I think the idea of an oil you can use to prep your skin prior to makeup is an interesting one and perhaps to some it might even be exciting but a pig is a pig even when it’s wearing red lipstick right? I mean, what’s so difference from a primer oil versus a facial oil? Likely, not a lot. Another words, if you already own and use a particular facial oil already such as argan, camellia, maracuja, or the dozen of other oils out there nothing is really stopping you from using it to prep your face with in the morning. Other than the fact you might want to use a little less than you would in the evening.
Do you need to purchase a seperate facial oil that acts as a primer as well? Probably not.
“But wait, you said you had dry skin why do you hate priming oil?”
I use facial oils! I love facial oils. They are a great way to not only restore moisture but also to smooth and brighten your complexion. However, I’m a strong believer in using them in the evening only. They are just a little too rich for my face in the day. Not only that but my makeup tends to fades faster when I’m wearing an oil under it. I also experience some shine and grease when using them in the day. However, this is limited to my face as I’m a fan of applying them under my eyes and using them to add moisture to a dry concealer or to sheer out a thicker one.
However, I find I’m in the minority with my belief is using face oil in the evening only as they prove a popular pick for AM wear as well. If you happen to be in the pro-AM oil use you’ll be happy to hear both Urban Decay and NYX have introduced priming oils.
Urban Decay Drop Shot Mix-In Facial Oil ($34) is a jammed packed with a crazy cocktail of beneficial oils including Helianthus Annuus Seed, Sunflower Seed, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed, Jojoba, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed, Triticum Vulgare Germ, Wheat Germ Oil, and many, many more oils. Urban Decay claims it creates a dewy, radiant glow with a quick to absorb formula that isn’t greasy and leaves skin feeling plumped.
You mix one or two drops into your foundation and apply as usual. They actually suggest it for use with All Nighter Liquid Foundation and that would be a good formula to use it with as it is quite matte. You don’t have to mix it with your foundation though. It can be used under makeup yes, but alone as well to add hydration and smooth skin. It contain Limonene but it’s very, very low on the ingredients list and shouldn’t prove irritating.
NYX Hydra Touch Oil Primer ($13.99) isn’t as rich in oils but does contain some beneficial ones such as jojoba and rice oils. It’s a lot cheaper in comparison to Urban Decay’s formula if you’re on a budget! They promote as lightweight and quick to absorb with a dewy finish that isn’t greasy which can be used prior to foundation to prep with.
Urban Decay Drop Shot Mix-In Facial Oil and NYX Hydra Touch Oil Primer is available now at ulta.com.
Urban Decay Drop Shot Mix-In Facial Oil Ingredients:
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Sunflower Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil / Jojoba Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil / Wheat Germ Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica Silylate [Nano] / Silica Silylate, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil / Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Parfum / Fragrance, Tocopherol, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Plankton Extract, Linalool, Limonene.
NYX Hydra Touch Oil Primer Ingredients:
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Propanediol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate.