Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review: Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

Greetings from the Dark Side~! 

Today, I want to share with you a review of my favorite face primer. This is a long time coming, since this is my 3rd bottle of this primer!

Price and Availability

Sometimes you can find this cheaper on Amazon or other online stores.
 I would say the price is similar (yet definitely on the cheaper side though) to other department store primers.


According to Reviva Labs, this paraben free  primer:

-Fills in lines, conceals pores, controls excess oil
-Helps skin instantly look and feel smooth and silky
-Helps makeup foundation last longer
-And COQ10 adds protective antioxidant action

Product in Action

Here is one pump on the back of my hand:

This is the primer once it is barely spread over my skin. You can see it has a glistening quality.

This is the primer completely blended into my skin. It now looks smooth, brighter,  and ready for foundation (or not, you can wear this on its own).


Let us consider what Reviva Labs says that this primer will do for our skin:

1.Fills in lines, conceals pores, controls excess oil
I don't have many fine lines, so I can attest to that, but I do think this does a decent job at helping to make pores look smaller. I don't know about "concealing" but it does helps. I have combination skin, and although this does help to control excess oil, it won't really stop your skin from getting excess oil. Don't expect it to do any miracles if you have very oily skin. It will help, but it won't eliminate the problem.

-Helps skin instantly look and feel smooth and silky
This is definitely true. The primer feels so silky on the skin. It makes the skin smooth and bright. This is great even for you who don't wear foundation.
-Helps makeup foundation last longer
This is a tricky one. I feel that this helps my foundation last a bit longer, but again, it is not some miracle product that will make your foundation look perfect for 24 hours. But, it does extend the wear of my foundation for about 2-3 hours, which is better than nothing.

Some thing that the bottle does not mention but which I would love to mention is that this is a wonderful primer for girls with combo skin. It helps the oily parts but it also helps to smooth out and moisturize the dry areas. If you have dry skin you know that foundation on those dry areas look really bad. This will help to prime those dry and flaky areas!
 Also this is the only primer I have tried that does not break my skin out. I've tried MANY high end/department store primers and all of them have broken me out :/

So to sum up, although this is not a miracle primer, it is better for me to use it than not. It helps significantly enough for me to justify purchasing it. I would love to try some other primers but I am hesitant to try something new. It is a little pricey, but not too bad. One bottle lasts me about 3-4 months. $20, four times a year is not too bad. This will definitely be a staple product in my makeup bag until the day I find a better primer (if I find a better one that is).

Rating: 9.5/10


  1. This sounds like a really good primer! Where can I buy it from I wonder?


  2. wow the rating is super good! But I never heard about this brand before >.<
    btw, how are youu? I haven't come here for a while because of comicou.. D:


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