July 11, 2016

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm for Fall 2016

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Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm

These newfangled moisturizer slash face primer formulas might just be all the rage for Fall 2016. Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm ($36) sounds an awful lot like the new Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer with a formula that preps skin for makeup while hydrating.

This skincare slash makeup hybrid is a light, creamy whipped formula that allows makeup to apply easily while providing a soft, luminous glow to skin and a host of anti-aging ingredients that plump, smooth, and hydrate skin!

I have to admit I love the idea of these but I also question them. I mean how much different are they from say a hydrating primer like the new E.L.F. Beautifully Bare 3-in-1 Makeup Base I recently reviewed? But I also correct and remind myself how considerably more moisture they provide! I’m kind of loving this trend and I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops over the next few months because I don’t think Clinique and Josie are going to be alone for long.

What do you think?

Available now at Sephora.com.


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  • Jonnie

    Doesn’t it seem like Bobbi did this years ago with her vitamin enriched face base???

    • Isabella Muse

      Yes! Too true! Which reminds me I should review that 😀

  • genevieve

    Dear Isabella – I really hope you enjoyed your holiday break.
    This product looks and sounds amazing, but shouldn’t it be in a pump pack for hygienic, one dose reasons? I think it is a product that those of us with “mature” skins would appreciate and I love the whole argon oil aspect too.

    • Isabella Muse

      hi there! thank you dear it was lovely 😀 I agree! A pump would be way nicer 😀

  • MediterraneanMaven

    I just received the new Josie Maran primer and I absolutely love it! It, too, have a very dry and sensitive skin and this primer makes my pores disappear and makeup application much easier. My jar had no fragrance, which is a plus for me. It feels very refreshing on and leaves my skin baby soft, soothed and not greasy. In the past, when I’ve tried many primers, I have found that they dry out my skin and interfere with whatever moisturizer I had on underneath. But, not this. Incidentally, this is not the like the Bobbi Brown Enriching Face Base at all. That product made my face burn bright red. The new Josie Maran primer is worth trying. While I understand the jar debate, it’s not a deal breaker for me.