I’ve tried 3 luxury makeup primers over the past couple of months. Here are my thoughts and experiences:
Becca Backlight Priming Filter – here
The ingredients I couldn’t get over: fragrance (a very vague ingredient term used to hide many other ingredients, so you don’t really ever know what the “fragrance” is made of) and sodium hydroxide. I loved the texture so much, so this was really difficult to return. The look was subtle but noticeable, it played well with skincare and makeup, and I looked a bit glowy throughout the day. I would potentially purchase this again with two provisos: one, if I couldn’t find a better natural replacement, and two, just to use in the winter when my skin needs extra moisture. The color is a pale champagne. The finish is a glowy satin. The packaging is a gorgeous glass bottle with an excellent pump.
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer – here
This smelled better and had better ingredients than Becca, but the texture was very thin which I truly did not care for. It seemed to make less of a difference under makeup than Becca. I loved the ingredients, but felt very indifferent to the actual product. The color is a shimmy pearl. The finish is a faint pearly sheen satin. The packaging is very beautiful with silver cap and frosted glass jar with a great pump.
Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Primer – here
Picking this up a great price was truly motivating, but also a gamble. Although I got it at a great price, unlike the other two primers I tried, I couldn’t return it if I wasn’t happy with it. This is the massive downside to purchasing an item you’ve never tried from the internet . The color is a pale shimmery pink. The texture is not as creamy and whipped as the Becca, but definitely richer than the Juice Beauty. The finish gives a matte satin finish to my skin but it isn’t drying at all. It almost feels like it has silicone in it, but it doesn’t. It has the faintest of pale pink shimmery undertones, but don’t let that scare you because it doesn’t really show up on the skin that way. When I remember, I use this one everyday under my makeup. The packaging is the least chic of the three, and plastic. The pump is lacking because it dispenses different amounts of product with each pump, which is quite irksome. I’m wondering how the pump will work when the bottle is nearing empty. Bottom line of truth: the product itself is very pretty and adds an extra layer of moisturizing product to give a good base for makeup. Do I notice a truly profound difference in the way my makeup looks? No, and for that reason it’s not an essential product for me. However, it is really nice and I would recommend it the most out of these three for texture, efficacy, and quality of ingredients.
What makeup primer do you use and love?