I’m always on the hunt for amazing face primers. The first primer I ever used was from L’Orèal and it came in a little pot, that was my favorite primer and I remember it doing such an amazing job. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with other primers to see how they hold up. I’ve honestly always liked NYX and their products were always affordable. This primer is a little bit more on the pricey side, so is it worth the investment?
Claims: A lightweight, colorless gel creates an invisible layer that acts as a buffer to the outside elements. It helps makeup stay fresh and color-true for hours, lasting all day and well into the night.
Does it do it?: Meh. Like most things, it’s only lightweight when it’s used in moderation. You have to be extremely careful with how much you put on. Too much, you’ll become a slick grease-ball in no time. The longevity on this product isn’t the greatest either. I can feel my oils seeping through around 3 hours of wearing it, and if I decide to use a semi-matte foundation with it, my oils will seep through a lot faster.
With the right amount, I do notice my foundation applying a bit smoother and blending a bit easier. There is silicone which helps the foundation blend and it does fill in my pores a bit, but it doesn’t really help to refine my pores. If you do have dry patches you may have some issues with this since it doesn’t moisturize or provide any type of filler. I would say you may want to avoid using this in dry areas since it could end up accentuating those areas when you put your foundation on.
Overall: There’s nothing too impressive about this primer. I don’t see it as a “shine killer” because all I see it really do is bring out the shine a lot quicker. The packaging allows you to have a lot of control in terms of how much product you dispense which is nice, however… If you’re not a fan of the silicone feel on your face, then this isn’t for you. If you are looking for something to really lock down your oils, then this isn’t for you. If you are wanting a cheaper drug store alternative, then I think you should keep looking.
Have you tried out this primer? What do you think about it? What are you favorite drug store primers? Let me know in the comments!