Jul 26 2015

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30 Review


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.


Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30 Review


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):


Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Review


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.


Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Review


Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Review


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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  1. I’m just like you, for ever trying the perfect product that will actually smoothes out my skin and make my pores invisible 🙂 But I think I already accepted the fact that such product does not exist. But I did noticed a big difference in my skin’s texture since changing my skincare routine and I’m excited to see the long term effect on my skin. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. I remember reading your primer post, you sure have tried a good amount of them. How about we make a pact to share with each other immediately if we ever find a HG? Lol. 🙂 x

      1. Absolutely! let you know ASAP when/if I find the HG 🙂 x

  2. This primer sounds really promising!
    With good ingredients that comes with it, it is really is a multi-tasker.
    Well, the price of $65 is not bad at all when you have this good performing product. 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Jhem | JhemSays.com

    1. It’s a decent primer. Definitely all depends on what one is looking for based on their personal preferences and budgets. 🙂

  3. Murad is a hit and miss for me, more towards miss. This is sounds like something that works just okay for that high price, so quite worth it for me.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. I do adore many of their products, but have had some misses as well. 🙂

  4. I agree about the assessment that the amount of primer one would use is likely not enough to provide sufficient sunscreen coverage. I have a primer that contains SPF (CoverFX SPF 30 Protection Primer) and I use it in conjunction with a separate sunscreen. This product sounds good – it’s so pricey though – $78 CAD!

    1. It is really pricey. I don’t know if it’s me but I’ve noticed Murads’ price rising as of late. And its too bad because there are many products I enjoy from the brand.

  5. I’m still trying to get to grips with primers and although I have a few that I like I don’t think I’ve found the one yet. This sounds really interesting though and I like that it’s a primer/spf in one, even though it’s not a high spf content it would probably be enough during autumn/winter here in the UK x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

    1. My favorite primer so far is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It’s so expensive but I love it. 🙂

  6. Absolutely love the idea that it’s a primer and a sun screen at the same time! Such a great multi tasking quality to have 🙂

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    1. Multi-tasking products are great!

  7. I like products that have skincare benefits included.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Me too! I really liked the It Cosmetics No. 50 primer which I reviewed a while back because of the added skincare perks! 🙂

  8. This is such an interesting product a primer and SPF in one but the price does sound a bit steep. Interesting post though :o)

    Emma xx || Her Glamourati

    1. Thanks, Emma. I wish Murad products were a little more affordable because I do have some loves among the brand. 🙂

    • Jaa on July 27, 2015 at 11:29 pm
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    It beats the purpose of being a “primer” then if it doesn’t layer well with foundation? But I’m digging the fact that it has skincare benefits plus broad-spectrum SPF! 🙂 $65 price tag, though. Ouch!

    1. It layers fine as long as I don’t apply to much. That seems to happen with most silicone-based primers (for me anyway). Maybe I just have a heavy hand but I find that I always have to be careful not to apply too much. 🙂

    • Jen on July 29, 2015 at 11:00 pm
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    I may have a sample of this, I’ll have to look through my piles of samples and check it out. Right now I use Cover FX primer with SPF 30, it’s awesome, very light weight, not greasy.

    1. The Coverfx primer is awesome, I’ve tried it before!

  9. I have heard nothing but good things about this product, I like you suffer with big pores and an uneven skin texture, which is very annoying! So really looking for something that takes that away, maybe when I have a bit more money i’ll be able to afford this product! haha lovely blog 🙂 xx

    1. It is really pricey. The Nano blur primer that I reviewed the other day is also pretty nice though it doesn’t play well with all foundations. It’s cheaper at about $20 USD. Also, although it doesn’t do as much for pores as I would like, I also enjoy the Rimmel Stay Matte primer from the drugstore which is around $5 USD, I believe. 🙂

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