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Product Review: Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Foundation

Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Foundation

After a lot of hue and cry attached to the Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Foundation, here we are with our take on the product.

Nykaa Cosmetics is one of the top Indian beauty brand. However, they too possess their own share of botches. The SkinGenius foundation by Nykaa was the first foundation in their own product portfolio. The product did land up to a blind alley for it did not cater to a wide spectrum of the Indian skin tones.

However, the declaration of 15 shades with their second foundation launch – Nykaa’s Skin Shield Foundation; the product could gather much positive appraisal already before its’ launch.

Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Foundation
Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Foundation – Product Shades

About Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Matte Foundation

The foundation with its’ creamy formula brags about its triple active action formula that works to shield the skin against dust, UV rays, and micro particles. The product features a combination of three active ingredients. And also, the high-performing shield of this foundation acts as a dynamic oil-control system.

Bio Saccharide Gum 4 is the star ingredient of the product that brilliantly creates a protective barrier against pollution, dust, and UV rays. Considered as a hero ingredient in the anti-polution business, there are no points to guessing why we ramble about this wonderous base.

The Nykaa Skin Shield Foundation is richly composed with anti-oxidants and glycerine to make sure even the deepest layer of the skin receives hydration while it gives a tough time to the pollutions and dust. To provide all the necessary moisturization while running out a war against the pollution is no manoeuvre though, but trust us, this foundation does is it with an utmost ease.

Another amazing ingredient of this foundation is the Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extracts. It is a plant-based ingredient gained from Africa that’s skin-conditioning and works against reducing the pore size. Also, it helps regulate the sebaceous gland secretions. Thereby, the foundation gives you a satin matte finish with a medium to high coverage that lasts all day long, actually!

Product Claims:

Nykaa Skin Shield Foundation is a triple action formula that claims to fight against daily pollution, control excess oil production and provide deep hydration to the skin.

Directions to Use Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Matte Foundation

Cleanse your face and apply the product directly to even out the skin tone.

Ingredients in Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Matte Foundation

Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Foundation
Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Foundation – Ingredients

Price of Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Matte Foundation:

₹ 799.00 for 30 mL

The newly launched Nykaa Skin Shield Foundation is available in 15 different with three undertones. The product does not really caters to a wide spectrum of skin tones. However, the Nykaa being a drugstore brand has already performed a pretty good task with their shade ranges when several Indian brands till date produces 4 or 5 shades only for extremely fair skinned people.

Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Foundation
Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Foundation- Product Swatches

The product comes in squeezy tube that looks pretty basic. If you’re clumsy and tend to drop in the bottles, the packaging is ideal for you. Also, the product texture is buttery creamy, thick and has a consistency like that of a body lotion or a moisturizer. And what? It blends like a dream, absolutely!

Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Foundation
A Guide to Shades and Undertones – Nykaa SkinShield


With any foundation, the coverage varies with the tool used in applying the product. For a maximum of coverage, the buffing brushes are ideal. Meanwhile, the beauty blender, brushes or the fingers itself helps you get the product blended. With the product in concern i.e. Nykaa’s Skin Shield Foundation – fingers goes as quick and easy way to blend the product as it is creamy in consistency and doesn’t really call for any extra efforts to get it blend well.

Beauty blender too can work well with the product, however, it might reckon little more efforts in seamless blending for the product has a thick consistency. Also, brushes can give out harsh lines or the brush streaks, again because of the creamy consistency. Here, a flat foundation brush should lead you than a kabuki brush.

Nevertheless, the fingers give out an amazing flawless finish. The product gives a buildable coverage when applied using fingers or the beauty blender – one layer will fetch you medium coverage. Overall, the Nykaa’s Skin Shield foundation has a medium to full coverage.

If the product is layered for more than any three times, it might turn up cakey. Two layers should suffice. The product gives a satin matte finish which gives out a subtle glow and looks dewy and extremely natural.

Generally, foundations gives out an oily feeling – a sense of something been applied to the skin. However, Nykaa’s Skin Shield Foundation nullifies the cause. It feels completely comfortable to the skin and as if nothing is on the skin. Actually! It is sweat-proof and can completely withstand the humidity.

The Hale and Belle’s Editor, Neisha Arora, tested out the foundation for a couple of days with and also without using any primer or concealer. This was just in to figure out precisely about how the product works on its own and as well as with the primer.

The product does not accentuate pores and works excellant to its claims i.e. minimizes the appearance of pores and masks out any marks or spots on the face. Also, the product works good in concealing the hyper-pigmentation and dark circles.

Bringing on the wear time to discussion, when our editor applied it at 2 PM over a primer and took it off at 11 PM considering the fact that the product was put under high tension in a hot and humid climate all day. The product did wear off a bit especially on areas it did sweat a lot. But yes, it didn’t smudged out completely and managed to look stunning.

The product was tested even without the primer, compact or setting powder. And when tested with the primer and compact powder, the product’s wearability did spike with a divine leap. No cakiness or crackings developed. The way the product managed to work out, it looks promising for 9 to 5 office goers, with or without primers and setting powders.

The product lives up to its claims about hydrating the skin. The skin looks healthy and luminous with the product on. Also, the product was put to under test on an oily skin too and it really did not irritate or aggravate the acne. The product is ideal for all skin types. And because the product has a thicker consistency, it can be used as a concealer too.

Pros of Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Matte Foundation:

  • Basic but intelligent packaging which makes it fuss-free and travel friendly.
  • Super creamy texture that makes it blend seamlessly like a dream.
  • Anti-pollution
  • Oil-controlling Action
  • It gives a natural looking satin matte finish
  • Coverage can be customized with the techiques of application
  • It has a long wearable time
  • The product is hydrating
  • It is suitable to all skin types.

Cons of Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Matte Foundation:

  • A more of deeper shades needs to be introduced.
  • We call out at Nykaa for a better job to be done with the undertones.

HB Scoop:

  • Make sure you always prep your skin well before wearing foundation – exfoliate, cleanse and tone.
  • If you call for a flawless finish – wear a primer suitable to your skin.
  • Set the foundation using compact or baking powders so as to increase the wearibility time.
  • Start with applying the product towards the center of your face and work it to the outer edges.

Quick Tip:

Because the Nykaa’s Skin Shield Foundation is cream based, we strongly recommend you to pick a primer of same nature or otherwise they’ll collide and not blend.


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