Arbonne • Virtual Illusion Makeup Primer • Primer/ Corrector
|Would buy this product again.||92%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I have never felt my face feel so silky and beautiful. The minute I put just the tiniest amount on my face it was like heaven. This stuff is truly amazing and all natural! We're paying the same price for department store crap that uses parabens, mineral oils and other age attributing garbage! 500 products banned in Europe vs. the mere 100 in the US. Look up mineral oil and it's age causing effects and it's in EVERYTHING we put on our bodies because it's cheaper to put in products than to properly dispose of! Now that's sad and SICK. Check out Arbonne's RE9 anti aging line..simply amazing!
I will never go back to US based skincare again!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Brown, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I would definitely repurchase this again. Why? Because it makes my skin feel SO smooth and it helps mattify my face. My face literally feels like velvet when I put this on before my foundation routine. It helps my concealer and foundation stay in place too which is a plus. I've used different primers before but they all felt so thick and unnatural on me. Like I could just feel it on my face. But with this, it evens out my facial textures wonderfully and feels lightweight. I like the packaging - it's sleek and the fact that it's a pump makes it all the more convenient. I'll never look at another primer again. :)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I love this product!!! It really transforms my skin from not-impressive to super-smooth in just one pump. My makeup runs a lot easier, last a little longer, and I actually use less amount of foundation when I use this primer.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
OMG - This is totally amazing!!!!!
I can't tell you how glad i am that i listened to all the great reviews, not only here on MUA, but also some other review sites.
This product is the bomb. Seriously this is going to change my life. If you have oily skin and have to blot your face after about 4 hours then you will understand! I put this on at 7am and it is now 4pm and i have not had to blot my face! This is a first for me in all my years of wearing make up and i am 30 years old! That's what i mean about life changing!! It creates the most beautiful canvas for applying foundation - i use it with MAC studio fix and the result is wonderful. Great coverage, true colour, no streaking or caking, no flakiness or dry patches and just flawless. The only other times my make up has looked like this is when i have had it professionally applied - seriously this stuff is that good.
I have tried a lot of primers (clinique, clarins, MAC, Body shop, Avon, Benefit, YSL, Smashbox, Boots No7, L'Oreal, Prescriptives.. the list goes on...) and this is by far the best. It is the only primer that actually works with MAC studio fix foundation - the rest leave me a bit cakey or looking a bit unnatural.
I don't know how have i ever lived without this product! All the brilliant reviews are completely correct. Go and buy this - you will never want to use another primer again.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Other
I use Skin79's BB cream as primer-and-foundation-in-one now. It works for me as a poor student and my skin for some reason loves it. Not as good ingredients as in this primer, but I still wanted to update as the Skin79 BB cream also is a wonderful primer. The gold one is thicker, heavier and more covering, the hot pink is less on all of these points and the light pink one is the most transparent and light. All of these may be more suitable for drier skin types.
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I bought this primer because I have a lot of foundations that I used before, when my skin was oily. Now my skin is dry and sensitive, and I didn't want to throw out my foundations. I bought this because of the high ratings here.
I have never before found a primer that I like, but this is actually really good for the purpose I bought it for. I must say: this does NOT WORK with my moisturising foundations - they will stripe, slip and n-e-v-e-r dry. BUT: with oil free foundations that are mattifying and long lasting this is great! Examples are: Double Wear from Estee Lauder, Revlon Colorstay, Guerlain Parure, MAC Pro Longwear, Clarins Everlasting Foudation - all of these foundations are for oily skin, but if you have normal or dry skin and this primer, you can wear them too!
My skin is dry and sensitive. NO foundations for oily skin would look good on me, even with a ton of moisturizer - when the moisturizer sunk in and/or evaporated during the day, the foundation made my skin look dry. But not with this! Why I want to wear foundations for oily skin? Because these foundation often have awesome staying power, which is reeeally important to me. This primer makes the foundations look so smooth, perfect and...unnotisable! Before this primer Double Wear looked horrible on me: very obvious, dried my skin out and made my face look very flat. Now it looks natural, dewey (yes! So if you don't like dewey, this may not be for you) ans doesn't dry my skin out AT ALL! It's unbelievably amazing!
My routine: wash face, moisturize, wait for moisturizer to sink in, apply under eye concealer, then this primer (I do not apply to eye area because my concealer doesn't work with it, just as moisturizing foundations don't), Wait for primer to set a little bit. Apply foundation with a sponge. I know this wastes more product than brush or fingers, but I prefer this method for thicker foundations because it's easier to achieve an even look this way. This primer also makes me use less foundation :)
BTW: this is the type of slippery siliconey primer, not the sticky type.
Would I recommend this? If you have thick foundations, that are oil free, they will apply well over this, but thin foundations and foundations containing oil may streak with this under or take a long time to dry. I'm not sure I will buy this again - I still hope my skin will get better and I won't have to wear thick foundations.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
I love this primer! I don't own it because I only wear blush and not really foundation so I didn't think it would really be worth it for me, but my friend let me use hers once. It goes on easily and it dries sooooo soft and velvety. It's actually almost worth wearing alone with out make up over it because of how it makes your skin feel. It did make my blush pop and it seemed like I didn't have to use as much to get the desired effect. I tried it on my eyelids and it really didn't do much as an eyeshadow primer...but I don't think it's really meant for that. I would definitely buy it if I wore foundation more.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This primer is the bomb! Don't use too much or you can get little pillings. Begin with only one pump. But is is so much better than any primer I have ever used, so I stopped using them until I found this one. It makes my makeup so flawless I feel as if I have been photoshopped and worry I look too perfect!! (and I am 57!). How crazy is that?
I have REALLY sensitive skin and have rosacea, and I have found that Arbonne products typically really work well for me. As does Illuminare liquid mineral make-up. But I can use this primer and put on La Prairie foundation for a different look and not break out. I seriously break out within hours with most make-up, even the most high end ones ostensibly made specifically for sensitive skin.
I pay a consultant fee each year so I can buy Arbonne at a discount, and I buy this, the cleanser (fabulous!), and the tinted moiisturizer, which is great. I used to buy the RE line, but I think that they upped the citrus acid in it too much, so it irritates my skin now when it didn't before. Arbonne's sugar scrubs and so on are also really sweet.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
Oh how I miss my HG primer! Mine also cam in a black plastic bottle (hence the 2 star rating on packaging quality) but it never broke it's just not gorgeous! But believe me, it makes your foundation go on perfectly!
I did not realize what a difference it made until I ran out - it was a christmas gift and I have no idea where it's available locally. I have since tried a few other primers but none have really compared - either too greasy or too lotiony etc. This is the epitome of great primers. therefore I would recommend and purchase again in a heart beat. Also though it's a little pricey it lasted me over a year I only used one pump for my whole face and neck! A little certainly goes a long way in this case.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Wavy Eyes: Blue
This must be the older version of the primer. The new one is in a black bottle. I LOVE this primer! It's clear and glides on smooth, making my skin feel like silk! It also makes my foundation look better. The only thing I hate is that it is kinda pricey and you only get 1 ounce. A little goes a long way though. I also hate that you have no way of knowing how much you have left after each use because of the packaging...so you kinda have to go by how often you use it and how much you use to determine if you need to order more. Overall I still love it and think it's better than any primer out there!!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
I have pretty dry skin, and most primers seem to enhance the flakies (even with moisturizer), but not this! My mom bought this for me to try, and I have been very impressed with it so far. It makes my skin look smooth and even, and dries pretty quickly. My only dislike is the packaging, but even that can't stop me from giving it 5 stars!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Love this primer, but hate the price. It takes only a very small amount (one pump's worth) to cover my whole face and neck, though, so it does go a long way. I often wear only this and a dusting of Clinique blending powder instead of full foundation. It does something to diffuse the look of pores and it makes my skin look glowy.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Wavy Eyes: Blue
I really like this product. I have an combination skin which is really oily throught the T-zone. I use powder foundations to help and this primer helps me get an even distribution of the powder plus it keeps my makeup looking good for most of the day. During the warmer months I still get a little shiny later in the day but I can blot it away without accidentally blotting the makeup off too.
The original packaging was bad. After the pump quit working I could get at least another month's worth of product out by using a little make-up spatula to scrape down the sides of the bottle.
They've changed the bottle and I'm not sure about the new style. The bottle is completely opaque plastic and the top is fused to the bottom so I can't actually see how much product is left. I think I'm nearing the end of this one and the pump is still delivering the right amount of primer. On one of Arbonnne's other products they's switched the bottle to a push-up style pump where the interior floor of the bottle rises as the product gets used. I suspect they've done this on the primer bottle too. When I get to the end of this one I'm going to break it open to see.
I haven't tried many primers but I love this one.
Update - I hit bottom on the newly designed bottle. The exterior of the bottle is a plastic shell that snaps apart. I accidentally dropped it on the floor and it broke apart revealing the interior bottle which has a screw top. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the new vacuum style bottle does a good job of getting most of the product out. I scraped about one application's worth out using a spatula - that's pretty good!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
Finished a sample of this primer. It smells all right. It goes on w/ease. Makes your skin feel silky smooth and gives you a matte finish look. It controls oil for hours and you can reapply as needed. It is tinted but you cannot see any color when applied. The price is $33 for 1oz. Seems pricey but you anly need a small amount. Will buy this product.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm Hair: Brown, Kinky, Medium Eyes: Brown
Update to my earlier review. Arbonne has changed their packaging to this really cool pump that gets every last drop of product out of the bottle. Didn't know that anything like this existed! Therefore, I've upped my rating from a 4 to a 5 (previously knocked off one lippie for the packaging). Thanks Arbonne!
LOVE this primer. I don't leave the house without it. Leaves a super smooth finish and makes my skin look flawless w/no makeup and even more flawless when I'm wearing makeup. My t-zone used to get super-shiny all the time, but now I have this primer to keep me fab all day. Long gone are the days that I'd take a pic with friends in the middle of the day and be horrified at the shine-ball that was my face. This stuff surprisingly keeps me pretty matte for most of the day. If you don't think it's working, add more; it was just an OK product for me until I realized I needed 2 pumps - one specifically for my t-zone and the other for the rest of my face.It's a bit pricey for me, but worth every penny. Gave it 4 lippies only because they could definitely improve the packaging. I have 2 old bottles that still contain a decent amount of product - the only problem is that I can't get the product out! Would love to break into the bottle, but since it's glass I know I'd either end up 1) cutting my finger or 2) get glass shards into the product - neither of which is a good idea. Also, my pump ends up breaking once I'm halfway through the bottle, which means I end up directly dipping out of it (yuck!). Even still, don't know how I lived without this stuff.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I never would have purchased this item on my own, as I haven't heard much about the Arbonne brand. However, it was included as a freebie with another purchase, and I am beyond grateful that it was. I am quite oily, even in winter, and I literally had my foundation on for about 15 hours, and I didn't even have to blot. My foundation looked perfect when I washed my face. I was stunned! My skin also looks completely poreless when I wear it. Right now, I'm using it with Revlon's Mineral Mousse foundation, which I also love. It has a very silky feel to it (it does have silicones in it), but does not cause foundation to ball up on your face, which is a problem I encountered with Smashbox's primer.
The packaging isn't wonderful because, though it comes in a pump bottle, I fear it will be hard to get every last bit of the product out. However, this seems to be only bad thing I can say about this product. I checked online, and it sells for $32.50 retail, but I found several eBay auctions for it at a much lower price. I will definitely be stocking up on this!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Green
I tried this product when I was given a sample by an Arbonne Rep. I normally would have never given this line the time of day but I'm so glad I did. I love this primer. In fact, I love it more than Spackle, BE prime time, Tarte, MUFE. It's an amazing product.
One thing I notice about this primer is that it is a slightly different texture than the other primers I've used. It still feels very smooth and silky but it instantly gives the skin smoothness and a velvety look the second you put it on.
This would be perfection even for men who have to be on camera because it just looks great and keeps the shine at bay.
If you purchase from your Arbonne rep, you will pay
32.50 USD for 1.oz
here's a link https://arbonne.com/shop_online/showitem.asp?ProductId=6324&menuId=25&withLinks=1
I swapped for this and saw it on ebay. Even if you can just get some samples of this.. do it! You will not believe it.
I like how Arbonne's packaging dispenses a single use amount. A little goes a long long way.
I'm becoming a fan of this company!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
A must have for any makeup kit! It helps your makeup stay on longer, covers your pores and wrinkles and more! When you put it on your face becomes instantly silky (and your fingers too!) and is the best feeling! I have sensitive skin and I have never had a problem with it.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I absolutely love this Primer. Granted, I haven't really used any other primers, but this one has been amazing. It feels like liquid silk going on your face, but dries to a fairly matte powder finish. I've been wearing my BareMinerals over it, and my face looks smooth, even and pore-less. So far I haven't found anything wrong with it. Maybe someday I'll try some other primers to have a comparison, but for now I am sticking with this one.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This product is amazing! It makes your skin feel like silk and gives you a flawless look. I use it daily, under the line defiance foundation.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
I'm not sure about this product. Pros and Cons. Like the texture and the way it goes on. But, when I put on the foundation over it, it kind of crumbs, like an eraser does.