I found this primer at the bottom of a bargain rack at a TKMaxx here in Australia. It was about AUD$6.00 so I figured why not I’ll give it a go. At the time I was on the look out for a new primer and had just finished a sample tube of the Dermalogica HydraBlur Primer earlier that week and was tossing up if it was worth the money (AUD$71.00). Obviously this primer was much cheaper and even though I’d never heard of the brand – and it looked a little suspicious in the bargain section – it would be a much cheaper option if it worked out to be a decent primer.
So once I was home I tried some out on the back of my hand to see what the formula was like. To my amazement, it was identical to the Dermalogica HydraBlur I’d just finished a sample of. I couldn’t believe it, the formula was the exact same colour and consistency and it gave me the exact same effect. It still weirds me out to this day that it matched so perfectly but I somehow managed to save $65 on a primer and wow am I glad that I did!
I have since finished this primer and the main thing I have learned is that I am so lucky I didn’t buy the $71.00 Dermalogica version because even though I wouldn’t call this a bad primer, it doesn’t address the issues I have with my skin and so I will not be purchasing this again.
What this primer does very well is blur any pores on my skin and creates a smooth canvas to apply my makeup on. Also, as I was only applying this to specific areas with the need of blurring, a little of this would go a long way.
Unfortunately what this primer didn’t address was any form of oil control which it does claim to do on its packaging. I wasn’t expecting the levels of matte that a dedicated oil control primer should provide however the label for this primer promises to help control shine and I saw nothing of the sort when I would use this primer.
Another negative effect that I noticed throughout my use of this primer was that it could pill if you over applied it and sometimes it would react poorly to other skincare that I had applied. I could never figure out which products that reacted badly because it wasn’t a consistent problem which was quite annoying as I never knew if it was going to pill or not.
I would say that if you’re someone whose main skin issues include large pores, skin texture and fine lines then this would be a good primer to look into. I also imagine it could be a good primer for mature skin as well.
For me with my main issues being oil control and standing up to extreme heat, this primer doesn’t suit me. On the most part, for what it claims to do it does, however as it doesn’t help my specific skin problems I won’t be repurchasing this primer.