If you have followed my posts for any length of times then you probably know two things about me. (you probably know more, but we’ll go with two for now.) I love primers and I don’t like to look too glowy. I think there is a point where glowy looks just greasy, especially on me. Some people can pull it off, I am not one of them. It drives me a little crazy.
I do like a little bit of illumination underneath my foundation though as i think it does help make the more matte foundations look a little less mask like. Finding that balance often makes me feel a bit like Goldilocks. This Dr. Brandt Luminizer Primer actually strikes a good balance for me. It brings the glow, but it is so much more than just the glow.
It is from the Pores No More Line of Dr. Brandt products. I’ve tried several products from this line in the past and in fact have a cleanser from the line slated to start after my current cleanser is finished. All of the products I have tried from this line I have really enjoyed. So before I started, this I had high expectations.
And spoiler alert, this primer met and even exceeded my expectations.
The scent of this primer lets you know it comes from a skin care brand. It very much has that skincare/makeup combo scent to it. I actually like that scent but I just don’t have a better description for it. There is squalene listed in the ingredients list and I think that is part of the skincare scent, at least it is similar enough to many other squalene based products I’ve tried that it is the scent I associate with squalene. I’ve never actually scented squalene on it’s own.
According to the description on the website…
pores no more® LUMINIZER PRIMER is a lightweight silky cream that creates a glowing, flawless complexion with or without makeup, blurs the look of pores and imperfections, provides a smooth canvas for seamless long-wear foundation application. For clients concerned with enlarged pores, lack of radiance, skin color and texture imperfections. All skin types.
The cream of this primer is slightly tinted which helps with the blurring of the pores. And it does blur the pores really well. The slight tint is also really good at taking down slight redness and uneven skin tone. It isn’t a thick coat, it is a subtle shift. I don’t have the red of rosatia to my skin, just a slight ruddiness I like to blend out when putting on makeup . For me this worked really well. It also covered the slightly darker spots on my skin as well. For me it was all I needed at the moment. I wanted it to mostly blur out the pores which it did well. In essence this primer provides a really good neutral base on which to put your makeup.
Which let’s face it, is mostly the point of primer. So job well done.
One extra benefit I noticed was that there was not a lot of clogged pores with this primer. While I tend to only wear makeup for about six to eight hours a day, during the holidays all of my makeup wear time gets extended. This primer was able to go under long wear foundation, and look beautiful well past the length of time i usually wear my makeup. So I was well pleased with this Dr. Brandt Luminizer Primer and will happily continue to wear it.
I love primers. I put them under every foundation and when i don’t feel like wearing foundation, I apply the prime and then dust with powder and call it good. As strange as it seems this is my actual favorite category of makeup. However I also have a habit of just putting primers i don’t like in the drawer. Unless they break me out or cause a major skin irritation, I will keep them around hoping that this next time they will work better.
While I knew there were a lot of them, after I cleared out the foundations yesterday it made the primers look that much more out of control so I went ahead and dove into the primers. It felt really good to clear things out and to be honest, I may just start my end of year declutter now. I’m sure I’ll do another one just before new years, but at least a preliminary purge is long over due. so let’s get started.
First up we have three primers I have never used.
Two of them were actually still sealed and one I think I opened to see the consistency but never used. These three are staying and I will try them out to see if i like them. Then they may or may not stay.
So on to the primers I have tried. First up we have two sample sizes. The first is the YSL Touch Eclat Blur Primer. I really love this primer. I know it looks like there is half a sample left but it is not. When you open the cap and take the wand out the product level drops to almost nil and is really hard to get out with the wand. I really like this primer and even though it is expensive, it is one that I will be adding to my collection. In truth the only reason that I kept it in the drawer was to remind me of how much i like it and to remind me to order a full size once i had whittled down my primers to a more respectable level. I really like this primer, bit this almost completely empty sample needs to go.
The second sample size leaving me is the Unicorn Glow long wear primer. This sample is alas empty. However it too is in the drawer because I want to purchase it in the full size. It is less costly than the YSL. It is only $12 retail for the full size (as opposed to YSL’s $57). It blurs well and does extend the life of the makeup worn over it. It is a very good primer actually.
The next two primers I am getting rid of because they simply don’t suit me. The Ciate Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer is far too hydrating for my skin. The watermelon scent is lovely and it feels great against the skin but my skin is not dry enough for this primer. It is simply too moisturizing.
The Rodial Glass primer is also quite hydrating but to be completely honest it is the smell of the primer that is causing me to pass it on to a friend of mine. It is good, but it has a very menthol scent to it. If the scent dissipated quickly then I would be okay with it, but the scent lingers and I do not like the scent of menthol. Plus it is very hydrating and so it is getting passed along.
And then we have the primers that have expired. First up is the Stila Sheer Illumination Lingerie Soufflé Primer. This primer is no longer made and I don;t think it has been for quite some time. I loved it and it is down to just a film of product on the inside of the glass. I honestly kept it because I liked the container and not because there was any usable product in it. I don;t think I have actually opened the jar in 2 years let alone used what I’m sure was expired product two years ago. I just really like the jar. I will either send it to the rubbish bin or I will wash it out and use it for something else. To be honest I actually have a small succulent that might do well in this jar and look lovely in the sun room. Wheter the jar is reused or thrown away it very much needs to leave my makeup collection.
The LYS Serum Gripping Primer is not a very old product. It was an okay primer that felt like a serum but didn’t really do much gripping. It was more of a hydrating serum that was supposed to have skin care benefits. It had more use as skincare than it did as a primer to be honest. And when I went to test it before deciding to keep or get rid of, the formula had already separated. And so into the trash it goes.
Sadly the elf puff puff primer is also expired and separated. It was a really good primer and I am sad that it got buried and forgotten. I enjoyed using it and found it soothing to the skin. It was an excellent primer to wear after too much sun or if you were suffering from windburn. It is a cannabis sativa infused primer and it was just fantastic with any kind of skin irritation i had.. At some point i will repurchase this primer. My go to for Elf is the Elf putty primer. however i did finish that prime up and have not yet picked up a replacement. I meant to and probably will soon but the number of primers i had on hand made me restrain myself from repurchasing it. However it is a fabulous primer that i highly reccomend.
And finally in the expired category is the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing primer. I received this in a subscription box and I was very happy to get the chance to try it. Everyone raved about it and how fabulous it was. To me it felt like a light weight moisturizer but not a primer. But any time i looked it up everyone was saying fabulous things about it. So I held onto it thinking that if i kept trying it maybe I would see what the big deal about it was. And then after a while i stopped trying it. I think the issue is simply skin type. It may be fabulous for some but i really think that it is a product that works best with dry skin. I you have dry skin then using this to hydrate before applying makeup may help. For me it did nothing. I should have realized that in time to pass it on, but alas I did not.
And now, for the ones I am keeping. Some of these are not going to be a surprise. I have both the Liquid Silk Canvas and the Protective Silk Canvas balm Primer from Tatcha. I love both of them. I prefer the balm. It is hands down my all time favorite primer. It makes my skin look and feel good. I like the Liquid Silk canvas and while I have the travel size I will be ordering the full sized when it is empty. I do like the balm version just a little bit better though, but it is really a personal formula prefrence as they are both fantastic.
The Glamglow Super Matifying Primer is also one I am keeping in my collection. i like the primer and I like the way it works with my skin. However the packaging is really bulky and for the size of the packaging (and the price) there is not a lot of product in the container. I am about halfway through the container and I will finish it out. As much as I do like it, I probably won’t repurchase it. It is fantastic with oil control and makes a great summertime primer, but there just isn;t that much product in the package so I don’t personally feel it is worth the cost.
The Yensa Tone Up Essential Glow Primer and the Touch in sol No Poreblem primers are two that have been in my collection for ever. I have repurchased these two primers repeatedly. They are also the two i will reach for if i don;t actually feel like actually wearing any makeup. they have a slight pink tint to them which blends out with my skin and blurs the pores without looking like i have anything on. then I’ll add a little powder to control the shine and consider it job done. I really enjoy both of these products and like i said before i have lost count of the number of times I have repurchased them over the years.
If I am looking for a primer that will grip my makeup through anything that comes my way I go for the Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer. through various subscriptions I have gotten so many samples of this primer that i have never had to pick up a full size. This is the last of the samples i have though so once it is gone i will be getting the full sized version. It has a clear gel like texture so it works with any skin type and it locks makeup down tight. if I have to wear my makeup for longer than usual, this is my primer.
The Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Primer does exactly what it says. It smooths out your skin and leaves it ready for makeup. I really like the pore blurring nature of this formula. It actually has a texture very much like the Stila primer that I loved so much so it shouldn;t be a surprise I like this one.
Even though Marc Jacobs is no longer making makeup I do like this Undercover primer. it smooths and fills pores well. It is unfortunately no longer being made so I will use up my tube and let it go. But it will be nice while it lasts.
The OleHenriksen banana bright Primer is a classic and one that i will always keep around. It is especially useful for brightening the skin in the winter when i tend to look a little dried out and dull. It is one of the few hydrating primers that i really love. Perhaps it is because it focuses more on brightening.
And finally we come to the last primer currently in my collection. It is the Figs and Rouge Blurring Primer. I think it would be best to say that i am keeping it for now. It isn’t my favorite, but i want to play around with it a bit more before passing final judgement on it. And so for now it stays.
And there we have the primer declutter. I’m sure as i test out the three new ones and continue using them that more will end up empty and a few more will leave me before the year is out. But for now i am much happier now that i have eliminated some of the products from my drawer. Plus it gave me a bit of a chance to talk about primers. Hopefully you enjoyed it as well.
I’ll be the first to admit that eyeshadow primers are not an everyday item for me. I only use them on occasion and truthfully if I reach for them it is because the eyeshadow i am using is giving me trouble and I think it might help.
I am in a position where spending more than a regular workday in makeup is a rarity for me. I work from home and while I do put makeup on for video meetings, thankfully the lure of zoom has fade so most of my calls have gone back to the phone. When I do have an in person meeting I dress, go the meeting and then change when I get home. If my makeup fades after that, i am good. Again if i go out it is usually after a day of working at home and so I don’t have to go from an office look to a going out look, I simply get ready to go out.
All of which means that I don’t often need to extend the wear of my makeup. However there are some eyeshadow formulas that simply work better with a base underneath them. It takes out the color of any veins in your eyelids and creates a single color for the shadows to adhere to and pop,
I also have to admit that for me, I will often use concealer a an eyeshadow base if I need one, rather than pick up an independent eyeshadow primer. The reason is shin tone. Typically my concealers are chosen to be slightly lighter than my skin tone. This also helps them blend in. With the Sandbar Long wear Eyeshadow Primer, I was worried that as it was a white formula it would stick out more.
And to be honest it does. Not as much as I feared and not to an unworkable degree, but it does make the lids whiter than the rest of my skin. To combat this I am careful where I apply it and make sure that I only put it where the eyeshadow will cover. which sounds like common sense but I am less careful with my concealer as eyeshadow prime approach.
The Sandbar primer comes with a doe foot. It is angled, which helps but it is also flat which is less help on the eyelid with the round eyeball underneath. Using the applicator to apply it completely gets a bit messy. I found it easier to dab it onto the eyelid and then use a finger to spread it around. It is a somewhat dry formula but it spreads easily enough and dries down fairly quickly. There is a slight tackiness to it at first, but that goes away as it dries down and sets. It is the sort of primer that provides a flat even color base against which the shadow can be placed.
If you have a lot of veins showing in your lids, this is great for you. I found several shadows where application over a bare eyelid produced a patchy result, but over the Sandbar primer were less patchy. I didn’t see it extending the look of any of my shadows, but as I said before I often don’t need my makeup to last too long. I think if you are looking for shadow life extension then you might want to go with a product that has a little more stickiness to it.
The strength of this product is creating a smooth colorless base for the shadows to sit on top of. In this, it excels. It is a good product. I have several shadows that apply slightly patchy without a primer, but better with. Their colors are nice enough that I want to keep them around. For this purpose I would keep this primer around. This is it’s strong suit.
Does it perform this role better than other eyeshadow primers I have tried? No. Does it perform this role better than any concealers I’ve tried? Not really. The Sandbar Longwear Eyeshadow Primer is a good eyeshadow primer but it isn’t a really great eyeshadow primer. I will use it while it is here, but i see no reason to repurchase this over any other product i would use for the purpose of eyeshadow primer.
I have been a big fan of the Tatcha Silk Canvas primer for a while. It is a balm type primer and in addition to making my makeup last longer and look great, it also makes my skin feel good both while wearing it and after removal. With my last Tatcha order I received a sample of the Liquid version of this primer and I tried it out. As the sample was a foil packet, the product was enough to interest me, but not enough to let me know if I would actually enjoy this primer for a longer period of time.
Plus with foil packets I find my use is never how I would normally use it. Sometimes I over use a product because I don’t want to make a mess with an open foil packet. Plus they are a bit unwieldy so sometimes product is just wasted. Luckily for me, Tatcha has this primer in a travel size. Since I also wanted to try out the Silk Powder for longer than the foil packet allowed I also picked up the travel size of the loose powder. But that is another story.
This was an interesting primer to use. I couldn’t help but compare it to the balm style. Which is both understandable and a little silly. The silly part is that balms should be compared to balms and liquids to liquid. The understandable part is that they are from the same brand and are pretty much the same product in different formats.
This primer has the same scent as the balm version which is a slightly floral, slightly skin care kind of scent. It is light and it fades out fairly quickly so it isn’t much of an issue for the scent minded. I think the scent is slightly lighter in the liquid version than the balm, but that could also be a factor of format. when you open the balm, the entire pan is exposed and scent wafts up, whereas with the pump you only smell the scent of the small amount you pump out of the bottle.
I found one pump was enough for me. since my largest pores are my noes and cheeks I tend to apply the most product there and then blend outwards towards other areas. Also my nose is where I tend to lose makeup first so a little extra primer keeps it more in sync with the rest of the wear on my face.
It is quite liquid when dispensed. It isn’t runny but it is liquid. I knew it was because it is a liquid primer, but the scent hit me first and my brain thought of the other primer so it seemed surprising at first. What was interesting was that once applied, it simply smoothed over the face like a slightly lighter version of the balm. It almost stiffened up with air and skin contact.
It was almost like they made it just liquid enough to be able to smoothly come out of the pump before it did it’s best to turn from liquid to balm. It didn’t quite get there but it did it’s best.
Beautifully. It is a great product. It performed just as well as the balm version. It applied easily, made my makeup last longer and made my skin feel great. To be honest, the only real difference I found between the two is the fact that one is a solid and the other is a liquid. They are both fabulous products and if you are looking to choose between them then the only thing you need to think about is whether or not you prefer your primer in liquid or balm format. The liquid is quick and easy to grab in the mornings when you are rushed, but if you are traveling the balm won’t spill because it is a solid. There are benefits to both so it is just going to come down to personal preference. I will still use the travel size off and on because I am curious to see how long it will last. After two weeks of dedicated use it is still more than halfway full. I will add it into rotation and use every last drop before a refill is purchased.
I love primers. I know I have talked about them a lot. Perhaps i spent too much time with the oil paints but i do love the idea of prepping the canvas of my face before applying the paint of my makeup. For me a good primer can take out some of the redness or unevenness of the skin tone so that you have to use less concealer. It can help blur out the look of pores and it can extend the life of the rest of my makeup.
For me using a good primer means I have to use less concealer and less foundation, which helps those products last longer in the bottle. It also keeps the makeup on my face lighter and in many cases it enhances the look of the foundation. If it is an overly matte foundation, put an illuminating primer underneath. Love the foundation but know it has a tendency to dry you out? how about a highlighting primer. Notice that this particular foundation has the habit of sinking into fine lies towards the end of the day? Why not go with a porefilling primer underneath?
A good primer can not only even out your skin tone and get you ready for the rest of your makeup but it can form a power couple with your foundation making good products even better. Of course it can also go horribly wrong if a couple is just not meant to be.
This particular primer is the Unicorn Glow Long Wear Primer. It is…”Formulated with skin loving ingredients, this nourishing primer instantly creates a smooth glowing canvas for flawless long-lasting make up while providing coverage for fine lines and pores.”
My version is a sample sized tube that I think was paired with something else I ordered from IPSY a while back. I think I specifically ordered the other item and then just put this in the drawer because it was a duo. I took it out of the drawer as I am attempting to use up a lot of my sample sized products and see if they are worth picking up as a full size. I suspected this would only last a few days. However the tube was chock-a-block full and not a lot of product is needed for each application. In fact you shouldn’t use too much of this.
When dispensed the primer looks really light and I was concerned the color would be light on the skin. The color fades away as you blend it out across the skin. I chose to use the small dots across the face for my application of this because it helped ensure i didn’t apply too much. The Unicorn Glow Primer is a thinner consistency than many primers, almost the level of a water cream. Maybe slightly thicker. if used sparingly it blended in beautifully and looked great. It had a slightly sticky texture which I like for holding on to makeup longer. Apply too much product and it takes a while to absorb and can look a little oily. So when applying start sparingly and then add more on the spots you think might need more attention.
It did a pretty decent job of minimizing fine lines. It wasn’t the best for pore filling, but the fine lines it really seemed to work well in covering, especially the ones around my eyes. It is slightly hydrating but despite the name Unicorn Glow, it is not a glowy/dewy/illuminating primer. I didn’t have a problem with any of the foundations i paired it with and will happily keep this tube in rotation until it is empty. which may take a lot longer than I anticipated. Just remember to give it a minute to settle in (which is good advice for almost every primer) and it will work well covering up fine lines. This Unicorn Glow Long Wear primer retails for $12 and I will definitely consider picking up a full sized tube when i next look to buy primers.
If you’ve read my posts for any length of time you know that I am a huge fan of primers. Perhaps it is a hold over from my art days but I like the thought of prepping the canvas before applying the paint. Or my face before the makeup.
In general I go for pore filling primers. The older I get the more I find that the blurring and pore filling primers not only blur and fill pores, but they conceal the fine lines that my skin care is currently battling to defend against.
I also find that primers can do a lot more. an illuminating primer can give you a lit from within glow or it can add depth and dimension to a matte foundation, making it look less mask like and more like real skin. Some primers have skincare benefits to them now so I like to think of it as an extra layer of protection between the skin and potentially pore clogging makeup.
Discover a radiant glow with Rodial’s Glass Primer, a sheer formula that promotes a flawless, glass-skin effect. Boasting ultra-hydrating ingredients, the primer utilises light-scattering technology, packed with microscopic glow spheres to help illuminate the complexion.
The lightweight formula is enriched with crambe abyssinica seed oil, seeking to leave the complexion feeling supple and soft. A multi-tasking hero, the nourishing primer can be worn beneath makeup or alone for a healthy-looking glow.
First off for those wondering crambe abyssinica seed oil …
is both hydrating and protective, with a velvety, non-greasy texture. An active lubricant and emollient, it is a natural alternative to mineral oils and silicones, promoting soft skin and a protective barrier to prevent skin dryness. For hair – it restores shine and gloss, conditions hair and reduces breakages.
I’m okay with skin softening benefits. I’m not entirely certain what the light scattering technology is but I know how it looks on the skin. We’ll get to that in a second.
When dispensed the primer is a light tan. The tan fades so it can be worn by all skin tones. what is more prevalent than it’s color is the scent. It is a very menthol scented primer. There is no getting around it. It smells like menthol. It is strong when you first apply it and even though it fades a little as you wear it, all day you will turn around and catch a faint scent of menthol. It is with you as long as this product is with you.
On the skin it gives you a bit of a rainbow hue. I am guessing this is the light scattering technology at work. It feels nourishing. It is brightening and there is some pore blurring. It is mostly brightening.
While it claims it can be worn alone, I would at least put some powder over it. When worn under a foundation it just gives a soft glow to the skin. Without foundation, it has an odd rainbow look to it that I just can’t get past.
I do like this but when I wear it, I generally avoid highlighters as they are relatively pointless. The primer keeps light focused on the high points of the face. There is no need to add a highlighter if you are after a subtle glow-y look. If you want a brighter section it is easier to add just a tiny drop of this primer over the foundation in the high points of your face instead of reaching for a separate highlighter. However I may feel that way because I don’t have a highlighter that has the same tones as this primer, so I felt that not only was the highlighter excessive, but is sort of clashed with the primers highlighting tones. If you have a highlighter that is in the blue/purple range, it might work out better for you. The straight up silvery highlights as well as the more gold toned ones just looked wrong with this primer.
So in my opinion it would be better to just use a smidge of this primer in lieu of highlighter if you need a highlight. I personally thought that the primer was enough. It caught the light where I wanted it to in just the right ways.
In general I really did enjoy this Rodial Glass Skin Primer and will continue using it. My one issue is the scent. The menthol is strong and it lasts as long as the product lasts. Since this primer lasts all day (and was really good at extending the length of time my makeup could be worn) that means a full day of menthol. I never really got used to that during my trial. While it is a good product, I will have to see how often I reach for it now that the trial is through and how often I decide not to use it just because of the scent before I can decide if i would repurchase. If you are looking for an illuminating primer that does not look greasy and lasts all day, this would be a good one to try out. Just be aware of the menthol scent.
Recently I have been trying out the Lorac Light Source 3-in-1 Illuminating Primer. For me, this was a little out of my comfort zone. For any of you who have read my posts for any length of time may realize, the dewy, glowy look is not really for me.
I like the depth a good illuminating primer can give to a matte foundation and I do like a little bit of glow to my skin. But there will always come a point for me where the dewy look goes too far and glow just looks like grease.
However I am always willing to try new things and on occasion I do like the lift that an illuminating primer can give to the skin. Plus I realized that while I love the eyeshadow formula from Lorac and I really enjoy their lipsticks, I had never tried any of their face products. since I have liked what I have tried, I thought it time to branch out with the brand.
I don’t know if anyone else does that but I have this tendency to mentally pair brands with products so I’ll think of one brand as ‘the lipstick company’ or another as the company whose face masks I like and not think to look at their other products. In my head Lorac is ‘the eyeshadow company’. I had one of their pro palettes that I used down to pan. it was quite disreputable (and expired) when I finally let it go.
So, to the Lorac Primer. It is a 3 in 1 product. It is a Face Primer, an illuminating additive and a highlighter. I did get the shade Dusk rather than the translucent. I simply thought the golden tones would play better with my skin. And I was right, they worked really well. The gold suited my skin and provided me with a good glowy look. Even before I added foundation and other products on to it, the glow wasn’t too much. I looked brighter but i didn’t look greasy or wet.
It is however a slightly wet formula and after applying you need to let it sit a moment and settle into position on your skin before applying your foundation, otherwise it will just mix in with your foundation. While there is nothing wrong with it mixing, and I actually did add a drop to my foundation instead of using it as a primer a few times. It is just a different look. I tried it as a highlighter over the foundation and it wasn’t bad, but I have far better liquid highlighters. This is an under the foundation subtle glow rather than a true liquid highlighter.
while i liked it mixed in for an over all glow, I tended to use it on the high points of my face. It turned out like a subtle under the foundation highlighter. which to be honest I really enjoyed. It was more subtle than a dramatic highlighter and looked more natural, as though my skin was just looking good and had good lighting.
I was actually quite impressed with the glow.
While this primer did have blurring elements, I tend to prefer a more pore filling primer. This was not pore filling. The blurring was nice, but not really enough. I think that in the future I will end up using this more like an under the foundation highlighter, applying little drops over a pore filling primer and using it in small amounts on my cheekbones and nose as a subtle highlight. i find this especially nice as it worked equally well under full coverage foundations and tinted moisturizers. Which means I can get use out of this primer year round, just more as an illuminator and less as a primer.
I keep looking at the title and even though I know Moonlit is the brand, not changing it to moonlight really bothers me. I’ll try to resist the urge to change it. I have recently been trying the eyeshadow Primer Primed for the Night by Moonlit Beauty. According to the product page it is…
An eyeshadow primer with a sheer, natural tint and a silky, lightweight formula that prevents creasing so it doesn’t interfere with your favorite colors.
Get Primed For The Night and enjoy vibrant, lasting color – wherever your adventures lead.
This primer retails for $18 which is not a bad price for an eyeshadow primer. My favorite shadow primer is from Pretty Vulgar and it is $22. It is the primer I compare other primers to in case you are wondering. The promises of this primer are pretty simple: sheer natural tint, prevents creasing and helps your shadow last. Over all it isn’t a long list of claims.
First the tint, I put it on my hand so it was easier to see. As you can see it is a light beige color that sheers out to almost nothing on the skin. The formula is slightly sticky when first applied. If you let it sit for a moment it becomes less sticky. But here is the issue.
If you apply the shadow when it is still sticky then the primer grips the shadow and makes it brighter because it locks more of the eyeshadow onto the lid. Sort of like Velcro for your eyeshadow. It also makes it harder to blend shadows. Because it is like Velcro for eyeshadow. It wants to lock it into place. And while I did try this in the Daily Posts with Huda Beauty and Lime Crime, I did play around with other palettes and had more or less the same effect.
If you wait until the lid primer dries down to apply your shadow, then the Primed for the night just seems to provide a neutral base for your eyeshadow to sit on. It didn’t extend wear time, it just created a neutral base for the shadows. Which isn’t a bad thing. It did ensure the shadows didn’t crease and it let me blend them smoothly together. It just didn’t do anything to increase longevity.
I think figuring out what look you are intending to do with your eyeshadow before you apply either it or the primer might help you out with this product. If you are doing a one and done look you want to last for hours, apply the shadow when the primer is still sticky. If you want to do something more dramatic and want a smooth non creasing base to work from, wait until it dries down a bit when you apply it. Just use a little thought before applying.
As for applying, it does come with an applicator wand but it is a hard and flat plastic piece. I just applied a dot of product and spread it across the lids with my finger. The applicator will get it to the eyelids, but it is useless for spreading the product out. It is a decent product, but i don’t think it is going to replace my go to primer. It is the primer I will reach for when I want to use glitter shadow. I think applying the glitter shadow when the primer is still wet will minimize fall out for a time at least. Because nothing keeps glitter in place forever.
For the past few weeks I’ve been using the LYS Secure Skin Gripping Serum primer. Now we all know that in general, I love primers. I think it is a holdover from painting. I think of applying a primer as well, priming the canvas to get the best results when you apply the makeup above it. As I’ve gotten older I appreciate the pore filling, wrinkle eliminating elements a bit more than I used to.
This LYS Primer was a little different from what I am used to, or at least the description was a little bit different than is typical of the primers I tend to gravitate towards. I’m going to paste a chunk of info from the website here so brace yourself as it is a bit more than the usual description.
This daily serum primer helps balance the look of skin and control the appearance of excess shine throughout the day for a seamless complexion — with or without makeup. It’s packed with skincare ingredients for guilt-free beauty that feels as good as it looks.
Who We Made This For: Combination to Oily Skin, Blemish-prone, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Enlarged Pores
Instantly perfect your canvas with this silicone-free serum primer that helps balance the look of skin and control the appearance of excess shine throughout the day without any of the nasties. Made with oily, blemish-prone skin types in mind, this skincare-infused primer is packed with Niacinamide, Ginger Root, Lemon and Grapefruit extracts to visibly minimize the look of enlarged pores and brighten the appearance of hyperpigmentation for benefits that outlast your glam. With a gripping formula, this primer latches onto your favorite complexion products for a just-applied finish that lasts. With nourishing skin-enhancing ingredients, like an AHA-Fruit Blend, Secure Skin helps visibly improve skin texture and uneven tone.
Okay that’s a lot of interesting claims for a primer. Before we dig into how well they did, let’s mention the packaging a but. The LYS Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer comes in a squeeze tube. However it is shaped into a triangle so that it can stand up. I absolutely love this. A lot of my primers come in squeeze tubes and corralling them is always interesting because most of them simply don’t stand up. Or only stand up until you move the drawer and then you have to watch the careful arranged line topple into chaos. This is sturdy. It stands and it isn’t going anywhere. I feel that someone actually thought about the packaging and came up with a good plan. I think they should be saluted. The pink and gold together is also rather pretty.
This is a serum formula so when you dispense it, put it int the center of your palm. I tend to put primers and foundations on the top of my hand and then apply from there. If you try that with this primer it will drip everywhere. It applies well, but it applies wet. Like any other serum you need to give it a second to dry down a little.
When it does dry down, the serum becomes very sticky and it does grip the makeup very well. During this trial I tried to wear my makeup longer throughout the day than usual to see if it helped with longevity. It did. It generally kept makeup in place longer than when I didn’t wear the primer.
However it didn’t work the same with every type of foundation. I used a series of foundations, rotating through the different types in my collection. With most of them there was no noticeable difference. The foundation applied with no issues. I couldn’t feel the primer and the foundation didn’t seem to care that it was there at all.
Then there was the serum based and Powder foundations. With the serum based foundation, I could tell that the primer was there. I could feel it pulling at the foundation and gripping it as I applied. It still applied well, but I ended up using a bit more foundation than I was used to using so the foundation ended up looking a little heavier than I planned. I think in the future I simply won’t use this primer with a serum based primer. Something about the two serums combined didn’t mix.
then there was the powder foundation. The powder foundation felt the grip of the skin gripping primer. A little too much actually. It made the powder foundation apply in patchy ways. while I sorted it out in the application phase, by the end of the day, my skin was looking a little on the patchy side as well. It was a pain to combine the two products. They didn’t want to combine and i will not combine them again. This is not the primer to use with a powder foundation.
Over all though, except for those two types of foundation, it applied and worked beautifully in regards to gripping the foundation. It wasn’t as fabulous at pore filling. It did provide a good base and initially it filled in the pores and fine lines, but as the day wore on the fine lines started to show. I think part of that is because it is a serum that has skin care benefits and is designed to be absorbed by the skin..
Yup, the skincare benefits may have gotten in the way of some of the primer functionality. Looking over the ingredients list, there are a lot of fruit extracts that can soften skin and lighten dark spots. there are Niacinamides which help with fine lines. I am happy with all of that and even though there were no results in a two week period I’m sure that with regular continued use, just like with any other skin care, the effects would show.
I really do think that some of the skin care elements make it a less effective primer. My skin pulling those ingredients in may be why at the beginning of the day the makeup looked fabulous and then as the day went on, products I normally don’t have issues with settling into fine lines, suddenly decided to settle into fine lines. I don’t have a problem if makeup has good for me ingredients in them. I rather like it.
In general there is a sort of line between makeup and skincare. While I am a fan of good for your skin makeup, it felt like this primer wanted to unite the world of makeup and skin care and the makeup side of things suffered because of it. I am more than happy to use a serum to help plump up my fine lines and then add on a primer with my makeup. This product tried too hard to do too many things. While it made my makeup look good when applied, and it did keep my makeup on my face for a longer period of time, it had about a four hour window of looking good. If I need to look good for a meeting when I didn’t have any makeup on before hand, I would reach for this knowing that I would look good for my meeting and then probably wash my face after the meeting.
As for wearing this primer on the skin on it’s own for a no makeup day. I can see where the skin care benefits might really shine there. However it is still sticky After a minute of drying down it becomes a very sticky substance. I tried wearing it on it’s own and it simply didn’t work. It was far too sticky to be worn on it’s own.
It is a very interesting product and wearing it felt really nice. It is however a primer I like best in small doses. When worn for a few hour long stretch, it is fantastic. I will rotate it in and continue to use it. I just don’t see myself purchasing it once this bottle is empty. It is just not the primer for me.
This primer came to me in a recent Glossy box and I was thrilled for several reasons. First off, it is a full sized item and I am always happy when Glossy Box has full sized items. Second it was a makeup item and not a skin care item. Third, you know I love Primers. And finally fourth I heard of Figs and Rouge before but never tried anything from the brand, and i am always happy to find new brands that i want to use.
I have to also say that the pink and gold just looks really pretty as well, especially with the thin font they used. Very classy.
But as we all know, it is not just about the packaging. (Although this one’s packaging didn’t hurt.) Since it was new to me, I poked around on the website before I started to use it, trying to find out what I should expect.
Satin Soft Blurring Primer. Fixes Foundation & Finishes complexion for complete Matte Perfection
+ Micro-blurring silicone free formula blurs imperfections & banishes shine.
I know that is a lot for a primer. And maybe I was a bit hasty in saying it wasn’t skin care. And it does have a lot of claims. So lets break it down.. First off I only used this about two weks so there aren’t going to be any major skin magic reveals. However I didn’t have any real breakouts while using it so I can say it didn’t clog the pores.
The first thing that you have to realize when using this primer is that it is a very wet formula. Before you use it, shake it up to make sure it mixes in the tube correctly. Basically treat it like you would an oil foundation from Kosas and just shake it really well before using.
Normally I apply a primer to the back of my hand and then use my fingers to dip into it and apply it to my skin in dots before blending it in. That ways I know it is evenly distributed. I could not do that with this primer. I had to dispense it into the palm of my hand and then rub my hands together as though I was applying a moisturizer. It is a very wet formula.
However it does dry down really well if given a minute. And you really need to give it that minute. It is not a primer to reach for it you are racing to get out the door. Once it dries it is fine. It pretty much disappears into the skin like a serum.
While I felt that it did okay in the blurring department, it wasn’t the best blurring primer I’ve tried. It also has a very strong scent. I am about 90% certain that scent is the Marshmallow root. Mostly because it reminds me of smelling marshmallow root at a health food store my mother used to take me to when I was a kid. I always sniffed the bin containing the root thinking it would smell like marshmallows and it never did. The scent is not unpleasant but it is strong and it does linger for a bit.
To be completely honest I think this products strength is in it’s skincare ingredients. My skin liked the way it felt but each time I used it, the primer felt more like a pre makeup serum than an actual primer. In truth I may actually try using that. I think my skin did benefit from this primer, but it didn’t have the pore filling, pore blurring strength that I wanted. I may actually give this a test as a pre-makeup serum and use a primer over it to see if that works out. that will be an additional test. For now I can say that my skin had fewer clogs and in the past two weeks my skin has looked really good.
As a primer, this Figs & Rouge blurring primer falls into a mediocre category. I’ll test it further as skincare to make certain and to see if it is really worth a purchase. However if evaluating it as a primer it does fall short. The skincare benefits may cause me to change my mind and purchase it for a different purpose, but i wouldn’t buy this as a primer if I was expecting a high level of pore blurring. That just isn’t it’s strong suit. It tries to straddle the line between makeup and skincare, but it just doesn’t quite pull it off. As a primer, this is a no for me. There may however be some redemption in the skincare department. So for now it stays on the dressing table and begins a second round of testing. Stay tuned to see how it performs in test number two.