“ Brand: Nars / Type: Foundation Primer with SPF 20 / UV Protection Factor: SPF 20 „
I've managed to survive over 10 years of wearing makeup without ever once using a makeup primer, and I don't know of a single person who actually uses a primer before using makeup. I might therefore have been led to believe that using a makeup primer was no more than a gimmick, completely redundant and unneccessary.
However, I suffer from the skin condition vitiligo, which means my skin tone on my face is more uneven than most, especially in the summer months. (the skin around my eyes has lost its pigment completely, and if I'm not careful I can look a bit like a reverse panda). I also model and perform and so my skin comes up to closer scrutiny than the average person's. With the stage makeup I use (the extremely thick Illamasqua foundation - see previous review) it does look good from a distance, but up close it can appear patchy, exacerbated by the fact that my skin actually is patchy. So, while feeling a little extravagant, I decided to splash out on a good quality primer to see if I could notice the difference.
'Spash out' is the right term, too - £25 for something I wasn't even sure I was going to need does seem a little excessive, but I did have a gift voucher which needed using. I probably would have gone for one of the cheaper options had it not been for this.
So - the first thing I noted when using the primer is that I hardly needed to use any at all. The woman behind the counter selling it to me advised me to use it after moisturising, but before applying any makeup. Sorted. My skin looked brighter and softer already, and I'd not even applited any makeup yet.
I lft it a while to soak in before I applied any foundation. It's worth noting at this point that although the skin on the rest of my face looked great, my nose was left looking a little shiny, so I applied a different product (a mattifying base) to this area.
After I'd finished applying my makeup I was pleasantly surprised to note that my skin did look very even, almost air-brushed. Yay. I noticed it most around my eye area, which was one of the problem areas before. My skin also felt softer, which is a nice bonus.
At the end of the night when I returned home, I did another little check and was happy to notice my makeup looked pretty much exactly the same as when I'd left.
So yeah, I'm sold on primers now. I don't think I'll use it all the time, but will save it for special occasions.
So NARS is a very expensive and high quality brand so when I got this I expected it to be good and I wanted to write this review so that you guys can decide your self whether or not you want to buy this product based on the information I'm going to give you.
What They Say
Combines soothing and hydrating ingredients with a full spectrum of sun protection to create a perfect canvas for natural-looking and long-lasting foundation application. The translucent, lightweight formula is designed to be applied before makeup or worn alone to prepare, nourish and hydrate skin, while helping to ease redness, reduce inflammation and improve the skin's overall texture and quality.
The unique dual protection formula offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays with a combined SPF 20 and PA++, and additional antioxidant protection helps to fight free radical damage. Whether worn under foundation, powder or alone, the result is translucent, healthy looking skin.
What I Say
When I got this primer I was quite interested because one of my friends on YouTube was talking to me about it and she said that the one thing primers have in common is that they all contain the same ingredient which is dimethicone and that is a silicone based organic polymer, it is an emollient so it is going to moisturize you skin and that's what all primers generally have in common with each other.
The thing with the NARS primer is that it doesn't have dimethicone in it. This primer is the only one I have some across with out dimethicone but it does have many other ingredients, interestingly a lot of natural ingredients which all are very good for your skin. One of the good things about this primer is you would assume all foundation primers have SPF but most don't, I have a big collection and only about 3 have SPF.
The primer in my opinion is very lightweight and when I first saw the consistency I thought it was going to be greasy and just sit on the top of my skin. The primer is very white and actually it is a bit too white if you put too much on ! It is very light and very smooth and feels really silky on the skin and adds a little shine but it is very subtle. You cannot feel the primer after it has sunk in so it doesn't feel heavy which I like. For me I like this primer a lot because it is so much more moisturizing. When I have it on, my skin feels a lot softer and especially in winter when my skin gets chapped I dump my moisturizer and use just this because I don't want too many products on my skin when its having a problem. This gives a bit of oomph of moisture and protects parts of my skin that are having a problem.
Would I recommend ?
This primer is very expensive ( £25) but I find that a little goes a long way so although it is expensive a little goes a long way. This product has a lot of benefits hidden in it so this is definitely a primer to buy again and again. Although I would probably not use this for dry skin I'd probably go with one like the Stila Hydrating Primer because it will hydrate your skin more.
My favourite make-up, which included an SPF primer and a foundation together, was discontinued, and while I found a new foundation I liked, the search for an SPF primer took quite awhile. I was really excited and relieved when I found this one, which I enjoy using a lot.
Primers with SPF in them are not necessarily that easy to find, and this has an SPF 20. It also claims to contain antioxidants to block free radicals, which is a great addition especially since I work in Central London and always used to worry about how grimy my skin was probably getting with all the commuting and fumes.
From the first time I opened the bottle, I was thrilled with this product. It has a light orangey scent that is quite fresh, and feels really luxurious and pleasant to use. The smell always lifts my mood a little in the morning. It comes out of the bottle very evenly, so you always end up with the right amount, and when you are applying it, it feels soothing. It is very easy to apply and it blends very well. It does leave your skin very slightly white-looking, so you really do need a foundation over top, but it makes your foundation look really well applied.
I would suggest waiting a minute for it to absorb before applying liquid foundation, though, as a couple of times at the beginning I did not do this, and I found my foundation would not be very easy to apply, and would sort of slide around rather than blend. Luckily the primer absorbs really quickly.
Occasionally I use mineral foundation, and this primer works even better with this, making the foundation much easier to put on and blend, and I don't find I really have to wait for it to sink in when using this kind of foundation.
Once I have it on, I feel as if there is a little shield around my skin. I really feel as if my skin is protected and it also feels very soft and comfortable. My skin looks bright and glowy without seeming greasy, and my makeup lasts all day.
I would definitely recommend this product, it is very expensive (about £25 from SpaceNK or HQhair) but the bottle lasts quite awhile and I think it's worth it if you're going to use a primer to use one that has added benefits as this one does. However with all makeup products and skincare, it probably is better suited to some people than others, and it is a bit expensive to try if you won't end up liking it.