I have never found a primer I get along with, my skin is oily and I’ve tried a whole bunch of them that claim to help mattify but almost every one is silicone based. I get what silicone does and when you first apply is it definitely LOOKS matte and evens everything out but it FEELS greasy. I also don’t understand how it helps makeup stay put as it never sets, surely everything just slides away if you touch it? If you’re a huge silicone primer fan I would love to know specifically what you love about it as I just don’t get it.. it MUST work or they wouldn’t have made so many, would they?
I’ve also tried primers which leave your skin tacky.. this I ‘get’ as it’s almost like a glue for your makeup.. the problem here is that you can get a less than flawless finish if you don’t blend it out well enough. All in all I’d written primers off as not for me after countless products failed me and I would never had tried this one had it not been in a beauty box. In truth I probably still wouldn’t have tried it had you guys not told me how amazing it was, so big thanks to those of you who told me I needed to give it a go because I seriously love it. It’s not a product I would use every day as I think primers, setting sprays, longwear foundations etc can suffocate your skin and I know mine has suffered from overdoing all of the above in the past but when you want your base to stay in place this is my number 1 recommendation.
First of all the texture is like gel, it absorbs (or seems to) in the skin quickly leaving a semi matte finish and no residue – the perfect base for whatever is going on top. There’s not heavy fragrance and the packaging is user friendly.. you can squeeze out a little more than needed which is annoyingly wasteful but that’s the worst I can say about it. A couple of points to mention – I feel that it does dry my skin a touch (but again.. this is why I wouldn’t recommend it for daily use) and my makeup seems to sit on my skin which is no issue whatsoever.. unless you touch it. I suspect that all primers must do this to some extent.. you can definitely smear your foundation when wearing this underneath but I guess you can also touch up and redo things without it looking as cakey as the makeup never seems to totally settle in the same way it would on my bare skin. That sounds like a negative but really only applies to us face touchers!
Do you wear a primer? Do you find it really helps the look/wear time of your makeup or are you like me pre-Laura Mercier goodness and still searching for something that makes any difference at all?