Free Sample Friday: Becca Primer

Hi friends!

This week for Free Sample Friday I tested out a new primer.

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This primer is from the brand Becca. This brand is known for their outstanding quality highlighters so I was excited to test out another realm of their beauty line.

This is the Ever-Matte Powerless Perfecting Primer. If the name doesn’t talk the product up enough, the price should. Available at Sephora, a bottle slightly over one ounce runs for $36. Yikes.

So, on to the review. I used this product for a week straight every morning before applying my makeup. I used a small dollop across my forehead and another that I blended down my nose and chin. I first noticed the texture of this product. It almost felt like I was rubbing glue on my face; it was extremely sticky when applying but dried quickly. It had no scent which to me is a big bonus. Overall, I felt like it kept my naturally oily face slightly more matte throughout the day, however it wasn’t what I would consider a holy grail product. I also noticed a significant increase in acne when I began to use this product…so thats not good.

Would I purchase a full-size? No. I wasn’t that impressed unfortunately.

However, ff you’re interested in this product or any of Becca’s other great products, check them out from the Sephora website here!

Free Sample Fridays: Benefit Stay Flawless Primer

Hello friends!

Back again for another week into my hunt for the best face primer ever.

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So, what can I say about this little cutie?

This primer comes in a roll-up tube applicator. It is nude colored, and glides along the skin easily. I have used it several times now and am not wholly impressed. The benefit of this product is that it does make the skin look and feel quite smooth. However as the packaging states it is supposed to be a 15-hr primer. This is where I disagree.

What I found most disconcerting about this product is that after several hours of wear, the foundation I chose to place over top began to pool in random spots on my face- particularly on my forehead and around my nose. This began to make my complexion look blotchy and oily.

Would I purchase a full-size? Unfortunately, no. The search continues.

-xobrendykins

Free Sample Fridays: Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

I’m back for round 2!

I have recently been loving using eye primer underneath my eyeshadows. I found that this really helps the color staying power and pigmentation. I do have some of my personal favorites, however I thought id give these trails a try:

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I received each of these in a Smashbox eyeshadow palette and have been using them off and on since. They seem to have a chalky-like texture, a beige color, and comes on a doe-foot applicator.

After several uses, I honestly am not that impressed. I have definitely tried out better eyelid primers and for me, they have a better texture- softer, more pliable and creamy. Color wise, the Smashbox one is comparable to most of the others I’ve tried.

Would I purchase a full-size? Nope.

My favorite shadow primer: MAC painterly paint pot

-xobrendykins

Pore Minimizer/Primer Dupes

Hey all!

So recently I have read many a post about a multitude of Benefit products. One that has stood out among the rest is Benefit’s Porefessional. This product is a face primer and pore minimizer. Sounds great doesn’t it?! Well, the only downside is the price. Running around the $30 mark, the Porefessional is definitely a high-end product. While that is all fine and dandy, sometimes I don’t want to spend that much on a product that you can’t even see; like a primer.

So, whilst I was recently at my local Target, I came across the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser. The packaging looked similar, and the descriptions looked like they performed the same kind of duty- yet the Maybelline one was substantially less expensive at around $6.

After purchasing both, I decided to test them out separately and evaluate whether or not the Maybelline primer would be a dupe for the Benefit one.

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First, the Benefit Porefessional: I was immediately impressed by the texture of this product. The color was a light beige, and melded with the color of my skin once applied. I applied the balm with my fingers, and spread it all over my face- especially around my nose and mouth where my pores are larger. While I didn’t notice a substantial pore minimizing happen, I did notice that when applied underneath my foundation the Porefessional made my foundation last longer throughout the day.

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Now for the dupe;

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser: Applied the same way, I rubbed the balm onto my face with my fingers. The color of this product was clear, and it made my skin slightly less smooth than the Porefessional but still very soft. I noticed that again this product helped keep my makeup on longer however it did have one downside: After a few hours of wear, it seemed like my foundation would begin to slip off my face, particularly around my forehead area. I’m not sure if this was because I didn’t blend the primer well enough, or perhaps this primer just doesn’t soak into the skin as well as the Porefessional.

Overall, I still think that Benefit’s the Porefessional is the better investment, but if you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative Maybelline’s Baby Skin should work!

What face primers do you use?!

xobrendykins