I was so worried about using this on my sensitive, acne prone skin but I am glad I did! The foundation works wonderfully with it and is perfect for dry, flaky spots or oily zones. It has the smoothest, satin finish, not greasy at all. It's amazing and a pea size amount covers my whole face! I like to put a pea size drop on my finger and then just touch my other fingers to it and then I can spread it more easily on my whole face while still using a small amount. Really love this product!
I got this as a sample from a Sephora purchase and it goes a long way. I love the velvety, matte finish after application. Good oil control too. But when I apply foundation, it somewhat falls off. I don't know if it's because it's gel but I still like it.
This is my favourite primer. Odourless, easy consistency to work with. The packaging is terrible - why not do a bigger version of the trial size? I've also used Clarins primer and BE neutralizing. This is my favourite over the Clarins because although they are similar, this is more liquidy and easy to blend over the skin. Additionally, although the initial finish isn't as matte as the Clarins, 8 hours later this has less oil breakthrough for me. I also like the fairly short ingredients list - this helped my skin clear up a little when I switched from the Clarins. But, it does ball up when used with MAC studiofix powder, I go to Clarins for that.
Skin type: Oily with dry spots and sensitive.
Prior to using Prime Time, my makeup only lasted a couple hours before it started to slide around my face and making it look chalky. I had tried the Smashbox Primer (for oily skin) but it didn't exactly work for me so I thought all primers were useless.
My friend recommended I try a primer again so I found a free sample of Prime Time that I got from the powders I purchased from Bare Escentuals. I noticed that my makeup still looks the same hours after applying it, which was amazing! No more dry spots!
Just remember not to use too much or it can look greasy. I only use half a pea size amount and rub it in all over my face, concentrating on dry spots (side of nose, corner of lips).
- Makeup doesn't shift even after hours of wear. It can last 9-5 working hours but after that, I feel like I need to take off my makeup.
- Eliminates chalky look.
- The cheapest "high end" primer (I paid $27 at Canadian Sephora)
- Full size pump is hard to dispense the proper amount of product. I prefer the sample size squeeze tube.
I found this to be just a so so primer with the actually mineral makeup, but very nice with any silicone based liquid foundation. So if you have it sitting in a drawer somewhere you may want to give it another look. Note: I have Dry skin but oily T zone, and I also live in AZ.
Packaging: Not great. The pump squirts out too much and is difficult to control.
Price: Only $18 as opposed to Smashbox or Tarte, but you waste a lot with that pump.
Use: You only need a very little, but because it sinks in so quickly and its clear with a gel like texture there is a tendency to over apply. Use only a pea sized amount and keep smoothing all around your face even if you think there is nothing left on your fingers.
I apply this at 4:30am and with commute and work and family don't get home til around 5:00 or later. I don't reapply my foundation or apply a powder ( haven't found one that doesn't look gross on me), or setting spray, and my foundation still looks good (not fresh or prefect) at the end of the day.
First and so far only primer I've used. It's pretty good, doesn't make me break out and helps keep the makeup on. The only bad thing is that it doesn't hide my big pores.
I had my HG of face primers for the past 7 years, until Paula Dorf decided to discontinue it for some reason. ::sigh:: I love BE's Prime Time Eyelid Primer, so on my quest to replace my face primer, I chose a BE product. At first I tried the oil control version, and it was horrible! (You could read my review on that one to find out why.) I returned the oil control for the original Prime Time Face Primer, and it is a lot better. But- if I could change one thing, it would be the slippery texture of the primer. I like my primer to have a little bit of slip, but this one is a little "too" slippery, IMO. I feel like my foundation slides a bit over my face, and when I look in a magnifying mirror, I can see that there are streaks sitting on top of my skin instead of the foundation sinking and blending "in" to my skin. I have to blend it out more to get rid of the streaks. (I know, I was spoiled by my beloved Paula Dorf Perfect Primer.) This primer is definitely better than a few others I have tried recently, but it is still not my HG. If I can't find anything better, this will probably be my new "go to" foundation primer.
UPDATE, Oct 20th, 2013: Nah... I don't like this primer. WAYYYYYY tooo greasy-feeling!!! Makes my nose look like an oil slick after an 8 hour day. I found another one that's better by Lorac. thank GOD!
This primer broke me out horribly! I thought since it was bare escentuals it would be gentle enough for sensitive skin, but I was wrong. Packaging is just like any primer I've seen in the drugstore and for most high-end primers. Overall, I was sincerely disappointed but someone with less sensitive skin may like it better.
I'm on my second bottle of this product. First of all, let me say that it is the only primer I have ever used. I bought the first bottle and used it daily and fell in love with it. My skin tends to me a little rough and flaky at times and I found that using this helped my makeup go on more smoothly - especially when I used my Bare Minerals foundation. Before I even ran out, I bought a second bottle of it but because finances have been tight, I only use it now for special occasions. In the meantime, I have been experimenting with "BB" and "CC" creams under my makeup. It is important to make sure you let the primer dry before putting on makeup and I have found that using the primer, then a "BB" cream and then liquid foundation has provided the smoothest results for my terrible skin.
Concerning the packaging: because I used my first bottle regularly, I never had the problems that other people on here have complained of. However, now that I only use it sparingly, I've found that the first pump always spews everywhere. So, at first I LOVED the pump, but now I feel like it wastes some of my product because it doesn't always come out easily. I've tried wiping the spout before pumping, but the problem isn't clogged product on the outside, rather on the inside where I can't get to it.
I LOVE B.E. and was a loyal user for YEARS, but I've started experimenting with other products. I don't have a basis of comparison for the primer, but there is a chance I will buy it again because I have been happy with it so far. I just can't help but wonder if there are more affordable products which will achieve the same results.
Bare Minerals says: "Enlarged pores? Uneven Texture? Flaky Dryness? We've all had complexion problems, that's why we created Prime Time, which prepares your skin for seamless coverage. Apply it first for the smooth, evenly textured complexion you've been waiting for." I'm a primer junkie, so I picked up a half sized 15ml (.5 fl oz) tube of Prime Time in Bare Minerals Flawless Complexion Essentials kit, which I bought at Ulta for $15. The full size of this foundation primer contains 30ml ( 1 fl oz) and retails for $23. Bare Escentuals and it's sub brands, including Bare Minerals, are cruelty free. This primer was made in America. Bare Minerals products can be bought through the brand's website, at their free standing stores, Sephora, and Ulta.
My deluxe sample of Prime Time comes in a convenient white squeeze tube with a black screw on cap. The product name is printed on the front of the tube in grey font. The back of the tube offers directions in English and French. Dispensing just the right amount of product is easy. I just really love squeeze tubes. The full size of Prime Time comes in a white plastic bottle with a pump dispenser, making it just as functional as the sample tube. Both the full and sample sized packaging are recyclable.
Bare Minerals Prime Time is a thin, clear face primer. I thought perhaps it'd be similar to Tarte's Clean Slate Poreless Primer, which I loved. Unfortunately, it was more like Mirabella's Prime for Face&Eyes, which I really disliked. Actually, they're incredibly similar - I just compared the ingredient lists and the major ingredients are nearly identical, though Bare Minerals was kind enough to toss in a handful of botanical ingredients. This lightweight primer smooths onto the skin nicely, but it remains quite slick for a few minutes. This is a very basic but effective foundation primer, it smooths flaky patches, fills pores, and helps my makeup blend a little easier. I particularly like to pair Prime Time with Maybelline's Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick. This primer extends the wear of my foundation, but only slightly. Sounds pretty good, yeah? However, I have a problem that I also experienced with Mirabella's primer. Clogged pores! Every time I use Bare Minerals' primer, I end up with one or two small pimples and skin that's in need of some exfoliation. I must be sensitive to a common ingredient. The biggest difference I've noticed between Bare Minerals' and Mirabella's primer is that Prime Time doesn't cause my foundation to transfer off my face the way Prime for Face&Eyes did. Bare Minerals' Prime Time has an unpleasant chemically smell that doesn't linger.
Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer is decent. It provides the smooth canvas it promises and slightly lengthens the wear of my foundation. Prime Time proves to be a more affordable and more effective dupe to Mirabella's Prime for Face&Eyes. Though this primer feels quite lightweight when applied, its heavy enough to cause blocked pores and small pimples. I'll continue to use Prime Time, but only one my work days. I won't be repurchasing this primer; whether or not you should try it is based on how much you mind risking a breakout. Its a gamble, but if you don't mind spending a bit on a face primer, it could be worth it.