“ Brand: Accessorize / Type: Foundation Primer „
I was slightly apprehensive about trying Accessorize's make up line - I'm pretty loyal to make-up specific brands. But I bought the primer because it was cheap (about nine pounds) and was pleasantly surprised. It can be worn alone and has a great mattifying effect, but under foundation is where it's really useful. It made my foundation last so much longer than usual and my make up went on far more evenly and I found it much easier to blend. It's good value for money, because you only need a tiny bit to use over your face - something I found difficult to master because the bottle was kind of annoying to use. I've had mine for around six months and it still has plenty left. For reference, I have oily skin - it may not work as well on someone with a drier skin type. I would say this works as an all-over face primer, it would also be great for eyeshadow. I will definitely be looking into more Accessorize products.
I have recently read a couple of reviews about people who use primer before applying make up, its a product I knew existed but something I had never tried, I usually just cleansed my face and apply my foundation direct to my skin. The reviews I had read expressed mixed opinions but I decided to give it a go, I find particularly at work that by the end of the day my make up isn't looking its best so wondered whether priming my skin first might make a difference and help it to last longer and improving the application of my foundation providing a better surface to apply my make up to. After deciding to give this product a go I could not find a primer anywhere locally and decided to give up, but recently in superdrug a small pretty white and gold bottle caught my eye, looking at it closer I realised it was a primer made by Accessorize, although a little put off by the price I decided to go for it and give it a try, after all I had spent several weeks trying to find it.
Accessorize Primer comes in a small white plastic tube with a large silver lid which also doubles up as the base of the tube allowing you to stand it up, the lid simply twists on and off. The design of the bottle is very simple but also quite pretty at the same time, there is no actual label all of the information is printed direct onto the plastic of the tube. The front of the bottle has 4 silver butterfly's printed onto it, in the middle of the tube are the works Accessorize Primer again written in silver, the word Accessorize is written in the same way that is typical to this brand. That is basically it for the design of the tube, on the back is all the relevant information about the product including a brief description of the primer. the ingredients and the volume of the tube, the word accessorize is written right at the top of the tube, all of the information is written in a brown colour writing making it stand out and very easy to read against the white background.
As the primer did not come in the range of shades and there was just one bottle to choose, I assumed the primer itself came in a neutral kind of colour, but I was quite surprised that when I squeezed the primer out of the tube it came in the form of a totally clear gel like substance. It had not smell to it whatsoever. After looking on the back of the tube I realised there were not actual instructions on how to use this product so I assumed that your just rub it into the skin on your face prior to applying your foundation so this is what I proceeded to do. As I rubbed the primer into my skin I noticed that it felt quite oily and greasy, I was a bit concerned about this as I thought that not only was it going to leave my skin greasy but also that it was just going to mingle with my foundation leaving a nasty mess. However as I continued to rub the primer in the greasiness just instantly disappeared and all of a sudden my skin felt incredibly soft, I was pleased about this and continued to apply my foundation and powder in the usual way. The primer did not effect my foundation in and way, and it went in very smoothly.
After I had finished applying my make up I had a look to see if the primer had made any different to the way my foundation looked. I have to say that to start with my foundation didn't look a lot different although my face did look very smooth, the foundation had gone on and blended smoothly so I think in that way the primer had helped in that way smoothing out any uneven patches of skin. The description of Accessorize Primer on the back of the tube states "a lightweight formulation that enhances the skins texture and primes the skin for make up application", it also promises to even out the skin tone and reduce shine, so I thought the real test would be whether it made any difference throughout the day. During the day at work I did notice that my skin was not becoming shiny which I was pleased about and my skin did continue to look very smooth, but I did notice that my foundation was starting to wear off slightly in places meaning I needed to re blend it, however I found that it did not re blend as smoothly as when I had first applied my foundation that morning. Overall I think the primer did help to even out my skin and allowed my regular foundation and powder to be applied easily and very smoothly but as for lasting throughout the day it did not really do what I had hoped. I will continue to use it more for the fact that it does help with applying my make up.
I brought my tube of Accessorize Primer from my local Superdrug, and as I have mentioned I was a bit put off by the price, it cost me £9.00 for a 30ml tube, personally I think this is rather expensive. However you do only need a small amount each time you use it, so I do think it will work out quite economical, I just feel £9.00 was quite a lot especially as I had no idea whether I was going to like the product. I wouldn't say that Accessorize Primer is worth the money, it does make applying foundation easier and allows it to go on smoother but that is a about it, I will continue to use the product, especially after what it cost me, but I'm not too sure whether I would buy it in the future
I'm not too sure whether I would recommend this product or not, whilst it did make a bit of a difference when it came to applying my make up the effects were short lived and I did find it a little bit on the expensive side, I think for £9.00 I would like it to do a bit more. I will continue to use it and should I need to use a primer in the future I might consider this particular brand, however I think at £9.00 for a small tube it will not be something I buy on a regular basis, I may give some other brands a try first.