Sunday, 1 January 2012

My Favorite Drugstore Face Primer

     Early 2010 my search for a face primer had begun, I have combination skin, and live in a warm tropical climate.I first heard of face primers from a you tube beauty guru ICRAIZ where she mentioned using Monistat Chafing Gel_ yes a gel originally intended for persons whose legs rub and other private places etc. Which unfortunately was not available in "Trinbago" land (at least not at any of the drugstores I shop at).
     Then there was the Phillip's milk of Magnesia_any brand would work. It just did nothing for my skin besides giving my face an initial white cast...later remedied by my usual oil shine...sigh...when last year in 2011 while perusing the cosmetic section at the drugstore, the sales clerk and I started a conversation about primers which resulted in him recommending L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base - the studio secrets professional line.
     When this was nearing 3/4 quarts of the jar I decided to try out the SACHA - Mattifier on the referral of a very good friend and finally when the jar was more empty than full, I purchased the REVLON Beyond Natural Smoothing Prmer.

My Experience:
L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base - well the name says it all, its applied after your face moisturizer but before your foundation as (small tip please allow a minute or two for your moisturizer to absorb into your skin).

  • it gave my face a smooth nearly pore less appearance ( andI have large pores!)
  • although pink in the jar it goes on colorless
  • has a spongy/mousse like texture which spreads easily so only need a small amount. 
  • skin feels soft and looks a bit dewy with no sticky feel
  • holds powder base foundation well
  • seems better suited for dry to normal skin.
  • lasted a few months with daily use (you don't need much).
  • Within an hour or two was shiny again.
  • Due to to the soft velvety feel it gave my face, it led me to keep touching my face frequently which resulted in me getting cystic acne periodically.
Ingredients : cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, silica, acrylates, copolymer, disodium stearoyl glutamate, aluminium hydroxide.(May contain: CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491/Iron Oxide)

Sacha Mattifier
It is a white cream like gel and it basically goes on after you apply your moisturizer but a before your foundation.

  • It absorbs into the skin leaving a smooth matte finish
  • Has a light floral scent.
  • liquid/mousse type foundation applies nicely.
  • My face felt light and able to "breathe"
  • It really did control my shine. 
  • Don't like the doe foot applicator or bottle, would prefer a squeeze type bottle less chance of micro-organism build up.
  • There will eventually be wastage  as the applicator will not be able to reach all product when its nearing its end.
  •  Its light scent may not appeal to every one, but it does fade eventually. 
Ingredients: water, stearic acid, propylene glycol, zea mays,cyclomethicone, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, perfume, propyl paraben.

Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer
 This is a clear gel that feels like liquid, but is not runny and it has a faint fruity scent. Apply after moisturizer but before foundation.

  • Absorbs quickly into skin leaving a smooth semi matte canvas for you to apply your foundation. 
  • Controls  my shine on my T-zone.
  • My skin feels light and free - no playing with my face so no acne.
  • My makeup looks good at the end of the day,                                                                              (I don't work in an air conditioned environment so I may touch up with translucent powder or not - it depends!)
  • Love the clear squeeze type bottle, you use only what you need!
  • The light scent may not appeal to everyone, but it fades away.
  • None otherwise. 

Ingredients: Trisiloxane Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, PEG-PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Aqua(water),Glycerin, Dimethicone/Silesquiooxane Copolymer, Alcohol Denat., Citrullus Vulgaris    9watermelon), Fruit Extract, PyrusMalus(Apple), Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (Advocado), Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract,Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Tayrate, Saccharomyces,Zinc Ferment,Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, , Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Potassium Ferment, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Silica Silylate, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol 21537.

 Overall my preference leans towards the Revlon Beyond Natural, it works well on my skin, has a lot of natural stuff mixed in with the synthetic and I'm slowly trying to re-intergrate  more natural products into my regimen, the Sacha Mattifier is very good but the packaging....?!!, in our climate I think the L'Oreal would work well on dry and normal skin. But this is just my opinion. I hope this review helps those budget beauties and newbies out there who want their makeup look to last.

                                                                                           NEW YEAR!!


  1. I have been meaning to try the Sacha Mattifier. The Revlon one is what i use at the moment and works well for me too!

  2. So true, and I'm really loving it!!