Nyx Shine Killer Primer


  • Product: Nyx Shine Killer Primer
  • Price: 14.00 USD
  • Initial Review: 1/20/2017
  • Vendor: Nyx Cosmetics; Ulta
  • Reason for Purchase: I have a bad habit of stealing my mother’s expensive primer when I need to soak up some of this oil on my face. Well now she gone and hid it from me–so I had to put on pants and head out to Ulta. I picked the Nyx brand based on the advice I’d gotten from one of the ladies there. Supposedly this primer was just as great at the more expensive brands. We’ll just have to see.
Nyx Shine Killer Primer Potion


The lady at the Ulta store told me that the Nyx Shine Killer Primer Potion was the way to go if I wanted in inexpensive alternative to oil-controlling primers. So I decided to give it a shot. I have to stop doing this, I only hurt myself. So I bought the Nyx Shine Killer out of the hope that it would work similar to my mother’s BareMinerals Photo Ready Primer. Since she was giving such a good review of it, I assumed that it was based on experience and that this product would work well on my face.

On the Nyx Cosmetics website, the product’s description says:

“Your ultimate weapon in the war on shine. Smooth it on before your favorite foundation for a fresh flawless marvelously matte look that lasts and lasts. Wear it solo too for a naturally shine-free look.”



  • Dimethicone Crosspolymer – increases the viscosity (thickness) of the liquid
  • Dimethicone – skin conditioning and lubricant agent
  • Cyclopentasiloxane – skin conditioning agent
  • Isododecane – fragrance
  • Isononyl Isononanoate – skin conditioning agent
  • Trimethylsiloxysilicate – skin conditioning agent
  • Silica Dimethyl Silylate – anti-caking agent (so, a greasy agent?)
  • Phenoxyethanol – preservative
  • Caprylyl Glycol – Humectant and skin conditioning agent


So….I can’t even. What do you think is going to happen when all of your ingredients have only skin conditioning agents in it? And when it is held together through anti-caking agents? I’m so annoyed. Let’s go to results.


I’m guessing that by now you have read my tone and realized that the primer did not do as it was meant to do. And I am not the only one who thinks so.

My first thought as I was putting this primer on was “is my face getting greasier?” Come to find out that it was. I felt like I just put on another layer of face oil. It was incredibly greasy. I thought that perhaps this was because it would dry and then the oil on my face might be magically zapped in some way. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

According to others who have used this product, some say they liked it and others have reported the same. One woman wrote in the comments: “When I saw this in the store, I got excited, as I have an oily t-zone. Got it home, wore it for 2 days and was extremely disappointed. Not only did it not mattify my face, but I was oilier than ever!!! Where I usually blot my face once a day, I was blotting the entire day to rid my face of the oil. Usually, I love NYX products, but this had to go back to the store.” (Seech, 10 months ago).

I feel you girlfriend. For some, the Nyx Shine Killer seemed to work very well and they love it. However, for my skin, it only sat on the surface and shined brighter than any sweat could produce.

I am not a fan. I will continue to look for that perfect match. My next goal will be to use the Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer (Pore Minimizing).

Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol
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