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 ($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 ($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 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 ❤