Product Type: Gosh makeup
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Radiant, silky smooth skin
Gosh Velvet Touch Foundation Primer
Member Name: ellieeex
Gosh Velvet Touch Foundation Primer
Advantages: gives soft, even skin, makes make up easier to apply, lasts well.
Disadvantages: absolutely zero.
I had heard about primers from the glossy mags I read, but had never really thought it was an essential product. However, a few months ago I was looking at some pictures of myself and noticed my skin was a little...blah. A bit dull and lifeless. So I turned to google, and the answer it threw back at me was...primer! From my research, this GOSH primer was one of the best, so I decided to give it a whirl.
It's priced at around £13, which is a bit pricey, but I was feeling a bit flush after christmas, plus there was a three for two promotion at Superdrugs, so I decided to treat myself! I'm quite pleased I did, as this product has proved itself a lifesaver on those days where foundation just feels like a bit too much make up to be wearing.
The bottle the product comes in is clear, with a black lid and black writing, and it has a pump top. The pump top makes it really easy to control the amount you get, I like to pump it with the teeniest pressure so it comes out in tiny splodges, so I don't end up with a slippery face. As a rule, half a full pump should be enough for most people. The pump top also has the advantage of keeping the product fresh, as bacteria has a much harder time getting into the tube.
So the product can be used alone or under foundation. On it's own it smoothes the skin, and gives it an almost dewy (but definitely not greasy) look. On the bottle it says it 'fills in fine lines and deep pores', I don't think i have either of these so can't vouch for it's effectiveness in this, but it certainly revives the look of your skin. To me, it seems to even out my skintone a little; I have quite noticeable dark circles under my eyes, and the texture of my skin is a little bumpy, and this primer just evens all that out a bit, and makes my skintone look more uniform. It's great on days where I don't want foundation or concealer, but I still want my skin to look healthy. To put it on, you just pump the desired amount onto your fingertips, then kind of smooth over your face; you can blend it a little, but don't rub it in too much, or you'll end up just rubbing it off.
As well as making skin look more luminous and uniform, it also makes foundation glide on a treat. The foundation I'm using at the moment isn't that great on it's own (incidentally, it's also a GOSH product, bought in part of my splurge), but this primer makes it so effortless to apply. You just put the primer on as outlined above, then put foundation on over the top, preferably using a foundation brush. I find it especially makes a difference when you have blemishes; most spot treatments dry out the skin around the blemish, making it difficult to cover, but this primer covers the dryness, meaning that your foundation or concealer just glides on over the top, and is really easy to blend. I also find it makes myn foundation last longer as well; I usually hate people taking pictures of me after like an hour on nights out, and dread going to the bathroom as more often than not all of my painstakingly applied make up has slid right off my face, but when using this primer, I've definitely noticed that my foundation stays on longer, which was an unexpected bonus for me!
One thing I was concerned about was that as it feels a bit oily, it might make my skin greasy, but this worry has proved unfounded, it just makes my skin really, really soft, even my boyfriend noticed! (He's a particularly unobservant type, the highest accolade I can give to any product is that it causes a change obvious to even him lol). I usually use it about 10 minutes after I've moisturised; however, if your skin is particularly oily, I'd skip the moisturiser, and just use this, as the two combined would probably be too much. It is perfume and preservative free, so shouldn't give sensitive skin anything to worry about. I also think that this product probably protects your skin, a bit like a barrier cream or something.
Although it is a little expensive, it goes a very long way. When I bought it, the bottle looked much smaller than I expected, but appearances can be deceptive. You should avoid using too much of it, and as such, it looks like it will last a very long time! I've used it near enough every day for a month now, and I estimate I've used around a tenth of a bottle, if that, so at my current usage level, it should last another nine months at least, which works out at a penny pinching £1.30 a month; so it won't break the bank!
Overall, I'd highly recommend this product to pretty much anyone. If your skin is quite nice and clear, this will just perk it up a bit, and make you look a bit groomed even if you totally aren't; it helps you rock the barefaced look. If you suffer blemishes or just generaly problem skin, this primer will make your cover up look better, and make it easier to apply. It's pretty much a win on all fronts, and I can't find anything to complain about, so I'll stop! I hope this was helpful, thank you for reading.
Summary: Go forth and Prime!