Favorite skin savers for 2015

HoneyWhen thinking about the year that just finished it’s hard to pick from all the products that I’ve been using but sometimes items just stand out and I can’t help but want to use them over and over again. I know I’ll miss mentioning some great items and regret that but here’s a roundup of things I’m loving and think you will too.

*some pr samples and affiliate links


Chop Saver Lip Balm

Chop Saver Lip Balm *

I’ve been slathering this on day and night lately. My bedroom is dry and I like how this helps keep my lips moisturized at night without disturbing my sleep (yes little things like this can disturb my sleep).


Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion *

Totally in love with this. My legs aren’t flaky!! That alone is enough to recommend it. As much as I like Delectable in Lemon & Cream, it’s the scent free one that is my savoir. I even bought two of the Delectable Scent Free Hand Cream from Kohl’s before Christmas so I could have one upstairs and one downstairs.


Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub *

This scrub is so heavenly. I wanted to just stand in the shower and sniff it. But even better than the way it smells is the way it works. It’s a sugar scrub with just a tiny bit of salt in it. It’s definitely exfoliating but without overdoing it. It leaves just enough oil behind on my skin so that I’m moisturized without being greasy. Farmhouse Fresh has made me a convert with their fragranced products – I never envisioned that happening.


Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia *

Oil Essentials is another favorite. I use this in the morning on my legs and/or hair. It’s a very light oil and doesn’t leave me the least bit greasy. I can apply this on my legs and put on my clothes right away without worry. Oil Essentials created a great combination of Sweet Almond and Macadamia Oil with added benefits from jojoba, it’s rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 & E. This cruelty free product smells so delicious and works so well. Plus at $10.99 the price is very right.


Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment *

Christie Brinkley’s line amazed me. While I continue to test other brands and have found some that I like a lot, right now her line is the one I keep going back to. I recently repurchased the Recapture Day + IR Defense since I’m dangerously low on my original jar and bought the Complete Clarity Facial Cleansing Wash for my next cleanser.


Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water *

I need to make my New Year’s resolutions and the first one should be getting ready for bed earlier than I do now. I find that many days I do resort to a Micellar Water at night. But I also love this in the morning on the days I need to cleanse and tone without adding any soap/cleanser to my face. Dr. Brandt has come to the rescue with this Dual Fusion Water many nights and almost every morning.


Simple Micellar  Remover Wipes

Simple Micellar
Remover Wipes

I buy two packages at a time since I don’t want to run out. These are great at night when I’m too tired to cleanse and just want to jump in bed. They are also great after the gym, to just refresh your face during the day, and to add hydration. I use a lot of wipes from a lot of brands but what makes these stand out is that they are refreshing and fragrance free.


Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream *

It’s hard to pick only one product from Reviva Labs because everything is wonderful. The Nourishing Cream is like wrapping my face in a warm blanket made of cashmere. It’s the most soothing moisturizer I own. When my skin gets wacky from testing so many products this cream is what I revert to. It’s wonderful for face, hands, and body. I am so glad I was introduced to this in 2015.


Lindi Eye Hydrator

Lindi Skin Eye Hydrator *

The hardest product for me to pick just one of is an eye cream. There’s a special reason why I chose Lindi though. Lindi Eye Hydrator is the most moisturizing eye product I’ve tried this year. It’s not the one to pick if you want to focus on dark circles or puffiness. It is the one to chose though if you have sensitive eyes, want to mask your fine lines, and/or need extra moisture under your eyes. This was developed for cancer patients and is a line I love using. Lindi Skin Face Serum is another product that they make that I’d recommend for anyone needing amazing moisture.

9 out of probably 190 is a small number but these 9 are products I’ve either repurchased or will repurchase in 2016 without hesitation. They’ve proven to me that they are the best of the past year. I can’t wait to see what 2016 holds! Have you tried any of these?  — Marcia

*samples sent for consideration, all opinions are 100% mine; some affiliate links used

Reviva Labs Collagen Fibre Eye Pads w/Myoxinol Kit review and giveaway

Collagen Fibre Eye Pads w/Myoxinol Kit

Collagen Fibre Eye Pads w/Myoxinol Kit

We aren’t going to tell you how much we love Reviva Labs products because you’ve read about them over and over. We aren’t going to tell you that Reviva Labs has been in business since 1973 making products that are innovative. You probably don’t want to know that they were the first company to introduce Elastil to the United States. In 1973 the concern about products being cruelty-free wasn’t an issue, yet Reviva Labs instituted that mission for all their products. No we aren’t going to tell you that because what you really want to know about is REVIVA LABS COLLAGEN FIBRE EYE PADS W/MYONIXOL KIT (#590) that were sent for review and for a giveaway. There are two different products in this kit and both are wonderful.


Reviva Labs Skin Energizing Gel

Reviva Labs Skin Energizing Gel

Lisa and I have had the pleasure of reviewing the Skin Energizing Gel before. Lisa was the one who had these fabulous words about it: “it’s like a Wonderbra. It takes what you’ve got and makes it a little more impressive.” While that cracked me up, I think it’s also spot on. This is sold separately for $11 and is a product you’d love with or without the Collagen Fibre Eye Pads. Skin Energizing Gel is the item in the kit that will keep on going after you’ve used the eye pads. This can be used either alone or under your under your other facial products. The purpose is to boost the effects of products that you lay over the gel. It helps energize the absorption and performance in your products. Once combined with the Collagen Fibre Eye Pads the magic will be noticeable.

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit

Ingredients: Purified water, algae extract (Hawaiian seaplant), phenoxyenthanol and chlorphenesin and sodium dehydroaceteate (preservative system).

LISA’S SIDE, part 1

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit eye pads

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit eye pads

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad

Got undereye wrinkles? How about puffiness? Dark circles? The COLLAGEN FIBRE with MYOXINOL® Eye Pads give immediate gratification from these under-eye woes, and over time they bring lasting results. The eye pads are made with 100% pure freeze dried Collagen-Fibre, which gives the under eye area an immediate lift through intense hydration. Reviva Labs also added Myoxinol, which is an ingredient from Hibiscus flowers that relaxes skin tissue and truly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The immediate gratification is dramatic – although temporary. However, keep using these little eye pads of awesomeness to turn that ‘temporary’ into ‘permanent’.


I write about masks for the face and eyes all the time and I use them often. I’m a firm believer in spending an extra 15 or so minutes several times a week to boost my skincare. This set ($38 for 4 sets of eye pads and a 2 oz. bottle of mineral rich Skin Energizing Gel) is a wonderful addition to that routine. They are easy to use and they stay on me so I can do something while I’m beautifying. Or I can take an iPad break and lay down and rest. I really like to use these on days I’m going out somewhere other than my errands. My eyes look rested and less lined. Anything that will plump while reducing puffiness is a wonder.

LISA’S SIDE, part 2

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit

The Collagen Fibre Pads feel like paper, but with the addition of water they turn into a gel that infuses the under eye area with hydrating collagen. They are pretty terrific used with just water, but the addition of the Skin Energizing Gel definitely amplifies the results. The eye pads are quite large so if you wanted to concentrate on one area of wrinkles or under eye darkness you could cut the eye pads in half for two treatments out of one pack. I like to use these while getting ready for ‘date night’ since they make such a difference so quickly. After working all day I have dark circles and I look pretty tired. It just takes 20 minutes with my Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pads to erase the day and take a few years off my face!


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Makeup Wars – 5 favorites under $10

Makeup Wars - 5 under 10

Makeup Wars – 5 under 10

For this week’s Makeup Wars the choices were infinite but the decision was made in a flash. These 5 (actually 7 since I’m like that) are the products that get constant use so you need to know about them. I’ll start with my eye favorites since that’s what I do when I apply makeup – go for the eyes.

MILANI EYESHADOW PRIMER is one of the best primers I’ve tried no matter the cost. I usually switch between this and Too Faced Shadow Insurance but the truth is that for $6 this could be my only choice and I’d be just as happy as with my $20 TFSI.

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

MILANI BELLA EYES GEL POWDER EYESHADOW in Bella Chiffon and Bella Espresso are my fall back shadows. I’ve purchased at least a dozen of the 31 shades. While I like them all, it’s these two that I couldn’t do without. Bella Espresso is a dark brown satin matte. If all mattes shadows wore like Bella Espresso I’d be a convert. It’s hard for me to believe it’s a matte since it has a sheen to it. I love that I can intensify it if I want it dark (which I usually do) and that this cool toned brown works with just about everything. Bella Chiffon is a shimmering off-white shade. There’s no glitter or sparkle but it’s bright and I love it on my browbone. At $4.49 you can buy them both for $10 but I bet you won’t stop at just 2.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Espresso and Chiffon

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Espresso and Chiffon

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Chiffon and Espresso

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Chiffon and Espresso

REVIVA LABS EYE MAKEUP REMOVER GEL ($5) is a fabulous eye makeup remover. I was sent one to test and shortly after bought a second – I don’t want to run out of this ever. This incredibly gentle gel removes even the most stubborn gel liners and mascaras. It’s moisturizing, conditioning and non-oily. Fabulous stuff from a fabulous company. Another reason I love Reviva Labs.

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

HARD CANDY FAST & FABULOUS TRANSLUCENT FINISHING POWDER ($6) is the reason to drive to Walmart right now (well you can finish reading the review if you want). This is the only pressed powder I’m using these days. I use a soft kabuki brush to apply this matte powder and it helps keep my foundation set and looking good throughout the day. Its oil absorbing finish helps blur my many imperfections.

Hard Candy Fast & Furious Translucent Finishing Powder

Hard Candy Fast & Furious Translucent Finishing Powder

Two nail polish brands had to be included since they are fabulous easy to find products. The entire SINFULCOLORS line of nail polishes are $1.99. And they last, they really last! The colors are beautiful and the quality is equal to any high end brand you can think of. It’s rare that I can find a $2 treat that isn’t fattening but these fill the bill. Another brand that I love and can be found at Target is PIXI BEAUTY ($8). I’ve reviewed a lot of Pixi’s nail polishes and have loved them all. My newest one is Olive Gold and I found it on sale at Target for $3 – color me golden. I can’t wait to wear this fall shade and share it.

SinfulColors Let's Talk and Pixi Olive Gold polishes

SinfulColors Let’s Talk and Pixi Olive Gold polishes

For this entire post – all 7 items – the total would be $36! I’ve spent that much on a single mascara. I’d much rather have these 7. Let’s see what the other Makeup Wars bloggers picked. I’ve got all that change that I can spend! What’s your favorite under $10 product? — Marcia

*Hard Candy, Sinful Colors and Reviva were originally sent as press samples


Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream and DMAE Firming Fluid


It’s no secret that the Beauty Info Zone ladies love Reviva Labs products. We are always thrilled to receive these for review and to buy more on our own. This reasonably priced skin care line hits all the right buttons. The company was started over 40 years ago and sold in skin care salons and health food stores worldwide. They are proud (as they should be) that their products are not only effective but also cruelty free. With two products that we’ve been testing, here’s our Side by Side Review.

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid and Nourishing Cream

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid and Nourishing Cream


I’ve been using both of the products we’re reviewing today since they work so well together. DMAE is a thin serum so I start with this over my entire face and neck. It contains a higher potency of DMAE Concentrate which helps to firm and tone skin. I’m sure almost everyone reading this would love to help firm skin.

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid

DMAE FIRMING FLUID ($19) contains 5% DMAE compared to the normal 1/2%- 1% in most creams and serums. Rather than try to paraphrase perfection, here’s what Reviva Labs tells us about DMAE: Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) is often called “facelift in a jar” by skin care specialists, because it helps firm and tighten the skin. With regular use DMAE will give skin a more defined, youthful appearance.
DMAE, a component of cell membranes, is also one of the substances used by the body to make the neurotransmitter molecule acetylcholine. DMAE’s firming effects are believed to involve the signaling of acetylcholine in the skin.

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid

This Firming Fluid is a great first step before the Nourishing Cream. It isn’t sticky, it sinks into my skin within a minute and then I apply Nourishing Cream over it. If you want firming and more youthful skin along with the compliments that you’ll receive on your skin tone, then here’s where you should start.


Do you want plump, smooth skin with less wrinkles? Then you want the Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream ($25). I love many Reviva products, but this is my all time favorite. The ingredient list is simply outstanding with 10 EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) oils. Here are the ten reasons you want this amazing moisturizer for your face, neck, and hands.

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

1.  Sunflower Oil is one of the best cosmetic ingredients out there since it has no fragrance and is a fantastic emollient and inflammation reducer.

2.  Flaxseed Oil is another star ingredient – it’s an antioxidant, emollient, and it has linoleic acid, which is excellent for skin repair.

3.  Borage Oil is another non-fragrant ingredient with linoleic acid, and is a fabulous antioxidant, emollient, and inflammation reducer.

4.  Rosehip Oil is a very emollient oil with antioxidant properties.

5.  Hemp Seed Oil is a fatty acid known for excellent emollient properties.

6.  Avocado Oil is a non-fragrant plant oil that is, you guessed it, a terrific emollient and antioxidant. Are you sensing a trend here??

7.  Wheat Germ Oil is a non-fragrant emollient oil that skin loves.

8.  Black Currant Seed Oil is one of the best antioxidant anti-inflammatories. It’s an awesome emollient for skin.

9.  Olive Oil is an emollient that contains squalene, which you may have also heard of. It also has linoleic acid and is a great antioxidant.

10.  Sesame Oil is yet another excellent emollient.

Inside Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

Inside Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

With ten different oils, an understandable assumption is that this must be one heavy, pore-clogging cream. Much to my delight, all of these oils are combined into a truly elegant formula – a light cream so beautiful I could almost eat it with a spoon.

EFA’s (also known as Omega-3 and Omega-6) come from plants and they restore the skin to a youthful appearance. What does youthful skin look like? Full, plump, and smooth. If I could fill a bathtub with Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream and soak my whole body in it, I would. However, I am settling for smoothing it onto my face, neck and hands. You should too!!

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$5 wonder product from Reviva Labs: Eye Makeup Remover Gel

reviva eye makeupAs I was using the REVIVA LABS Eye Makeup Remover Gel last night I was thinking about stocking up on it. I received this one when I mentioned I wanted to try it and now that I have it I want more! What I didn’t know until I started writing this review is that this is only $5. The price only enhances my feelings for how great this gem is.

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

What makes this eye makeup remover different is that it’s a gel. Most removers I’ve tried are either pads or duo phase liquids. I even did a Makeup Wars post on my favorite remover. Mary Kay won that and I still like it and will continue to use it. But Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel has moved up the ladder and is tied with Mary Kay.

This remover contains Cornflower Extract, Allantoin, Camomile, and Eyebright Extract and is very gentle on my eyes. This gel is moisturizing and not the least bit oily. I feel like my eyes are more conditioned after using this. There’s no residue left either.

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

This 2 oz plastic bottle will travel well, I’ll put it in a small ziploc bag and maybe put a piece of tape over the opening. I can carry it on or put it in my luggage knowing I’ll have a comforting gel wherever I go.

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

There are two things that make Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel a standout product for me. First is that it never stings and never bothers my eyes. Second is that this is the only eye makeup remover that dissolves heavy duty mascara like Maybelline Lash Sensation. I was having a heck of a time removing the Maybelline so even though I loved the look, I was reluctant to wear it too often. And then came Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel. Now it removes so easily that I can continue wearing the mascara without worrying about losing lashes.

One of the blogs I follow is written by Olivia, The Unknown Beauty Blog, and she’s got a great use for this that I never would have thought of – she uses it as a mixing medium for pigments. I think that’s why I wanted to try this so much. Definitely read her review and learn more.

Then get to Reviva Labs or one of the natural food/product stores that carries this great line and put down your $5. You won’t be sorry. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration but opinions are 100% mine


Revive your skin with these 4 Reviva Lab products (and enter the giveaway)

Reviva Labs

Reviva Labs

Reviva Labs has been a favorite of Beauty Info Zone for a very long time and with these newer products it not only remains a favorite but is climbing the ladder higher and higher into sainthood. We received these from the company for review and we’ve both been enjoying the difference these have made in our skin. You’ll hear about the Skin Energizing Gel and 5% Glycolic Acid Cream from Lisa while Marcia will give her side about the Nasolabial Fold Multi-peptide Cream and Elastin Serum. Then at the end you’ll be able to win one of the products reviewed.


I’ve been using the High Potency Elastin Serum ($27) for months and months. My run dried up for the months I was laid up but when I got back upstairs and into my skincare regimen again I couldn’t wait to use Elastin Serum again.

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

Our bodies contain a supply of Elastin but sadly we start to use up that supply when we’re about 25. To replenish it and the firmness of your skin, Elastin Serum comes to the rescue. You can test the elasticity of your skin with a pinch, the looser your skin is the more you need this!

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

As with all Reviva Labs products the ingredients are great. I use this all over my face and throat but it can also be used as a spot treatment on just the areas you want to see less sagging (crow’s feet, sides of lips, and under eye bags are examples). It’s recommended that you alternate this with DMAE Serum. When I pinch, I notice that my skin is firmer and more resilient than prior to use.

NASOLABIAL FOLD+ MULTI-PEPTIDE CREAM ($49.99)is a new formula and name for a prior Reviva Labs product.

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

I have to tell you that I was thrilled to get this product. As I age (yikes) the folds from the side of my nose to my mouth lines are rebelling. They tell me all the time “you aren’t as young as you think and we’re going to prove it”. It’s a horrible conversation but one I’ve calmed down from a roar to a whisper now that I have Nasolablial Fold Cream in my arsenal. I love having this thick luxurious cream to apply exactly where I need it.

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

The Nasolabial Folds are caused not only by using a lot of expression when we talk, smile, etc. but also by aging and loss of cheek fat. This cream is loaded with an advanced combination of peptides that will help soften and plump up the folds. Have they disappeared? Not yet but I’m planning on continuing with Nasolabial Fold+ Multi-Peptide Cream for as long as it takes. I want to keep those darn lines and my conversation with them at whisper level.

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream


Reviva Skin Energizing Gel

Reviva Skin Energizing Gel

 Skin Energizing Gel ($10):  Reviva Labs calls this ‘the gel that makes creams come true.’  Oh come on – you want this just because of the amazing tag line, don’t you?? I know I did! It has a very short ingredient list – basically algae extract and purified water – which help your regular night cream absorb more fully into the skin, improving the efficacy. This means it makes all of your skin care actually work better. So, it’s like a Wonderbra. It takes what you’ve got and makes it a little more impressive.

Reviva Skin Energizing Gel 2

At night, after cleansing and toning I smooth a little of this on before my serum and night cream. It feels good, and my products are working great. This is a pretty inexpensive way to ensure you get the most of your skin treatments.

Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream

Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream

A beautiful treatment cream that makes for beautifully clear skin

A beautiful treatment cream that makes for beautifully clear skin

5% Glycolic Acid Cream ($25) This is an awesome AHA product that exfoliates and keeps skin clear of blemishes and blackheads. It’s a great way to get your skin used to AHAs. Once this jar is gone, move up to the 10% version for even more dramatic results. What makes this treatment cream great is Reviva Labs uses full strength glycolic crystals, so it is an extremely effective AHA product. For beautifully clear skin, after cleansing and toning use the Skin Energizing Gel, then the 5% Glycolic Acid Cream, then a night moisturizer (I like their Elastin & DMAE Night Cream for Firming).

Now for the GIVEAWAY, we have an extra SKIN ENERGIZING GEL for a US or Canadian subscriber. Use the Rafflecopter to enter (be honest). This is open through Sunday January 25th at 11:59 pm EST. If WordPress gets nasty and refuses to allow comments then email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and continue on. Good luck and Good Skin.

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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