Tag: Primer review

Rimmel Insta Makeup Collection

Rimmel has added some perfecting and protecting makeup to their collection to ensure that you keep that perfect face for more hours during the day. I tried the Insta Fix & Go 2 In 1 Primer & Setting Spray, Insta Flawless Perfecting Radiant Primer and the Insta Fix & Matte Translucent Powder. As you can tell, there is makeup in the line for every stage of application.

I’m not crazy about primer, so I wasn’t surprised that I wasn’t crazy about the Rimmel product. It didn’t seem to add anything to my face. I am more a fan of primer that helps to do more to my face. The Rimmel primer might have added some shine, but it was subtle.

I love the Rimmel powder though. This powder is a multi-purpose makeup… is there anything better to hear? You can use it to stop shine, to make your skin look matte, to keep your makeup on longer and to fix any foundation issues. It’s great for makeup pros or novices because of how versatile it is.

Finally, the Fix & Go Setting Spray is one of those middle of the road products. I can’t tell yet whether it is a saving grace or an extra step. I have been noticing that my makeup is staying on longer, but I’m not sure if I can attribute that to the Rimmel spray or my foundation.

The Rimmel Insta line gets the thumbs up from me though and I can’t wait to try more from it. The contouring and highlighting makeup has been added to my wish list!

Paul & Joe Beaute Perfect Makeup Primer


Up until this month I’ve been a devoted foundation wearer. I wore foundation without fail almost every day when I discovered the Paul & Joe Beaute primer. I didn’t ever have faith that a primer and powder would be enough.

The Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer has all of the qualities that you want in your primer and foundation in one little package. It’s as thick as your average foundation and gives good coverage. It looks like it might lay on top of your skin at first, but then it quickly blends in to look very natural. It covers all redness, moisturizes and gives your face a matte finish. As an added bonus it leaves your skin with a powdery smell and feel so you are silky smooth.

After I applied the Paul & Joe Primer, my instinct was to add foundation over top, but when I looked in the mirror I was pleasantly surprised by the results. I felt confident in my face. All I needed was to add a little Paul & Joe pressed powder over top for the perfect finishing touch.

Paul & Joe really changed the whole way that I wear makeup. Since then I’ve been lightening up how much I wear foundation, trying not only this primer, but other primers and light tinted moisturizers in the place of my heavy foundation. Paul & Joe’s primer was one of my game changers. I would recommend it to anyone out there.

B. Kamins Clear Skin Product Review

I have started the New Year with some new skin clearing products that can hopefully clear up all of that holiday stress induced bad skin.

b kamins blemish gel

The B Kamins Blemish Gel was my first stop. It has that strong chemical scent that you expect from a strong blemish fighting gel. I applied it to my blemishes for a few days and started to clear up my skin quickly. Acne creams tend to dry out my skin, but this one wasn’t so bad.

b kamins corrective primer

I followed this up by adding the Corrective Primer and Corrective Mattifier to my morning routine. I always wonder if it will help my skin layering on so many products. Both of these gels come out of the pump pretty thick, but once you have them on, you won’t worry about it anymore. Both the primer and mattifier combine to make my skin look amazing. Say goodbye to shine and say goodbye to pores. You don’t need to struggle with acne to appreciate having matte pore-free skin!

Quo Complexion Correcting Primer


There are many of these multi-hued primers on the market to reduce redness and brighten your skin tone. While I love Quo, I wouldn’t recommend this primer as the one to buy.

I had high hopes for this multi-coloured cream. When I applied it in the morning, my face started shiny. As the cream dried, the shine went away, but nothing else did.

The redness was still there. My face didn’t look any different. There’s unfortunately nothing more to say.

Pore Reducing Makeup Most Wanted

No one likes pores! Every woman wishes they had beautiful poreless skin. Here are three products that offer very different ways to get poreless skin in a few minutes.

Gosh Prime’n Set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder

Gosh Prime’n Set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder

The name might be a mouthful, but using this powder is easy. After you apply all of your makeup the final step should be to dust a fine layer of this white powder on your face to minimize the look of pores. It also claims to control shine, give you a matte finish, control moisture, hold makeup in place and reduce redness. I’m not sure if it’s really reducing the look of my pores, but after I apply it my face does look great.

The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Perfector

The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Perfector

This light primer is a great base to give you a flawless complexion. The Body Shop’s primer doesn’t just reduce your pores. It makes your face feel velvety soft first. It then reduces the size of pores along with shine and blemishes. It’s really light on your face too, so you won’t feel like you are wearing too much makeup.

Shu Uemura Poreraser Mousse

Shu Uemura Poreraser Mousse

If you really want to get rid of all pores, this mousse is the exact thing you need. When you apply this mousse as the first step to your makeup for oily skin, your pores completely disappear. Apply a light foundation to get the perfect look. The only problem with this mousse is pretty sticky. You need to wait a while to let it set and dry before applying anything else. If you have extra time, it’s worth the wait.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer I already loved the Photo Finish primers from Smashbox, but this Pore Minimizing one wins hands down. Not only does it prep your skin for makeup like the other do, but as you apply it, you can actually see your pores disappearing and the effect lasts all day. As an added bonus, its oil-free so you don’t have to worry about getting greasy while you’re wearing it.

Make Up For Ever HD Primer Review

make up for ever primer

This summer Make Up For Ever launched their line of seven HD Primers formulated to your skin. There are six shades for different skin tones and then one colourless shade that they say moisturizes, nourishes and softens the skin for HD cameras and beyond.

Make Up For Ever has made a primer that is different than any other primer. I don’t know how professionals use it, but I started to use it more like a face moisturizer than a primer. It has a light floral scent unlike any other primer. It goes on smooth and it’s easy to apply a thin layer. It also dries really fast making it convenient for quick mornings or on set.

The thing is, I didn’t notice the other special attributed of glowing skin or a more even skin tone that Make Up For Ever promises. My skin looked fairly similar as it did before. My skin felt nice and moisturized, but nothing to write home about.

I adore Make Up For Ever, but this is one product that I think I am going to leave to the pros. I’m sure they will use it right for beautiful results.

Primers Most Wanted: Alyssa’s Picks

I don’t wear foundation very often but when I do I need a primer under it so my skin doesn’t dry out and flake. Luckily there are so many amazing ones to choose from and it seems like they all do different things. These are my most wanted primers.

Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish

This one might seem obvious. It’s a cult favourite and probably the most well known primer out there but there’s a reason for that. It works. It goes on smoothly and helps keep your makeup in place. It’s the first primer I’d ever used and I still keep some around at all times.

Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects Dullness
This one is pretty new to me and I don’t know how I lived without it. It feels amazing going on and your skin feels soft all day. It looks pink out of the tube but doesn’t really leave a colour on your skin. Instead it brightens up your complexion and leaves you glowing, even under makeup. This is my absolute favourite on the list.

Rimmel Stay Matte
I use this one alone on days that I’m a little shiny. It does exactly what the name says, it stays matte all day. It’s not heavy and you’ll forget you have anything on your face but the shine is gone.

Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer
I use this one two different ways. The first is under foundation as a primer that adds a little glow. The second is as a spot highlighter. It does both really well. Use it sparingly though, it highlights a lot.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
This is the best primer I’ve tried for eyeshadow. Once you put your shadow on over it, it’s there until you take it off. And in a few cases that’s been the next day. There really isn’t enough I can say about this primer. If you have problems with eyeshadow fading or creasing give it a try.

There are so many more primers I haven’t tried yet and more that I have but these are my most wanted picks.