Did Sephora Samples Make me Want to Buy it or Skip it? (Part 2: Primers/Foundation)

100 point samples and Sephora's Beauty to Love Sample Bag

100 point samples and Sephora’s “Beauty to Love” Sample Bag

Welcome back to part 2 of my Did Samples Make me Want to Buy it or Skip it? Today I’m reviewing the primers and foundation samples I received.
Becca Backlight Priming Filter
Becca Backlight Priming Filter ($46 CAD): This primer claims to be “infused with 3 unique pearls to add light behind your complexion.” I like a glowy, dewy type of finish so I had high hopes for this Becca primer, a brand known for their highlighters. After an ingredients check, I was happy to see this was a mostly water-based primer, but then frustrated that it had added fragrance (urgh! #sensitiveskin #thestruggleisreal). Still, I gave it a try. After using this a couple of times under my MUFE Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, I have to be honest, I saw absolutely no difference. No light. No glow. It did not create “an aura of light behind [my] foundation.” I prefer my Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector instead which is a great, light, fragrance-free moisturizer/primer for dry sensitive skin, and about half the price. Verdict: Skip-it.
marc jacobs beauty re(marc)able full cover foundation concentrate
Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate ($69 CAD): I’ll often try out foundation samples just for the texture, feel, scent, etc., not for the colour match, as the samples never come in my shade. The Marc Jacobs Beauty provided samples of 3 shades (great in theory!), but the lightest was still 4 shades too dark for me. This foundation has silicone as the first ingredient. It has a thin, slippery, uneven consistency that immediately reminded me of some of the new foundations like Urban Decay Naked Skin or the bareMinerals Bareskin (which I did not enjoy). I’m just not into these new liquid foundations. I feel like they are not an improvement. Verdict: Skip it.

Kat Von D Lock-it Featherweight PrimerKat Von D Lock-It Featherweight Primer ($38 CAD): I was excited to try this one because I’ve heard a lot of people mentioning this as a favourite. Its “an ultra-hydrating, water-based formula” and fragrance free, “ideal for dry, sensitive skin types” – right up my alley. I loved the way this primer felt. It feels like a light moisturizer. It helped with any dry or patchy areas, making my liquid foundation apply smoothly. I feel like it actually made a difference throughout the day in keeping my foundation from breaking up in my t-zone, which can get a little shiny usually. And so far it agrees with my skin and hasn’t caused any breakouts. This primer was a hit. Verdict: But it!

Stay tuned for part 3 of my Did Samples Make me Want to Buy it or Skip it? mini-series where I’ll be reviewing deluxe mascara and lip product samples.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❀


Filed under Face, Foundation & Primer, Reviews

19 responses to “Did Sephora Samples Make me Want to Buy it or Skip it? (Part 2: Primers/Foundation)

  1. Barbie

    Hey! Can you tell me what 3 shades the Marc Jacobs foundation sample came with?


  2. I have not had luck with Becca products. Even the highlighters are too metallic looking for me. Marc Jacobs foundation I have sampled in Sephora. It was the matte one. I hated how dry it felt. The primer sounds awesome though that you got!


  3. I’d been eying that Becca primer, people really seem to love it, glad to know it isn’t really magical πŸ™‚
    I hadn’t even considered the KVD primer but if it helps skin not show dry patches, I’m all in!


  4. I sometimes got samples from Sephora that turned out to be better than the product itself! :/ did this happened to any of you ladies? xx, Annie | Annie’s Beauty


  5. I was mesmerized by the Becca priming filter cause it just sounds so good. Guess it’s too good to be true! I also have dry skin and am always looking for new primers… glad to hear about the Kat Von D one! Have you ever used smashbox or Benefits porefessional? What are your thoughts on those?


  6. For a second I thought the Marc Jacobs foundation was that Genius Gel one – I sampled that a while ago and quite liked it even though I wasn’t matched to the right shade. I didn’t know they released a new foundation.
    Glad you found one of these you liked!


  7. Ooh, I’m going to have to pick up a sample of the Kat Von D primer! Great review!


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