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Why We Love It


Gorgeous matte makeup without the dryness IS possible! With NYX Professional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation you can cover imperfections and even skin tone without that flat, dry feeling. With an expanded range of colors from Ivory to Porcelain and Beige to Chestnut, Cinnamon and Deep Dark, there is a buildable natural matte foundation for every skin tone. Create a gorgeous matte finish that looks positively airbrushed with this creamy, lightweight liquid foundation.

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For most recent ingredient list, please refer to packaging.

Water/Aqua /Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille, Glyceryl Laurate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Octadecene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

How To Use It


Squeeze out desired amount onto a clean dry surface and apply to face.


Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Worst The lightest color is way too yellow toned, it is watery, streaks, and when I put powder over the top I instantly look caked over my pores. I don't know why this is called "Stay Matte". It isn't matte when I first put it on and makes my skin even more oily than it normally is in a few hours.This foundation grabs onto any powder you put on your face and makes it hard to blend and gives you a super caked look. I had to use this the other day because I was out of my regular foundation and now I remember why I stopped using it.
Date published: 2019-04-29
Date published: 2019-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite drugstore foundation Obsessed with this foundation! I use it everyday and it reminds me of makeup forever just a lot cheaper!!
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like it I purchased different shades and like them all. Definitely would buy the ones im missing
Date published: 2019-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I liked it! It's really good! It has a matte finish and stays long.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I really liked this foundation, its colour and structure is amazing.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good ! This foundation makes my face look so flawless. I love it!
Date published: 2019-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good enough for me This foundation covers my face and doesn't feel too thick or heavy on my skin. I don't wear make up too often so this foundation is just what I need.
Date published: 2019-02-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not good My sister bought me this foundation awhile back and itś not a good one. Very watery and streaky and not full coverage.
Date published: 2019-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Match Ladies if you want your foundation to look natural, keep you from looking oily but not be flat (hello!) this is the foundation for you! ❤️ It!
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its amazing I love the product. I kinda got the wrong color i guess cause its orange and i didnt notice till the third time i used it. I ordered online so that parts my fault. Also the powder foundations great with this or just by itself. Highly recommend. Its matte
Date published: 2019-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great but has the ashy finish I bought this product a month ago for a everyday use to cut down the use of my highend foundation. The darker colors seem to have the gray ashen look . It definitely stays matte and i continue to use it just mixed with a lighter couple to take out the ashen look.
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product I Like the foundation, Easy to use. Buena cobertura
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best coverage for the price! My skin tone is super pale with a yellow undertone; this makes foundation super difficult to find. I used the "Find my perfect match" quiz that NYX offers and the recommended shade was a bit off but I couldn't expect much better as pictures don't do justice to skin tones. I ended up getting the lightest shade they have and that fit perfectly. Great coverage and price.
Date published: 2018-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasant texture and excellent quality. I purchased this wonderful foundation about a month ago and I absolutely love it. It’s not heavy but covers brilliantly especially when used with Angel Veil primer. I highly recommend this liquid foundation to everyone !!!
Date published: 2018-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great coverage & flawless look I’ve honestly been using this foundation for the longest after I was using L’Oréal’s true match foundation, I used w6/w7. One of my girls introduced me to the foundation she was using at the time which was this foundation - shade, tawny. I love this foundation. I have clear skin, I sometimes tend to break out. Regardless, the foundation always has a smooth, flawless, gorgeous look. It blends amazing, I always use a foundation just slightly darker due to if I have any blemishes. The only thing I disliked however still managed to deal with is the fact that it says it’s matte and yes it does have a matte look but it’s not matte, it’s transferable, it gets on my boyfriends clothing and even my clothing if I itch my face or whatever. I recently color matched myself to try the newer foundation nyx offers, can’t stop won’t stop shade cinnamon. I love the way it sits on my hand when I color matched. Excited to use it. However, if I don’t like if it’s too dry I’ll probably stick to this foundation even though the only issue I have it’s transferabble
Date published: 2018-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Finally a foundation that goes with my color skin!!
Date published: 2018-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This foundation looks great and lasts forever. Alabaster is a perfect match! I lot of foundations look yellow on me and this one doesn't, finally lol.
Date published: 2018-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great coverage This was my go to foundation for a long time and it made my skin look flawless! Finally went back and got more and I can’t wait to use it again!
Date published: 2018-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok This was my first nyx foundation purchase.I got the shade nutmeg which the undertone was more warm than the cant stop wont stop foundation. When I first used this water came out of the tube so I shook it before trying to use it again. The coverage is ok but the smell is horrid. I usually expect the smells of foundation to fade away after applying with time but this sticks around. That alone steered me away from this foundation. I love the nyx cant stop wont stop foundation. It has no overpowering fragrance is full coverage, very lightweight and looks beautiful.
Date published: 2018-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Luxury product without the price I have used Clinique Bobbie Brown & Dior Price verses performance, NYX is the best!!! This is my everyday make up. So glad my daughter Arrange a makeover at the Galleria
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely makeup I love your makeup that I purchased. The powder is great coverage, the lip glosses are fabulous, and the mascara is the best I’ve used in years.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible! I bought this a while back and im obsessed!! the coverage is incredible and not heavy feeling at all
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST for oily skin! Ever since I bought this foundation, it has been my go-to! It's lightweight and a little goes a long way. Wearing this, I don't feel like I'm wearing anything at all. This product blends beautifully & easily, it covers up acne scars great, and it doesn't clog my pores. I believe the color selection is great as well. I typically have to mix foundations but I was able to find my perfect shade right away. Also, what I love about this foundation is I don't feel the need to touch up throughout the day; my face doesn't get sticky and it doesn't create dry patches like most matte products do.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally found my shade!!! I bought this for the first time. I didn't know what to expect because of how affordable it is. I'm IN LOVE!!! I have tried lots of different brands, from drug store to high end, searching for the right color for me (everything I've tried makes me look too pink, too yellow, too orange), and I finally found my shade...Olive. It's gorgeous, makes my skin look smooth and natural. Blends perfectly with my Y6 Morphe foundation brush, feels light, and stays on all day with my setting powder. Thanks Nyx!!
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Foundation Let me start by saying that not only am I a darker skin complexion than most, but I also have incredibly dry as the Sahara skin. I've tried so many foundations that I've lost count from high end to drugstore. Out of the many foundations I've tried, this foundation is in my top 3. I usually stay away from matte typically because matte and dry skin are not friends but this foundation is not insanely drying and as long as you have a good base (I use a moisturizer, primer, and rose water as my base) you should be fine. The shade range is larger than alot of companies and not only that, they have shade mixers to darken or lighten if it's not a perfect match which is great. The coverage is BUILDABLE which I personally love because some days I wanna be natural but other days I wanna look SNATCHED which you can accomplish both with this foundation! Lastly I want to mention... THIS FOUNDATION IS 8 DOLLARS..... EXCUSE ME WHAT?! SAY IT LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK! For something that is 8 dollars, it checks off everything on my list. This foundation isn't one of those " Eh you get what you paid for" Kind of deals, YOU GET MORE THAN WHAT YOU PAID FOR KIND OF DEALS. It's like when you order an 8 count nugget meal and you get 9!! With foundations, it may not work for some people for example the total drop foundation doesn't really work for me so if it doesn't work for you calm down honey, there are other options out there with NYX! I love this foundation, I love NYX, and I LOVE YOU (Not really but I am excited okay). That is all.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay! I have had this for awhile but i have never really used it that much until lately. I picked shade that was a bit off from my own skin but that didn’t bother me because it’s summer and i tan. So i tried it few times and it definitely makes my face cakey. It has an okay coverage and it’s blendable but it’s a bit too thick and you really have to be careful about how much you should apply. I’ve been mixing this foundation with the total drop foundation and it definitely helps!
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Natural foundation I have light skin with neutral undertones. The light beige shade is so me! It totally matches my skin tone.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stay Matte? Not so sure about that .... I purchased this foundation about a month ago, as I had ran out of my go-to foundation and I needed to find something a little less expensive to wear in the meantime. I had read some of the reviews about this foundation, and thought I'd give it a try, so I did. My first impression of the foundation itself is that it does have a nice, lightweight texture and is easy to apply. The coverage looks medium but can be buildable. If you have larger pores, this foundation doesn't do a tremendous job of smoothing everything out, even with a primer underneath (at least from my experience). Wear time for this foundation is AWFUL. It's as if this foundation never completely "dries down". After a couple of hours from application, i could still feel the tacky-ness of the foundation on my face AND the mattefying factor is pretty non-existent. If for whatever reason I touched my face during the day, the foundation would still be creamy enough to move around and get residue on my hand or fingers. If I tried applying a mattefying powder on my face, I'd get more foundation residue on the powder puff than actual mattefying powder on my face. At the end of an 8 hour work day, my face was a greasy-oily mess (and my skin is extremely oily to begin with). Unfortunately this foundation didn't live up to its claim for me. I know it's "Stay matte (not flat)" ... implying there is either a demi-matte finish or a tiny bit of a glow left behind once the foundation dries down. But that's the thing ... the foundation doesn't dry down at all. It'd be one thing if the foundation dried down and left a little bit of a glow behind, because then you could still use powder and keep your face from looking like a hot mess. If you have over-the-top oily skin I'd personally suggest trying a different foundation instead because this one is going to make your face look more oily. I WILL say however, this foundation MAY be better suited for those who have mildly oily skin (because I am assuming that's who it's more catered toward anyway). I know this foundation is priced attractively, but the savings aren't worth it in this case.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good coverage but a little heavy for me I bought this because I typically use NYX's BB cream, but my summer color is too dark for the deepest shade currently available, and I tend to lean a little oilier in Summer and need more coverage as well. I loved the shade range in this, but it applied too heavy over primer. I haven't tried it without, so maybe that's what I need to do but overall finish was too thick/cakey for me. Maybe better for oily over combo skin.
Date published: 2018-05-29
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I have been using the SMF02 but think it is discontinued? I have gotten a bit darker/sunburn haha. What would be the next best shade to use in the Stay Matte Foundation?

Asked by: Sweetm23
Hi there! Thank you for your interest in our Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation! Based on the information you have provided we recommend trying our shade Creamy Natural SMF04! For best color selection, we recommend visiting one of our stores where one of our beauty advisers would be happy to help you choose the right shade and products for you. Each store has testers so that you have the opportunity to try each product before you make a purchase. We hope this helps!
Answered by: NYX Professional Makeup
Date published: 2019-07-08

what the pros on using this and does it cover scars ? 

Asked by: farah
Hello farah! Our Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation provides full coverage with a mineral enriched matte finish and accommodates more skin tones, however it does not claim to cover scars. You are able to build this Foundation for an even more pigmented coverage. Thank you!
Answered by: NYX Professional Makeup
Date published: 2019-05-20

Hey guys! I ordered this foundation through ulta! I was wondering if this foundation is supposed to be super liquidy? Like when i tried to get it out all that came out was a watery like substance. I am aware that you are supposed to shake it.. which i did

Asked by: Nyxuser
Hey there Nyxuser! Thank you for trying our Stay Matte Not Flat Liquid Foundation. This foundation does have a liquid consistency. The oil-free and water-based formula is perfect for both day and nighttime wear. We hope you found this helpful!
Answered by: NYX Professional Makeup
Date published: 2018-10-19

I am NC44 in mac studio fix foundation. Wondering which shade should i pick. please suggest me a shade

Asked by: Sindhura
Hey Sindhura! We would love to assist you with your inquiry! Our best recommendation would be to take a look at our Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation in Nutmeg which is a medium/deep shade with warm undertones. We hope this shade matches!
Answered by: NYX Professional Makeup
Date published: 2018-08-09

What is the best way to apply this? (Brush, sponge, etc...)

Asked by: SpaceNace97
Hi SpaceNace97! You can apply this foundation whatever way you feel most comfortable. We recommend using our Flawless Finish Foundation Sponge:
Answered by: NYX Professional Makeup
Date published: 2018-07-26

does the matte not flat need a primer?

Asked by: MekaMeek
Hello! It is not necessary to use a primer - it is up to personal preference! Since it has a matte formula, if you have more dry skin, we suggest using a hydrating primer underneath such as our Hydra Touch Primer. Or, if you would like to help even your complexion, we suggest our Pore Filler primer! We hope this helps and thank you for reaching out!
Answered by: NYX Professional Makeup
Date published: 2018-07-20

Which shade should I use for medium skin with golden undertone

Asked by: Shoba
Hi there! Unfortunately, you have reached the USA Team. Because our products, shades, and availability vary from country to country, we only have information about products sold in the US. However, we do recommend using the following link for further assistance: We hope this helps!
Answered by: NYX Professional Makeup
Date published: 2018-06-14

I am using shell shade in lakme 9to5 foundation ,what shade I should go for nyx stay matte but not flat foundation?

Asked by: Shoba
Hello! We would suggest checking out the shade Natural in this foundation. We hope this helps.
Answered by: NYX Professional Makeup
Date published: 2018-05-11
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