Review: NYX Photo Loving Primer VS NYX Shine Killer

Hey guys!

Today I wanted to compare the NYX Photo Loving Primer and the NYX Shine Killer Primer. I bought both of these fairly recently and to be honest, I’m a bit skeptical about a lot of primers because a lot of the time, I feel like they do absolutely nothing. The Photo Loving Primer is supposed to be a dupe of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and the Shine Killer just intrigued me because since I’d been using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range, I’d been extra shiny (will write about this at a later date). This is my first ever half-face comparison review and I’m really excited to share my thoughts with you!



On this particular day, I needed these primers to help me get through a 9 hour shift at work as well as run some errands before work so I needed a good 12h of wear without my makeup breaking down with all of the oil build up. I do have oily skin but all of the foundations that I wear currently don’t break down on me and separate so I already knew that I probably was going to be saved from that. I decided to wear the Revlon ColorStay foundation because I knew that it was matte, longwearing and a good colour match.

None of these photos have been edited because I don’t want to alter the perceived success of either of the primers and how they wore throughout the day.

This photo was taken just after I’d finished my makeup, at 10 am. On the left side of my face, I wore the Shine Killer primer, and on the right side, I wore the Photo Loving primer.

The Shine Killer claims to prepare the skin for smooth makeup application, be lightweight and provide an invisible layer that acts as a buffer to the outside elements, helps makeup stay fresh and color-true for hours, lasting all day and well into the night, be moisturising but maintain a matte finish.

The Photo Loving primer claims to spread like butter and lay like silk on the face, protects and creates a smooth, matte finish on the skin to absorb and spread foundation and powder evenly, provide a flawless look by reducing fine lines and large pores.

My first thoughts on the primers are that the claims for both could almost be swapped. The Shine Killer is has more of a pore-filling formula because it is a bit thicker, and in saying that, would then be less light-weight than the Photo Loving primer. I do still think that is is pretty light weight, especially compared to my L’Oreal Magic Touch Blur primer. The Photo Loving Primer honestly feels like it makes no difference to the look of my foundation. One thing that I really dislike about it is that it separates really badly in the tube and that I have to really shake it up to avoid leakage. Even in my unedited photos, the Shine Killer side actually looks smoother than the Photo Loving side. I will admit though, that I’d rather have a primer on than none at all.


My first check in was at 4pm on my dinner break, so it had been 6 hours since the first picture. I had no lipstick left and I was in a hurry to get some natural light before I had to head back to work. I’ll happily report that both sides were doing pretty well at this point in the day. On the left (Shine Killer), my makeup looks fresh but not dewy. It still maintained a mostly matte finish, minus the highlighter that I’d applied in the morning. On the right (Photo Loving), my face was starting to look a bit dewy but not unattractively so. Texture was also starting to peek through on the Photo Loving side.


Four hours later, I finished my shift early and it was dark outside so unfortunately, I had to use some artificial light, which kinda made everything look a bit worse than it did in real life. Despite how it looks in the photo, the left side (Shine Killer) was only a little bit dewy, giving me a sort of healthy glow and none of my makeup had separated or looked uneven. On the right (Photo Loving), I did have a lot of oil shining through my foundation and it had separated a little bit but not offensively so.

Overall, while the Photo-Loving Primer never claimed to be long wearing, I don’t think that it benefits the overall appearance of the makeup at all. It only really provides a barrier between the makeup and my skin, which prevents blackheads. I find that the Shine Killer actually does show some physical benefits, like being smoothing and keeping my foundation on longer without much oil peeking through. I find that my makeup looks much better for longer and I do think that it is worth picking up. I suppose if you’re really in a pinch, the Photo Loving Primer wouldn’t be too bad of a purchase, especially if you don’t have a long day ahead of you, but I’d definitely recommend the Shine Killer for those of us who do struggle with makeup longevity, oiliness and mildly textured skin.


Have you tried either of these primers? What are your thoughts?

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