This product really intrigued me as soon as I saw it; well actually, a little part of me was horrified by the idea of it- so I had to try it.
It’s a silicone-based balm that comes in a pan compact, that markets itself as both a primer and as a way to set your makeup through being applied on top of it. Two thoughts immediately struck me- as a primer, this could be good but not as easy to apply as a liquid primer or one that comes in a tube or stick. Also, there isn’t much product there, so it would run out pretty quickly if I was using it over my whole face. Secondly, I thought that it slightly resembled lard, and there was no way I was keen on smearing this over my makeup to test its anti-shine properties. It was, however, an intriguing concept; so try it I did.
As a primer, it works on my normal skin; but it wouldn’t be my ideal use for this product due to it’s pressed pan formula. Use your fingers (not the awful enclosed sponge) to apply a small amount to your skin under your foundation, and it will keep your makeup in place for a good amount of time like most other high street primers i’ve tried. I wouldn’t use this on oily skin however. Also, for ease of application and for the value of the physical amount of product you get (you won’t get lots of applications out of this) I would opt for a liquid primer or similar.
As an over makeup anti-shine combat-er, this strangely works too; although it is a lot easier and less time-consuming to just dust on a translucent powder. What this product does, is turn skin matte when applied over makeup. Don’t use your fingers or a brush with this as you’ll smear your makeup; but instead, I just very lightly dab (not rub, buff or blend) some onto my t-zone with a beauty blender sponge, and it does instantly remove shine. However, as I said, i’d much prefer just to use a powder.
This product does do what it says on the tin, but in a bit of a round-about way. There are easier (and more pleasant) ways to prime and set your make-up; so why not just use those? If you fancy trying something different though, or if powders don’t combat your t-zone problems, give this a go as it’s only £5.
You can pick up the Makeup Revolution All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm from Superdrug, or online at Makeup Revolution.
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