NYX Pro Foundation Mixer White & Luminous
For me, a good shade match is the single most important factor in choosing a foundation. Finish and wear come after that. Normally, I wouldn't bother, but I just love how this Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation wears and feels on me. I initially tried using a brightening primer and a highlighter on top, but it still looked very off. Buying a lighter shade of the same formula and mixing two would be an option, but the lightest color from the range is #2 and it would be supposedly a good match for me by itself. Besides, the image of two GA foundation bottles sitting on my vanity was too much even to think about it. I have other foundation bottles and tubes, you know. So I bought these NYX Pro Foundation Mixers on sale from Ulta.com. It seemed a sensible choice since they are quite affordably priced. (I didn't realize that each tube is as big as a full sized foundation until later on...)
The formula is unscented and has a light lotion-like consistency. It blends seamlessly with the GA Designer Lift Foundation and works well with PUR Bare It All which has a thicker consistency.
The Luminous shade can be used as a liquid highlighter as well. The shimmer is very pretty. All I need to lighten the GA foundation is the White shade, but here I mixed all three.
Works like a charm, right?
I was concerned that adding the mixers might affect the foundation's wear and finish, but in reality, I felt little difference. Of course, getting a good foundation formula that matches your complexion perfectly would be ideal. It's just that we don't live in a perfect world and it is so darn hard to find that shade, especially from the drugstore range. If you tan easily during the warmer months and like to stick with the foundation formula that you love, something like NYX Pro Foundation Mixer could come in handy, too.
The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops duo appears to be a comparable option and COVER FX Custom Drops for more color choices although they are quite expensive. Have you tried any of these? What is your experience?