Straight to the top of my favorites list: Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Hello, my name is Lisa and I am addicted to primers.  I am not ashamed to admit this addiction. Without primer…well, actually, without a GOOD primer…my makeup lasts for maybe three hours tops.  I just have that kind of skin.  With a good facial primer my foundation and blush can survive for 8 hours of fade-free wear.

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Marcia teases me all the time for having a bazillion primers.  Even with the obscene amount of primers I have on hand, I am always on the lookout for something even better.  But I have to give the credit for my recent discovery to my partner.  She insisted that I be the one to test Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray (4 oz. bottle $35) because it was different from the other bazillion primers I have, and she heard this one was pretty fantastic.

Another confession…I wasn’t particularly interested in trying this primer.  I put it off for a long time.  I am not sure why…I guess I just didn’t think that a wet, spray on primer was going to work, especially since my favorite primers tend to be silicone-based.  Luckily, sometimes my partner knows me even better than I know myself.

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray is a light liquid that feels like a very fine mist.  It needs to be shaken well before spraying, and once on it dries in seconds.  Unlike silicone primers, this doesn’t make my skin ultra crazy smooth.  However,  it does make it smoother, which helps my makeup apply evenly.  What is the most impressive, though, is how it keeps my makeup from fading all day long.  I don’t mean 8 hours…I mean 12, even 15 hours.  I have never experienced anything like it!!

The Makeup Primer Spray is absolutely one of the best primers I have ever used.  I can’t even fully articulate how impressed I am with it.  While I love my other bazillion primers, I do believe this is my most favorite of them all.

Whether you never use a makeup primer yet or are a primer addict like me, you need this primer.  It just plain rocks.  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

www.skindinavia.com

RoC’s newest: Smooth Perfexion® Instant Line Corrector with Copper-Zinc Technology

RoC Smooth Perfexion Instant Line Corrector

RoC Smooth Perfexion Instant Line Corrector

#gotitfree #RoC

I was very curious when I  received RoC® Smooth Perfexion® Instant Line Corrector with COPPER-ZINC TECHNOLOGY from the company.  As a RoC® Ambassador I’m fortunate enough to have their products in my life. It’s not often that they come out with something that’s more cosmetic than skincare though. The new RoC® Instant Line Corrector with COPPER-ZINC TECHNOLOGY is a combination of skincare and cosmetics though and one that’s great.

I call this my blurring product since that’s what it does. It instantly smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps fill in large pores so that your face looks smoother than ever. They say that if you continue using it you’ll find longer lasting results that will help your skin look younger and hopefully you’ll be able to go without foundation.

Roc Instant Line Corrector

Roc Instant Line Corrector

My first surprise upon using this was that it’s a gray shade which comes from the active ingredients Copper and Zinc. It doesn’t stay gray though so don’t worry about that. My second surprise is that this is totally fragrance free. I love that since many of RoC’s products do contain fragrance.

This contains COPPER-ZINC TECHNOLOGY to help bridge the gap between the skincare qualities and a cosmetic product. The goal (which they’ve met) is for the user to have beautifully smooth and visibly firm skin using just this one product.  According to RoC® “Copper-Zinc technology harnesses the science of bioelectricity to safely and gently stimulate skin’s renewal process”.

RoC® Instant Line Corrector

RoC® Instant Line Corrector

While you don’t have to use other RoC® products they do complement each other. You’ll want to use either RoC® Retinol Correxion® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 or RoC® Multi Correxion® 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 depending on your skin type. I happen to apply INSTANT LINE CORRECTOR under my moisturizer but I’ve also used it over and alone. When to use it is up to you, just use it.

This is a great, reasonably priced (MSRP $22.95 but you can probably find it for less), product that blurs lines like the more expensive alternatives while adding in all the technology of RoC®. Do you see why I it’s my new favorite from RoC? — Marcia

* sent by RoC®   #gotitfree #RoC

INGREDIENTS: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Zinc, Tocopheryl Acetate, Copper Powder.roc ambassador logo

Drugstore Makeup Wars – Eddie Funkhouser rules

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Makeup Wars has chosen Drugstore Brand Favorites this week and it took me zero seconds to decide that EDDIE FUNKHOUSER had to be my choice, I’m in love with Eddie so excuse my familiarity when I don’t use his full name.. While I buy a lot of drugstore items I don’t have a lot of any brand other than Eddie Funkhouser. Many of these items were sent for consideration but I’ve also bought (and rebought) quite a few. What I’m sharing today are the Eddie products I could find since some are hiding from me.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

1) Eyeliner and mascara – This is what started me on the road to my love affair with Eddie. Of all the liquid eyeliners I have, this black Ultra Defining Eye Lining Stylus EF is the best ever. I wasn’t taking any chances of not having it even though it’s lasted forever so I bought a back up. And the Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara is so fabulous that I have two backups as well as one in use. Ultra Defining Lining Stylus ($10.99) has a thin felt tip that I can control with ease. Quattro Variable Lash Mascara ($12.99) has 4 settings so you can build it up to get the volume you desire. I forgot to put a picture of the Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil in Black but it too is a wonderful eyeliner for all pencil lovers. The fun of Eddie’s liners are in the Graffiti Metallic Liquid liners. This comes in 3 metallic shades and add a spark to your eyes.

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

2) Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows ($8.49) are the cream of the crop. These single shadows have rich pigmentation, are long lasting and smooth to the touch. I’ve got 8 shades and don’t want to play favorites but ….

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Shadows shown above are Stage Beauty, Femme Fatale, Dreamcatcher, Stage Beauty, All Nighter and Lavender Sky. Below are The Benjamins and New Boheme (review).

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

3) Pro Brushes are the newest addition to the Eddie Funkhouser family. I bought three from Dermstore but I didn’t see one in the box and now it’s gone (dang it). What I do have to enjoy are the All Over Eye Brush ($8.99) and Tapered Shadow Brush ($10.99). The All Over Eye Brush has a medium head that’s great for shadow placement and the browbone area. The Tapered Shadow Brush has a fluffy, full tapered head that I love for blending.

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Like all Eddie Funkhouser products these are cruelty free brushes. “Artisanal quality crafted brush, featuring hand-scored premium hair, expertly-sculpted head integrated with premium aluminum ferrule and hardwood handles painted with hard-as-nails, multi-layered high-gloss black lacquer.”

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

4) Luxlight Hydrating Primer and Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation are the two face products I enjoy from my beau. The Hydrating Primer ($14.99) comes in one shade, Candlelight, which adds a luminous peachy glow. Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation ($14.99) comes in 6 shades and is a lightweight foundation that is buildable. This has a light diffused finish to it. I actually used up my Luxlight Illuminator in Candlelight ($11.99). This can be used the same way you’d use Touche Eclat. I like it under my eyes to brighten up and make the end of the day circles look lessened.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

5) Ultra Intensity Cheek Color ($8.49) only comes in 4 shades and I’ve been whispering in Eddie’s ear that he needs to add more. I have it in A Little Toasted which is described as a matte pale crimson. I find this to be a neutral shade on me though if I apply it with a soft brush. It can be deepened too.

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

6) Chromographic Lip Color and Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss are the two lip products I bought. It’s a little hard to tell the colors online so this was the hardest choice I had to make. Eddie has two formulas of lipstick, Chromographic Lip Color which has some sparkle to it to light up your lips and Nourishing Lip Color which is more pigmented ($12.99 each). Lovefroze is a sparkling pinky peach that has a more dimensional finish because of the light sparkle in it. There are 12 shades of Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss ($10.99) and I went safe with my first buy of Meow Meow, a nude beige pink that brightens up any lipstick I apply it over.

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

I have a list of future Eddie Funkhouser buys like the 16 Hour 4 Way Liquid Concealer ($10.99) in Light and Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes ($14.99). I need to keep my boyfriend happy after all.

Now it’s time to visit the other drugstore brands to see what favorites those ladies have. — Marcia


Great things in small packages: MIYU Beauty Merry Mini Ornament

MIYU Mini

There is something about drinking tea that feels special. It seems more indulgent, more refined than coffee, probably because tea sets are delicate and the intricate ceremonies for drinking tea are fascinating. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great cuppa joe. But tea…every time I drink it I feel pampered. So I was intrigued with MIYU Beauty, a Canadian line that launched in 2013. This line is based on beauty from the inside out, pairing artisanal teas with skin care products. Lifestyle, not skin type, is the determining factor when choosing products. MIYU is meant to give yourself some ‘mi’ time.

MIYU Mini Hydrate Mi

MIYU sent us one of their special holiday sets to try, and it was a great introduction to this beauty line with such an intriguing concept.

The Merry Mini Ornament with the Hydrate Mi Mini pairing ($15, the retail value is $20) is a large acrylic ornament that houses a 30 ml Hydrate Mi Beauty Essence and 2 sachets of Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea.

Inside the ornament - Hydrate Mi Beauty Essence and 2 Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea Sachets

Inside the ornament – Hydrate Mi Beauty Essence and 2 Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea Sachets

The Hydrate Mi Essence is a spray mist serum. Shake the bottle first, spray on and pat into skin.  As a spray it is extremely hygienic, and the opaque bottle ensures the efficacy of the Asian botanicals inside. It works as a primer for moisturizer, as well as a primer for makeup, too. I am impressed with how hydrating it is and it really smooths skin, creating an optimal canvas for makeup application.

The Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea is the matching tea blend for the Hydrate Mi Essence. It makes an elegant, citrusy tea that smells as delicious as it tastes. I couldn’t put my finger on which fruit it tastes like, which turns out to be the snow pear – I’ve never tasted a snow pear so no wonder I was having trouble! I used the steaming tea as a quick pore treatment just for kicks and saved the two tea sachets afterwards. I put them in the fridge and then used them as a de-puffing eye treatment later!

Full sizes of both the Hydrate Mi Essence and the Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea are available online, along with De-stress versions. Tea lovers will really enjoy the unique Merry Mini Mi pairings.  MIYU Beauty is an elegant, interesting niche line that is worth checking out!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Lisa’s new and improved top ten primers list

I wrote my original ‘Top ten primers‘ post back in 2010, a few years after my primer obsession began. Finding an excellent primer was life-altering for me because for the very first time my makeup actually lasted all day.  I’ve always had strange skin, products don’t last long on me at all – I put blush on and an hour later, it’s completely gone.  For a long time I thought there was nothing I could do about it – until I found a primer that actually made my makeup (and most happily my blush) last a whole day.  I think I bought every primer on the market for the next few years after that. I have owned and used so many different primers I am ashamed to put a number on it. 

Lisas top ten primersThis list is a long overdue update of my personal choices for the top ten primers – each one is unique, they all have their advantages, and they are all excellent.  Which primer I choose is determined by the condition of my skin that day, my skin tone, and the foundation I am going to use. (A side note – I was astounded by the price increases when I updated them!)

My top ten list is not in any particular order – these are my top favorites, but they are all equal in terms of play time they get.

Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer

Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer

1.  Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer ($68)

The earlier version, called The Sensual Skin Primer, was actually the primer that began my obsession.  I used it one day and could not believe how vibrant and fresh my makeup was 10 hours later. The new version is even better – I use the Normal to Oily one.  The texture has slip but it doesn’t feel extremely silicone heavy.  It dries quickly to a satin finish.  It keeps makeup on like no other.  There are some drawbacks, though – it is an expensive item, so expensive that it hurts to buy it.  I tend to use this on special occasions only to try to make it last as long as possible.  And while I love the hygienic pump bottle, it drives me crazy that I never know how much I have left.  Regardless, I will never be without a bottle – and a back up.

Grand Central Beauty Skin Perfecting Primer

2.  Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER ($68)

I like to say that the only time I have ever been wrong was that one time I thought I made a mistake.  Unfortunately, in reality I have been wrong on a few more occasions than that…and I was completely wrong about the S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER.  While it has a slew of cool ingredients, including squalane from brazilian sugar cane, apple, watermelon, lentil, rice and soybean protein, I initially thought it worked better as a serum than a primer…totally incorrect.  This is a kick ass primer.  It keeps makeup looking totally perfect for 12 hours.  Every time I use it I think, “How could I have been so wrong??”

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

3.  Reviva Labs Makeup Primer ($19.50) This is absolutely one of my favorite primers of all time.  It has silicone, but it isn’t super thick.  I find that it works best if I apply the primer and then let it sit for about three minutes.  It has a slightly wet texture at first that will collide with your concealer and foundation application. If you wait a few minutes it dries down to a beautiful finish that helps concealer and foundation apply and wear perfectly.  It does everything a primer should do:  makes skin super smooth, allows even application of concealer and foundation, and increases longevity.  

Pur Minerals green_primer

4.  Pur Minerals Colour Correcting Foundation Primer in Green ($31):

This is the primer I reach for when I’m broken out.  The green color balances out redness from acne, broken capillaries, and rosacea.  It doesn’t make me look like an alien – the green transforms into a beautiful, even skin tone color.  Less is more with this primer. You don’t need much to neutralize redness and create a perfect canvas for foundation.

OCC Skin Primer

5.  OCC Skin Primer ($27.50):This is a really cool primer.  Not only is it great for the face, but you can also use it as a lid primer for mineral eyeshadows.  It’s unlike most primers.  You HAVE to shake the bottle before squeezing some out – and then be careful when you do, because it has a thin, liquid consistency.  Once applied, wait until it dries because it applies quite wet, but does dry down to a super smooth, satiny finish.  And boy does makeup stick to this stuff!

Paul and Joe Protecting Foundation Primer

6.  Paul and Joe Protective Foundation Primer ($32)

This is, by far, the strangest primer I have ever used.  And I love it.  It has an SPF of 30.  It’s also super watery – it must be properly shaken before squeezing the product out.   It has a very thin consistency that dries down to a satiny finish.  It also has super fine, really tiny microshimmers in it, which gives skin the best natural looking glow.  The primer looks really yellow, but it goes on colorless – aside from the glow.  Makeup lasts and lasts with this primer.  I find that I reach for it when I am using very matte, oil-inhibiting foundations like Clarins Truly Matte Foundation because the microshimmers counteract the flatness.

Cle de Peau Correcting Cream Veil

7.  Cle de Peau Correcting Cream Veil ($76)

I have a love-hate relationship with Cle de Peau.  Some products I adore and will buy despite the exorbitant price tag.  Other products I can’t stand, and I get offended at the price of items that do absolutely nothing for you.  This primer, however, is well worth the price.  At the same time, I get the sample sizes at the counter when I can…they are great for travel and give several weeks of use. This primer is a thick, creamy lotion.  You don’t need a lot of it – a little goes a very long way.  In fact, if you use too much you will get a distinctly white cast to your skin.  Use the right amount and it sinks into your skin nicely, leaving no white or greyish cast.  Skin is super smooth, lines are filled in, and makeup goes on beautifully and lasts all day.  Pores look smaller and it lessens oil production throughout the day.  Get a sample at the counter before investing, but I’ll bet once you try it, you’ll want the full size version.  I love this under cream foundation.

IT Cosmetics Feel the Moment Primer

8.  IT Cosmetics Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum ($38)

The Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum is a thick, super hydrating primer that makes skin baby smooth.  Ingredients include caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, E, and C, argan and jojoba oils, and avocado.  The serum is in glass jar with a dropper,  and two drops is more than enough to prime and hydrate.  It goes on slightly tacky then dries down to create a perfect canvas for makeup. This is just what I need for perfect makeup when I have dry skin.  I have gone through two bottles of this and am halfway through my third!

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti Aging Primer

9.  Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer ($42)

This primer comes in an opaque airless pump which keeps the product integrity and effectiveness safe and sound.  It does everything a great primer should do – it reduces the look of pores, creates a satin finish for easy makeup application, and it keeps that makeup in place and reduces fading throughout the day.

Ingredients include Alguronic Acid, which ramps up the anti-aging quotient. I am thrilled that over time it actually improves my skin – but I am even more thrilled with the immediate results of perfectly primed skin. And, of course, not looking like a sad clown with melted makeup at the end of the day is a huge plus!! The Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer has a beautifully lightweight texture that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. While liquidy, it dries quickly and truly makes that beautiful canvas you need to happily play with all the rest of your cosmetics art supplies.

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

10.  Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy ($7)  So this is a bit of a cheat…it’s not a face primer, but it is such a fantastic eye primer I had to put it on the list.  If you like pigment eyeshadows, you need this.  If you have oily lids, you need this.  Heck, it’s only seven bucks…try it out!  A tiny dab makes eyeshadow not only cling to your lids for dear life, it also brings out a vibrancy you never knew the eyeshadow had in the first place.  I think of my Pixie Epoxy as liquid gold.

The biggest difference I notice between my original list from five years ago and the one I have now (beside the price increases!) is the addition of primer/serums.  Primers don’t just prime anymore, they also treat the skin.  Most people probably only need or want one, maybe two different primers.  I happen to be just a *little* obsessive about makeup, so my collection is extreme – but if you are looking for a primer, I am sure you can find something perfect for your needs on this list.

Ok ladies, what is your favorite primer?  Is there another amazing primer out there that I just have to try??  There’s always room for one more!  – Lisa

Tarte Cosmetics Fall 2014 Collection review and swatches part one

Sultry, but subtle.  Essentials for day that can take you into night.  Tarte Cosmetics has a beautiful new LE collection for fall, and today I have reviews and swatches of the primers and concealers they sent us.  I previously reviewed the stunning Rainforest After Dark Palette HERE, be sure to check it out.  Tomorrow I will review five more products from the awesome Fall 2014 collection.

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

First up – primers.

1.  clean slate timeless smoothing primer ($39)  This is part of the new collection, although thankfully it’s a permanent product.  The clean slate timeless smoothing primer is a thick and creamy silicone-based primer that comes in a glass jar.  It leaves skin super smooth, filling in all those wrinkles and smoothing pores for flawless makeup application.  It keeps makeup vibrant and fresh and is an excellent choice for people who like silicone-based primers.

tarte colored clay CC eye primer

tarte colored clay CC eye primer

tarte colored clay CC eye primer

tarte colored clay CC eye primer

2.  colored clay cc eye primer stick ($21)  This is a color correcting eye primer that brightens the eyelid, primes it for eyeshadow application, and keeps eyeshadow from fading and creasing.  I have oily lids and this takes care of that issue stat.  I also like it as a base color all by itself.  My eyelids have an uneven color and some redness, and this primer stick does a great job of evening and creating a neutral base.  Another plus – it doesn’t need sharpening, just twist up from the bottom for more product.

The Fall 2014 collection features one color corrector and one concealer:

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

1.  colored clay cc undereye corrector ($24) is a CC cream that color corrects and brightens the under eye area.  It comes in two shades:  light-medium and medium-tan.  The shade I have swatched is light-medium.  This creamy color corrector has a tiny bit of shimmer that reflects light and camouflages darkness under the eyes.  It is a color corrector, not a concealer, so using this under concealer really helps to brighten and make eyes look younger.  Definitely PAT this under the eye for the best effect – rubbing or even buffing it with a brush will diminish the effect.  Follow your patting with tarte maracuja creaseless concealer and it takes years off your look.

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer

tarte maracuja creaseless concealer swatch in Light

tarte maracuja creaseless concealer swatch in Light

2.  maracuja creaseless concealer ($22) is one of the best concealers ever.  It is a very thick, creamy concealer that covers like crazy.  You don’t need much, a small amount gives creaseless coverage that lasts all day long.  If you have dark circles, you want this concealer.  It is a must-have.

Stayed tuned for the rest of the collection tomorrow, including the best in faux lash extending fibers, colored clay tinted brow gel, lipsurgence lip gloss in Envy, Amazonian clay dual liner duo gel liner, and the be charmed limited-edition picture perfect eyelash curler.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Korres Greek Yoghurt Primer Review

Primers are awesome for ensuring a smooth, even application of makeup.  If you have issues with makeup fading after a few hours, primer can be the perfect solution.  But for many, silicones aren’t tolerable…and most primers are full of them.  Korres recently sent us their silicone-free option, Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer ($30), to test.  Can a primer without silicones do the job?

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

First, let’s talk about packaging.  The box is very attractive and chic with a geometric blue and black floral pattern.  The tube is pretty cool too – it reminds me of a tube of toothpaste.  I don’t know, maybe it’s just so different it appeals to me, but I get a kick out of using this primer every time simply because of the packaging.

Love the cool tube packaging - Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Love the cool tube packaging – Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Yogurt is the main ingredient mentioned, but while yogurt is a healthy food option I can’t find any studies that specifically say it’s a great topical skin care ingredient.  However, there are plenty of other skin-friendly ingredients in this primer that smooth and nourish skin – all without silicones, parabens, or sulfates.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer is a white gel that resembles a light moisturizer.  Unlike silicone-based primers that sit on top of the skin this one sinks in, and it does have a scent that smells like yogurt (go figure).

Korres reports that 94% of women they surveyed felt that after using this primer their skin was more hydrated and healthier-looking, and 94% of women saw visible improvements in skin texture and smoothness.  I think this primer is a good choice for combo to oily skin because it doesn’t clog pores.  It’s probably not moisturizing enough for very dry skin.  I find that in terms of preventing my makeup from fading, I get the best results when I apply it after moisturizing and then let it sink in for about 5 minutes before applying foundation.

Overall, this is a very good option for anyone who wants a non-silicone based primer.  It certainly smooths skin and keeps makeup from fading, and the yogurt makes me feel like I am doing something healthy even when I eat nothing but fast food and chocolate all day!

You can find Korres online and at Sephora stores.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, C12-16 Alcohols, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Triheptanoin, Yogurt, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Menthyl Lactate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ VP Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Fragrance (parfum), Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Gluceptate, Lecithin, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extra