22 days ago
I grabbed a deluxe sample of this primer, after the years and years of positive press/reviews. I have reactive skin, which is dry but can get oily in the T-zone, with large pores from acne lotion use. This primer has a very neat consistency, it's very lightweight and once applied, disappears on the skin with a powdery finish. Not oily at all (it's oil-free). Some have compared this to NYX's Angel Veil, and I own that primer as well, and right off the bat - no - they aren't the same. Angel Veil is very thick and doesn't spread well. This stuff just vanishes! I wore this one full work day without any makeup, to see how my skin might react. What I noticed right after application is that this definitely leaves a white cast to the skin. It's hard to miss. It blurs a little, not very much, and gave my skin a "glow" which I think comes from the white cast. I'm NC15 - NC20. I do have redness, so the white cast diffuses that a bit. However, once the day started, I couldn't tell that I had anything on my skin, other than knowing I had put this on, and that if I touched my face, you could feel that powdery finish. I still had that feeling after a full day - so it doesn't wear off. I tested this again, under a foundation, and I'm just not that impressed. It does grip your foundation, as most primers do, but I noticed the 2 times I wore this with my foundation, my makeup looked much more stark on my face than normal, and I'm pretty sure it's from the underlying "white cast" from this primer. The foundation I used to test normally oxidizes darker on me, which is how I knew something was strange. My makeup wore fine, but I do think this primer causes your skin to dry out a bit because the first day I applied it without any makeup, the primer caused me to have flakes because of the powdery finish. Under foundation, it's not so bad, but I don't feel the price point of this primer justifies the result. I'm glad I have a little sample, but unless I see some radical improvement with a different foundation, I wouldn't buy this primer with this price point. There are tons of others out there. I give it points for not bothering my skin and being absolutely light and oil-free.
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