Thursday, September 19, 2013

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand Review, Photos, Swatches!

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand ($5) is a lightweight concealer that covers under-eye circles and imperfections on the face without looking cakey or obvious. It's non-comedogenic, so it won't clog your pores. Available in (8) skin shades and (3) color correcting shades.

The NYX HD Concealer is actually one of NYX's best selling products and it's a product that I've seen recommended countless times.

I purchased the shade CW05 Medium, which is described as a medium beige with olive undertones. I don't know about olive, but the shade is very peachy with a hint of pink. In MAC concealers I always use the shade NW25 and it's a pretty good equivalent - NYX has a stronger peach tone though, which works really well for counteracting under-eye darkness. Don't judge the shade by what the tube looks like from the outside because it looks much lighter than it really is. I also find that the color oxidizes a bit shortly after application.

The concealer has a light/thin, creamy, velvety texture and dries to a semi-matte finish. It smooths on easily and blends out really well. Some compare the texture to MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer, but it's definitely not as wet/liquidy. I find it to be most comparable to Nars Radiant Concealer, but it's not as budge-proof as Nars. Nars dries down quickly, whereas NYX doesn't fully set without the help of a powder.

The first few times I used this concealer, I didn't like it. It looked dry, almost ashy and obvious. With all of the positive reviews, I was persistent to get it to work for me. It turned out that all I needed was some eye cream (or any moisturizer) prior to applying the concealer. The results were a day and night difference.

I always make sure to apply a moisturizer to my under-eye area and then I wipe a generous amount of concealer under both of my eyes straight from the applicator. I don't blend it out right away - I'll usually dot my foundation all over my face and then take a beauty blender and blend my foundation in and then lastly, blend in my concealer with light, patting motions. I blend my concealer last to give the concealer a little time to set on my skin so when I finally blend it out, the coverage is a bit fuller. Also, the foundation residue from my sponge will help blend the concealer with my foundation. Sometimes I'll add an extra layer of concealer and blend with my finger tips and set with a powder (Ben Nye Neutral Set, of course!)

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand Before and After Photos

The coverage is medium and is buildable to full. When set with a powder, it lasts all day without creasing. If I don't set it, it will settle in my fine lines that I didn't even know existed.

I've been using this concealer every day for the past couple of weeks and I have no complaints! It conceals, it brightens, it lasts. This concealer is definitely one of the better ones at the drugstore.

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand

nyx hd concealer cw05 medium
Swatch of shade CW05 Medium

As a side note, the initial reason I purchased this concealer was so that my under-eyes wouldn't look ghostly white with flash photography because I was attending a night (indoor) wedding. My favorite concealers all contain SPF, so I was curious to try an actual "HD" concealer. Needless to say, it worked extremely well and had no flashback in the photos. My makeup looked really natural, as I wanted it.

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Medium sw05
(Photo taken with flash)

Would I recommend this concealer? Heck yes! For the price, it's a great buy. And, if it doesn't work well for you under the eyes, it works really well on blemishes.

The Round-Up

  • Lightweight
  • Applies smoothly
  • Blends easily with the fingers
  • Medium coverage that is buildable to full 
  • Brightens the under-eyes
  • Photographs well
  • Could be more hydrating - I highly recommend applying an eye cream prior to application if you have dry skin.
  • Can settle in fine lines if it's not set properly with powder.
Price: $5, Ulta and


  1. This looks and sounds really nice! I like how natural it looks and how it matches skin!


    Layla xx

  2. This looks like an awesome concealer! I love that it can be built up to pretty full coverage, an thanks for all the application tips! :)


  3. This is a pretty good concealer because it is good coverage yet not cakey. However being oily, I find Nars a bit better with staying power. Both are similiar though.

  4. Looks great, only thing is its so hard for me to get hold of NYX so may have to settle for Nars Radiant Creamy concealer instead!

    Eloise | simplynaturale xo

  5. I bought this concealer on a whim last year while I was out of town (NYX isn't carried locally :() and it has become my absolute favorite concealer. I use it for concealing, eye brightening, brow highlighting, and on my waterline (I don't know if that's "safe" but I've had no problems) and it is just excellent. And such a tiny amount goes a long way!

  6. Going to look for this today! I use a much higher priced concealer, and really am not all that happy with it...a concealer that looks great AND is reasonably priced? yes please!

  7. The packaging reminds me so much of Makeup Forevers foundations! I wish I could get nyx in Australia xxx
    Life of Verity

  8. Love it! I wanna try this one too. I love how it conceals blemishes. I will def check on this.

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  11. This concealer is possibly the most magical make up item I have ever discovered. When they say HD, they mean it! Not only is this concealer thin, but it is extremely full coverage and can camouflage the hugest monsters on my face. My skin is definitely far from perfect, but when I'm wearing this concealer nobody knows! To see more info please visit

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  15. What kind of setting powder do you use/ recommend? Does it have to be a setting powder (like, say, elf HD under eye powder) or can it be a simple mineral powder? :)

    1. She mentioned she uses the Ben Nye Neutral Set :)

  16. U have almost explained everything. Great work.i was in need of a good concealer and now m definitely gonna go for it..

  17. I'm deciding whether or not I should get this or the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser. Which is better in your opinion?

  18. Wew. This is a must-try. I would be glad to actually try this.


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