Edit: 20/02/2010: For those who wants to save money on a green based primer which is similar to this one, try the Boots No7 Colour Calming Make Up Base in green. Texture and coverage are exactly the same... and yes I'm not liking the Boots one either, but I just wanted you guys to know that there's a cheaper alternative out there.
Original review: Based on the reviews here I decided to purchase this primer. I thought this product might tone down the red undertones on my face. The texture is like a lightweight gel and I really do think that this primer is too sheer and too watery to be able to tone down the redness. After I've applied the primer I can hardly notice anything different in my skin color. The funny thing is that somehow the green color stays better on my hands than on my face.
Ok, no big deal I thought. Because if this primer leaves a great canvas (smaller pores, smooth base) for my foundation I would be pleased as well... Unfortunately I'm dissapointed again in this area. I've combination skin with some flakes and this primer actually accentuates some of the dry patches on my cheeks.
Ok, chance 3 maybe? My T-zone would normally become shiny around 3 hours after make up application. I've been looking for a good oil control primer a while now. Till date I have not found anything wonderful yet. If the primer controls my oilly t-zone, I would be satisfied as well... Here comes let down nr. 3, it doesn't control my oilly t-zone AT ALL. I'm think this primer even makes my skin ollier.
At the end, I hate this product. It's still here on my make up table, I can't throw this away, because I paid quite a lot for this primer. If this primer did it's job well, I don't mind paying double for it. But now I just wasted my money on something that totally didn't work for me.
I'm glad it worked for a lot of people here on MUA, but unfortunately I'm not one of them.
This does help to minimize the redness in my skin and evens out my skintone when used under makeup. My skin looked flawless. I have to moisturize still, since I use retin-a micro every other day, but it doesn't go on cakey. Has a nice liquidy texture that sinks quickly into my skin.
I used the Smashbox primer (green) before buying this, hoping I'd have more success counteracting the redness on my face. I would say that it sort of works, but does not completely cover everything...especially at the end of the day when my nose and cheeks gets even more red. In the morning my skin is mostly fine on its own and the primer + foundation covers mostly everything, but after walking home from class I notice the stupid red bumps on my cheeks showing through my foundation and redness on my nose.
I do like the smell of this primer and I think that it does help with redness a little bit. It feels slightly moisturizing I guess...but I'm not sure if it actually IS moisturizing. The pump is also convenient, easy to use and sanitary.
I don't like that it takes more product to cover my face than the smashbox alternative--it absorbs, so it doesn't spread as well. I also don't like that it leaves a yellow stain on my skin. I noticed it the other day when I just put this on and didn't do the rest of my makeup. The finger the I pumped the primer onto had a yellow tint and the finger that I spread it onto my face with was also yellow. I'm also not entirely convinced that this makes my foundation last longer.
I don't know if I'll repurchase this...but it will last me a long time and I'll continue to use this. Maybe by the time I'm finished with it there will be a new awesome primer for me to buy.
EDIT: I noticed that this towards the end of the day my foundation looks blotchy and uneven when I use this primer on my cheeks.
This is a great primer, but I didn't notice it doing a lot to cut down on the redness in my skin, honestly. It helpted my foundation to go on smooth, but I still had to use MAC Color Corrector in Green to hide the redness in my cheeks and chin (NW15, but with areas of redness from acne irritation). I might buy it again in the future if I couldn't find another product that did a better job but this isn't an HG for me.
I bought this product without even trying it after reading the great reviews on here. I am fair skinned with a lot of pink & red in my cheeks and am forever searching for a good product to even my skin and tone down the red. I have tried many (Clinique, Eucerin, etc), but few have really made a noticeable difference for more than an hour or so. I do like Dior's green primer, but you have to mix it with foundation first and for putting on make up in a hurry this isn't always practical. First off, I love the texture of this primer. It is light and feels so soothing and fresh going on. It feels very moisturizing and has a subtle scent that is really nice and clean smelling. When I first tried this I wasn't convinced that it was really covering the red, but as soon as I put on a thin layer of tinted moisturizer I saw the difference immediately. You don't need a lot of this product to get good results, and I absolutely love the pump it comes in. I'm sold. A must have if you're looking for a great primer that will reduce redness!
I used Smashbox Photo Finish almost exclusively for years because although it was a bit slimy and thick, I just wasn't satisfied with the application and staying power of my foundation when I used other primers. Last week I picked this up on a whim and I'm officially converted! I love how the green tint lessens the redness on my cheeks and the finish is great: smooth but not heavy. Foundation and concealer applied and lasted like a dream. My new HG, for sure.
Me: MAC NW20 MUFE HD #118 Red hair, freckles
My skin throws so much red that this was almost a no brainer.
I tried the HD foundation with the zero color (no tint) primer and didn't love it. I tried it with this green primer and wow.. flawless. I use it with
my Mac foundation as well.
I love the packaging with the pump.. It's easy and you can see how much is left too. The texture is not slick like SB primer but it's not at all dry like Cargo's HD primer-which is still good btw.
I'm doing retinol and glyc peels so you know I'm flakey sometimes. If I can't exfoliate the flakes away, I will add a dab of BE PrimeTime to this
green primer. It gives it that slickery texture and helps to hide the flakes. The trick here is to moisturize then go make your bed. Then Primer, then go make someone elses bed. Then go get coffee... come back and add your foundation. Bottom line.. you need to take the time for the products to soak in before proceeding. I pat the primer in and add a bit more to the red spots. It doesn't look green through the makeup at all. It just smooths out that redness. Wonderful.
Pricey.. You don't use much. It's not bad twice a year.
Love it.. I'd repurchase.
Edit: I've been using this some days and other days not, and have come to the conclusion that it really does increase the lasting power of my foundation and make it look more flawless than it does alone. So I'm thinking I'll be repurchasing for sure.
I'm always wishing there was an "on the fence" option for "would you purchase this item again?" I'm pretty happy with the smooth application and staying power of my foundation without a primer, so I was looking more for redness reduction from this primer than anything else. Maybe I'm crazy, but I don't feel like I see any difference in redness. Maybe I'm putting it on too sheer? This primer does leave a nice smooth finish, but without feeling like spackle on my face. I tend to avoid primers out of fear they'll accentuate my dry patches, but this one actually seems to tame flaky areas rather than accentuating them. My foundation definitely does glide on over it. I just don't know if I'll repurchase since it's fairly expensive and those traditional primer qualities weren't really the reason I bought it. For now I'm saying yes, since I do think it's a lovely product overall.
i have combination skin and oily t zone. this product didnt work for me at all, it made me more oily on the t zone area. this product is really not ideal for oily skin.
My holy grail! The primer goes on smooth and doesn't feel too oily. Throughout the day, it keeps any redness and flushing at bay without making me greasy. The price tag is a bit hefty but, for me, a little goes a long way and it's totally worth it!