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WHAT IS IT?
A make up primer that can be used alone or mixed with mineral foundations. It is to give you a smooth finish under your make up that will help to make your foundation last for longer and it will give your skin a flawless look.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
If you are using it on its own you take a small amount on your finger from the pot and apply it to the skin on your face. It turns from a soft gel into a powdery feeling as it is applied to the skin and turns instantly matte. To mix with mineral foundation you need a brush but I have only a small pot that came in a beauty box so I have used it alone only because there is only 2.5g and that is not very much to make experiments with.
WHAT I THINK
I like how my skin looks when I have used this primer because it is very matte but looks luminous and healthy. I have never heard of Beautiful Movement before but Prime And Create is a very good make up primer and I think it is one of the most effective ones that I have tried.
I like the feel of my skin after I have used this primer because it has got such a soft and smooth feeling. When I apply foundation over it it glides on very smooth and I think I use a little bit less foundation when I use the Beautiful Movements primer because it does not need to be applied and blended so much.
I think the primer applies very smooth and I like very much that I can tell where I have applied it even though the product is clear and dries to see through. It is very light in the texture and does not make my skin feel heavy or like any difference to when I don't use it but it makes my skin look a lot more smooth and stops it shining.
A 20g pot of Beautiful Movement Prime & Create gel costs £20 and I think that is a lot of money but for me it is worth it because I like it when my skin and make up looks flawless.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
As I adore trying and testing out beauty products at the beginning of this year I decided to take out a subscription with Glossy Box and as a result, every month I receive a beautiful box adorned with a ribbon containing five beauty products. Whilst I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable when it comes to beauty, particularly as I have used a vast amount of products during my lifetime, I was surprised as the majority of the products that I have received from Glossy Box have been from brands that I have never previous heard of. Contained inside my May box was a 2.5 g jar of Prime and Create Mixing Medium from Beautiful Movements Cosmetics with this review discussing my experience with using.
Whilst I am familiar with the benefits of using primers, I initially didn't have a clue of the purpose of a mixing medium and it was the accompanying leaflet from Glossy Box that informed me that it could either be used alone or mixed with make up items such as foundations, eye shadows, powder blushers and bronzers. I had no real interest when I first received the product and tossed it to the back of one of my drawers, but a few weeks ago, decided to have a little experiment and see what magic I could create.
I do not intend discussing packaging, particularly as my jar is smaller than the full size one, which contains 20g, but from the image displayed in the accompanying leaflet, it looks very similar with its screw top lid. The mixing medium offers a translucent gel appearance and I learned that it contains aloe vera, so I had the assurance that it would be beneficial for my skin due to its calming and soothing properties.
Beautiful Movements Cosmetics claim that the gel can be used directly on the skin as a primer where it will provide a matte, shine free base for foundation. However, as I am more than satisfied with my current brand of mousse foundation due to its flawless finish, I decided to try it out by mixing with a powder eye shadow. Consequently, I dipped my finger tips into the fragrance free gel and removed a small amount, which I placed onto the back of my hand and I sprinkled some powder eye shadow onto the top and mixed it in with a cotton bud.
The gel initially felt a little sticky to the touch and I wasn't feeling particularly confident about applying it to my eyelid, as I was concerned that it would prevent my eye shadow from adhering to my skin. However, within a couple of minutes I noticed that the gel had taken on a different texture where it wasn't as sticky and as a result, I applied a thin layer to my eyelids. It seemed to glide onto my skin without feeling greasy with the colour of my eye shadow appearing solid. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it dried particularly as I had initially anticipated it to take ages with my eye lids feeling sticky and heavy, which was far from the case as the primer was lightweight with my eye lids feeling smooth to the touch.
I generally don't have any issues with my current brands of eye shadow, as they remain intact throughout the day. However, rummaging through one of my beauty bags I discovered a few eye shadows that I had opened years ago and had dumped them on the side due to their inferior staying power. I tried one of them out using the mixing medium and was highly impressed, as it remained intact for the duration of my working day without leaving a tell tale crease in my eye socket, which was one of the reasons I had ceased using it.
As an experiment I decided to apply it directly onto my face on a day that I wasn't venturing outdoors and not wearing foundation. As I suffer with T-zone skin I have shine on my nose and forehead, which is one of the reasons why I opt for a mousse foundation. I applied a small amount to my skin and was immediately able to witness the cooling effect of the aloe vera. It was rapidly absorbed and whilst there was still a small amount of visible shine, it was far less severe than prior to me applying the gel.
I was surprised at the softening effect offered by the gel, which is no doubt due to the aloe vera content although I must admit to finding it a little drying, particularly on my cheeks. Despite using the gel every now and again for mixing with my eye shadow, there is still a considerable amount remaining, so the full size jar of 20g will clearly last a long time.
Whilst I enjoyed the experience of trying out Prime and Create Mixing Medium, I cannot see me making a purchase, as I don't really feel that it is something that I need especially when the eye shadows that I now purchase serve their purpose well as does my mousse foundation.
As a consequence, I am on the fence with recommending this product and would have liked to award two and a half stars, but as I am unable, it receives three from me. All of the products from Beautiful Movements Cosmetics are free from parabens, fragrances and synthetic dyes and are BUAV and PETA approved. I have looked online for a retailer and the only store I can find is the Beautiful Movements Cosmetics website where you can obtain the full size 20g jar for £20.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
When I received a small pot of the Beautiful Movement's Prime and create mixing medium I was a bit stumped on how to use it as my current stash includes a foaming foundation, a mineral foundation and some bb creams, all of which don't lend themselves to mixing but on further inspection I found it is designed to be used with minerals or on its own underneath make up. You can also mix with pigments for eye shadows or liquid liners so it is quite a versatile product.
This really resembles the well known smash box primer which is very popular amongst beauty addicts. It is a clear gel like consistency and a little bit goes a long way.
I tried mine mixed in with the BB Cream and it worked well, it also made the foundation go a lot further so it does help economise if you're using an expensive foundation. I used a cotton bud to take mine out of the jar to keep the remaining product free from fingers.
I quite liked using this and have tried other things from the brand which have been OK but I was not blown away by it. It felt like another make up step to squeeze in to an already hectic morning schedule so for me it's not an everyday product. I am all for primers though and feel it performed well in this capacity. It blended in well with all products I tried and did not congeal on the skin. The fact that this is clear also makes it suitable for all skin colours or you can just use it on its own as a skin improver.
A 20g pot of this costs £20 which I think is probably top end of what I'm prepared to pay for a primer.
I would say this is worth a try if you use the smashbox primer as it does compare favourably with this product. I can live without this product in my make up bag though so will probably not be repurchasing it any time soon.