My other post this week was about my current skincare routine. Great makeup really starts with great skincare. But the next important key step is primer. Sometimes primer can make or break your foundation. Tried out a few new ones this month.
Now when I first started to really fuel my makeup obsession, I used to think primer was a gimick. But then I tried it….and the rest is history. Primer, for me, can be a crucial step in my makeup routine because of my oily skin. If I don’t wear a primer that at least helps control oil I will be a mess around 1pm. My foundation will be broken up and my T-zone will look like I smeared Pam cooking spray across my face.
Cute, right? Not so much.
Now at the moment I’m not crazy about any one primer, so I’ve been jumping around and trying new ones. I thought I would give these two new-ish ones from Urban Decay a try.
The Optical Illusion one is a blurring, pore-perfecting primer. While it doesn’t claim to control oil, in my experience a lot of the pore filling primers do a decent job at keeping me a little matte. At the very least it doesn’t make me any more oily, thank god.
The Optical Illusion primer is a thick primer. I have worn this all over my face and I haven’t had any issues with it being too thick, cakey or pilling up. I know most people wear pore perfecting primers only where they have larger pores and this works for that too. If you are familiar with Benefit’s Porefessional, it feels similar but thicker and it does not have the same powdery finish.
I like to warm up the product between my fingers for just a couple seconds before I apply it to my skin. And when I apply it, I lightly spread it on and then almost press it into my skin. One full pump of this will cover my entire face, since it is thicker, a little bit goes a long way.
Both my current foundations (MAC Studio Fix and Lancome Teint Idole) wore perfect over this. There was not pilling, no oil slick, no breaking up.
Next up is the Urban Defense primer. This claims to have a smoothing effect and to help with environmental damage – a.k.a it has sunscreen. Now the sunscreen is what really drew me in. As I mentioned in my skincare routine, sunscreen is so important. Sun damage is a major factor of aging. While you should be wearing sunscreen all year round, it is especially important during the summer when people spend more time outdoors. And sneaking it into products is a great way to stay protected if your not great at applying it when your outside.
I’ve been wearing this over my entire face, one pump will do. This definitely has more of that slick silicone feel. Both of my foundations have worn beautifully over this, and I haven’t experienced any flashback in photography. This primer blends beautifully into the skin.
So far after a couple of weeks I’ve really been enjoying these two primers. I haven’t had any skin reactions or breakouts, but I don’t particularly have sensitive skin. I also really like the packaging. I like this kind of pump because I know that I will get every last drop of product out.
I also can’t wait to get my hands on Urban Decay’s newest release, Naked Heat. That palette looks stunning.