Origins Original Skin Pore Perfecting Cooling Primer with Willowherb ($32) is a new cooling mousse primer that hydrates skin while diffusing the look of pores and prepping the skin for makeup. This is perfect example of a product that was heavily influenced by Japanese and Korean beauty as this style of primer was popular a few years ago. A few products that are similiar but not quite the same are Etude House Aloha Ice Sherbert Primer, Shu Uemura Whitefficient UV Under Base Brightening Mousse, and Holika Holika Pore Cover Mousse Starter.
But if we can go back several more years and and take a minute to remember Revlon Photo Ready Air Brush Mousse Makeup you might get a feel for the formula of Origins Original Skin Pore Perfect Cooling Primer which has a similiar crackling texture.
Let’s take a look!
I love this stuff so much but it has several problems which I’ll share with you towards the end of my review. Let me talk about the things I love about it before I get into its flaws!
This comes in a 1.8 oz aerosol can that needs to be shaken vigorously prior to dispensing. A little goes a long, long way. Don’t squirt out a big old puff of this stuff into your hands because you literally need less than a dime-sized amount for your entire face. The texture has a loose mousse consistency which crackles like Pop Rocks candy when it comes out of the can. It’s a very fun texture and does indeed, have a super cooling effect on skin. It reminds me of Etude House Ice Shot Rapid Cooling Mist! It absorbs quickly and contains glycerin as well as a good deal of essential oils that leave skin super hydrated and dewy. I suspect this will play best with drier skin as it leaves my dry skin soft, smooth, hydrated, and “bouncy”. That’s actually the idea of the formula to ease dullness and get skin looking smooth and less lackluster. According to Origins as early as your 20s skin changes and starts to loose luster and bounce due to a protein change that causes dullness. This is formulated with willowherb that restores the glow to your skin.
It’s a pale pink shade in color almost flesh-like and absorbs easily but sets transparent. I can’t say it really didn’t anything at all for my dullness and believe me I have dull, tired looking skin. I didn’t notice a restored glow at all but it did ease the way for my foundation and left my skin very well hydrated. I wouldn’t say it extended my foundation wear but did prep my skin well for it.
I actually liked it simply because it was so hydrating and allowed my foundation to apply easily. After trying it though I decided to shoot over to Sephora and read the reviews and all are raving. I thought for sure people would pick apart some of the things I disliked about it but no one mentioned a single one of the problems I found with it.
What are those things?
It contains a host of problematic ingredients. It does contain Dimethicone which may or may not be an issue for some but the biggest problems here are Alcohol Denat which is the the six item in the ingredients as well as a host of citrus oils such as lemon and orange. These oils give the product a very, very strong fragrance which you’ll either find pleasant or disturbing. They are also photo-sensitizing oils. I’m sure you’ve read time and time again how my skin is very resilient and not prone to breakouts but almost immediately after using this my skin felt a little itchy and I felt a little tingle. I could imagine if you have super sensitive skin what might happen.
The idea behind Origins Original Skin Pore Perfecting Cooling Primer is a good one and the formula is interesting and fun to use. But the harmful ingredients could be a major deal breaker for some plus add in the fact this doesn’t do much else than hydrate skin it might not be worth indulging it.
Origins Original Skin Pore Perfecting Cooling Primer is available now sephora.com.
Have you tried it already?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!