I have to say that I was actually surprised by how much I liked this primer. I normally use Smashbox Photo Finish Primer or Tarte’s Poreless Primer and I decided to give this one a try on a whim when I was placing an order on Sephora. (The price tag on this was also alluring!)
For $15, I think this product is well worth the money.
The consistency isn’t quite like Tarte’s Poreless Primer. (If you haven’t ever tried that, it’s a clear thicker consistency, almost wax-like). It’s not quite as thick and I think it actually applies a little easier than Tarte’s. Sephora’s primer also has a more luminous glow to it. In the bottle, it looks almost shimmery, but when I applied it, it wasn’t. Once it sets, I don’t think it’s really that luminous at all and I feel like Tarte’s primer gave me a little more of a dewy glow. So I would recommend Sephora’s primer if you are going for a more matte finish.
I used Smashbox BB Cream, Smashbox Bronze Lights and Bare Minerals Powder Foundation over top of it. (As well as Tarte’s Maracuja Concealer in a couple of areas). (And by now you are probably thinking: “Wow she really layers the stuff on”-lol!) Surprisingly, after all of that, my face doesn’t look heavy or cakey and it feels very smooth and light.
The primer has been on for about 5 hours now (as well as the other makeup) and I haven’t noticed any changes. It’s still holding up and hasn’t worn off.
Overall, I would recommend this product. So far I like it and I think the price tag on it is something that most people would appreciate!
- Extends length of makeup wear
- A little goes a long way
- Creates a smooth canvas
- Doesn’t provide thick coverage (this could be a pro for some people)
- Doesn’t provide a luminous glow (this could also be a pro for some people)