Product Review + PICS: Black Radiance True Complexion Refining Primer

To be someone who is beauty obsessed, I haven't strolled down a beauty aisle in a while. Work, exhaustion, and limited time have left me wanting my bed in my free time instead of heading to my nearby drugstore, Ulta, or Sephora and buying and testing products.  

Black Radiance has been releasing products quite frequently as of late and I decided to pick up their new creme contour palette and their silicone primer on a whim a few weeks back. When Mally Beauty released their Evercolor Poreless Face Defender a few years ago, it dominated the market before dupes started to pop up. Black Radiance in on the low end of the cost spectrum when it comes to their price ranges, so I was interested in testing this baby out on my oily skin and give you all feedback. Keep reading to see how it held up!

Before Work 

Around 8:45 a.m. at home in air conditioning. 

Lunch Break

My day job is in retail management, and we received our shipment on this day, so I put in a little more work than usual. You can start to see the oil breaking through around my nose and my cheeks. I did not like the level of shine but did not blot my face because I wanted to give an honest review.

After Work

This picture actually tones my face down. It was overcast all day, so you really can't tell that my face was a grease ball. This primer did not hold up to my eight hour work day.

Description: "Black Radiance true Complexion Skin Refining Primer creates a perfect canvas for a flawless complexion that looks fresh all day."


  • Minimizes Shine
  • Smoothes and Preps Skin
  • Blends Seamlessly Into Skin
  • Enhances Natural Glow When Worn Alone
  • Helps Hold Makeup and Extends Wear
  • Natural Finish
  • Wear As An Ideal Base for Foundation
  • Won't Clog Pores
  • Non-Ashy Look
Ingredient Highlights: None
Recommended For: N/A
Ingredients (As Listed on Product): 
Cetaryl/Ethylhexanoate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Ozakerite, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax/Cira microcristilline, Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquiioxane, Phenoxyethsnol, Sorbic Acid, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate.

Final Thoughts

Application: Smooth and blended into skin well. Gave skin a matte finish after immediate application. Allowed to sink into skin about 5 minutes before applying other products.
Performance: Subpar. This product did not leave me with a matte finish all day long. By the second hour of wear, my natural oils started to break though. It did not even minimize shine as it claimed. I do not see how it claims to enhance your natural glow when it mattifies upon application. The finish did leave me looking a little ashy looking if I were to wear it alone, so I disagree with that. If you have a deeper complexion, I advise against it. I should also note that I used this primer in conjunction with the Black Radiance Soft Focus Finishing Powder and the new Creme Contour Palette. So I can't even conclude that the primer did not work because I wore products from another brand that may have an affected the performance.
Texture: Smooth, soft, balm.
Scent: Unscented.
Would I recommend to a friend? I would recommend this product to someone who has dry to combination skin. The True Complexion Shine Control Primer works much better for me and it is also by Black Radiance. 

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