Skincare

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield 

Primers are essential to makeup application. They smooth out the canvas and allow the makeup to sit on top of something other than bare skin. Primers fill in little imperfections that would otherwise be magnified by makeup so that your finish can be flawless. Now, not everyone uses a traditional primer but many people use moisturizers or other products that still act like primers. I decided to try a skincare product that could double as a primer, so I chose the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield which can be purchased from Sephora for $65 per 1 oz container.

This product claims to do a whole lot for skin. First, it contains 30 SPF to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. No matter what season it is, SPF is an important ingredient for skin. Just because you’re not getting a sunburn in winter doesn’t mean that the sun’s rays aren’t affecting your skin condition.

It also is supposed to create a blurred effect on the skin by blurring imperfections. This works by smoothing the skin and filling in all the pores and crevices. I will say that this does a good job at creating that canvas. My makeup does look better when I use this under the makeup rather than applying makeup to a bare face. It has a great, velvety texture which may feel heavy to some, but I happen to really like it.

Finally, the formula is supposed to help the overall texture of the skin and prevent aging. Now, I think that these claims are maybe a bit much. I haven’t noticed any change to the actual texture of my skin. Once I wash my face, my skin doesn’t look smoother or less dull. I would say the overall skincare benefits of this product feel a bit exaggerated.

This works really well as a primer, but I don’t think I can justify the $65 price tag. There are lots of other primers that are half the price that do the same thing. I’m glad I splurged on this once just to try it out, but I won’t be repurchasing when I can get the same look for less by using the Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer.

What primer do you usually use? Is there one that you can’t live without? Please, let me know in the comment section!

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The Porefessional Primer

Benefit is one of my favorite brands at Sephora. I think they have some really fun, innovative products, and I appreciate that they’re less expensive than some other brands at Sephora. Recently, I tried Benefit’s The POREfessional Face Primer, which seems to be a very polarizing product among beauty bloggers. This primer can be purchased at Sephora for $31.

This primer is supposed to smooth skin and reduce the look of pores. It also contains Vitamin E which is great for skin. Now, I don’t really have overly large pores, so it’s hard for me to judge that, but I do love primers that smooth since I have some acne scars. I thought that this worked really well. It feels quite silky and definitely smoothed my skin. It also is oil-free which is great for acne-prone skin. I’ve used it under several different foundations, and it seems to perform well for me no matter if the foundation is dry in formulation or luminous. The reason I test primers with different types of foundations is because some primers that have a silky texture (like this one) don’t always work well with foundations that have similar textures. So, adding two silky products might cause skin to look overly oily and they may melt off during the day which would make them less long-lasting. However, that did not seem to be the case with this product. It performed well with several different foundation formulas.

Will I purchase the full size when my two deluxe samples are used up? Probably not. There are just so many primers out there and this one isn’t amazing. However, I did like it and it’s not terribly expensive for a primer, especially since a little goes a long way. So, I definitely recommend it for people who are in the market for a smoothing primer.

Have you tried this one? What’s your favorite primer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section.

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Lancôme Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base

Eyelashes are one feature that I love looking at on other people. When someone has a thick set of dark, perfectly curled eyelashes, I get so envious because I just can’t get mine to behave. I’ve tried everything! Recently, I tried to enhance mine with the Lancôme Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base. This eyelash primer can be purchased from Sephora for $25.50.

My eyelashes are very straight and very thin. Because of them being so thin, I have to be careful not to weigh them down with too much product because if I do they won’t keep their curl at all. So, I have found that I have to apply just a little bit of this product. However, I do see a difference in my lashes when I use this base. My eyelashes look thicker, and the added volume is very nice. Even though this goes on white, it’s easily covered by my regular mascara. I definitely recommend this to people who need a boost and have thin eyelashes but remember to only use a little bit because it can get heavy and weigh them down.

Do you use an eyelash primer? If so, which is your favorite? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer 

I am on the quest for the perfect primer. I feel like I’ve tried so many that were just okay, but I haven’t found one that I’ve purchased more than once. I did recently get a deluxe sample of the Make Up For Ever Skin Step 1 Equalizer Primer from Sephora, and I was impressed enough that I think I’ll be purchasing the full-sized container soon.

Make Up Forever has a ton of these primers, and they address different skin concerns. The one that I used was Smoothing Primer for large pores and fine lines. I don’t really have large pores or fine lines, but I did love how smooth this made my face. It really made my skin ready for makeup. I could definitely tell a difference on days when I used this because the makeup seemed to go on so much more evenly and lasted longer.

I have found that a lot of primers break out my skin, but I noticed no additional acne during the weeks that I used up this product! That’s definitely a huge plus. Now, I just have to decide if I’m going to buy the full-sized Smoothing Primer or if I want to try out the Redness Correcting Primer instead, since that’s more of a skin concern that I have. Has anyone had any experience with this range of primers? What did you think?

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Cover FX Mattifying Primer 

I’m still on the hunt for the perfect primer. While I can get a bit oily sometimes, I still don’t typically need mattifying products besides the occasional blotting paper. However, I purchased the Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment because I do suffer from acne. This product is available for $38 for 1 oz of product. 

Not planning to repurchase.

I have been very disappointed with this product. I came really close to returning it to Sephora (something I’ve never actually done before!) but I feel like I keep trying it over and over hoping that my initial several impressions were incorrect. The problem I’ve been having is that it doesn’t make my face feel smooth at all before I apply my makeup. Also, on the days that I use this mattifying product, I somehow get way more oily than usually. Finally, I think I tend to break out MORE when I use this product.

So, should you buy it?

I can’t say that I can recommend this for anyone. I try to always have something positive to say about a product because I know that skincare is very personal and there are lots of skin types that can use products I dislike for various reasons. However, this product did not live up to any of its claims. It did not smooth my skin and minimize my pores. It made me oily. It made my acne worse. I really should have returned it.

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Clinique Lash Building Primer

My eyelashes are pretty boring. They’re thin and they don’t have much natural curl. I’m always looking for products that can enhance them, and a Sephora sales associate recently suggested that I try an eyelash primer. Due to this recommendation, I decided to pick up the Clinique Lash Building Primer recently.

Don’t be afraid of the color! 

 I’m going to be completely honest. I wasn’t convinced that I was going to be thrilled with the effect of using a primer. Since my lashes are already so thin, I was convinced that this was just going to weigh them down further. Also, most primers are white, and this seemed a little alarming to me. Why am I supposed to lighten my lashes only to darken them again a minute later? Thankfully, the formulation is actually pretty clear. This product will only look white if you’ve applied way too much!

So, should you buy it?

Pros: This did not weigh down my lashes. It made my lashes look thicker and longer. I’ve used underneath four different mascaras, and it enhanced the overall look each time. I could definitely see the difference between using this primer and going it alone with just mascara. It also dries really quickly. I curled my eyelashes before and after using this primer, and I liked the effect most by using that method.

Cons: The product was not expensive on its own ($15.50) but it really does have to be used with actual mascara which will set you back an additional $20 typically. That adds up to about $35 on lashes alone, which can be kind of pricey. I’m curious at to whether there’s a mascara that packs in all the benefits of using a primer for just the price of one product.

Overall, I’m impressed. The sales associate was right (I’m so sorry for doubting you, Greg). I was really pleased with this product, but I’m definitely interested in trying other brands to see how they stack up next to this one.