Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation Review Vs MAC Face & Body Foundation

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Nykaa skingenius foundation review warm sand
Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation Review

While the beauty market is flooded with products for oily or combination skinned people these days, you would find it really hard to get a foundation for yourself in budget if your skin is normal-dry. Mostly because, almost all foundations in the Indian market these days settles to matte finish. My skin falls in the normal-dry type and naturally, I had no option in the budget foundations. Also, since I like my foundations to be sheer, buildable and natural-looking, I had finally decided t get myself MAC Face and body foundation which is the holy grail for dry skinned people like me (Read review of shade C4 HERE and C3 HERE). But spending 2500/- INR for 50 ml of product is as heartbreaking for me as it is for you L Naturally, my excitement was on the high when Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation was released! I ordered shade 03 Warm Sand. Read on to find out how it fared and is it similar to MAC Face and Body foundation!

Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation claims to be a sculpting and hydrating foundation with weightless texture and luxurious longwear formula. It also claims- Seamless melting into skin, color staying true and a radiant-lit-from-within glow.
Price: Rs. 575 for 30 ml
This foundation comes packed in a no-nonsense beige-hued plastic squeeze-tube with a black screw-on cap. The tube is housed inside a pink carton box. The shade name in printed on a sticker on the carton as well as the squeeze tube.
Nykaa skingenius foundation review warm sand
Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation Review

Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation Review

Nykaa skingenius foundation review warm sand
Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation Review


Nykaa skingenius foundation review warm sand
Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation Review

The other shades available in this range are 01 Pure Ivory, 02 Almond Beige, 03 Warm Sand, 04 True Tan and 05 Golden Honey. I picked Warm Sand because it didn’t seem too pale or too orangey and felt ok for my wheatish-fair skin (MAC Face and Body C3 complexion/ Studiofix NC 40)

Nykaa skingenius foundation warm sand swatches
All Swatches Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation


I must say I was pretty pleased when I swatched this for the first time. The consistency was almost as runny as MAC Face and Body foundation but it was loaded with pigment. I swiped it across my jawline and Warm Sand blended seamlessly into my complexion. I was confused because even MAC F&B in C3 blends beautifully into my skin and Nykaa Skingenius foundation in Warm sand seemed much warmer in comparison. But both matched effortlessly in my facial skin (What more could I want!)
Texture wise, both MAC F&B and Nykaa Skingenius Foundation are runny. But the former is definitely a tad runnier. There is a mild fragrance in the Nykaa foundation which goes away after blending.

Nykaa skingenius vs MAC face and body
Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation Review Vs MAC Face & Body Foundation

Below are swatches of both foundations side by side. While MAC F&B in shade C3 is a warm beige, Nykaa SKINgenius foundation is warmer with an oh-so-slight tinge of peach in the beige.

Nykaa skingenius vs MAC face and body
Swatches: Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation Review Vs MAC Face & Body Foundation

Nykaa skingenius vs MAC face and body
Swatches: Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation Review Vs MAC Face & Body Foundation

When I blended both on the back of my hands, MAC one blended in faster, while the Nykaa one took a little longer maybe because of its slightly thicker texture. Neither of them settled in lines and both gave beautiful dewy finish without any cakeyness! I kept them on for 6 hours and during that time, I could not guess which side had which foundation on. I sweated, neither of them transferred. There was no stretchy feeling from either of the two foundations.

Nykaa skingenius vs MAC face and body
Swatches: Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation Review Vs MAC Face & Body Foundation

When I used both on my face, I noticed that neither of them was able to cover the bad bout of red tiny pimples I am having these days with a single layer. But they were almost covered when I layered up (although not fully). Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation is almost as buildable as the MAC Face and Body foundation although it definitely takes a little more time than the latter to blend in completely. The effect was dewy, but definitely not shiny and a very comfortable finish! With a slight brush of concealer like LA Pro HD concealer (Readreview HERE) and topping the foundation with a finishing powder (Only on required areas) for evenings, I would love to use this foundation as a base for both day and night wear.

Overall, I am SO glad that finally I have something in budget to use as base which compares so well with MAC Face and Body. I believe, every dry skinned beauties (with not a very problematic skin) should get this bottle in their purse! Another plus point is that the shades True Tan and Golden honey would cater to deeper skin tones as well. I wish they include even more shades in future J

I would post a picture of my face wearing this foundation once the bout of pimples fades away J Till then, tell us if you have tried this foundation as well!

Am I repurchasing this? Are you kidding me? YES!!!

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6 comments

  1. Eyeing this since long... Read many reviews, but none could convince me fully.. But thanks to you, finally I am getting this..

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  2. The one reason I stayed away from this is because it is for dry skinned people!! So glad that it works as well as the claims.

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    1. You may as well try it as a daily wear one Krupa. The finish is really not oily, but just hydrating. Try in winters 😀

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  3. I was so wanting a real review of it as nykaa reviews are generally paid and biased..glad I stopped by to read it post..I AM GETTING THIS!

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