Here's Sara again of the blog I Play The Villain. This time, she's writing about the Mary Kay Foundation Primer.
Fact: I'm not big on primers. It's not that I don't like them, I just don't use them enough for me to consider them an important part of my routine. I only wear primer when I go to events or when I have meetings that would require me to be out of the office for a good chunk of my 8-hour shift. Other than that, I find that I have little use for primers as I do not oil up as much and I like my foundations to be long-wearing to begin with.
Still, my last primer - a sampler of the Korres Quercetin & Oak Age-reversing Primer - ran out and I've been searching for a possible replacement. So when I got hold of the Mary Kay Foundation Primer (P1,300), I decided to give it a spin!
I only apply a pea-sized amount of product on my face using my fingers, dotting it all over before blending it out. Not a whole lot, mind you, just on the T-zone where I tend to oil up a bit (there are areas where my skin isn't a complete desert) or where I need the foundation to last longer or where I have rough patches.
The primer's consistency is gel-like as opposed to my Korres which is reminiscent to that of a moisturizer.
Excuse the lighting on the FOTD (late afternoon sun). Here, I paired it with my NARS Sheer Glow in Barcelona. It didn't conflict too much with the awesome finish of the foundation. In fact, my foundation was in tact throughout dinner and a drinking session with buddies until 2am! By then, it was dewy, not oily.
What I like about it
- You can feel that it does give your skin a smoother texture
- Makes foundation application and blending a lot easier
- Foundation (and concealer, for that matter) does last longer
- It has light-diffusing properties, so you don't have to worry about the camera flash creating an unsightly white cast
- This did not break me out, but then again, I've only been using it on and off for a little over a week
- The packaging is convenient as it comes with a squeeze tube
What I don't like about it
- This is silicon-based so it might not be a good idea to use this if you have an allergic reactions to the substance.
- Hard to find, you have to buy this from Mary Kay Beauty Consultants
Primers work best for those with oily or combination skin. Since we live in a humid country where makeup would melt off within a few hours because of the heat, it's still a nice touch to ensure that your makeup stays put so I'm definitely keeping the Mary Kay Foundation Primer in my stash until I finish the tube.
This stuff works great, but I think ladies with oily or combination skin would be able to appreciate the product more (or have an entirely different opinion, I dunno) than I did. If you're looking for less pricey counterpart of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, you can look into the Mary Kay Foundation Primer.