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Friday, November 13, 2015

Prime & Precleanse with Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer & PreCleanse

Dermalogica Precleanse and Hydrablur Primer (3)::: press sample / affiliate links :::

So, I've got these two Dermalogica products (yay!) I'd put them in one post, but they don't really go together. But wait... Maybe they do. Call me crazy, but they kind of do. The Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer covers you for the day, while the Dermalogica PreCleanse sets you up for your evening cleanse. It's kind of the perfect twosome (I said kind of.) Ready? Red on...


The Hydrablur Primer is the newest, and thir primer in the Dermalogica family, and is designed to be a one and done type of primer. One and done in the sense that it offers quite a few key benefits besides just smoothing skin in preparation for makeup. Like what, you ask? Good question.

Firstly, the light, non-greasy formula works for any skin type, but is especially nice for those of us with drier skin as the formula has sustained-release moisturization that works to lock in an ideal hydration level and control water loss. All that means is that your skin stays hydrated throughout the day, and stays comfortable feeling. That's not all though.... The silky feeling primer uses Abyssinian seed oil to smooth skins texture while maintainting your moisture balance (again, great for dry skin) with mattifiers to reduce any sheen that might crop up. The mattifiers also work to blur the look of fine lines, dry patches, and general skin imperfections for a smoother, perfected canvas- aka the whole reason we use primer. But wait, there's more! Not to sound like a cheesy infomercial, but there is. The primer also transforms from white to a lightly tinted shade. The micro-encapsulated tint gives skin a tiny bit of added coverage while giving skin a brighter, more luminous look.

As someone who quite frequently skips a true primer in favour of a serum, oil, or moisturizer, I have to say I LOVE this! It's silky, light-weight, hides pores(!!) and gives skin a perfectly smooth texture that wears well under just about everything. I've used this with a pretty wide range of foundations and BB/CC creams and none of them have acted up with this primer. It's a bit of a pricey primer, but it's truly one of the few I really love using.


When the day is done, and it's time to settle into your nightime cleansing routine, PreCleanse is a great product to get the process started. I happen to be a fan of the double cleansing thing as your first step (be it a cleansing wipe, micellar, or oil) as it removes makeup leaving your second cleanser to cleanse your actual skin more thoroughly.

Dermalogica PreCleanse is a cleansing oil that uses olive and apricot kermal oils fortified with Kukui nut, Borage seed, and rice bran oils and vitamin E. The blend has a light feel, and a faint floral-herbal scent that dissolves all traces of makeup with ease. The oil emulsifies nicely when water is added, and leaves skin full cleansed but free of any film or oily residue. While this is a marketed as a pre-cleanser, you really could use it alone as it does rinse cleanly. Dermalogica does have a Special Cleansing Gel that they recommend for use as your second cleanser, but I've been using the Vichy Pureté Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel because I like it. A good enough reason for me.

Overall, I have to say I'm very impressed with both products. I should note that both of these products (like everything from Dermalogica) are formulated without artificial fragrances, colours or parabens. Oh, and the primer come with a tube squeezer. How great is that?! It lets you get every last bit of that glorious stuff out of the tube. It's a very nice addition. Are you a primer or cleansing oil fan? Tried either of these?