Not for oily skinned girls or if your skin isn't already smooth. This should just read "brightening" and not "primer". It doesn't do much except add that extra glow under makeup. For my oily skin, that just means extra shine without a smooth base.
This is my first full sized primer purchase. I had a mini smash box primer from a gift set, I liked it but I wanted to try some others. I was drawn to this because it is silicone free and find that while the texture a silicone based primer gives is awesome, it makes my face look oily and I do notice extra shine. In addition silicone primers feel very heavy on my skin.
I am very impressed by this primer. It smells very faintly of grapefruit so if scents bother you do not purchase. Aside from that I do feel like this has improved the texture of my skin, my makeup stays put and it gives a lovely sheen that allows me to achieve a dewey look without the over bearing shine.
Overall I'm very impressed.
I got this as a sample from Sephora with the Poreless primer. While I fell in love with the other, I can't really say the same for this one. It's just...average. It does give a kind of shimmery, healthy glow, but it doesn't really do much in the way of actual priming. I feel like you (and I, for that matter) could do better with another brand.
I was lucky to get a sample of this from a fellow swapper. I loved it so much I purchased a full size tube.
"A waterproof, 12-hour primer helps makeup stay in place longer while brightening skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. Tarte website" It smells great with all the refreshing ingredients of water, vitamin c, a & e, and aloe leaf extracts. The texture is a smooth moisturizing lotion than a silicone primer. It last all day and I don't feel oily or dry. I paired it with my amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation powder and it feels so natural like I'm not wearing any make-up. I got so many compliments! Thanks for reading!
I bought this in a mini set.. And was disappointed! You can probably get a drugstore primer that's a lot better than this!
This made absolutely no difference in my makeup except it went on a little smoother. I do not recommend it.
This primer smells great and has a pearlescent glow. But it actually makes my t zone oily faster and does not prolong the wear of my foundation or concealer. I might try as another reviewer said to wear it alone. It doesn't do what it claims and is very expensive so give it a pass. For reference I have sensitive skin that is generally neither oily nor dry.
I feel like this primer really doesn't do much. It smells great, and instantly hydrates the skin but it doesn't feel like its priming anything. Foundation goes on nicely on top but doesn't appear to look any different than if there was no primer. My foundation does not last any longer than usual; so basically this does nothing.
If you have dry skin this might be nice for you to use as a really great instant moisturizer, but for the rest of us this primer is kind of pointless and overpriced.
I must say that 30$ for a primer is a little too steep. I splurge more than that on foundation, but not a primer. But i bought a set of trial size primers at sephora for 9$ and must say that it's very likely that I will buy a full size. In fact, this is my first sillicon free primer and i love it more than sillicon based. It gives the same smooth feeling to the skin than sillicon primers do, but lighter. Besides that it keepsy make up on its place for long enough there is another big reason I like it that is illuminating effect which is very subtle but noticable. But it's not only this, there are plenty of illuminating products on the market. I was pleasantly surprised to notice glow through the foundation which I applied on top of primer. In my not very long experience I couldn't Find such product.
I am a fan of glowing skin, but I couldn't reach that glow with my let their be light (E.Ardan and Estée Lauder illuminating serum. As soon as i apply foundation on top of them the illuminating effect is lost. My skin is not flawless to use any illuminating serum or primer on its own, in most cases I need to use medium coverage, sometimes I can do with tinted moisturizer, but only sometimes.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will continue noticing the glow through other foundations too. But as far as my .25 oz almost gone I am more than satisfied.
My 4 lippi rating is only because of the price, otherwise 5.
- update. I'm over my . 25 squize bottle but still can't see myself buying it for $30.I agree with some of the reviews that it's not worth it. It's a good prime, but after shopping around at Walgreens I came across Loreal illuminating primer which Is not more than $10. I better save this money and buy a good foundation when I run out of mine.
I've never actually used this as a primer under foundation. I only wear foundation very rarely. I bought this because I'm a busy new mom and it adds a beautiful glow and evenness to my skin. When I am rushing trying to get out the door, I can slather a bit of this on over my foundation and look just a bit more alive and "done." If I use this, an eyelash curler, mascara, under eye concealer, and lipstick it's a pretty darn good day. The only reason I'm not giving this a "5" is that I don't truly know how it performs under foundation, and while I like the scent (maybe slightly citrusy?), in general, I think it is better if cosmetics aren't scented. I would definitely repurchase this to use it as I have been.