I’d like to say I’m a religious face primer user but that would simply be a complete lie. I do admit that sometimes I just skip on facial primer completely since my pores are virtually non existence, I’m not particularly shiny, and I honestly don’t feel primers do MUCH in the ways of preserving my foundation.
But I’ll buy them anyway simply because if it promises to keep my foundation fresher and longer wearing, I can’t help but hope and wish that this one will be the one.
I recently got a chance to try out Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer and I was on board since I really liked the pump style packaging. Hey, any primer that doesn’t have me dipping around in a pot is all goodness to me.
What is it?
A luminizing face primer to refine and illuminate your skin.
It comes in a fabulous pump bottle which distributes just the right amount of product out. The texture is super smooth and feels hydrating. I personally love hydrating primers since my face is dry and can use the extra moisture!
Aside from its hydrating formula and great packaging this one sadly goes down hill way fast.
First off, if you’re purchasing to fill pores this likely won’t work considering the base is very smooth and creamy sans the silicone powdery feel of a good primer. Its formula proves fanatic for those with drier skin but anyone with larger pores and oily skin will notice that it actually makes your face oilier and fails to fill pores.
For the most part it’s a transparent shade of white but it has a TON of shimmer thus creating a bad shimmery effect on your face which isn’t particularly flattering. To tame this down I mixed some of the primer with my facial cream and this created a more subtle glow but it also took away from the fact that it was supposed to be acting as a primer NOT a highlighter/illuminator.
Sadly, I think it goes without saying, that my foundation didn’t have any incredible long wearing time thanks to this.
Who Might Like It?
- Anyone with dry skin who doesn’t mind some shimmer.
- Anyone actively seeking a paraben-free primer.
Who Might Not Like It?
- Anyone not up for shimmer in their primer.
- Anyone seeking a primer to fill pores.
- Anyone with oily skin (this will make your skin oilier, hell it made my DRY skin oily).
I think I’d be happier if they dubbed this a highlighter rather than a primer as it does that job just fine.