Brightening and tightening, when I turned 25, those words were hot buttons. Today, they still are. I have been obsessed with anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, pro everything anti-aging. So when I saw the Urban Decay Complexion primer potion, that promised to revive dull skin,
Primers and their promises . . .
It’s like a bidding war: “ Our will reduce the look of lines of fine lines and wrinkles, well, ours will reduce that and make fine lines, disappear hell, we will transform your skin, give you a facelift and all perhaps a nip and body tuck too. Yes, and our primer works for a full 36 hours, yes, tried and tested . . .”
Some of the claims are laughable, but I’m on the hunt for a good ‘blurring’ primer, especially one that lives up to its claims.
Enter Becca’s Resurfacing Primer Perfector™ (Line & Pore Minimizing Formula)
It comes in a chocolate brown tube with a silver cap. It has a thick consistency so you won’t be pumping out too much product unless, you’re thinking of that horrible co-worker who makes you life hell and squeeze that tube too hard!
Now, this claims to act like fillers, you know the kind that’s advertised in the beauty salon and you secretly take that pamphlet? Yes, those types of fillers that requires needles and a doctor to fill them lines and plump up your skin. Hey, I’m not opposed to it and maybe in 10 years time I will consider it, true story . . . hey, I’m not afraid to say it J
The Becca’s Resurfacing Primer Perfector™ (Line & Pore Minimizing Formula)
claims it resurfaces the skin because it has special oil absorbing polymers, which smooth out the skin by filling in the lines and pores and diminish shine.
Squeezed out the tube, it’s white. Blended in, it has a slight white cast and dries clear and matte.
It has a velvety smooth texture and feels more like lotion unlike silicone-based primers that have a considerable amount of slip.
Blended in it has a slight white cast.
But, this guy dries clear and matte.
So, when it dries, it dries matte and I mean matte. It’s like a topcoat for your face. For me, it filled in every crevice, pore, and crater on my face and did I mention that it was matte. Seriously, it is intensely matte. It’s like the primer created a film on my face. Foundation applied seamlessly. However, I will say, it struggled slightly. with my oil free Estee Lauder Maximum Cover foundation.
It does what it says and really creates a flawless base for foundation.
This primer is great for those with oily skin and enlarged pores and fine lines. If you have dry skin, steer clear of this. I have combination skin and tend to get oily on my T-Zone especially during the warmer weather.
However, I was testing this primer in winter and my skin tends to hate me and cry for moisturizer. I made the mistake of applying it all over my face, which ended up making my foundation look patch and cling to dry patches I never knew I had.
It is a phenomenal product. I advise using it only on the areas of your face that get oily. And NEVER apply it around your mouth or near your eye area. It’s will be a disaster in tube I promise and it’s not cute. If you have really dry skin and want to use this, I suggest moisturizing very, very well before applying it. A little goes a long way, so exercise restraint (it’s difficult I know, I go cray cray with primer at times).
My foundation lasted a full 8 hours with no touching up. You may need to touch up sooner if you have super oily skin, but this is great to keep the grease at bay.
Yes, it lives up to its claims. Now, that’s rare . . . no false marketing mumbo jumbo, because no one has time for that! Well, I certainly don’t!
Where to buy: www.beccacosmetics.co.za
13 Fredman Drive
Phone: +27 (0) 11 881 1440
Price: R480 40ml
Have you tried the Becca’s Resurfacing Primer Perfector™ (Line & Pore Minimizing Formula) ? How did you find it? Have any other blurring primers worked for you? I would love to know.
Until next time, stay blessed and beautiful. Love you all 🙂
Hi beauties this is a new series I have started on my blog that I plan to do twice a month. It’s called Bosso Ke Mang, which means Who’s the Real Boss? It’s the title of a song made famous by South African rapper Hip Hop Pantsula, also known as HHP. In this series, I take two similar products and put them to the test and decide which is better in my opinion. NB. These views are based my own experiences and in no way infer that the brand rubbish and is in no way intended to bash the brand across the board. It is simply a case of, one product is better or one didn’t work for me.
When Smashbox released its Photo Finish Primer Water I raved about it to death! You know when you like a song, and you play it until you can’t listen to it anymore, yes, it was like that. That obsession was and still is very real. It was revolutionary in my mind; I hadn’t seen anything like it on the market.
Then, while at Sandton City, I came across the Victoria Secret store. They carry beauty products; make up, fragrances and of course, sexy lingerie,
Victoria Secret Angels, guys love them, girls want to look like them? Well, most girls I know. Guess that’s why their beauty products say: ‘Supermodel Approved’ I mean, who wouldn’t feel sexy putting on bronzer that a model wearing a million rand bra has given the thumbs up!
Whenever I go to the Victoria Secret store, there’s always no stock of make up, it usually sells out so I guess this brand is popular and affordable
But on the day I went there, there was a small shelf that had some stuff on that day and my eyes darted towards this clear bottle filled with clear liquid. I saw the bold and large writing on the label ‘PRIME’. I couldn’t believe it. There was indeed another primer water and it also claimed to set make up.
So I picked up the Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray thinking yes, this is a VS Angel in a bottle. I tested it out this primer water setting spray over two weeks, going in with a very open mind. I have always believed that my job when reviewing products is to always have an open mind and I’m brutally honest and NEVER buy into the hype. If you have been following me, you know . . . it’s real! If a product is on par or great, you know I’m going to go to the Soweto tower, shouting it out, then bungee jumping because I’m crazy like that.
So this primer water/setting spray is supposed to be runway-proof. Having modeled for over a decade know what’s it’s like backstage, clothing changes, nips, tucks, bright lights . . . it’s gets, hot, your make up can melt, move and well, if you don’t have your make up done right, you will look like a hot mess.
Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray claims to be an AMAZING primer and setting spray: It’s not.
Ensures budge-proof make up for up to 8 hours: No
Under make up, provides a smooth and seamless application of make up: Your skin does fell smooth at first
Over make up, helps hold the look: Yes, it feels like you have smeared glue stick all over your face and that really does last all day, so I guess that claim is true if you think about it that way.
VS: The bottle is clear plastic and it has a pump with a fine nozzle
Smashbox: The bottle is clear plastic and has a fine nozzle.
VS: The nozzle has to be pressed twice in order for the product to spray out. This results in an irregular and uneven distribution of the mist and the mist is not as fine. Because the mist is powerful, you get a shot of cooling primer on your face. It’s refreshing but not hydrating.
Smashbox: You press the nozzle once; the nozzle prays an even, super fine mist on the face. It’s also cooling and refreshing.
VS: I found that once I sprayed it on my face, it dried down tacky very fast and stayed tacky. My foundation application was anything but seamless and looked patchy. It broke down my foundation in about 30mins after setting my make up. I do think that the uneven and distribution of the mist is a major factor in the not working for me and the gloop that makes it sticky.
Smashbox: Once sprayed onto the face, it dried tacky at first then set into a smooth canvas that was ready for foundation application. Foundation went on smoothly; my full coverage foundation.my make up was sealed when I spritzed my face after application.
VS: Price: At R195, it is cheaper than the Smashbox Prime water and you get 4ml extra (just saying)
Smashbox: Price: R400 for 116ml. Yes, it’ssssspensive.
VS: There is only one Victoria Secret store in Sandton City, Johannesburg and often there is limited stock, so it’s not readily available. I do not know if there are any other stores in South Africa. I believe Johannesburg has the only store.Smashbox: There are various Smashbox counters at selected Edgars and Woolworths stores and you can buy Smashbox products at www.redsquare.co.za or www.woolworths.co.za. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water is more easily available.
VC: No detectable fragrance and while there are no ingredients listed on the bottle, I didn’t detect any alcohol nor did my face sting or go red when I used it.
Smashbox: It smells like grass, but the scent goes away. It has no alcohol, parabens or silicone.
To be fair, I think, the Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray may work better with a light, sheer coverage foundation that doesn’t have to mix with too much product. But unlike the Smashbox Photofinish Primer water, it doesn’t give you a glow, which is odd, because those VS Angels glow like Goddesses!
And the Real Boss is . . . Smashbox Primer Water! #Bosso
Have you tried the Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray? Did you have better like than me?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Until next time, stay blessed and beautiful
It’s difficult being a prisoner to Smashbox primers, even if you think of trying out other primers when your beloved primer is down to the last drop. Do you cut the tube with a pair of scissors to get every last drop out? I do! lol
But for the sake of the love of make up and to bring you an alternative, perhaps, I tried the Inglot Makeup Under Base.
Here’s the skinny on the primer.
It claims to:
Absorb excess sebum
Subtly mattify the skin without making it too dry
Make foundation last longer.
Be hypoallergenic and suitable for ALL skin types.
It comes in a clear plastic tube and the primer is a clear gel.
The Inglot Makeup Under Base applied smoothly onto my face. Alarm bells rang because it applied it first and it felt a bit too silky smooth. You, know, the smooth of those really slippery silicone primers that could well elope with your make up to Las Vegas. But, boy was I wrong.
The Inglot Makeup Under Base doesn’t absorb immediately. It dries matte in a couple of minutes (yes, let’s give this guy a chance to work). The matte feel is comfortable, not tight at all.
I know some make up primers that have left my face dry and taught; I used to be scared to change my expression, no laughing allowed. Yes, that’s a true story.
I tried this primer with the Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Face and Body Camouflage makeup to test if it really did make application smoother.
Now if you’re familiar with EL Double Wear Maximum Cover foundation, this guy is the bizzzness. He doesn’t play around. You may need a hammer and chisel to take it off if you use too much. Ok, I’m kidding, maybe 100% industrial strength make up remover!
While it does apply well over my Smashbox primers, the application of the Estee Double Wear Maximum Coverage Face and Body foundation was smoother than normal. I applied a tiny amount and it applied seamlessly. I usually go in with a second layer (Hey, judge me, don’t judge me, there are days when I like to pack it on!) I didn’t need another drop. The foundation literally melted into my skin and my face, the foundation and I were one with the universe. I used less product and my skin looked flawless!
My foundation, lasted on me from 7.30am to 5.30 pm. Yes and while after hitting the 4-hour mark I did notice a bit of separation, on my T-zone, but with a quick stipple, the foundation went right back where it belonged. I didn’t have to add ANY additional product. Yes, my compact took a break.
Does it do what it claims? Yes! Will I buy this again? Maybe, I’ll switch it up now and then and when the tube’s finished, you will get an update!
Have you tried the Inglot Makeup Underbase? If you have or are going to try it, please let me know your thoughts.
Where to buy: Inglot cosmetic counters across the country or www.inglotcosmeticssa.co.za
The only orange peel I like is the candied variety, the ones I use when baking lemon and orange muffins or my Christmas cake.
While I love how it tastes, I hate the way orange peels look and that’s what my pores look like to me.
When foundation settles into pores, the orange peel turns into potholes and while I will get no joy calling the Roads department, I thought I’d try the Smashbox Pore Minimizing Photo Finish Primer.
Ok ,I exaggerate for effect, I don’t have very large pores but they are visible, especially when I apply foundation.
I was really excited about trying this primer after the MAC Prep and Prime Line filler was a massive FAIL.
This guy promises dramatic pore reduction for 8 hours. Over hyped, there was no drama.
So here’s the deal, I have always said that Smashbox primers are the best ever. They were the first primers I used when they came in glass bottles and under base was the secret of make up artists.
The Smashbox Pore Minimizing Photo Finish Primer comes in a plastic tube. I had to squeeze the tube pretty hard to get some product out.
I have never experienced that with a Smashbox primer. I immediately thought, I was going to slather a thick layer of margarine on my face and expected the worse. (For reference, I hate margarine . . I only eat butter) Then I saw the colour of the primer, it was nude beige and again, I thought, I’m a brownie, what have I done.
I think the tube drama was a bit of a first time technical failure but the texture of the primer was thicker than the other Smashbox primers. I figured that it would be denser because it was a pore minimizing primer after all.
So, I bit the bullet and used a pea-sized amount and it was like Harry Potter flicked his magic wand as the colour went from nude to clear and the texture sheered out to silkiness and dried matte. Though it dried matte, my face didn’t feel taught. It felt comfortable and soft.
Did this work, yes !
I found that my foundation went on smooth, lasted a bit longer. It felt like the pores went on holiday but not for 8 eight hours. After about four hours, I did get oily on my T-Zone and my pores returned from their vay-cay . . . however, I found that my foundation did look slightly more decent . . . but they were there.
While writing this, I realised that the pros of this product felt like a review of all the Smashbox primers. It created the perfect canvas for a flawless face.
I am not in love with this product, I like it but not the ‘I need this in my life’ kind of like.
The original Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is on par, actually it is far better.
Will I repurchase this? No
Why? Because Smashbox has a primer that’s a cult classic . . . The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is iconic and there’s a reason why. Hey, that’s what happens when you set the bar that high!
Where to buy: Smashbox counter across the country, Woolworths and Edgars.
Buy online at www.redsquare.co.za.
It is also available at www.woolworths.co.za