Having suffered from texture issues and larger pores for most of my life, finding a good primer is key. I’ve tried many and enjoy many, though discovering my Holy Grail of primers remains elusive. For those most part, I have realistic expectations when it comes the promises that primers make but I’m always hoping to be surprised. My latest venture is the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield with SPF 30.
The *Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield is a one step system that “blends together advanced treatment, primer and SPF technologies to immediately blur and protect while combating the signs of aging”. According to Murad, one of the key ingredients in the formula is barley oil which they say is a naturally gluten-free substance. Other ingredients include: mushroom peptides to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles by helping aid natural regulation of collagen and elastin and a “soft-focus complex” that smooths and blurs imperfections for improved tone and texture. I’ve been testing a deluxe sample size that I received with a Sephora order (where else):
The most appealing aspect of this product is that it is a multi-tasker – an antiging treatment, a primer and sunscreen. What’s more, the relatively high SPF of 30 (Murasol) is basically “invisible” as the product is essentially transparent. A big plus for avoiding the dreaded white cast, especially for deeper skin tones. Though it is, of course, a chemical sunscreen with the primary ingredient being avobenzone. I try to use mineral or physical sunscreens mostly but I have no issue with chemical sunscreens and avobenzone is generally considered safe. But we all have our preferences.
As mentioned the product is transparent. It has a silky, gel-like texture akin to most silicone based primers, that smooths onto the skin easily. In terms of its efficacy as a primer, I think less is more. I usually apply a thin layer because adding too much can cause whatever you layer over it to pile, i.e. your foundation can roll off your face. It does a decent job of blurring imperfections and the appearance pore size but unless you have very small pores to begin with, nothing is going to make them completely go away (that I’ve tried, anyway). This doesn’t claim to mattify but it does set to an almost powder like finish that will help control some oil. There is a detectable fragrance.
Finally, with respect to the anti-aging claims, I haven’t noticed much. Granted, I have the sample size which limits my ability to test the product over the long term. However, I am optimistic because in the past I’ve had good luck with products containing mushroom peptides or extracts.
I think the pros of this product are the sunscreen/primer combo. However, the flip side is that if you are using it as a primer, i.e. planning to apply a foundation over it, then you probably have to use too little for the SPF to be 100% effective. For me this isn’t so much of an issue because almost everything I use under or over my primers has SPF but definitely something to consider. On the other hand, if you aren’t planning to wear foundation you can apply more and I’ve heard many say that they love the product for making the skin look more perfected sans makeup.
The Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield is quite pricey and retails for $65.00 USD. It can be found at Sephora or *Murad.com. I’m on the fence as to whether I’d purchase a full size.
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