I was given a large sample of this I & really wanted to like it because Smashbox Photo Finish & Laura Geller Spackle were getting a little too expensive for me.
My skin is dry, but relatively easy (no acne, not super sensitive, good with fragrances, don't need to hide a multitude of sins, etc.).
As soon as I put it on my face burned. I waited a couple minutes to see if it would go away, but it didn't so I had to go wash my face because it hurt. I thought maybe it was interacting with my moisturizer & tried a different type with it a couple days later. The same thing happened.
I'm so glad I got this a sample & didn't waste my money on the full size. Given how my skin can tolerate almost every other skin care product, but burned with this makes me think it's very likely someone else will experience the same thing. I'd highly recommend not buying this unless you want to take a gamble on it.
This is the first primer that I've ever used so I can't compare to any other. My skin is probably normal and I've decided, that this product feels too slippery and heavy on my face for me to purchase again. I've been using it for two weeks. I like the ease with which my foundation can be applied and how much longer it appears to last on my face after using this primer. I love the chafing gel idea - cost is definitely appealing. Thanks for the tip!
I really like this primer. I'm 50 years old with dry skin. Prior to makeup application, I use a moisturizer then apply this primer. It's very smooth and makes my skin feel soft and ready for makeup. My makeup glides on, much easier than with moisturizer alone. The packaging is great, no dipping into pots, it dispenses a perfect amount of product with one pump, (unless your skin is very dry, then you might need 2). it's a little expensive for Cover Girl but much cheaper than some of the high end primers, like lancome. Highly recommend and will definitely repurchase.
I picked up this primer on a whim because it was on sale and I had a coupon, so I got a great price. Major mistake. I was hoping it would deliver on all of it's promises, but all it did for me was make my combination skin completely an oily mess, make my foundation slide off in minutes, clog my pores and break me out in a rash of small red splotches that lasted for days. I don't have sensitive skin at all (I use strong glycolic acid peels regularly without even a hint of redness), but this just abosultely wreaked havoc on my skin. It's moisturizing alright...to a HUGE fault. I can see how this might be a good product, moisture-wise, for a mature, post-menopausal woman with superdry skin, but for 45 and under, I'd try something different.
My favorite primer (I was so grossed out when I first heard this but now I'm a believer) is Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel. It works wonders. It mattifies the skin, fills in pores, and absolutely keeps any foundation I've ever tried with it on all day. It allows the foundation to go on so smoothly and blend seamlessly. I highly recommend it!
So, full disclosure: I didn't buy this product. I smelt it at Shoppers Drug Mart and then had a sneezing attack.
It smells so bad, that I couldn't buy it. Primer should not smell like that and when it does it should be avoided at all costs.
DO NOT buy this product. Save yourself some money! Not only did I pay over $20 for something that did absolutely nothing for keeping my makeup on longer, but it also broke me out in a terrible rash all over my face. There were little red dots absolutely everywhere on my face, and I barely ever break out. I don't have sensitive skin. This primer is absolutely horrible. Don't buy it. Try absolutely anything else! If your the type of girl who wears drug store makeup, splurge on a department store primer from say Sephora. Don't waste your money. For ten dollars more you could find something good at Sephora. I've also heard good things about a certain anti-chafing gel as a primer that costs six dollars.. Look into that. Make sure you look up tons of reviews before you buy anything.
Unless you have skin made out of iron, you want your makeup to melt off, and you feel like wasting $20, do not buy this. Honestly, please don't!
This is a very mediocre primer. It does moisturize very well, but as far as lending my makeup more staying power & minimizing pores, I feel like it is very lacking. Not to mention the fact that it is very overpriced for the quality. If you are looking for a little moisture boost before your put on your makeup, this could be good. I personally do not need that as my daily moisturizer does the job. Would not purchase this again, as there are cheaper primers out there that does the job much better. continued >>
Over all I love this primer. I use it everyday and have had no problems. I have acne prone skin and it doesn't make them worse. The pump is very handy. The only thing I found is that this is kind of pricey for a drugstore product...but it was so worth it.
Most of the primers I've used are of the dimethicone/silicone variety, and I love the way those feel. This one is more like a light moisturizer with a "slip" similar to the dimethicone/silicone primers. It is great for my dry skin, though I use it more in the winter time and stick with the silicone primers in the summer, as they absorb shine better than the Cover Girl + Olay Simply Ageless.
Update- I've been using this exclusively for the last few weeks and I'm bumping it up to 5 lippies! This has niacinamide in it, which is fantastic for redness, and it does have dimethicone, so that's where the "slip" comes from, but it still doesn't feel like your typical silicone primers. Also, while it isn't listed as having SPF, it does contain titanium dioxide, so there's a bit of built-in sun protection. All in all, it's totally worth $13, as it actually helps my skin, as opposed to the Bare Escentuals, Hard Candy, or other primers that I've tried!
I brought this awhile ago when CoverGirl was on sale at my nearest store, but I don't think I would purchase it at full price considering it is quite pricey for a drugstore product. I like that this primer is not silicone based. It is very moisturizing and I noticed my foundation went on alot smoother. What I really hated with this is that it feels incredibly heavy on my skin and if you have oily skin like me, avoid this! I think it's best suited for drier skin types. When using this, I look like a complete grease-ball. I didn't think it helped make my foundation last longer. Gave it to my mom who likes it better than I do. :)