Murad Skin Perfecting Primer Matte Finish Swatches & Review

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Does your face need to hire an assistant to help with the duties of your foundation or powder? Maybe you're just looking for something light and tinted for these sweaty Summer months?

Murad has an awesome product that will aid your foundation and powder so that they can perform to the best of their ability - the Skin Perfecting Primer! This is available in a Matte and Dewy finish, but for this post we'll be concentrating on the Matte.

What the Sephora website has to say about Murad Skin Perfecting Primer - Matte Finish:

What it is:
A two-in-one, problem-solving primer that creates a smooth, shine-free, delicate powder finish.

What it is formulated to do:
This high-performance, oil-free pre-makeup step minimizes the appearance of pores while balancing oil production and refining skin texture. The tinted formula contains Adaptive Shade Technology, which uses micro-dynamic mineral layering that adapts to the unique characteristics of each person's skin to provide a perfect shade match and adeptly disguise flaws. High concentrations of antioxidants, hydrators, botanicals, fruit extracts, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids ensure optimal performance and promote skin health.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

What else you need to know:
This advanced formula features Pore Factor-5, which offers five skin benefits:
- Improves appearance of skin texture
- Blends with skin's natural pigments to add luminosity while smoothing out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Helps to normalize oil production and control bacterial proliferation
- Soothes and reduces inflammation
- Protects against the damaging effects of UV-induced free radicals to preserve and improve skin elasticity, firmness, and tone

I've found that this product is fabulous for these hot, Summer days. While it's not a full coverage, it's not a light coverage either and works to blur imperfections and minimize those evil pores. Basically, it covers what I need it too while not feeling heavy. This helps your powder (or if you want a real foundation on top) apply smoothly and adhere a bit longer. I did get shiny after a few hours, but once I patted on a bit more powder I was flawless again ;)


The "color" is listed as natural and universal and blended well with my NW25 skin tone (I can pull both warm and cool, though!).

Murad Skin Perfecting Primer - Matte Finish retails for $35.00 and is available at Sephora, Ulta, BeautyBar, SkinCareRX,, as well as at