This is nothing special. I love the urban decay eye primer potion because that does wonders for me and I thought that maybe they would come out with a primer for the face that does the same thing, I was wrong. I decided to get the brightening one because the pore minimizing one felt very greasy as if it would leave a film behind that I couldnít get off my fingers. Now one thing i love about this product is its cute container which is adorable if only the product inside was just as good. The primer goes one like a lotion, not very thick but it is different them most primers, i didnít see my face "brighten" and it made no real difference for my foundation. For an average product i would not buy again because there must be something better out there.
This is a great primer, helps my makeup go on well and is paraben-free. It goes on moist, which I like, because some primers I've tried can be drying even to my oily skin. However, it does not make my skin feel like velvet and that's what I *really* like in a primer, but it is definitely a very good product. The packaging is OK, though I prefer a jar with a pump, rather than a tube but I can get over it. ;-) Good stuff!
I have terrible skin and need to use foundation everyday. This product as a base makes my skin feel really nice, and it makes the foundation go on so much nicer. I have also gotten multiple compliments from my friends that my coloring overall looks much nicer!
I read the reviews. It is not the wonder product I was led to believe. Thinking it had decent ingredients and sans silicone I succumbed. It does nothing beneficial for my skin either with/without makeup at all: no increase in durability, no improvement in finish. Nothing. I was sort of hoping I could replace moisturiser with this as I am breakout prone. I am still not convinced of the point of a primer. I think its just a marketing ploy to get us to keep buying excessive products and also worry about overladdening my skin with so much stuff. The tube seemed to only be half full when I opened it. I felt inclined to take it back thinking I must have a dud. It looks like PVA. It broke me out consistently on the days I tried it and I did give it a proper go. I can't wear it at all now. I tried using it just on my eyes or just on the few icepick acne scars I have (doesn't cover them and yes I pat it on) but I get the strangest sensation every time. The corner of my mouth feels like it does when you have been to the dentist. It feels slightly numb and I keep wiping it because it feels like I am drooling but the area is actually really dry. Its a nerve thing. I can't really believe its this but it hasn't happened before. I don't want it. Gave it to my mum who so far thinks its good.
really wanted to love this, but half way through the tube, I just don't see it making a difference in the appearance of my skin. I feel like my foundation goes on the same with or without this, and i get the same coverage/same look either way. doesn't make my makeup stay on better or last longer either. and my search for a primer continues...
It's not a bad product, just not what I wanted. I prefer my primers to give me that silky feel. This one just felt like my face a bit damp. Furthermore, it didn't do much for me except give my face that dewy look. If that is the look I'm after, I already own other creams and such to achieve that.
The Pore Perfecting one worked much better for my needs.
I wear a really natural looking mineral makeup(EM)--natural color and texture. The one problem with it is that it starts to melt a bit fairly soon in my t-zone, precisely the area I need coverage with my mild rosacea. So, at last, with this primer my makeup stays put and looks natural. It's only after a day's worth of wear, about the time you'd be heading home for work, does any bit of melt start to happen and even then it's not a serious amount of melt, which is an entirely reasonable duration for primer to be effective.
When I first put this on, it looked and felt like I had put egg whites on my face. At first, I thought, uh oh, just how natural is this going to look? I may use mineral makeup, but I don't use a lot, so I worried that I'd have a shellacked look. My fears came to naught. Even with only a small amount of makeup applied, there was no egg white look, instead my face had a subtle, natural glow and my makeup looked very natural in combination with it. And yes, I'll keep buying this.
The one downside: it's a little too tight feeling on my face for my comfort. I get regular tension headaches from TMJ, so my face feeling tight is not a good thing in terms of preventing tension. If UD comes out with a primer formulation that just as effectively prevents makeup melt, but is less tight, I'll admit, I'll switch. Also, have to admit, I find the twisting cap thing a little annoying.
Update: Product no longer causes tight feeling on my skin. I think it was a case of the cooler weather making my skin tend to be tighter. However, I'm keeping the score four instead of five because of unpleasant development. The silver coating on the twist cap has started to come off in bits on my fingers when I twist open the primer and squeeze out some primer. The silver bits end up on my face looking like big, chunky pieces of glitter. The first time this happened was the day when my husband was scheduled to have major surgery. I didn't exactly have time to fix this problem and so had the embarrassment of chunky bits of "glitter" during a very serious, somber time. Be sure to open the bottle with a piece of tissue to avoid the silver bits if your bottle threatens to have the same problem as mine. For what I paid for this, I should not be having these kind of problems. I'm still leaving it yes for would I buy it again, but if I come across a product at the same price that works just as well, but with better packaging, I'll defect.
I notice the general comments on this so far seem to be, "I don't really believe in primers but this one is awesome" And I must agree. I have tried almost everyone out there because I LOVE the idea of having this thing that is going to make me look like I have skin like an airbrushed model and its gonna last all day. Unfortunately, the ones with silcone can look masky and then the day after, i get big cysts. The ones without silcone like Korres, I mayaswell be just using a normal mosturizer as a "primer" But this one was "Oh, wow". You just need a little tiny bit and it gives you a glow under you makeup. And not a greasy oily glow , more like a " yes,i drink 3 gallons of water a day and load up on antioxidents daily" glow. I have tried it with MUFE Face and Body. Nars Sheer Glow, Revlon CS, and Tarte Smooth Operator and Recreate, all with beautiful results. On top of this amazing glow, it somehow keeps things matte. on my t-zone. That's pretty cool.
Like other people mention, the cap is kinda of weird, and you can potentially squeeze to much out. It's important to only use a little bit. I have found less is more with this. Putting too much on sort of gives the masky look. Very nice!
I have never been compelled to write a review for a product until now. I have been wearing mineral makeup for years and have always had a hard time keeping it fresh looking/not sliding off my very oily skin. As a natural product junkie I won't even go near silicones of any kind, so finding a decent (natural-ish) primer has taken a looooong time! The problem is 99% of primers out there contain silicones which are occlusive to the skin and leave your it feeling heavy which I hate. It also cuases secondary acne in a lot of people in that it does not clog pores per say but it cements down dead skin/dirt/oil etc. which in turn causes acne. (Even the so-called natural primers contain silicones a lot of the time, which really peeves me off, I'm talking to you BE and Tarte!!) I tried the Korres primer - pimples everywhere! It also was very greasy and did nothing for staying power. Lorac's Aquaprime is OK (not natural), but it is more of a light gel moisturizer that actually goes great underneath this UD product.
I spent hours on Spehora's website looking at ingredient lists for primers and stumbled upon this one and couldn't believe my eyes, NO SILICONES!!!! wooohooo. The ingredients in this primer are also relatively safe and non-toxic so I ran to the store and picked it up right away. It cost me 39$ CDN- not bad.
Apparently this primer is for more mature skins, but I'm 22 with ridiculously sensitive and oily skin, I do not have acne but whenever I use products that do not agree with me I get pimples and inflammation. This product had caused no breakouts whatsoever. In fact my complexion seems a bit clearer and smoother since I have started using this.
I apply this after using my 100% pure aqua boost serum. I apply a thin coat of this primer all over (even on my eyelids!) apply my Lucy minerals foundation and finish off with a very light dusting of MUFE HD powder, and I'm good to go for at least 8hrs!
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Polyacrylamide, Algae Extract, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Pullulan, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.
The only ingredients I wish weren't in this are Laureth-7 and c13-14 Isoparaffin, but they are near the end of the list so at least I know the amount is miniscule.
Overall a great product that is relatively natural and safe at a decent price, if UD ever stops making this I will be lost :P
UPDATE: Had to stop using this after about 3 months use. It made my face feel hot and itchy mid-day and gave me weird bumps on my face that were not pimples. I think it may have been the algae extract as I have reacted to products with algae in them before. Still recommend, I am just abnormally sensitive.
I also got over my hate-on with silicones and have learned to love them - I now use Hourglass veil mineral primer and Amazing Cosmetics primer as well- both formulations have minimal ingredients and would highly recommend for sensitive skins.
I'm impressed by this primer. I think most primers are very slick on my face and my makeup sits on top, but this primer was very soothing and refining. I did have breakthrough shine, but I was able to blot. This doesnt break me out either. This is perfect for winter as I could use some hylauronic acid and matriyl 3000 moisturizing agents. I may try the pore refining primer in the summer time.