I had two new primers that I was going to review separately. Then when it got down to it, I decided to put all my primers up against each other. Or at least the ones I use the most against each other.
So here's the ones we'll be discussing:
So first lets talk about the Face To Face Super Matte AntiShine.
This is used on stage for theater makeup. A lot of times its used by itself with a powder over top. It's also used to dab over makeup in any areas that may get shiny. Including bald areas. So therefore, I thought this would be a high potent primer. It's definitely potent. It dries completely matte. COMPLETELY MATTE. I do find however that this works best on its own with something added to it for more coverage. Using it under foundation doesn't seem to work amazingly well. My foundation actually broke apart through the day and there for I wasn't too impressed. Not to mention this is listed for nearly $28 on Frends Beauty for 0.6 oz. Which is not a lot of product. It's a chunky thicker gel formula with slight color to it (it comes in three tints). Very slight color. This is something I would use to reduce shine or spot treat but I wouldn't go for this as a primer. I can't find if this is water or silicone based. There are not a lot of reviews out for this particular product. It has very few ingredients, which I like.
Next up Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm.
Everyone and their mother has been talking this. EVERYONE. I feel like this originated from Nikki Tutorials. It went off like a rocket and dang it she was right! I got this, the scent is strong, and it's not that this primer works with longevity alone but it actually keeps your bronzer, blush and other products were you placed them without getting patchy. My makeup looked more airbrushed, smoother, and close to how I first applied it without shifting or moving through out the day. I apply it with just a brush, which is how I apply most of my primers because I tend to rub the skin with my hands and it balls up and rolls off. Isn't that a lovely picture, right? This is 3.3 oz for $5-$7 depending on where you buy. Now, keep in mind I got the "sensitive" one cause that's what I seen people using. I'm not sure if the others work as well as this formula. The bottle is nice and glass and the consistency is a thin milky gel/liquid. This is silicone based but it doesn't have Dimethicone which give you that "slip" feel in a primer.
Last is kinda a surprising choice. Its the Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel.
I was sent some of this to try. It's actually really good. It's very light weight and works great at mattifying the skin. It also uses Aspen Bark and Tea Tree Oil to promote clearer skin. Which is very interesting I think. I don't know for sure how well it works with problematic skin but as far as a primer, it's really good. Great actually. It's $24 for 1 oz. It's dermatologist tested and noncomedogenic therefore it's not going to cause you black heads. So if you have acne or are prone to break outs, I'd give this a go. This is silicone based and also has Dimethicone which makes it feel very silky. Which I typically don't like but this one isn't bad.
To be considered a "silicone based" product most of the forms of silicone will be listed near the top of the ingredient list. You can google the different ingredients to look for cause there are quite a few. If they are closer to the bottom then it's probably not silicone based. Most all primers include some water, because water is what thins product out or makes them liquid people so just because it has water in it doesn't always mean it's "water based". I recommend reading the details of the product in description sections online because usually a company will put "water based" or "silicone based" in the description of their product. Especially for foundations.
I'm from Tennessee. I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.