Pur Minerals gives twice the pleasure with Double Ego eyeliners and a giveaway

PUR Minerals Double Ego Dual Ended Eyeliners

PUR Minerals Double Ego Dual Ended Eyeliners

Double your pleasure with double sided eyeliners from PUR Minerals! I’m one who is more than doubling my pleasure with Pür Minerals’ 2-in-1 Double Ego Dual Ended Eye Liner since I’ve been using them all the time ever since I received these. I never go without eyeliner, never! Therefore having 8 pen/pencils and 16 colors makes for one happy blogger.

Pür Minerals Double Ego liners are available at ULTA and Ulta.com for $21 each. Like I said there are eight beautiful shades and those shades can be mixed and matched plus you can use them to create other shades. It’s like having 24 shades if I played my cards right.

Pur Minerals Double Ego liners

Pur Minerals Double Ego liners

The available shades will take you on a journey to the far reaches of the world: Milan (inky black), Tasmania (dark chocolate), Madagascar (black gold), Bora Bora (royal blue), Swiss Alps (cool pewter), Rio de Janeiro (deep plum), Bali (emerald green), and Queensland (aquatic teal).

If you notice though I’ve only shown you 6 shades since these are the ones I’m using. I’ve got 3 shades I haven’t tested for a giveaway for one of you. I received 2 Bora Boras so one is in this giveaway, we’re also giving away Milan (black) and Bali (emerald green) so keep reading.

These liners are so much fun. I’m a huge fan of liquid liner so of course I use that the most but I find that liquids don’t always last that well on my bottom lashline since I do get a little teary at times. That’s where the very smooth retractable eyeliner pencils come in. I can coordinate with the opposite side and have a similar shade on top and bottom. Or I can use them both and create a unique shade.

Pur Minerals Double Ego in Bora Bora

Pur Minerals Double Ego in Bora Bora

While Pür Minerals Bora Bora appears to be a royal blue it’s got a teal touch so I wouldn’t really call it royal like Ulta does. Just wearing the liquid liner on my top lashline I do see royal but the pencil has more color and interest to it. Combine and you get a tricked out royal teal.

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Tasmania

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Tasmania

Pür Minerals Tasmania is my most used liquid liner from this group. I love a chocolate brown liquid and wear this often. I used to struggle with finding the right shade of brown since some can be too black and some can be too red. The liquid is a true brown whereas the pencil does have an undertone that’s got some redness to it. When I wear them together though I have the perfect shade.

Pür Minerals Double Ego Madagascar

Pür Minerals Double Ego Madagascar

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Madagascar is described as black gold by Pur and Ulta but I see a lot of green to it so a lot depends on the light and what you are wearing with this liner. You can bring out the green but you can also bring out the gold.

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Rio de Janeiro

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Rio de Janeiro

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Rio de Janeiro takes me on a trip I want to be on. This gorgeous purple is a liquid liner shade I’ve been missing in my collection. The liquid side is definitely purple while the pencil side is more of a black plum. When mixed together they are magnificent.

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Swiss Alps

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Swiss Alps

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Swiss Alps is one of my very favorite because of the three types of shades I can get with this. The liquid side is black but not a jet black, the pencil is an easy to wear pewtered charcoal and together they are magic and appear to be a darkened pewter that glows.

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Queensland and Bali

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Queensland and Bali

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Queensland and Bali appear very similar to me even though the descriptions are different. I played eeny meeny to pick the one that I’d keep and that turned out to be Queensland which is a beautiful teal. Bali is described as emerald green but when you look at my picture with both open I think you’ll agree that it’s a teal version of green. Although only the winner will know that since my swatches are of Queensland.

These Pür Minerals eyeliners are going to do whatever you want them to do from a daytime or easy evening look, to a cat’s eye with a swoosh of the liquid liner to a dramatic eye. I do have two warnings though about these. First is that the dry side is a mineral eyeliner and it is very soft so don’t open it too far out and don’t overdo the pressure when using it or the tip will break. Of course you can always click up more but you don’t want to waste the eyeliner. Second is that you need a true eye makeup remover for these Double Ego liners. The colors are intense and some of the shades can stain. I find that a makeup remover for waterproof eye makeup works the best. I soak my cotton pad with the remover and hold it on my eye without rubbing to soften the liner, making it easier to remove. If it looks like it’s still there, just wait until you wash up in the morning and you’ll see that it’s faded away.

I found these great eyeliners at both Ulta.com and Kohls.com and I’m pretty sure they are in the stores too. For $21 you’ll have a trio of great looks. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION – at last we have an international giveaway!  We ask a few things of you to enter. 1. Be a subscriber to Beauty Info Zone but not one who subscribes, unsubscribes, resubscribes. We want to keep you around. 2. Be sure that you do what you say you’ve done. I’ve found too many entries that could have won but when we went to check we found out that the entrant had clicked but not followed. 3. On occasion our comments close at the end of a giveaway, if that happens then please email me at [email protected] and label it Pur Minerals, write your comment in the email and that counts as your entry.  This is open through Tuesday 8/18/15 at 11:59 p.m. EDT and is international. The three liners that the winner will receive are MILAN, BALI and BORA BORA. Here’s hoping you win!

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Pur Minerals Cheek Stains – soft, cool and lovable

pur minerals stick blushes

Have you ever seen anything so cute? When I saw these Pur Minerals Cabernet Cheek Stains I couldn’t help but crave them and happily I was sent two to try out. In my world cream blushes rule and I already knew that Pur Minerals knew what to do with them when I wear the two Chateau Cream Blushes that I have.

Pur Minerals Cabernet Cheek Stains

Pur Minerals Cabernet Cheek Stains

What makes these unique is that these blush tints have an attached brush on the opposite end. It makes it so handy for travel purposes. I had these in my cosmetic bag the entire holiday weekend since I was on the go more than usual. Not only are the colors beautiful but the brush makes them apply easier than ever. The brush is soft and feels lush on your cheeks. You’ll want to use it with other blushes too.

Pur Minerals Cheek Stain in Peach Bellini and Rose'

Pur Minerals Cheek Stain in Peach Bellini and Rose’

The Cheek Stains are described by Pur Minerals as “Blush Tint and Brush Duo” ($26). I think that’s a better description than stain. The sticks go on with a refreshing coolness that is irresistible. I love the way they feel upon application. The colors aren’t as intense as I’d expect from something called a stain. Instead they are easy to wear shades that look so pretty once applied.

There are 4 shades available: Prosecco is a beautiful rose shade that will show up darker than Rose’ that I have.

Pur Minerals Prosecco

Pur Minerals Prosecco

Cabernet is a wine shade that appears to be quite cool toned.

Pur Minerals Cabernet

Pur Minerals Cabernet

Rose’ is a baby pink that’s almost Barbie Pink but it’s such a soft and flattering color that it doesn’t remind me of a doll.

Rose' from Pur Minerals

Rose’ from Pur Minerals

Peach Bellini is the only warm shade in the group but it’s not overly warm. It looks like a slightly scary orange in the tube yet in actuality it’s a gentle peach that isn’t too dark.

Pur Minerals Peach Bellini

Pur Minerals Peach Bellini

Cheek Stains have a dewy glow. They contain skincare benefits with anti-oxidant wine extract to help with signs of aging.  Besides being cool to the touch, easy to use with luscious shades they also have a fruity fragrance that reminds me of bubble gum. I notice the fragrance at first but within about 10 minutes it’s gone.

Pur Minerals Cabernet Cheek Stains

Pur Minerals Cabernet Cheek Stains

These are blush sticks that I can easily recommend for you and in the lighter shades they’d be great for a teen since they are almost impossible to overdo. Pur Minerals is found on their website as well as at Ulta stores and online.

What have you tried from Pur Minerals? And don’t tell me nothing since you are missing out big time if that’s your answer! — Marcia

Ingredients:

Butylene Glycol, Aqua, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sodium Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Vine Extract, Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance (Parfum), Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 40 (CI 16035), Blue 1 (CI 42090).

*sent for editorial consideration

Pur Minerals Air Perfection CC Cushion Foundation is ready for your beauty shot

Pur Minerals Air Perfection CC Cushion Foundation

Pur Minerals Air Perfection CC Cushion Foundation

The newest innovation in the cosmetic world is cushion foundation and I’m pleased to share with you the one from PUR Minerals, Air Perfection CC Cushion Foundation. These foundations are taking the market by storm and Pur Minerals has shown me why. When I learned about the foundation and was offered one for review, I was excited to try it out. And now I’m excited to share it with you.

open up the lid to find this

open up the lid to find this

When you open up the shiny white lid you’ll see an applicator and a sealed foundation.

Pur Minerals Air Perfection opened

Pur Minerals Air Perfection opened

Once you open the seal you’ll find a cushion top that allows the foundation to be released when you press down with the applicator. I always use the soft pink side of the sponge applicator to apply Pur Minerals CC Cushion Foundation. It picks up the right amount once you squeeze down on the foundation and it blends in the color very smoothly.

Air Perfection CC Cream has SPF 50 which is one of the reasons I like this so much. Another reason is that this is a very light feeling foundation. I never notice that it’s on but I do notice how nicely my skin looks when wearing this. The foundation itself feels a little like a mousse. You can wear it sheerly or you can build it up to a medium coverage and still never feel like you have foundation on.

Air Perfection in Light

Air Perfection in Light

Air Perfection contains some great ingredients like skincare emollient: Babassu Oil. Native to Brazil, this palm-based ingredient nourishes a dewy soft complexion with intensely hydrating lauric and myristic acids and antioxidant vitamin E. 

Packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients that:

  • Help soothe visible irritation for a clearer, more comfortable complexion
  • Provide texture-plumping hydration that softens the look of lines
  • Moisturize, smooth and protect with antioxidant benefits
  • Deliver a megadose of anti-aging amino acids and vitamins

I wish this came in more shades and hopefully that’s something that Pur Minerals will correct. Right now the four shades are Light, Medium, Tan, Dark. The Light is what I wear but I have to be careful to blend it really well along my chin and hairline. I’d love to see this in Fair and believe there’s plenty of room for some other shades in between the 4 available. That’s my only complaint about this though.

I love that it’s so portable and doesn’t leak. I think the ingredients are excellent. I love the hydrating performance of this and the SPF level. I’m always happy that Pur Minerals does not test on animals and is cruelty-free. cruelty-bunnies

This can be found at Dermstore.com for $30, Pur Minerals website, and Ulta. Dermstore is the site I found the best price.

Have you worn a cushion foundation? If so what do you think of them? — Marcia

p.s. I’ve also written about Pur Minerals CC Cream in a tube. Read that review HERE if you want to see more about their CC Cream.

 

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Ingredients for Light & Medium: Aqua, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alcohol Denat., Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Isostearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), 1,2-Hexanediol, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Perfect that pucker with Pur Minerals Pout Pens

You know that sinking feeling you get when you pass by a mirror and realize that almost all of your lipstick has worn off, except for an unsightly ring around the outside? You won’t get that feeling with Pur Minerals Pout Pens.

A good lip stain doesn’t wear off…in fact, they can be difficult to remove even when you are trying! They can also be drying, so continual hydration over the stain is necessary. Pur Minerals recently sent two shades of their new stain/lip balm hybrid Pout Pens ($20) to test – Sangria and Mai Tai.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens

Pur Minerals Pout Pens

These are very handy because the stain really lasts and the opposite end is a hydrating balm that keeps lips soft and provides some slip. Sangria is a pretty purple/wine shade and Mai Tai is a bright pinky-peach.

Pur MInerals Pout Pen in Sangria

Pur MInerals Pout Pen in Sangria

Pur Minerals Pout Pen in Mai Tai

Pur Minerals Pout Pen in Mai Tai

Pur Minerals Pout Pen in Sangria (top) and Mai Tai

Pur Minerals Pout Pen in Sangria (top) and Mai Tai

The hydrating end has such a small amount of tint that I couldn’t get any good pics of swatches. They gives some shine and also have vitamin C to help fight free radicals. The marker end is very easy to apply as the sharp tip makes for great precision.

I really like these, especially for long days without mirrors! They come in two more shades, Cosmo (red) and Fuzzy Navel (peach). You can find these handy additions to the lip stain world at Ulta and PurMinerals.com.  – Lisa

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Am I a Savvy Flirt or am I Coy? Let’s ask Pur Minerals.

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks blush in Flirt, Coy and Savvy

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks blush in Flirt, Coy and Savvy

When PUR MINERALS wanted my attention they knew the way to my heart was through cream blush. As much as I love a beautiful powder blush, I love cream blushes more. I just find them so easy to wear. But Pur Minerals wanted me to know how great their powder blush was so they sent one of those too. And they were correct. They got my attention and my heart.

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt and Coy

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt and Coy

Pur Minerals created two Chateau Cheeks Cream Blushes ($18) one cool, one warm. There’s no way for me to pick a favorite since the colors on both are beautiful. Flirt is a cool pink with a touch of blue in its undertone (even if my pictures belie that statement). It’s described as a soft pink shade which it is but you can build the depth without a problem.

Pur Minerals Flirt (dermstore.com)

Pur Minerals Flirt (dermstore.com)

Flirt Cream Blush by Pur Minerals

Flirt Cream Blush by Pur Minerals

These cream blushes have a very lightweight formula that isn’t the least bit greasy which is what I think people fear from a cream blush. They dry down nicely while still leaving the dewy look that they start with.

Pur Minerals Coy Cream blush

Pur Minerals Coy Cream blush

Chateau Cream Blush in Coy is one of the most natural looks I’ve experienced in a blush. It’s a soft nude apricot that I find can be worn with just about everything. I especially like it when I’m wearing a more intense eye since it doesn’t compete. I do have to apply it again in the evening if I’m going out but a little dab is all that I need.

Coy swatch

Coy swatch

Pur Minerals cream blush contains antioxidant-rich resveratrol and vitamin E to nourish, hydrate and promote healthy, youthful skin. They blend easily and beautifully.

Pur Minerals Savvy powder blush

Pur Minerals Savvy powder blush

There are 4 shades that Pur Minerals has created in their Chateau Cheeks Pressed Powder blush ($18). I have Savvy and it amazes me how pigmented this blush is. The first time I applied it with my angled blush brush I was a little shocked at the intensity of it. A powder puff tamed it but from that point on, I used a very light touch. Savvy is an inviting neutral pink. It’s extremely long lasting so if I’m going out for a long time this is the one I reach for.

Pur Minerals Savvy Pressed Powder blush

Pur Minerals Savvy Pressed Powder blush

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Pressed Powder blushes are infused with Resveratrox® and Vitisin which are harvested exclusively for Pur from Bordeaux’s wine region. You get the anti-oxidants of the grape vines and fruit built into the ingredients of the blush.

Pur Minerals: Flirt, Coy, Savvy

Pur Minerals: Flirt, Coy, Savvy

Pur Minerals blushes are paraben-free as well as gluten-free plus they never test on animals.

You can make a savvy choice when buying these blushes. You may come off as coy but you’ll still be the flirt that you want to be. Have you experienced the joy of Pur Minerals? If not, here’s your chance to glow. — Marcia

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Deck the Eyes with Pur Minerals

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes

 PUR MINERALS has a limited edition DECK THE HALLS set right now that you absolutely don’t want to miss. This was sent for testing and I’m in love with it and will most likely pick up another one. The price is ab fab at $12 and the products are just as fabulous.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes

Inside the DECK THE EYES SET you’ll find a deluxe size Big Look Mascara. A full size is .17 oz (and $20) while this one is only slightly smaller at .12 oz. You’ll also get a liquid eyeliner that is exclusive to the set and is full size.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Big Look Mascara

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Big Look Mascara

BIG LOOK MASCARA is fabulous on if you love to lengthen and define. It is totally non-clumping. I just get long, lush looking eyelashes with this.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Big Look Mascara

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Big Look Mascara

To make this mascara even better, it’s formulated with Argan Oil. So while you are looking great you are conditioning your lashes at the same time. It’s a beautiful dewy look and it does NOT smudge. The last thing you need is smudging, only a raccoon looks good like that. This is the type of mascara that looks good on a daily basis yet you can build it up for some extra oomph. I’m so happy to have discovered this.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Precision Eyeliner

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Precision Eyeliner

The surprise in Deck the Eyes for me is this Liquid Precision Eyeliner in Black. Pur Minerals doesn’t have a liquid eyeliner in their regular line-up so this is the only place you can get it for now.

Pur Minerals Precision Eyeliner

Pur Minerals Precision Eyeliner

This Precision Liquid Eyeliner is water resistant. I need an eye makeup remover to cleanse. I love the point since I can get it as thin as I want or I can use it for a more pronounced eyeliner.

Pur Minerals Precision Eyeliner

Pur Minerals Precision Eyeliner

I mostly use liquid eyeliner these days and this one is finding its way into the daily rotation. It’s a true winner.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Precision Eyeliner and Big Look Mascara

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Precision Eyeliner and Big Look Mascara

Deck the Halls makes a wonderful stocking stuffer or gift of any size. The price is totally amazing at $12. It’s available at on Pur Minerals website and possibly at Ulta stores (not online though). Pur Minerals currently has a nice gwp going on with a purchase of $35. Lisa recently reviewed the Pur Minerals 3-pc. Let It Glow Bronzer, Blush, and Brighten Cheek Trio which is $24 and gorgeous.

Pur Minerals Let It Glow

Pur Minerals Let It Glow

Then there’s the great Pur Minerals You Better Not Pout Lip Gift Set ($32).

You Better Not Pout

You Better Not Pout

You can’t go wrong with any of these sets but buy two of the LE Deck the Halls or you’ll regret it. — Marcia

*Deck the Halls sent for editorial consideration

Pür Minerals does NOT test its products on animals.

Liquid Precision Eyeliner: Aqua, Glycerin, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Carbon Black (CI 77266)

Big Look Mascara: Aqua, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, PVP, Cetyl Palmitate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Nylon-12, Stearic Acid, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Steareth-20, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-2, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

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