Friday, January 18, 2013

Prep And Prime

It's finally Friday! I really just feel like this week has been slowly dragging along, but just a few more hours and the weekend will begin! To follow up on my Wednesday skincare post, I would like to share with you the next step in my morning routine, makeup primer. I feel like this step is crucial in trying to help your makeup last all day and night. I have tried a few different kinds, so I will give you my review on the products I have experimented with most recently.

The first primer I have to review is the Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer. Smashbox primers are favorites among makeup artists and are very highly recommended, which is essentially why I purchased this one. I wanted to try the “luminizing” one to add a bit of glow to my face. Sephora describes it as:

“A luminizing primer that fills in fine lines and pores while imparting a beautiful luminous glow to skin. It helps create the perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants that smooths and perfects skin. It's formulated with Vitamins A, C, and E, Grape Seed Extract, and Green Tea for antioxidant protection. It is formulated without parabens and is oil-free.”

I am going to have to say that I was not as pleased with this product as I had hoped to be. Despite the skin enhancing vitamins and the oil free promises, this product did hurt my skin a bit. I noticed I broke out a bit in the beginning, which also could have been the foundation I was using at the time, but after I stopped using that particular foundation, most pimples went away but my face was less then perfect. Also, the “luminous glow” seemed much to harsh for a light foundation, giving my face a strange orange shininess, but was completely covered with a full coverage foundation. The most annoying part about this foundation primer is the fact that it did not make my makeup last throughout the day. Yes, it lasted a bit longer then if I just directly put it on my face, but it still seemed to slide off in areas before the workday was even over. I convinced myself it was the foundation, the way I applied it, the concealer, the powder....everything but the $38 primer. Each of these was a factor of my makeup not lasting for sure, but in the end, it really was the primer that was mostly to blame. All in all, big disappointment.

After my bad experience with Smashbox I decided to take a less expensive route. E.L.F. (eyes lips face) is an inexpensive but pretty good quality brand sold online or at Target. I purchased both the original E.L.F. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer (clear) and the radiant glow (shimmering tan), which I believe is a dupe for the Smashbox one that I owned. E.L.F. states that this product will:

“Transform your face into a flawless and smooth canvas with the Mineral Infused Face Primer. Developed to combat against excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines. This clear multipurpose skin primer will prepare your skin so makeup goes on evenly for a long lasting satin finish.”

I have to say I liked this product even less then the Smashbox, especially the radiant glow one, which had a strange mouse like texture that kind of just slid around my skin, not really priming at all. Also, these products tended to break me out a bit. Nothing major, but they sure were not helping my skin situation.

After being a bit fed up, I decided to try a brand I really trust, Tarte. Tarte is an all natural makeup company that produces really amazing stuff. Their products are not tested on animals and most of their packaging content is recycled. I absolutely love all of their products, and have been using their foundation for a long time. I like knowing that I am not putting chemicals on my skin, so I figured using this product at the makeup layer closest to my face was a very smart move. The primer is called the Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12 Hour Perfecting Primer. Sephora describes this primer as:

“A skin-perfecting mattifying base and pore refiner. This primer not only helps keep your makeup in place for up to 12 hours of perfect wear time, but also refines the appearance of pores and diffuses fine lines and imperfections while delivering natural fruit-and plant-derived extracts to deliver antiaging and skin-restorative benefits to your skin. It refines the appearance of pores and diffuses fine lines and masks imperfections. Just one application leaves skin looking instantly smoother, softer, and refined. It is formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances ,petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, and triclosan. It is loaded with naturally occurring, antioxidant rich nutrients and vitamins that have been known to deliver refining, antiaging, and skin-restorative benefits with each application.”

I am absolutely in love with this primer! Not only does it keep my makeup on all day, but it has not caused me any type of acne, and lately my skin has been so soft. I am not sure why I waited so long to try this amazing product, but I will never use another one again, unless its from Tarte.

I hoped this review helps you out if your noticing your makeup fading quickly or problems with your current primer!



  1. Replies
    1. No problem! I love trying out new makeup, but some is just so expensive!!! I always read a bunch of reviews before I shell out all that cash, so hopefully I can help you either be happy with what you bought, or save your money!

  2. Love these product tips!! Newest follower right here(:
    xoxo, Gena
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    1. Thanks so much Gena! I will be sure to check it out ASAP!

  3. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing, I haven't used elf or tarte products before.

    Rachel Ashley

    1. Thanks Rachel! I am obsessed with Tarte, I just bought a huge amount and am using them almost exclusively, and e.l.f. is such a good bang for your buck, but if you have sensitive skin make sure to read all their ingredients because they use some harsh stuff in some products.

  4. Shame about smash box and elf, glad you finally found a primer you are happy with. Xx

    1. Oh me too Gemma! its a shame, but you live and you learn.