The packaging and look of this product is great, nice and sleek and comes with a pump to disburse. However- I really don't understand how this product is a primer? It feels just like a moisturizer! I have to wait a bit for it to dry and the colors (green and purple) do absolutely nothing for my skin at all. Throughout the day my skin looks extra oily using this and my makeup doesn't really stay in place. The smell is pretty awful too. Ummm.. yeah, definitely won't be repurchasing.
I was really excited to try this product because it was supposed to help with color correcting and it just looked so cool. But I was completely disappointed, I don't have a single good thing to say about it. I loved the pump, I thought it was very convenient, but the minute I pumped it the primer looked nasty with the colors mixed but I didn't think much of it, then I rubbed it into my skin and it smelled horrible, and it was really strong. And it felt greasy and weird on my skin but I still continued on to test it under my makeup. Needless to say it was a complete fail and I would never recommend it to anyone. I'm just glad that I didn't have to pay for the one I got.
I've been only using this primer for three days and I think I like my old primer more (Quo Total Perfection Face Primer) - but it's too soon to tell so I will update in a few weeks. I was looking for a different primer because Quo has silicones in it (I think this causes me acne) and I also wanted something a bit cheaper (less than $20 CDN). I first heard of Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer from a commercial and researched it - while it does contain silicone derivatives, they're not the top three ingredients (I think! Quo has silicones in the top two). I found this at Shoppers Drug Mart for about $18-20 CDN. The purple and green really don't do what they're supposed to - they neither brighten the skin or hide redness; it also seems to take more time to absorb into the skin (I have to wait AT LEAST 10 min before applying my creme foundation); and even after applying my foundation, my skin still has that sticky, layered feeling and my face looks shiny! To be fair though, I really think I have to use this longer since Quo had the same effects when I started using it. Maybe my skin just needs to get used to the product first? On the good side, I like the pump applicator, less than one pump of the product is enough to cover my entire face (so this goes a long way), and it's about $4 cheaper than Quo.
UPDATE: Okay, so giving this primer more time, I think I will make it my main one and not go back to Quo. To reduce that sticky feeling and the shine (especially on my forehead), I only need to use HALF a pump of this primer to cover my entire face (trust me, it's enough). Letting the primer absorb for at least 10 minutes, I use toilet paper to gently blot my T-zone in order to get rid of any excess product and face oiliness. This helps greatly!
This primer looked promising but the color in it is so sublte and almost completely fades when applied, especially the purple it doesn't really change anything at all for your skin I think it's not opaque enough or something. and I dont even see how it evens out skin or hides pores and everything else a primer is supposed to do. It even makes my skin oily!!
I have oily skin. I always looking for nice primer. Unfortunately this primer does not work as primer for.When I put this primer before put foundation,skin looks clean.So I think this primer will cover your skin pretty good, but it's more like moisturizer. After I put this one,my face look kind of shiny which means it already looks oil is coming out.If you have dry skin,this one might works well.
While looking around for a new primer, I was so intrigued at the concept of this particular one. I couldn't decide between a few other high end primers and figured that I would give this one a shot since it was cheap and essentially combined three different types of primers in one. I really like the pump; it makes application more sanitary and convenient. I also like that it comes with a lot of product for a cheap price. But after a few weeks of using it, I realized that it didn't really do much for my skin. My foundation slipped quite fast and it looked like I drenched my face in vegetable oil. I have extremely oily skin and it's really tough for me to find a primer that helps to mattify. I really wanted to like it but it didn't work quite well in my favor. I'm glad to see that it worked for others! Don't think that I will repurchase.
As primer, its pretty good. Not drying, not oily, not jelly/silconeish either which is great. Keeps the oil away from my face for 5 hours too. However, as a color corrector it fails. Squirts out to be green but once applied the green fades fast. It has a foul smell, the smell does fade. I would finish it but I'm still on the hunt to find a better primer.
I had a two dollar coupon for this product and decided to give it a try. I like the texture and how it made my dry skin feel smooth and moisturized. There was a slight brightness in my skin and it works well with L'oreal's liquid foundation
I personally like the primer a lot. It is so lightweight, you don't feel you have it on, unlike some that I have tried! It luminates the skin in such a prettty way. NO sparke like som, it hydrates, but doesn't leave you greasy. Very soothing to the skin. I like the finish it gives. There is a slight odor, nothing terrible, but goes away in a matter of seconds when it dries. I'm not a foundation person, I jusy use primer and blush! I think it helps the blush last longer, i am currently using Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush. Goes on beautifully after primer is applied! It is a little pricey, but I got an awesome deal at Ulta and paid $8.39 for it. Go to Walmart or Target, it's cheaper than a drugstore price! Overall it smoothes the skin, luminates it in a subtle way, and is hydrating and not heavy or greasy! I would recommend this, although people will have their own opinion as to how it works for them. I happen to LOVE it! Thanks, Almay! :)
Looks really pretty in the packaging, but sadly, doesn't do what it claims. I have past red marks from acne scarring and the green ribbon doesn't do ANYTHING. I wasn't expecting a miracle, but I was expected something. I don't really have a problem with dull skin so I don't know if the purple ribbon works. However, this is pretty moisturizing and super cheap but I probably will not repurchase.