For my first post back after my move, I want to review the Q10 Renew Skin Elixir from NYX. I mentioned this one way back in my October favorites post, but haven’t gotten a chance to review it with all of the chaos of the last couple months. Thank you, again, for your patience while I was relocating. I am very happy to be back to posting. The NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir is a little different as far as primers go. It is sort of a hybrid product, falling somewhere between primer and a skin care serum. If you have the right skin type, this can be a wonderful product, but it is not for everyone. Read on to see what I mean.
NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir has a creamy, lightweight formula with a fresh, unassuming scent. It is not a silicone primer, so it will not fill in lines or pores. It also does not have that soft focus effect that blurs your edges like the Revlon Photoready primers. What the NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir does do, is infuse your skin with CoEnzyme Q10 that brightens and softens your skin for a flawless foundation application. NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir is especially lovely for those with slightly dry or mature skin. The added moisture boost will leave your skin soft and supple, but not so much so that it mucks up your foundation. CoQ10 boosts collagen and elastin production, which wains once you leave your twenties behind. NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir isn’t what I would recommend for a serum in your regular skin care regimen, but it is an excellent prep for your makeup routine. Mature skin can tend to look dry or dull, but the Renew Skin Elixir will help to temporarily gain a smooth, bright, and youthful appearance. Foundation blends evenly over the primer and looks beautiful. Though a perfectly serviceable option for those with extremely dry skin or those with very youthful skin, they probably won’t love NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir as much as I do. The former will not get enough of a moisture boost from the mild formula, and the latter will probably not see enough of a difference from their already smooth supple skin. I definitely think that NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir is targeted at those with normal to slightly dry skin and mature skin. The Elixir does a great job at smoothing out flakes and rough patches so foundation doesn’t get stuck on them. The formula absorbs quickly and does not leave skin tacky or sticky. The formula feels lovely and my foundation lasts all day. I would definitely caution those with oily skin because, though not greasy, NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir will do nothing to control oil production, mattify, or keep oil from breaking down your foundation. This isn’t the product for you. And again, those with large pores (my sistas) will need to look elsewhere for something to fill them in.
All in all, though certainly not a miracle product, if you fit the target audience that the NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir was designed for, it is great. I don’t use it everyday, but I do like it very much and use it often. The only real issue that I have is that the tube is so small. You only get .68 fl oz for around $12. NYX is often BOGO 50% off at Ulta, and there are several sales happening this time of year, so you can find it cheaper than that. Still, it’s not exactly a great bargain. I do think the NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir is worth checking out, but try to wait for a sale to do so. I will never let go of silicone primers as favorites for my skin needs, but the NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir formula is a win in my book.