it breaks down to R16,92 per ml. Whereas Mac Studio waterweight foundation(most comparible)  is about R15,66 per ml for a 30ml. Now I do agree it is more expensive but a little really does go a long way. If you are someone who doesn’t use foundation every day this will last a while it does have a 24 month shelf life. It also feels like an expensive product being in a glass bottle. I would recommend this if you’re oily and don’t have much-textured skin. It could still work for you even if you do, always test it in store first, if you don’t know how to choose, read this. I could not remove all of it with an oil cleanser so I think you should cleanse with your face wash after removing. I think this is my new favourite foundation, shhh don’t tell my holy grail MAC Studio Sculpt.
It comes in these shades.


On 26th August NYX will be opening in Canal Walk. The shop is located on the second floor, shop number 579. There will be over 1400 NYX Professional Makeup products, photo opps, and the exclusive new Beauty Bar!
• The first 200 people in line on 26 August will receive a LIMITED EDITION collectable lippie pouch with NYX Professional Makeup goodies. In addition, they will have other exciting surprises on the day.
· Our store opens at 9:00AM; Lines may begin to form one hour prior to opening.( I suggest getting there around 7am and waiting if you really want to be first in line)
• The makeup artist at our activation stand at the Canal Walk center court will provide makeup tips and demonstrations.
• FREE MEET UPS with celebrity makeup artists Kimlyn Sisam and beauty vlogger Rushana Isaacs on 26 August 2017 from 8am – 12pm at the Canal Walk Center Court.

This is a picture of me using the foundation.

Using the NYX Total Drop Foundation shade caramel

Let me know if you have tried this foundation or want to? Also, if you are going to NYX Grand opening do enjoy!
See the rest of you beauties at the Beauty Swop or Sale Beauty Expo 😀 EEEK !!! EXCITEMENT OVERLOAD!
XX Miss Dhanusha 
Disclaimer: One image taken of google with all the shades. The rest are my own. This is not a sponsored post.

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  1. Wow this looks incredible! I’ve never used anything like this before, such a cool product!

    1. I really love it. Definitely worth a try.

  2. It looks amazing on your skin!
    I just cringed…its 13ml and you’re still dropping drops for pics😂😂 I hope you used a sponge to pick it back up and use it. Lol
    It’s pricey but I’m dying to try it. So exciting about Nyx. I’m visiting CT in November. ..oh my word. I need to save up for NYX and UD.

    1. Thank you. Lol no that just dripped from the dropper and I used it for my swatch and put some on my face hahahha. I don’t waste anything lol.
      Yay let me know if do. Also we should meet up when you come. 😊

  3. PS great review.

  4. mentalrocknrollsex says:

    I definitely will be trying this out thanks to you.

    1. This is a first impressions will post a final review or edit soon

  5. I am so excited to get this foundation! I like the fact that you said it’s good for people who like a natural look. x

    1. This is a first impressions. I have a bit more to add to the final review and I’m not impressed after the 3rd time using it. But will test more and let you guys know

      1. Actually just didn’t know how to use the dropper. Gotta press the top to get product into the tube. Still impressed. Still love it

  6. Lovely review. I want to give this a try for sure. Do you know what colour would match an NW45?

    1. Thank you. I am not too sure you can possibly test it in store?

  7. Great review doll

    1. Thanks so much

  8. Oh, this is so exciting!! I need to get myself some soon 😉

  9. I’ve been curious about this one! Thanks for the review!

    1. Yay glad you like it

  10. I want to try this foundation, but i’ve been hesitant because I have dry skin 😩

    1. If you prep the skin well it should be fine

  11. Very well written and a great review

  12. I’ve been looking for a new lightweight foundation! Great post!

    1. Thank you ! It’s a great buy

  13. This is pretty cool, something to look into. I love trying new products!

    1. Definitely worth trying

  14. The Beauty Stage says:

    this foundation looks great on your skin! definitely want to try it now, great review 🙂

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