Neutrogena Shine Control Primer Review & Swatches
As you know Neutrogena recently released a Shine Control Collection that includes foundation, powder, and primer.
I recently got my hands on the Neutrogena Shine Control Primer and was surprised that the formula wasn’t a typical silicone formula.
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Neutrogena Shine Control Primer comes in a 1 oz squeeze tube bottle with the promise of an eight hour shine control formula that’s enriched with rice protein complex.
Korres likes to toss rice protein complex into many of their products so that might be why the ingredient caught your eye. It supposedly absorbs oil and mattifies skin.
This is a water based formula which surprised me as I expected a more powdery, velvety silicone primer.
It’s actually a one trick pony as technically it doesn’t minimize the appearance of pores or wrinkles but merely aids in keeping your face a whole heck of a lot less shiny.
Although water based some of the ingredients are iffy here as it does contain dimethicone as well as a few other silicones that might not make skin particularly happy.
It quite reminds me of NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer on some levels as both have the same blue-ish white color as well as the same mattifying and perfecting abilities. The reason I mention perfecting abilities is because it seems to give the illusion of a smoother finish on skin in photographs. Although not marketed as an HD product I still noticed it photographed quite well under makeup so you might want to pick it up if you blog and often take photos for your site, etc…as it’ll offer a more perfected finished look in photos.
I’d recommend it for combination skin types but not super oily skin. It did well for my oily areas and kept shine at bay for at least five hours but I didn’t get the full eight hours of shine free awesomeness out of it. The formula is a soft, creamy texture that smooths and absorbs onto skin beautifully. It lends a soft, matte finish that creates a smooth surface for makeup to adhere to. I didn’t experience any itchiness with it or other sensitivities after application or during the wear. It also has a rather unusual yet pleasant fresh scent to it.
Overall, I liked this a lot but I’m skeptical it’ll keep skin matte for extremely oil skin. I think in conjunction with other products such as powder, a good mattifying foundation, etc…it’ll work to keep oil at bay however, probably not through an eight hour period. If you just aren’t comfortable with more traditional silicone primers I think this is worth checking out as the texture proves easier to work with and wear.
Neutrogena Shine Control Primer is available now at drugstores.
Have you tried it?
This review contains a sample
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