I have no complaints with this product! In all honesty I have not tried any other face primers, but here are the pluses:
-Makes my face smooth all day
-makes my under eye concealer crease less
-helps to make foundation go on better
-a tiny bit goes a long way
-Skin gets less greasy through the day
-I'm almost certain it keeps my pores from clogging
-It's a good price
-it's easy to get out of tube
I can't understand why people bother to buy Smashbox, nars and benefit primers when this one is soooo good. As far as I'm concerned I wont need to try any of those expensive primers (unless it comes in a box set or for free of course ;) ).
HORRIBLE! very greasy...I hated it just like all the other Hard Candy products.
I got this as part of a kit that was on clearance after Christmas at Wal-Mart. Every primer I've ever tried has been greasy and breaks me out. I was skeptical of this one because the texture of it is really strange. It almost feels rubbery when you rub it between your fingers. But, no pain, no gain, so I gave it a shot. Aside from the really strange texture of this, which doesn't change even after you apply it to your face, there were no ill effects after using this. It does make my skin smooth and my foundation glide on easier. I got used to the feeling of it on my skin.
number one pro of this is it doesnt break me out, unlike other primers ive tried and had to pitch. i dont use it daily, i really only bought it for prom where i knew my makeup would be put to the test. i dont find the need to layer your skin on with more product then necissary so i tend to only wear primer when my makeup will be put to the test. i find primer should only make your foundation better. so yes this does fill in my pores and make application smooth but i try to stick with foundation that dont show off pores or is hard to put on anyway. the main thing i noticed with this primer is not the lasting power that it gave my makeup, already wearing long lasting makeup like revlon colorstay or such (again primer shouldnt be expected to make a crappy foundation into a HG anyway... so i buy longwearing foundation to start with) i did notice that it kept my dry skin down and prevented flaking, so though my makeup is always there at the end of the night, but after a long night like prom, i noticed that i didnt have dry caky spots that i would have if i wore my makeup for 12 hours while dancing without it. thats why i wear it. i could take pictures even at the after prom without feeling like the creases of my skin and nose would be cracking. i dont find primer a daily need anyway. but thats why i use it, and if u do feel the need for a primer, id suggest this one especially for dry skin. but i wont repurchase.
So the great thing about this primer is that it comes with a TON of product. Way more than any other primer I've seen. However, I'm not too crazy about how it works. Unlike other primers I've used (MAC Prep n' Prime, Black Radiance Oil Control Primer, etc) this one doesn't really smooth over my pores enough and doesn't really do much for keeping my makeup on longer. I've heard a lot of other people rave about this product so maybe it's just me, regardless, I'm going to keep using it until its gone because I hate wasting money and product.
I love this! I've never used primer so this was my first one. This made applying foundation SO much easier. The primer creates a smooth canvas so your foundation can glide on more easily. I like that because I end up using way less foundation. I would rather buy this than keep squeezing out more and more of my $40 foundation to cover my face! I have oily skin and this does not exacerbate my oiliness nor make me break out. I'm just extremely pleased with this purchase. I was worried about some of the reviews saying this felt "greasy". It's partly true, but I think it's just the super smoothness making your skin more slippery. It certainly does not impart any actual grease or oil to make your skin oily.
HG primer! I have EXTREMELY dry skin (think the Sahara + eczema + every skin disease caused by dry skin ever) and two extremely dark, tender, dry and painful eczema spots under my chin. Usually my makeup there appears cakey no matter what I do, and my foundation + concealer will fade only there so easily. After using this over my moisturizer, my skin and makeup have never looked so flawless, even there! My foundation applied on so gorgeously and my bronzer + blush needed much less blending due to such a smooth texture on my face.
I also suffer from ridiculously dry lips no matter what I do. They have natural semi-deep wrinkles in them and overproduce tissue so I'm constantly exfoliating and applying Vaseline on them. Because of this, I always look like a crazy person when wearing nude lips. I let this primer go on after my lip balm and used honeylove (a drying, matte MAC lipstick) and voila! Perfection!!
I don't know what people are talking about when they say they don't like the texture of the product. I guess it's weird, almost like a mousse, but nothing to ever stop me from using it, especially if it's keeping me moisturized for such a low price. I recommend it to anyone with dry skin!
My year long search for the perfect primer has ended! I have found the perfect primer in Hard Candy's Sheer Envy Primer.
The application technique that works best for me is applying a generous amount evenly onto my entire face and letting it dry completely before applying foundation. If you're worried about using too much primer, you can always add a thin layer, let it dry, and then add another thin layer. Kind of like building coverage with foundation.This primer will not flake off like a lot of primers I have tried and applying foundation too soon doesn't allow the primer to dry/set and do its job.
As for the packaging, I rated it a 5 because when it gets low, I will be able to cut the end off and get what's left that won't squeeze out (I don't like to waste). Finally, the BEST part...it's only 8 bucks!
I love this primer. It's the only primer I've used, but it makes my foundation last essentially all day with little to no touch-ups. Since I have combination skin I deal with a pretty oily T-zone, but this primer eliminates that problem when used correctly. I find that a little goes a LONG way, a lot of people talk about a really greasy consistency on the face which in part is true, but I find that using a dime-sized amount is most effective. After using, I let it sit and dry for a minute or two, and afterwards my face feels velvety smooth and helps A LOT with my concealer and foundation application. It also does a great job of minimizing my pores. The packaging is really cute, as with all other Hard Candy products, and the squeeze tube is also very practical in that it's very easy to dispense the product and use all of it up. The only problem I've found is that it sometimes separates and you get a really watery-like substance, but if you shake it a bit first you can avoid that from happening. Also, it's not tested on animals!!
Overall, if you use the primer correctly, it can last you for a while and give you great results, and for only $8 at Walmart you might as well give it a try!
This is a good primer. Staying power is good.
Only thing is that I really dislike how it feels when I initially apply it on my face.
Initially it feels very oily.
But after a few minutes it feels just fine.