I’ve always yearned for day that I would wake up and fall deeply in love with Benefit That Gal, it never happened. Sad sigh. Which is why I was pretty skeptical that the new Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Mineral Correcting Primer probably would fall into the realms of a no go.
The new range features three shades of primer to address various issues. The one I’m reviewing for you today is the Pink Highlighter which is a 3 in 1 Corrector, Primer, and SPF. The promise of smooth, brighter skin on the box tempted me however the color and idea reminded me very much of That Gal and my downfall with the product…
What did I think?
A primer to correct imperfections, smooth skin, fill lines, and boost makeup’s staying power!
Physicians Formula somehow takes the formula behind That Gal and makes it better. Fans of That Gal will find a beefer formula and cheaper price tag at $10.95 compared to $28 bucks with these new Correcting Primers.
As I mentioned above I purchased the Pink Highlighter version which promises smoother, brighter skin. I was a bit worried since the pink comes across pearlish and iridescent. I felt for sure this would come across too glowy on my skin but it smooths out beautifully well and does indeed brighten a bit and creates a soft focused glow rather than one that’s unflattering or shimmery. I was surprised to learn it had an SPF 15, not a whole lot of sun protection but none the less I’m grateful for whatever protection I can get.
The texture feels like a second skin not entirely moisturizing or hydrating but more a runny formula that has a rubbery feel as you apply much like the new NYX HD Primer I recently reviewed. This isn’t an uncomfortable feeling in the least and is not silicone based, it feels different and doesn’t quite absorb into your skin but rather lays on top of it creating a layer between your skin and your makeup. This is actually a good thing as it protects your base products and prevents them from sliding away or oxidizing. Used with regular foundation I can easily seen some extended wear time.
The key benefits of the product for me where an extension in the wear of my base products and the fact that it helped brighten my face up a fair bit and eased dullness. I’m not sure how well it will perform with larger pores but I’m leaning towards saying it might fill pores well and might even mattify oily skin a bit as well!
At this price, I’d say it was a decent little primer that can easily dupe what Benefit That Gal may already be doing for you and in some ways work even better!
The twist up pen and attached brush make for easy application and for toting this around although some may find the brush a breeding ground for bacteria, really depends how anal you are I guess. I normally swipe along the sides of my nose, blend out with fingers, and wipe off the brush with a tissue.
- Anyone looking to ease certain dullness and have a brighter canvas to work with.
- Anyone who wants to forgo a base product and just head for their blush (I feel like this preps skin rather nicely and allows for a foundation free day).
- Anyone who needs a primer to allow makeup to adhere and last longer.
- Benefit That Gal fans!
- Anyone who doesn’t like click pen applicators (the attached brush could prove a breeding ground for bacteria and really anal makeup users might not love it).
Overall, this was a nice little surprise. I was bracing for something that possibly wouldn’t work so well and was delighted that it did! The primer does smooth out my skin, does ease dullness a bit, and does extend the wear of my foundation plus it does it for a cheap price tag and heck free if I send in the rebate that these sport at the moment. The rebates on the new products allow you to try it free as Physicians Formula will refund your money if you send them a receipt for the product and UPC from the box. Cool eh? I’ll prob completely forget to send it in but nice extra on their part.
Fans of That Gal should race out and try this and those who suffer from a bit of the dull blues thanks to Winter might wanna check it as well, as for the rest, well, who doesn’t like a primer that allows your makeup to remain a bit fresher for a few more hours?
Worth a haul!
If you tried Mineral Wear Correcting Primer do share your thoughts or mini review!