Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bare Escentuals Prime Time

Being that I have oily / combo skin, foundation primer is an absolute must have. Granted, I didn't know this until a few years ago. It certainly stopped the issue I've always had with makeup and the "gone by 3pm" syndrome. The very first primer I tried was Bare Escentuals Prime Time in the original formula. It now comes in an Oil Free formula as well - I'll tell you about both products.

bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer 1 oz.Original Prime Time is a nice slippery primer meant to put a barrier between your skin / moisturizer / oil and your foundation. It's a silicone primer with Vitamins C and E, and just slides right over your skin. I like this because it doesn't disturb my tinted moisturizer. It makes a nice smooth matte surface for applying your minerals or whatever other foundation you like. I've found it lasts probably 5-6 hours on my oily skin without touch ups. Even then, I just blot and do a quick dusting of powder to look great again. Overall, this is a pretty good primer comparable to Smashbox's Photofinish in both ingredients and behavior on my skin. If you are more of a combo to dry skin person, you won't experience the breakthrough oil that I see mid-day. This also hides some of that dry skin flakiness you see by smoothing the skin's surface (which I like especially in the winter).

Bare Escentuals Prime Time foundation primer oil controlThe Oil Control version is a different story. It does not contain silicone, but is water based with Witch Hazel and glycerine. I really don't like this formula at all, it's too wet and messes with my tinted moisturizer during application. It also "tingled" a bit, which is clearly related to the Witch Hazel (which I don't really like much - my skin has always seemed sensitive to it). I also found that when I applied my minerals they seemed shiny when used over top this primer. Not a look an oily skinned girl appreciates. There are many people who really like this version of the product - but not me. So while I'm not impressed with this version, it might be worth trying a sample if you are super oily and not looking for application over tinted moisturizer. Otherwise, I give this version a no-go.

I don't mind silicone in my primer - some people are very sensitive to it. So if you know it's a problem, you might like the Oil Control version. I am in the other party who doesn't like Witch Hazel and does like silicone - so the regular formula is my choice.

Both products are priced at $21 and can be purchased in the Bare Escentuals Boutiques, Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom and among other retailers.

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