I need to admit something. I'm in love. True love. With a primer.
Now, I'll be the first to admit that I fall in love with new beauty products all the time, but when it comes to primer I'm hard to please. I've tried countless ones and only a few of them have really stood out to me.
Let me start this love story at the beginning. A few weeks ago Bare Minerals was on QVC with a new Today's Special Value (yes I bought it, and on Auto-Delivery, no surprises there!) so I was watching a few of the Bare Minerals shows during the day and they kept mentioning this new primer. At first I was completely uninterested, and then I saw it demonstrated on the models and was intrigued. Then it started selling like hot cakes and they were saying how there were only 200 left, it was about to sell out and I decided I was not going to let it slip away. So I went into beauty beast mode and ordered as fast as humanly possible. Then did an embarrassing victory dance when they announced that it was officially sold out just mere seconds after my order went through.
What's interesting about this primer is that it's tinted and gives great coverage. What's even more interesting is that it's jam packed full of skincare benefits AND it even has SPF 30. When Leslie Blodgett (the founder of Bare Minerals) was presenting this item she threw out the term BB Cream. She said something that really hit home with me- she said that so many companies are cranking out BB Creams because they're popular and trending but aren't taking the time to develop them into quality products. She said that Bare Minerals would never release one because that's not the type of company they are. They only put out products that they have invested a lot of time researching and developing and would never rush and put out a product that they didn't feel proud of. She then went on to explain all of the development that went into creating this new primer and of course I decided I needed to try it. In my opinion it is really multi-tasking like a BB Cream would be but this has actually improved my skin because of all the great, natural ingredients.
Taken directly from QVC:
This unique skin-perfecting blend combines the dual power of antioxidant vitamins and broad spectrum SPF protection to help prevent signs of aging while smoothing away dryness, excess oil, and the appearance of enlarged pores. Licorice and aloe leaf extracts help to smooth, condition, and protect the skin.
Since I began using this primer I've noticed that my breakouts have been practically non-existent. I've also noticed that my makeup is lasting longer ( I do have a new foundation routine which I will be sharing in an upcoming post!) and that my oily t-zone is more controlled than with other primers. I also want to mention that I don't use a moisturizer beforehand because I find that this product alone gives my skin enough hydration- it's warming up here (finally!) so I don't need a heavy moisturizer like I do in the winter months.
At first I was really intimidated by the tint, because as you can see by the photo above it does look very dark. However, I find that it blends in really nicely and since I began using this product I've gotten a little tan so this primer just helps enhance my natural tan. I think that this would work for most skintones, but if you are very fair I think this might be too dark. This primer helps to blur the imperfections I have in my skin, mainly scarring from past breakouts, and once I get those pesky scars to fade more I can definitely seeing myself wearing just this primer since it does give some nice coverage.
This primer is available exclusively through QVC and is currently only available on waitlist, but I would definitely recommend checking it out once it's back in stock if you are in the market for a new primer. It's marketed for all skin types so even people with dry skin could benefit from it. I am using this with Bare Minerals foundation but can imagine it working well with a number of foundations, and would look nice even on it's own for those who have less to conceal.
Have you fallen in love with any new products lately? Does getting your hands on a new product product make you do crazy victory dances that scare your pets? Let me know! :)