Tuesday 2 October 2018

NYX Can't Stop Won't Stop foundation: honest review + swatches!

Hello, my loves! Today, I am very excited to review one of the most talked about recent makeup launches - the Can't Stop Won't Stop foundation by NYX (£15, Boots). I've always been cautious about trying out new foundations (they can be so hit and miss!), although I've also been on the lookout for a cheaper alternative to my favourite Power Fabric by Armani. The Can't Stop Won't Stop foundation definitely sounded promising and perfect for my oily skin, so I decided to invest in a bottle. Will it live up to the high expectations? Is it worth the hype? Let's find out together!

The Can't Stop Won't Stop foundation comes in 45 different shades - my shade is 6.5 Nude, which is great for light skintones with neutral undertones. The Can't Stop Won't Stop foundation promises 'a lightweight, waterproof formula offering full, smooth, matte coverage for up to 24 hours'. For £15, you get a 30ml bottle, which is a pretty standard size - but also, very reasonably priced!

This foundation is definitely very full coverage. A couple of pumps are enough to cover the whole face, although it's easily buildable (best used with a beauty sponge) if you want to apply more. I was pleased with how easily it covered up any redness and imperfections, especially on my cheeks. Having said that, the formula definitely does go on a little cakey. Before I applied concealer and set the whole thing with powder and setting spray, it felt and looked a little like a heavy mask. The finish is very smooth, although I put it down partially to my skin being so incredibly oily. I do have some slightly dry patches underneath my eyes, and this foundation has definitely accentuated them - I can only imagine that on dry skin, this would be even more prominent.

From left to right - a) no makeup b) Can't Stop Won't stop foundation only c) full makeup - foundation with concealer, set with powder and spray

The matte finish, although very smooth at first, doesn't quite last throughout the entire day. After about six hours, I began to see some shiny patches around my T-zone - which is still pretty good (especially considering how oily my face gets), but doesn't quite live up to the claims. The longevity otherwise is fairly impressive - the foundation stays in place all day, and I've only noticed it slightly rubbing off my nose after about 11 hours.

I would say that the Can't Stop Won't Stop foundation feels a little similar to Estee Lauder's Double Wear, although it's not as heavy duty and not quite as long-lasting. Having said that, it still performs much better than most other matte foundations I've tried in a similar price range. The coverage is amazing, and it does give you a smooth, matte finish (although be careful if you have dry skin, as it might accentuate it!). It doesn't feel overly tiring or cloying on the skin; and whilst it can appear a little cakey on its own, it blends well with other makeup, and I like how it looks once properly set!

Would I repurchase it? I'm not sure. I've been enjoying using this foundation on a daily basis, but I'm not certain whether I'd want to buy it again, as it doesn't perform quite as well as my usual favourites. Having said that, I think that it's pretty great for the price (plus, it will last you a long time!), so I'd recommend checking it out if you want something matte and full coverage, but also affordable!

Have you tried the NYX Can't Stop Won't Stop foundation? What is your favourite foundation right now? 
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