Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Makeup Primers!

Hello everyone! 
Makeup primers are very important as they prep your skin before you apply foundation!  It is just like painting a wall, you prime it first, right? :)  I thought would give you a list of a few I have tried as well as my thoughts on each!
A note to begin with...
If you feel like your skin is suffocating under your primer, you are probably using a silicone-based primer... Smashbox and Sephora both carry silicone-based primers that are great but they can feel heavy and greasy.  Therefore, if that sounds like what you are dealing with, you might want to try a different kind!
1)     NARS:
“Soothes and prepares skin with natural botanicals and vitamins while creating a protective base for longer-lasting, natural looking foundation application and wear. The airy, lightweight oil-free gel cream formulation helps reduce redness and inflammation while increasing hydration. Worn under foundation, powder or alone, the result is translucent, healthy looking skin.
·         Includes Echinacea, Grape Extract, Green Tree Extract, Kiwi Extract & Lavender Extract
·         No silicone, no oil, no synthetic fragrance
·         Makeup won’t breakup and separate"
My personal opinion is that this is a fantastic lightweight primer!  It does the job and feels great on my skin.  It is moisturizing and smells great!  The fact that it is OIL FREE is amazing!  That means it will not clog your delicate pores!
2)     STILA - One Step Correct:
“Swirl your way to perfect skin in one step! This innovative, triple-swirled helix serum instantly color corrects, brightens and covers skin imperfections for a flawless face with no fuss.

This primer, color corrector, brightener and anti-aging skincare serum does it all with the help of Stila's Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex™:
Instantly makes imperfections disappear
Reduces fine lines, wrinkles, pores and pigmentation
Miracle Worker
Hydrates, controls oil and improves skin texture

The revolutionary new product contains 3 color-correcting brighteners:
  • Green tone instantly neutralizes redness and conceals blemishes
  • Lavender tone counteracts sallow undertones for a vibrant, energized look
  • Peach tone brightens, illuminates and helps diminish the appearance of sun spots
The weightless, creamy formula blends imperceptibly into skin and will not clog pores or settle into fine lines … so all anyone will notice is your perfectly flawless skin!”
I just started using this one, I was given a sample to test it out, so I do not have a whole to say about it yet as I have only used it twice.  I do, however, like the fact that it has the three different tones to help correct different colours on your skin!  It also feels great, looks ugly when you squirt it out of the bottle, but feels great J
3)     MAC – Prep + Prime Skin:
“An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones. Calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. Improves the laydown and application of foundation or powder.”
I am not a huge fan of this one... It has a sparkly effect to it so I find it a little inappropriate sometimes.  In addition, it is silicone based so it is a little heavier.  This was the first primer I had ever worked with so it did the job well until I discovered others that I enjoyed more :)

Let me know if you want a few more options and I can review them for you!

~ Kayla

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