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Question: Guess which one of these two shine control products worked for me?
Talk about depressing. I got so excited about new drugstore products coming out for shine control. I have an oily t-zone and this time of year I have issues. I need something to keep the shine at bay and keep my makeup looking fresh in the crazy summer heat. Without primer or some type of oil control I notice my t-zone oiliness creeping through after about 90 minutes-2 hrs when the temperature gets high. I found some products that I love last year and with this years round of releases I was full of hope.
So far this years new releases have been a bust. I’m trying another new shine control primer from another brand as I write this and after three hours of wear its not working either. Booooo! I’ll review it soon for you. It’s an expensive brand too. Curses.
Neutrogena Shine Control Primer is 1 oz. (approx. $13) and based on the package/back of the product it should:
-Control shine all day with or without makeup
-Extends the wear of makeup
-Won’t over dry skin or clog pores
Directions for use: Apply all over face after moisturizer and before foundation. Suitable for all skin tones.
I got shine control for 3 hours. I didn’t break out or notice any type of bad skin reaction using this. I tried it with makeup and without. I liked the texture of this primer. It reminds me of a thick white moisturizer cream but it dries clear on my skin. Even on a day when I was inside in the air conditioning the shine crept through in 3 hours. Total fail.
Rated D (at least I didn’t break out!)
NYX Shine Killer is .67 oz. (approx. $13) and based on the NYX website information it should:
-Extend the wear of your makeup
-Look flawless throughout the day
-Reduce oil and shine
Directions for use: Apply prior to your usual makeup routine.
I got better results with this formula. It’s a clear gel and it dries on my face without leaving any color behind. The Shine Killer controlled my oil for 4-5 hours. It stopped the shine for 6 hours inside while I was at home in the air conditioning. Not as bad a fail as Neutrogena but I would say that they can do better.
Last year I had much better results with Super Matte Anti Shine and Cover FX Matte Foundation Primer. But they are expensive. It looks like the best product for me so far at the drugstore is the $6 super effective Black Radiance Shine Control Primer. It lasts 8+hrs on me which is so much more than the Neutrogena and NYX.
I put this in my January Favorites video on YouTube but I realized recently that I never told you about it here! Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer is a drugstore primer that I’ve been using under my foundation for a few months and I love it. It was highly recommended by one of my favorite girls on Youtube who’s always right about everything so I decided to try it. It’s around $10 and I picked it up at my local Target.
I love using primer. It’s one of the things that I use every time I use foundation except during July and August when its soo hot here on the East Coast. I find that primer helps my foundation last all day and I really need the extra layer of moisture on my dry cheeks and chin in the winter. I have a few favorite primers but I haven’t used many drug store brands. I picked this up and from the very first time I used it, I loved it. The texture is great. A little goes a long way and I find that the small dab pictured above is enough for my whole face. After smoothing this primer into my skin a sort of matte finish is left behind and I love it.
This primer has just enough slip to it so it sinks into your face but doesn’t feel greasy which I appreciate. After it’s smoothed onto your face it is colorless. I will just end the review by telling you this. It’s better than my Chanel Base Lumiere ($42) by far! I would definately repurchase and I would recommend that Fix & Perfect Pro Primer is a great first purchase if you haven’t tried primer before. At around $10 (1 oz. tube) it’s such a great addition to anyone’s stash in my opinion.
I had a lot of trouble finding this primer in my area. There is another Rimmel primer (with 001 on the front of the tube) that is available everywhere. It was at CVS and all the other drugstores and I picked it up on accident. It has a pink tint to it instead of white. Anyway I had to return it (the 001 primer) and then figure out where this 002 version was and it turned up finally at Target. Please be careful and get the #002, I’m not sure how good the other version is!
Since I have combination skin I’m always on the lookout for something to stop the oiliness I get in my t-zone after a few hours. I’ve used quite a few things that I like from Sephora and at the department store but this is from the drugstore at a decent price so I am thrilled! This .84 fl oz. product from Black Radiance is just what I need to make that “oh my god is my face an oil slick” feeling go away.
This is a light textured formula. It doesn’t feel heavy at all and you don’t need much. I use this on my t-zone before applying foundation. One thing that I think is also nice is that after using this it doesn’t leave behind a white cast or strange stiffness to my skin. Sometimes products leave you looking a little ghost like when you are my skin tone after you apply them. No issues with that here. Which means you can use this product without makeup! I’ve used this on my oily t-zone on days I go without makeup over my usual facial moisturizer. It doesn’t make my skin look strange at all.
Here are the directions on the back of the tube.
I really recommend that you try this product out on your next visit to the drugstore if you are looking for something to help stop excess oil. Nothing makes me madder than taking the time to apply makeup and seeing it fade and get discolored because of an oil attack. This is at the drugstore for about $6 so give it a try!
I recently picked this up after having it on my list of things to try for the last several months. I was holding off on getting it because I usually don’t use primer in the summer months. I depend on a few tinted moisturizers for coverage during the summer so primer is an extra step I don’t need as far as I am concerned. I was a little worried about the price tag too. It’s the most expensive primer that I’ve ever purchased at $56 for 1 oz. of product.
Is it worth that? Well I have to tell you I don’t know that I’d get it again. For my oily skin it’s not a perfect match. It’s a good primer that does help provide a great base for my makeup. I apply primer after doing my normal cleansing and moisturizing in the morning. It does add an extra layer of protection that I like for my skin and then helps my foundation stay on longer. I’m just not crazy about what is going on with my t-zone area with this primer during the day. There aren’t any claims I should point out that this primer is supposed to control my oily skin areas. So I found that using this on my cheeks and chin instead of my t-zone worked much better for me.
I’m keeping this away from my greasy forehead until at least mid October! If you have normal skin then this is a great fit year around but for me it’s better for areas that aren’t oil war zones. I’m going to wear this out during the winter when my skin falls into the “normal” category because I am determined to use up every drop of this at $56 a tube…it’s like liquid gold.
The first and most important thing you need to know about this eye shadow base is that it dries fast…SUPER FAST. I learned that the hard way the first time I tested this eye primer out. Anyway once I got over that I found out that this primer does leave behind a little color behind on my deep skin tone. If your skin tone is much lighter this might help with covering up redness or discoloration on your lids. For me it wasn’t a benefit but it didn’t get in the way of my shadow application either. I put some pictures of my skin after the primer was rubbed in above so you can see that it isn’t a big issue. But if you’re looking for something that leaves no color behind and you are my skin tone or deeper this is something that you should know about this primer.
I usually go in with a cream eye shadow after primer so the color left behind didn’t make a difference to me at all. That being said I got some good use out of this eye shadow base from Michael Todd. I had no creasing issues at all and that’s the most important thing about a primer. I don’t have super oily lids so most primers work for me.
I don’t think I’d repurchase because I prefer my slower drying Lorac Eye Primer or UDPP but I think it’s a really good primer. This retails for $19 but I was lucky enough to get this on sale for $9. I think it’s a good purchase at that price. If you can get a deal on this try it out!
Do you use face primer now in your makeup routine or have you thought about trying one? Cargo makes amazing blushes, lip, and eye products and their primer is no exception to a line of great products that really do what they say they will. This primer is a treatment product that besides helping with your makeup going on smoothly also helps with issues that concern most of us like lines, blemishes, and skin discoloration.
This $32 product is really a great thing to try, here is more information on it directly from Cargo’s website:
All the glow, none of the shine! CARGO’s blu_ray™ Activating Face Primer reduces shine, refines pores and visibly reduces wrinkles. This revolutionary formula is silicone-free and paraben-free. See results in an instant and experience better-looking skin in 30 days! Clinically-proven to improve skin’s appearance when used daily. Use alone (we like to call it the colorless foundation) or under your favorite foundation.
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I’m crazy about eye primer. I crave every kind of eyeshadow so I guess it makes sense. I don’t have super oily lids thank goodness but most formulas work on my lids and keep my eyeshadow just where I put it all day.
I was excited to try this cool primer pen from Cargo. How neat does this look? Cool huh? The ease of use is a key benefit with this. It’s really easy to place primer exactly where you want it. The only thing that I was super worried about was the leave behind color on my lids. You see for my lighter skinned beauty girls out there this will help even out your lid color. But since I am a deeper shade of brown I wondered would that make this a no go for me? I’m glad to say that I haven’t had an issue yet and I’ve been using this for several weeks.
I decided to show you in pictures a swatch of the product on me and then what it looks like when blended out. So as you can see this really doesn’t stand in the way of my eyeshadow application. I must stress that my usual step after primer is putting down some type of creamy base (Mac Paint Pot or Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow) for extra staying power to get me through the summer heat. Then on top of that I put down some powder eyeshadow. The layering effect really helps things stay put when its hot and also adds some depth to my eye look which is nice.
Overall this has been working for me for weeks. I didn’t think that anything could tear me away from my favorite, Lorac Behind the Scenes (reviewed here) but this Cargo primer did. I think it’s because this is so much easier to apply and a little goes a very long way. Cargo EyeBase retails for $20, check it out if you’re looking for a new eye primer.
Disclosure: This product was provided for review by the manufacturer or PR.
My quest for a holy grail mattifying product might never end. I saw a new product in action earlier this week and I had to order it. This is a light cream you can use to create a matte finish. It can be used before you put on your makeup or on its own. There are three shades available. I got the Dark shade. It’s also available in Light and Medium.
I’m really excited, the picture on the bottom left is what the product looked like when I put it on my hand and the picture to the right was after I rubbed it in and it dried a bit. That IS matte isn’t it? I got this from Kett Cosmetics for $25 (WOWZA) and you get .6 oz. Their website is www.kettcosmetics.com. I think Alcone has this product also.
Review coming soon, I am going to play with it for a while and see if it passes the greasy t-zone test!