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Murad Skin Perfecting Primer Acne and Shine Control
Complexion, Makeup Fun, Reviews, Skin Care - July 18th, 2012

I love products that multi-task. LOVE THEM. Murad created a new line of products called “Hybrids” that combine skin care with makeup. They are called primers, but do give some sheer coverage so you can wear it alone. It’s not exactly a tinted moisturizer, or a bb cream, but a unique and interesting product that multi-tasks like a champ.

The product I tried is the Skin Perfecting Primer Acne and Shine Control formula. There are also Matte Finish and Dewy Finish formulas. The Acne and Shine Control formula contains a probiotic complex which helps promote resistance to harmful bacteria and salicylic acid to reduce blemishes and prevent future breakouts. It also contains ingredients to minimize pores and balance oil production. Lastly, it has what Murad calls Adaptive Shade Technology that’s supposed to create a perfect skin tone match.

Let’s get into the nitty gritty here. In the skincare department, it’s supposed to treat blemishes and prevent future breakouts. I had a pretty good run of clear skin while I was using this product daily. That’s good enough for me! It’s not a miracle-worker, however. When I got lax about my nightly skincare routine, I got blemishes anyway. The product is meant to be used in conjunction with a skin care regimen, so it’s to be expected that it can’t beat back the blemishes all on its own.

It does not contain sunscreen and it’s not really a moisturizer, either. I used it on top of Murad’s Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 and had the Goldilocks effect (“It was just right!”) in terms of moisturizing. You could use it without a moisturizer, I suppose, but for my skin I liked it best paired with one. I had no issues with pilling or other problems using it over a few different moisturizers.

It has a great texture. It’s water-based and while it does have a lot of silicones in it, it does not have that dry, slick texture I’ve come to associate with makeup primers. It’s much more liquidy. It’s easy to smooth onto the skin, and apply evenly with your fingers. I use a little less than one pump for my whole face. By itself, it provides some evening of the skin tone and a very sheer coverage. It’s sufficient for me to feel like I look good all by itself, with a little cream blush and mascara. I feel my skin looks even better if I use a light application of mineral makeup on top. Mineral makeup wears beautifully on top and blends seamlessly. I haven’t tried it with a liquid foundation, since I hardly wear liquid any more.

Oil control is pretty good. My skin is ridiculously oily. I mean, I can see it oozing out of my pores oily. If I use nothing, I can see oil on my skin within 30 minutes after washing. A good oil control moisturizer usually gets me an hour before oil breaks through. Moisturizer and Skin Perfecting Primer gets me two hours, more or less, depending on what I’m doing and humidity. That’s pretty good! All of that plus powder of some kind (like Detrivore’s Pallor Mortis or just regular foundation powder) extends the time another hour or so. While I can see I’m getting oily, it never develops into that full-on reflective shiny nose, either. This makes me happy. I start getting progressively “dewier,” which I can live with. Using blotting tissues regularly pretty much cuts the oil right down, of course.

The shade is a really good match for my skin. This is probably the thing that will be most problematic. The “Adaptive Shade Technology” is supposed to create a perfect match, and it does blend seamlessly into my skin. I suspect that it’ll work for most people except for the very fair and the very dark. If you can check it out in person first, or order from a place that accepts returns, you’re good to go.

Overall, I’m quite happy with the product. It does what it claims to do, so I give it two thumbs up.

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