Category

Makeup Primer

Category

NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer – Better Than the Rest?

I do not know why, but I have the worst time with eye shadow primers. I never used to need one to prevent my shadows from creasing, but over the years I noticed mainly my right eye becoming more and more prone to shadow collecting in the crease. Strangely, my eye lids are not particularly oily nor do I use a heavy eye cream – if any – on my eyelids. Like any makeup addict, I quickly turned to shadow primers thinking surely one could help my seemingly small and common problem. Well, nearly every primer I have tried since the problem began has been of little help. Enter the NARS Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base. It actually does prevent most creasing, but I desperately wanted to find something more affordable than the $25 price tag attached to the NARS primer. I tried virtually everything. Things that work wonders for everyone else barely made a difference on me. That is, until I came across the NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer!

The NYX Proof It! Primer seems pretty standard for an eye shadow primer. It uses a doe-foot applicator to apply the product. Like all doe-foot shadow primers, you really just want to apply a small dollop on the eyelid and then blend that over the entire lid with your finger. The primer looks kind of like a really pale flesh tone, but it blends out pretty much clear on my skin. You’re not going to notice anything being concealed, but I do feel like my lids look slightly better with only the primer applied. As you blend it in, the product dries down to a virtually undetectable finish. I tend to let it sit for a minute or two before applying shadows. Once it’s fully dry, I simply apply shadows as usual.

Shadows apply just like they do with any other primer. I often found that certain shadows had a tendency to stick or skip a bit with the NARS primer, but not so with the NYX. I would say that you do kind of sense a bit more grip when applying the shadow, but it’s not in a sticky or patchy manner. Though some lower quality shadows that are prone to creasing in the first place are still more apt to move as the day wears on, most eye shadows do not budge with the NYX Primer!!! I have tried it with cream, crayon, powder and even liquid shadows with minimal to no creasing by the end of the day. Needless to say, I am completely elated! J

I feel I should point out the actual supposed purpose of this primer according to NYX. The company makes three different types of primers, and the Proof It! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer is actually intended to make any eye shadow waterproof. I really cannot say that I have tested that out. I can say that my shadow stays put even after a sweaty workout, but I haven’t gone swimming with shadows on…who really does? Then again, who exercises with shadow on? J I should also add that I don’t have any trouble removing my eye makeup at the end of the day when using this primer either. I use a cleansing oil (The Body Shop’s Chamomile Cleaning Oil) for my entire face as well as on my eyes and the shadows remove with ease.
I absolutely love the NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer! It genuinely is the best eye primer I have found…and I have tried one hell of a lot! JThe NYX Primer retails for $7.00 for a 0.23 fl oz / 7mL tube (the NARS contains 0.26 fl oz, the Urban Decay contains 0.33 fl oz, and Too Faced’s primer has 0.35 fl oz). By far the best value, not to mention the best performing. J I would definitely recommend giving the NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer a try, especially if you have trouble finding a primer that really hold your shadow well.

Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector from BECCA – Wonder From Down Under?

Not too long ago, BECCAintroduced their Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. I am always on the hunt for something that will disguise my pores, as well as something to keep oil at bay. This sounded perfect, so of course I had to try it!

I had never tried anything from BECCA before, but have heard wonderful things about the company. It is an Australian brand, but has recently been gaining popularity in the US as well. According to BECCA’s website, “neither BECCA, nor any company contracted to BECCA, conducts tests on animals.” This silicone-free primer claims to control oil and mattify the skin, while minimizing pores for at least 8 hours. Quite the claim! Can BECCA’s Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector live up to its’ promises? Let’s find out!

The first thing I noticed about this primer is the texture. It is quite different from other pore-filling primers I have tried. It does not have that typical silicone-slippery feel to it, probably because the BECCA Primer does not contain silicones (good news for many prone to breakouts!). It is almost more of a thick, dense, clear gel. It’s a difficult texture to describe. It is definitely thick – so thick in fact, that it takes a bit of effort to squeeze the tube and get a dollop of product onto your hand. Somehow it still spreads over the skin without feeling spackled-on or heavy. It is actually easiest to pat the Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector into the skin, which also helps to fill the pores (without clogging them) and to sop up oil. It takes maybe a pea-sized amount to cover my whole face – a bit more than silicone primers, but still a very small amount. Immediately, my skin looks less shiny and there is a slight cooling sensation on application. Score one for the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector!

BECCA’s Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector –
about enough to prime each quadrant of my face

Given the unusual texture of the Ever-Matte Primer, I had no idea what to expect when applying foundation over it. Well, my expectations were surpassed! I tend to have slight dry spots here and there to which foundation almost always clings. Not so much with the BECCA Primer underneath the foundation! I have used both powder and liquid foundations over this Primer, and neither gives me much trouble in terms of sticking to, or emphasizing dryness.

As for shine, say goodbye! This primer really does keep me from getting shiny throughout the day. I may have a tiny bit more oil by the end of the day, but nothing major and not as much as with other primers I have used. That’s not to say that my complexion looks devoid of any natural glow either. The Ever-Matte Perfector under my foundations creates a nice, healthy looking complexion, regardless of which foundation I choose. It keeps my skin looking natural all day – not too shiny, not too matte.

As far as pores go, I have no complaints! I have pores that are on the larger side (they used to be non-existant!), and I struggle with primers and foundations that emphasize the giant holes on my face instead of disguising them. The BECCA Primer actually doesseem to make a noticeable difference in the appearance of my pores. They are still there, but they look softer and more diffused. Foundation does not settle into the pores as with so many other primers – or none at all – and I’m left with the appearance of an improved texture to my skin. The oil-controlling abilities of the Primer help keep my pores from cropping up mid-day as well! This is by far the best primer I have found for helping to  camouflage and “fill” pores, while not clogging them and causing breakouts! J

BECCA has made a wonderful Primer for anyone with combination to oily skin types, and perhaps even those with drier skins as well! Not only can this Perfector be used alone or under your foundation, it can be used over it for touch-ups and  it can be used as an eye primer as well! Though the thick formula takes some getting used to, and it can be a little difficult to get out of the tube, the formula does what it claims…and more! It keeps my skin matte, it reduces the look of my pores and it lasts all day! My foundation glides over the Primer easily without emphasizing imperfections and really does create a “perfected” canvas for applying makeup. I love the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector and would definitely recommend it to anyone hoping to control oil, minimize pores and imperfections, prolong the wear of their foundation, or is just looking for something to create a great canvas for other products!
Ingredients: Water, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Propylene Glycol,
Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Enantia
Chlorantha Bark Extract, & Oleanolic Acid

The BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector retails for $36 for a 1.35 fl oz / 40mL squeeze bottle/tube. It can be found at Sephora and on BeccaCosmetics.com.

Tarte’s BB Tinted Treatment Primer – The NEW BB Cream?

I must say I was intrigued when I heard about Tarte’s BB Tinted Treatment Primer. Was it just another Western BB cream or was it more? Does it work better than my current Too Faced Primed & Poreless primer? Does it control oil or conceal my pores? So many questions so I decided to try to find the answers!

It feels very much like a primer going on the skin. It has that silicone-slip kind of feel as it glides over the skin (perhaps because it contains silicones?!). Skin looks instantly less shiny which always helps to minimize the look of pores. The feel reminds me quite a bit of the Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer when I first put it on. The main visible difference is that the Tarte BB Primer is, in fact, tinted. I chose the shade “Light” which is actually rather dark for a Light (does that make sense?). It blends nicely into my skin tone and I do not notice a shade difference, but for the fairest complexions it may be too dark (Light is their lightest shade). The coverage provided by the BB Primer is sheer to light. I would say the coverage is certainly more than a tinted moisturizer, but not quite as much as many Asian BB creams. QVC’s website claims that it is buildable, but I did not notice it helped much to add more to trouble spots. For a quick run out the door, this will help even out skin tone, but it is not going to camouflage any serious unevenness. It does look nicer than no coverage, but it is not going to work miracles to even out your skin tone. It is not a foundation after all!
Since this IS called a Primer, I tried it with my Urban Decay Naked Foundation as well. My skin was already a bit more even in tone from Tarte’s Primer, which allowed me to use a bit less foundation. I was really curious how it stacked up to my Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer since that has been the best I found for disguising the craters on my cheeks and forehead (I know I’m probably too critical, but I used to have invisible pores!). If you are not one with a lot of uneven skin texture issues, than the Tarte BB Primer would probably work brilliantly for you. I found it not quite as good as the Too Faced for disguising my huge pores, but it did an admirable job – probably my second choice for that particular issue.
I feel like the Tarte BB Primer DID help my foundation stay truer longer and the finish was quite nice, which the Primed & Poreless is not as good at. It did not completely mattify skin, but it does help a bit with controlling oil and, thus, I think it might be better than a standard BB cream for oilier skins. I do not think Tarte claims this Primer will control oil, but I felt like it helped a bit. For those dry skin girls, I think this would work quite well also because of its super silky, slick glide-on texture. It does not seem to add moisture, but I do not think it is going to emphasize or worsen dryness either. My only real complaint about the BB Primer is that it seemed to take a fair amount to cover my face. Maybe I just expected too much coverage from a thin application, but I felt like I had to use more product than I ordinarily would.
One particularly intriguing aspect of Tarte’s BB Tinted Treatment Primer is that it contains Diamond Powder. I am not entirely sure what this does, but I would guess it is to help create a more luminous finish or to diffuse light? If you know what this is intended to do, please let me know! It also uses mineral pigments and, as with all Tarte products, does not contain parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium laurel sulfate or synthetic fragrances. According to QVC’s website, it also utilizes Tarte’s Beyond BB Complex, whatever that means! It is considered a moisturizer, primer and foundation in one.
Overall, Tarte’s BB Tinted Treatment Primer seems like a very nice multi-purpose, multi-skin type makeup Primer. For my personal needs (read filling in pores), it would be my second choice, but if you are looking for a great primer to keep foundation true and long-lasting, or just want a quick wash of tint that actually helps to even out skin tone, the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer is definitely worth a try!
Tarte’s BB Tinted Treatment Primer retails for $34.00 and is currently only available on QVC.com
For more information about Tarte Cosmetics, see my post here.
No Makeup
With Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer
With Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer &
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Tarte Cosmetics in any way, nor have I been compensated for this review.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Face Primer for Smooth, Poreless Skin!

I am amazed that I have not reviewed Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless Face Primer yet! I use it every time I wear foundation and I absolutely love it because it works!

Primed & Poreless is a face primer designed to be worn under bronzers or foundations and can ever be worn by itself to perfect skin on those days one does not want to wear much. It is a slightly tan/nude formulation with a very silky feel. It glides onto skin very easily and the color blends right into the skin (I would think on any skin tone, but I have only used it on my own). I wouldn’t call it a gel or a cream and certainly not a paste; it has a very unique consistency. I do not find it at all drying, nor does it make my skin oily. It helps disguise my pores instantly and does mattify my skin slightly. I would say it has a satin finish on its own, but foundation finishes remain true on top of the primer. I tend to use it only in spots where I am concerned about pore size and I gently sweep a pea-size amount over areas I want to smooth, then pat the Primed & Poreless fully into my skin. Instantly my pores look smaller and my skin looks smoother, healthier and less shiny. The perfect base for foundation, or even just to wear alone!

According to Too Faced’s website, Primed & Poreless contains Vitamins A and C, Mulberry Extract and Retinol to reduce the appearance of pores and soften lines, hydrate, firm detoxify. It will help makeup to stay put and remain true all day. Products applied over Too Faced’s Primed & Poreless should apply more smoothly (and I would agree, they do!). I do not notice much, if any, scent to this product. It is Vegan-Friendly and Paraben-Free as well! I believe this is a silicone-based product which seems to cause trouble for some, but I have had no trouble with it and it has not caused any break outs.
Primed & Poreless is also available in a Bronze Tint version as well as a Pure Oil-Free version for Sensitive Skins. I have tried the Pure version as well and felt it did not disguise my pores quite as well, but is still a great option if you have trouble with the other versions. It is also perfectly clear if the color of the Original does not work with certain skin tones (I really don’t think this would be a problem though).
Too Faced Primed & Poreless retails for $30.00 for a 1oz / 28g tube and is available from:
www.Sephora.com and retail locations
www.Ulta.com and retail locations
For my Mini-Profile and Animal Testing Policies regarding Too Faced Cosmetics, you can find it here.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Too Faced Cosmetics in any way, nor have I been compensated for this review.

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup – Review of an Amazing BB Cream!

Beauty Balms (or BB Creams) have been all the rage in Asia for quite some time. Recently they have gained popularity in Western countries and major cosmetic companies seem to have taken notice. One of the most recent companies to launch a Beauty Balm is Too Faced Cosmetics. No matter what your reason for seeking a BB cream, Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup is worth a look!

So what IS this wonder product and what does it do? BB Creams are basically your ultimate all-in-one product for the face. They are similar to a tinted moisturizer, but take it even further. These super-moisturizers often include anti-aging ingredients, provide greater coverage, include a broad spectrum sunscreen and actually work to improve the appearance and texture of skin over time. As if that weren’t enough, if you still would like more coverage, they make a great primer for foundation. No wonder Beauty Balms have been the next great find in Asia – what took so long in the States?
So what makes the new Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup from Too Faced so special? Like all Beauty Balms, Too Faced’s version is like a moisturizer on steroids. It is a wonderful hypo-allergenic oil-free moisturizer that contains an anti-aging multi-mineral complex for creating a healthy glow and improving the overall appearance of skin upon application. Among these minerals are Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Ginseng and Ginko Biloba. It contains light-diffusing pigments that blend effortlessly and create a radiant glowing tint to the skin. This BB Cream also includes a multi-mineral complex that acts as an anti-aging primer which protects against further damage. It includes a broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 20 for daily protection from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. To soothe and nourish the skin, the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm also includes Vitamins A & E as well as Chamomile. The result is a nicely moisturized face that feels hydrated, but not greasy while protecting from the sun and imparts a glowing tint that lets skin shine through, or primes the face for foundation.
All that sounds wonderful, but does it really deliver? I would have to say yes – but it depends on what you’re expecting. If you want a full-coverage foundation with the properties of a moisturizer, this is not it. However, if you’re looking for a great moisturizer that makes skin look better, feels nicely hydrated and soft without feeling heavy or greasy, has anti-aging properties AND protects from the sun, Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup is wonderful! I really like it a lot!
Though it is unlikely to replace every skin product I use, the Too Faced Beauty Balm really is a great all-around product that can simplify one’s daily routine. As far as coverage goes, I feel like this gives a little bit more coverage than a standard tinted moisturizer, but not as much as a sheer to light coverage foundation. Though I have some slowly fading red spots, I feel like this evens the rest of my skin tone out well enough that I would gladly just dab a little concealer over the redness to create a nice, even face. The thick, creamy and super-soft formula does not settle into any dips or bumps and really does seem to improve the appearance of the skin’s texture while making it look brighter and somewhat glowing. My father, who never notices much of anything especially if it’s related to beauty, actually commented on how nice my skin looked one day and all I had done was apply the Too Faced Tinted BB cream!

The nice thick cream glides on silky smooth, blends very well and makes my skin very soft. My face feels nicely hydrated without feeling like it’s slathered with a heavy moisturizer and it does not make my face feel greasy. Though it does not control oil throughout the day, I feel like my combination skin does not produce more oil throughout the day than without this BB cream. I feel like the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm would actually work for any skin type!
I love that it protects against UVA and UVB rays and the SPF 20 is a fairly standard amount for normal daily exposure. Certainly if I were heading to the beach or spending the day hiking, I would wear an additional sunscreen for the more extreme sun.
It has a very light, barely noticeable scent that is pleasant and does not seem to linger on the skin and packaged in a nice light tan tube with a pink duo-chrome glow which looks pretty cool.

So what’s the bottom line? Though I wouldn’t go so far as to say I would never need another product for my face, the Too Faced Beauty Balm is an amazing all-around product for every day use, especially as the summer (slowly) approaches. Whether I want to use it for coverage or not, as a softening moisturizer it is so incredible that I will definitely be using the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup! Try it and your face will thank you!

For more information about Too Faced Cosmetics, check out http://makeupguineapig.blogspot.com/2012/01/overview-too-faced-cosmetics-peta.html

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup retails for $32.00 and can be found at:
http://www.sephora.com/ and retail locations
http://www.ulta.com/ and retail locations
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Too Faced Cosmetics in any way and I have not been compensated for this review.