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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Primer Party | Face Edition

primer party

Yesterday whist doing what it is I do at my vanity before bed- apply my lash growth serum because I'm too blind without my glasses to do it in the bathroom mirror- and I got to thinking about primers. An odd thing to ponder, perhaps, but mildly useful. I say mildly because face primers aren't something I can deem all together useful or at the very least something I frequently use. That said, I do have a modest collection and thought a little compare and contrast might be in order. Read on!

primer party- philosophy the present

When I bought Philosophy The Present, I had high hopes it would be straight up magical as it's marked as being more than just your average primer. Philosophy claims it's a 'clear makeup' that works as a colourless skin perfector that camouflages fine lines, wrinkles and pores, and gives the skin a flawless, airbrushed appearance. Sound pretty amazing right? Well, it's a fine product, just not as fabulous in reality. You need to apply it two minutes before foundation which doesn't phase me, but I'm not a huge fan of the rather strong lavender scent. It does smooth skin and leave pores looking a bit less visible, but overall, it just ends up being an extra step as I don't find it does much else for me. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either and I can't see myself replacing it.

primer party- the body shop vitamin c skin boost

The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost isn't a primer at all- it's a serum- but after first use I couldn't help but think it would work nicely as primer. It does contain 'cones- dimethicone if we're getting technical- but in combination with Brazil nut oil to moisturize and camu camu berry which has a high concentration of vitamin C which is an excellent skin brightener. This serum does have that silcone-y feel and isn't completely light feeling when first applied on the skin, but unlike other silicone based primers this is partially absorbed into the skin and works as both a serum and primer. It leaves skin incredibly smooth and allows makeup to effortlessly blend over skin. I find the pores on my nose can sink in- it's so not pretty- over the course of the day and this is one of the few primers that stops that from happening. LOVE but I'm not a huge fan of the orange oil scent- it's a little strong- but it does fade. The upside is this will last for ages as you only need the smallest amount.

primer party- smashbox photo finish hydrating primer

Smashbox has a pretty strong reputation in the primer world, but as I'm iffy about primers in general I just couldn't spend the $50 on something I would likely never use. That said, when they introduced their trial size versions I caved and ended up with the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Facial Primer. I always prep my skin with a few types of moisture pre-foundation, so I thought this could kill two birds with one stone, if you will. While it does give a little hydration, that seems to be about it. I don't find it to much else. The product is thin and light feeling but it almost leaves a sticky feeling on my skin and not that silky feel I tend to associate with primer. It just wasn't effective and it's incredibly overpriced. The trial size, which it looks like they're now calling mini is about the size of a deluxe sample yet will set you back $14 CAD... I don't even know what I was thinking when I bought this.

primer party- orignins vita zing

Moisture is my home-girl when it comes to makeup-prep and I seem to be getting paler as the days pass. Seriously. I never get much sun in the summer, but this winter I've been getting lighter- I had to pick up a new foundation in a lighter shade. While I embrace my paleness, I wouldn't mind a bit more warmth from time to time. Lately, I've found myself reaching for Origins VitaZing SPF 15 Energy Boosting Moisturizer as it works as a triple threat pre-foundation with SPF 15, great moisture, and a hint of tan colour. This was quite popular some time ago, but I never really got in the habit of using it all the time. I'm not quite sure why, as it is quite nice to pop on as primer. I find the colour to be a touch off on me on it's own, but adds a nice bit of natural looking warmth under my foundation or bb cream or whatever.

primer party- cover fx skin prep and brite prep

Last up, two primers that came to me in sample form. First, Cover FX Anti-Aging Primer. It's marked as being one part primer and one part anti-aging serum that works to not only moisturize and prime but also repair skin and facilitate blending (of whatever you're putting on top of it.) I'm not sure about this one... on one hand it has a strange feeling, it has an oily slickness, without actually being oily/greasy. One the other it does sit well on skin and foundation does glide over it remarkably well. That said, I'm leaning more on the like side with this one.

The Cover FX Bright Prep Primer seems to have been discontinued- why are samples still floating around then?- but some sites are still carrying it, so who really knows. It's quite similar to the Anti-Aging Primer but lacks the odd greasy feel. In it's place it has a soft pearlescence that doesn't really read as such on the skin, yet still gives skin a light glow sans shimmer. I quite like the effect it gives skin but that was about all it did for me, and since there are so many great illuminating products already in my arsenal I'm good without this one.

Overall, the top primers for me are The Body Shop Vitamin C Energizing Skin Boost and Origins VitaZing with a nod to Cover FX Anti-Aging Primer because I could see myself frequently using it. Are you a fan of face primers? Which do you reach for?