First let me say that I’ve been looking for this primer forever! Even when I luck out and find a Black Radiance display, this primer is nowhere to be found. I stopped in a Rite Aid that I only go to on occasion and happened upon it while browsing the makeup aisle. I quickly snatched it up and added it to my basket. Now that I’ve tried it out I will be going back to get a few more because I love this stuff!
Creates a perfect canvas for applying make-up. This sheer, lightweight, oil-absorbing formula minimizes shine, balances complexion, and preps skin to better hold foundation.
The primer comes in a squeeze tube making it very easy to dispense while remaining sanitary. If you squeeze the tube lightly a small amount will rise to the top.
The primer is very lightweight and not greasy at all. It is similar to lotion in consistency and it blends well and dries fast. It is not sticky or hard to blend and you only need a small amount. I apply the primer after my moisturizer and it goes on smooth without any issues. As directed I simply put a small amount on my middle finger and dab it on my nose, cheeks, chin and forehead and then blend. It leaves a smooth canvas for my makeup and my foundation glides on smooth and even. Now I have combination skin and get really oily in my t-zone, and usually after a few hours I have an oil slick going on and have to blot. I really needed a primer that would control the oil and keep me from looking like a shiny mess. So does this primer live up to the claim?
Yes it does! The picture on the left was taken at 6pm right after application and the picture on the right, after midnight. There was no blotting whatsoever. As you can see I am not oily or shiny at all, my skin just has a slight dewiness to it. My concealer that I applied over the blemish on my nose did fade off a bit ( I pick pimples, bad I know) but other than that my makeup is still in tact. I was hanging with my girls and we stayed up until about 6 am, then I fell asleep until after 9 am. When I woke up, my face still looked like this. I am amazed. Side note, do not sleep in makeup it’s totally bad for your skin. I’ve been wearing this primer for the past few days and I love it. My new favorite primer. It keeps my oil at bay all day, I mean from at least 7am to 8pm with no blotting or touch ups. It doesn’t leave my makeup so matte that it looks cakey, but allows my makeup to settle into a dewey glow. So far I have not experienced any break outs.
The Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Shine Control Primer retails for $5.99 for .84 oz. Forget inexpensive, that is dirt cheap compared to more expensive brands and works just as well or better. It knocked my beloved VS Pro Primer out of the water. It can be found in your local drugstore that carries the brand. I know that Rite Aid and Duane Reade carries Black Radiance as well as Walmart. If you know of a chain near you that sells it feel free to leave it in the comments. It can also be found on drugstore.com and amazon.com.
- Glides on smooth and blends well
- Foundation applies evenly and stays put
- Controls oil and shine for 6+ hours
***UPDATE: This primer is now called True Complexion Shine Control Primer***