Friday, May 14, 2010

Apothecary: Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

Hello ladies,

Today I want to share information about Reviva Labs Makeup Primer, a new go to product in my cosmetic apothecary. This product is beloved by me and also approved by a drag queen.

Snapdragons! A lovely flower with a fabulous name.

I have been using the Reviva Labs Makeup Primer for a few weeks. While at work on Thursday, my boss called me out to talk to a customer and friend of his. Aside from running the store, he is also a professional makeup artist. He does stunning theatrical make up and hair for drag shows.

The woman he was speaking with needed a quality makeup primer. Her smoky eye look was clearly not withstanding the hot weather. After examining my eye makeup closely and complimenting me on the colors, she asked me when I applied my shadows. I told her 10 a.m. It was 3.30 p.m. at the time. She was so impressed she planned to stop by the health food store before work that evening. I will tell you ladies, if a fashionable gay man uses you as example of what to do, you are doing something right.

I have been testing Reviva Labs Makeup Primer under some pretty strong conditions. Aside from heat and humidity, the first day I wore the primer was exceedingly windy! I tried to have lunch in the park before taking pictures, but my couscous kept blowing off my fork. I was outside in the garden for about an hour attempting to capture flowers in frame between gusts of wind. Afterwards, my hair was wild and my clothing askew, but my makeup looked freshly applied.

My main use of Reviva Labs Makeup Primer is for help with eye shadow adhesion. I have been using the primer on my entire eye area, even under the lower lash line. I had no problems with sensitivity or irritation. The gel formula is odorless and has a satiny texture when applied. I was really impressed by how it helped my shadows look brighter and intensified the color payoff. I'll be showing some makeup swatches and eye looks using the primer as a base over the next few days.

While I don't wear much foundation, I do use concealer to spot cover. I found applying the makeup primer in localized areas before using concealer helped keep my complexion looking fresh hours longer than concealer alone. The formula is non-comedogenic so there is no worry about causing blemishes or exacerbating any skin issues you are needing help covering.

The formula contains Vitamin A Palmitate and Vitamin D3 so you can nourish your skin while having all the benefits of a good primer. Coenzyme Q10 is also included for antioxidant properties.

I am curious. Do you ladies use makeup primer for your eyes and face? It's something I started only this year. It's a practice that is so effective I wish I could go back in time and advise my teenage self to use primer. If time travel is perfected in my lifetime, I am stashing a bottle of makeup primer in my carryall.

This product was sent to me for review. Reviva Labs Makeup Primer can be purchased from It's also available from For a chance to win a bottle of Reviva Labs Makeup Primer stop by the contest post to enter.

Happy painting, ladies!


  1. You can use it as an eye AND face primer? :O WIN

    I shudder at the thought of trying to use my UDPP on my face haha :D

  2. Silhouette Screams: I had to suspend disbelief when I first read it was dual use. The formula is a clear gel so it won't compete with other products. I don't think I am going to be able to look at Urban Decay primer potion without thinking that. So funny!

  3. I had no idea there was a primer that was a dual use. That's a great idea and glad that it works. I'm using Smashbox Facial Primer. I love the feeling of my skin after I use it. I imagine it's the silcone in the product. Your skin does feel like velvet. It also minimizes pores and wrinkles. I've been using a primer for about 5 years. It really works well and hold the makeup on. I use Laura Gellers eye primer. This does a good job with keeping on my eyemakeup. I can't imagine ever not using a primer on both areas. Wish this was available when I was a teenager also. I tried a tiny sample of UDPP in a pore minimizing formula and that was amazing. Wish I didn't have about 3 bottles or more of primers. I couldn't believe how tiny it made my pores look. I have very large pores which is annoying.

  4. Lucy: Thank you! I'm excited about the product. I've been using it everyday since it arrived. It really intensifies the color in shadow swatches.

    I have some more Reviva Labs products to review. I will note how they effect pore size for you.


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