Around the beginning of June, I was sent some of the Murad Skincare hybrids from a PR representative to review for my blog.
Eye Lift Perfector
Eye Lift Illuminator
Skin Perfecting Matte Primer
Skin Perfecting Dewy Primer
First up, the Hybrids Eye Lift Perfector.
$35 for .06 fl oz
It claims to increase skin firmness by 50% in 15 minutes and minimize the appearance of dark circles.
I don’t feel like my eyes are particularly flabby, nor do I feel like I have dark circles.
While I tried this out, it did seem like my eyes were well moisturized, and I didn’t appear to have dark circles.
However, I find the price of $35 to be outrageous. This is partially because I don’t really use anything on my dark circles currently, so I don’t normally budget for that.
Next is the Eye Lift Illuminator.
$35 for .06 fl oz.
Again, I don’t feel like my eyes are particularly flabby or that I have horrid dark circles. However, I do feel like this did brighten up my eye area considerably, without looking like ‘OMG I’ve got a disco ball under my eyes.’
Once again, I find the price high, as I just wouldn’t pay that amount of money for an illuminator.
But, I do find this to be a good product and I think it works as described. This was my 2nd favorite product of the ones I was sent.
Next is the Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer in the Dewy Finish.
It claims to make your skin smooth, be a universal shade, and minimize the appearance of pores.
$35 for 1.0 fl oz.
I’m not a fan of dewy finishes, but this wasn’t bad. I was skeptical about the claim of being a universal shade, as it looked like it would be too dark on me, but after applying the primer to my face and neck, it actually was universal for me! It worked! I do feel like it’s a great primer, and it does give a nice glow. You could even wear this alone, if you like your natural skintone. While it’s slightly high for what I feel a primer should cost, it’s definitely nice.
Finally is the Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Matte Finish.
It claims to make your skin smooth, balance oil production, be a universal shade and minimize the appearance of pores.
$35 for 1.0 fl oz.
This is my favorite product of the 4 I was sent! One, I feel like it’s a fantastic primer. Two, I feel like it is a good universal shade that really does work with my glow in the dark skin. Almost every single tinted product that I’ve tried in my life has never been ‘universal’ on me, so this really made me happy that it truly worked as advertised. I feel like it created a nice matte finish for my skin. I actually felt comfortable enough with this to wear this on its own, without any foundation, and normally I’m too nervous about my skin to do that. I think it’s got great oil control. I have sensitive, combination skin and I tend to get oily on my forehead and chin, and this kept my skin in check. I would actually purchase this product again after I run out. Since I don’t wear primer every day, it will last me a while. I like the fact that this product multi-tasks for me, which makes the price tag easier to accept, since it functions as a primer + oil control in one, and I can wear it without having to wear foundation as well, if I don’t feel like wearing foundation.
While it is definitely more expensive than my favorite indie primers, I definitely think the Hybrids matte primer is fantastic and I would recommend the matte primer in a heartbeat.
Have you tried Murad’s Hybrids line? If so, did you like it?
I recently bought the matte primer and I love it. I’m all about keeping my face shine free! I was also pleasantly surprised about the “universal” shade, since I am so pale. But I love it and would def repurchase. I have LOVED everything I have ever tried by Dr. Murad.
I’m glad it works well for you, too!
I’ve seriously NEVER had a universal shade work for me, so that really did impress me.
I think that the Murad products I’ve tried so far are good.
Phyrra, I am a new reader of your blog, so am flipping through your older stuff. I think maybe the fact you are (or at least appear to be) much younger would influence your interest in the products that improve the eye area- I was the same at your age but you get to a point where, if you want to continue applying make up, eventually you need to do something about the fine lines and creases (and sometimes not so fine) that come with age
From the research I’ve been doing the past several months, it seems that eye moisturizers are the same as facial moisturizers, so if I use a good facial moisturizer on my eyes I will be ok. I think the single most important factor for skin – and eyes – is using moisturizer with SPF to protect it.
wow, that was quick! I do use a good moisturizer (now…)but would like to find a “plumper” for occasional use with the lines/creases that come with age- I thought I found one at Sephora- it was almost miraculous, but the minute I smiled while wearing it, I returned to my normal creases/lines- apparently you can’t have any expression while wearing it ….o.0
I do think the two best eye moisturizers that I’ve tried (if you’re keen on specific eye moisturizers instead of a facial moisturizer) are:
Avon ANEW 2 in 1 eye moisturizer (daytime and night time in one container)
Exuviance Brightening Bionic Eye Cream
Those are the two that are the best that I’ve tried.
Thanks- not sure I want an eye moisturizer exactly- I think you are right about face/eye moisturizers being about the same thing- I think I was mostly wishing for a magical product in a bottle with the power to turn back the clock
I hadn’t really noticed my lines and creases because until recently I had stopped really wearing much make up, but I got a “spur of the moment” make over at Bare Escentuals in the spring and when I looked in the mirror I was totally horrified when I saw my eyes! LOL All the powders had settled into every crease and line highlighting my age horribly, I actually wiped off the make up at the counter it looked so bad
This did spur the interest to try other “looks”- but I would like to be able to use make up under my eyes and it just doesn’t look good.
Anyway, thanks for the reviews I am really enjoying them- I found your blog via a link from Phyrinnae- just placed my first order and can’t wait until they get here!
One of the best things you can do to minimize eye issues is definitely have a good moisturizer, and then put on an eye shadow primer, and then a matte or satin shade of eye shadow. A low shimmer/low lustre finish will not emphasize any fine lines.