the Balm released its Time Balm Face Primer a few months ago. It’s the first primer from the brand and features a vitamin rich formula packed with Vitamins A, C, and E plus anti-inflammatories that help sooth stressed out skin.
I’ve been playing around with it the past week or so.
Let’s have a look!
A velvety face primer to blur fine lines and keep foundation wearing long.
I don’t typically like silicone/velvety finish primers as they make me feel all kinds of itchy and irritated however the Balm Time Balm Face Primer was surprisingly lightweight and comfortable to wear.
The formula is a typical silicone primer which has a velvety smooth finish however the formula feels considerably lightweight compared to other primers of its kind. It doesn’t cause me to feel like a hundred ants are running under my skin, doesn’t irritate me or make me itchy. The lighter formula is a major plus particularly if you’ve always wanted to use a silicone primer but had the same issues I described above.
You’re also getting alot more bang for your buck here as other brands offer 1 oz sizes for $38 or more and the Balm gives you 1 oz for $30.
If you’re oily you’ll get a nice smooth finish from this that will mattify your skin and create a powdery finish for your makeup. I’m personally dry and thankfully it applied very smoothly without pilling (rolling off in tiny balls). For the most part the primer will fill smaller pores and finer lines while creating a good base for foundation to adhere to and lock onto so you’ll be looking at extended wear time on your foundation. My normal foundation wear time is about four hours for regular bases and about six to eight with a BB Cream. When using Time Balm Face Primer I can add anywhere form two to three hours wear time. Of course, it is still very cold out so not sure how this will perform in warmer weather.
Nothing bad here!
- Those with oily skin in need of a mattifying primer.
- Those who want more for less (many other primers range from $38 and upward at this size).
- Those with finer lines and smaller pores in need of a primer to blur these minor imperfections.
- Those wanting to extend the wear time of their foundation!
- Those who want to use a silicone face primer but fear it’ll irritated their skin (the lighter formula wears very comfortably!).
- Those used to or who prefer a thicker, heavier primer (this is considerably lighter compared to similar primers of its kind).
I liked this alot which is saying something considering my poor track record with silicone primers. This wore very comfortably and extended my foundation and BB Cream life by a few extra hours. The price tag is quite nice as well ranging from $8 to $10 less than other brands.
Overall, the Balm Time Balm Face Primer is a rather great little primer.
Do share your thoughts!
This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR.
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