Nothing quite reminds you how oily your face is until you see a picture of yourself with the flash reflecting off of your face with the intensity of a million spotlights. (Okay, I’m exaggerating here.) On a serious note, I have struggled with having an oily face for years. I have desperately been searching for a product that helps control the shine on the face, and I think I can say I’ve found it! I haven’t tried all of the products in the Neutrogena Shine Control line, but I did pick up the primer and powder because they seemed like they’d be the most effective. Who knew that one of them would actually turn out to be a daily staple in my routine!
I don’t wear primer very often because I don’t wear foundation every day. The only times I wear foundation are special occasions and if I know I’m going to have my picture taken. I like for my skin to be able to breathe! However, primer is very important on the days I do wear foundation because it ensures it will last all day or evening. My first impression of the Neutrogena Shine Control primer is that it smells really nice, almost lotion-like. In fact, it even looks like a lotion. It has no tint, it is just a plain primer. The one thing I don’t like about the primer is that it has a gritty texture. It’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, but I just don’t prefer it. It seems to withstand heat, and it seems to keep my skin mostly oil free all day. Since my skin has been oily for years, I don’t prefer a “dewy” finish. I like to keep my face matte, and I think this primer sets everything up for success.
The Neutrogena Shine Control powder is the one in the duo that I use most often, and has turned out to be a staple in my daily beauty routine. I never leave the house without applying it! I use it on top of my foundation and concealer as a setting powder and it works like a charm. It’s translucent so it won’t alter the color of your base. It works just as well without using the primer, but I like to use the primer with it on days I wear foundation just for added security. It’s very lightweight, but it sure packs a punch. You won’t be able to see the powder on your face, but it makes a world of a difference in terms of shine control. It’s a win-win all around!
I am so happy I have actually found products that prevent my skin from getting too oily throughout the day. I don’t have to worry about using blotting papers as much with these products which is a huge relief. What are your favorite primers and powders for oily skin that you just can’t live without?