Physicians Formula Argan Wear 2-in-1 Argan Oil & Coconut Water Primer ($14.95) is a new priming mist that contains 100% Pure Argan Oil and promises an all-in-1 makeup primer and refresher that controls oils as it hydrates skin.
Let’s take a look!
Recently, I had a brain fart when doing a Sephora order and I grabbed a 100 Point Perk of Smashbox Primer Water and realized, well, duh I reviewed it already. Smashbox actually introduced primer water in 2014 but I’m starting to see a lot of drugstore formulas pop up now including this Physicians Formula one as well as a new NYX one that launched with their Spring 2016 Collection. Prior to any of this though Etude House launched their Lock n Summer Face Conditioning Fixer in Korea which is available as simply Face Conditioning Fixer now. If you have drier skin I’d recommend checking out Etude House’s formula as I find MAC Prep + Prime Fx and Smashbox Photo Finish Primer cater best to OILY skin types as does this new Physicians Formula Argan Wear 2-in-1 Argan Oil & Coconut Water Primer.
Now you likely already know I’m a massive face mist kinda girl and I love super hydrating ones that prep my skin for skincare. I am not though, a huge fan of makeup setting mists although I did make an exception to that rule when MAC Prep + Prime Fix in Rose, Coconut, Cucumber, Lavender, Yuzu.
Physicians Formula Argan Wear 2-in-1 Argan Oil & Coconut Water Primer comes housed in a cute 1 oz bottle for $14.95. They do have a coupon attached for $4 off so I ended up paying $12 and change. That’s very expensive so if after you read this review I’d recommend waiting for a sale as CVS always has Physicians Formula on sale. Or better still, if you’re curious about priming water spend a 100 points at Sephora and get a small sample of Smashbox’s formula. Smashbox’s formula is available in two size one of which is 1 oz in size for $16 so Physicians Formula is actually almost the same exact price which I find a little ridiculous.
This has a spicy, warm fragrance that smells exactly like Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra Nourishing Argan Oil Blush that launched last year. I mentioned in my review last year if they decided to release a body mist or some sort of fragrance like this I’d buy it in a minute. It smells so lovely! Of course, this isn’t a great if you’re sensitive or simply dislike fragrance in your skincare.
Two of the first ingredients in this are Argan Oil as well as Coconut Water. It has a bi-phase-like formula that feels like a dry oil spray on my water. They promise it’ll prime skin for makeup as well as hydrate and brighten while controlling shine.
This is a multitasking formula that excels at any one task. You can use it to prep your skin for makeup, you can use it to set makeup, you can use it as a facial mist, or you can use it on your body, hair, and nails.
First off you are not going to want to set your makeup with this in my opinion. It has a dry oil-like consistency that makes my skin super dewy when misted on after makeup. It also does not act to set makeup but ends up smearing my blush, eyeshadow, etc…so no, don’t use it to set makeup.
As a primer or as a facial mist it also fails. I tried applying once in the evening as a facial mist and once in the morning to prep my skin for foundation and both times I experienced a burning sensation around my lips and cheeks. It also burned my eyes (which were closed when I applied it). It does contain alcohol but I have fairly resilient drier skin that rarely breaks out or has any issues when trying different types of skincare. This gave me a dry, sensitive skin feeling. Even if I could cope with the burning sensation I wouldn’t want to use this because like Smashbox Primer Water it soaks up all the moisture in my skin. That would be great if my skin was oily but I am not oily, I’m dry, and I expected the “hydration” factor they promised. And finally, it tastes horrible. I know you’re thinking well how would you know how it tastes!? When misting it on it obviously gets on my lips and I’m a chronic person that licks my lips. So well after it set and dried down my lips had a horrible ocean salt taste that was terribly bitter and salty. It was awful! Ugh!
Physicians Formula Argan Wear 2-in-1 Argan Oil & Coconut Water Primer seemed like a really interesting product but I can’t go over how poorly it performed. Buyer beware with this one but if you have tried it I’m very curious how well it did or didn’t work for you!
Physicians Formula Argan Wear 2-in-1 Argan Oil & Coconut Water Primer is launching now at drugstore with the Physicians Formula Spring 2016 Collection.