A few days ago I was strolling through the health & beauty aisles of Wal-Mart, looking for anything new and interesting. One thing in particular caught my eye-Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer. I don’t know how it is other places, but down here in Atlanta, I haven’t been able to find a drugstore primer at all (this doesn’t include Monistat Chafing Relief gel). When I saw this, I thought “Why not?” It was $6.99. Currently, I use Smashbox Photofinish Primer – the regular silicone one and the correcting green primer.
Aqua/Water/Eau; Cyclopentasiloxane; Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate; Propylene Glycol; Phenyl Trimethicone; Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate; Dimethicone; Polyethylene; Talc; Dimethicone PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer; Magnesium Sulfate; Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer; Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer; Phenoxyethanol; Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone; Lecithin; Parfum/Fragrance; Silica Dimethyl Silylate; Methylparaben; Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Powder; Tocopheryl Acetate; Butylparaben; Ethylparaben; Isobutylparaben; Propylparaben; Silica; Dipropylene Glycol; Tocopherol; Triethoxycaprylylsilane; BHT; Hexyl Cinnamal; Limonene; Butylphenyl Methylpropional; Benzyl Salicylate; Linalool; Geraniol; Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone; Citronellol; [May Contain/Peut Contenir +/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ultramarines (CI 77007)]
The bottle has a good size of product in it – 1 oz. I noticed that the product has 001 on it…almost as if it was its shade color. However, I looked elsewhere and I noticed that there were no other colors. When I squeezed some of the product out, I was a bit surprised to find out that it is actually has a peachy/orangey tint to it. I was expecting it to be clear, white, or light cream like most primers. Despite the surprise, I proceeded by squirting some on my clean fingertips and smoothing it onto my face. You can also use a foundation brush to apply primer, but when I do it on myself I just prefer to use my fingers. I was relieved to see that the orange actually disappeared as soon as I blending it into my skin. I was left with a nice matte looking finish. When I ran my hand down the side of my face I was shocked to see how smooth it felt! I’ve been in the market for a new primer…I wanted one that was in between a liquid/cream (like MAC prep & prime) and a silicone base (Smashbox Photofinish). I think I found it! Not only that, but it's super cheap!
I wore my studio mist foundation on top of it and my skin looked really smooth…almost airbrushed. I kept checking throughout the day and my skin stayed just as soft and smooth. The next day, I applied my MSF natural on top using a powder brush to see how powder foundation would react to the primer. At the end of the day…still super soft. The primer actually fills in my gi-normous pores on my nose.
I almost couldn’t believe how much I liked the product…I decided to do some internet research to see what others thought. I went straight to makeup alley and was really shocked to see some poor reviews out there. Pretty much, either people really liked it, or really hated it. Apparently, the orange tint to the primer actually made some look orange. I didn’t experience this, but others who also did not have a problem noted that this primer probably works on darker skin tones. Complexions in the range of NC15-20 would probably not like this one. However, a few did note how they’ve never felt their faces feel softer. I agree! I usually don’t have too many problems with my skin, but it's never felt better.
This weekend...I was teaching makeup lessons to a client who is Jamaican with a mix of a caramel/mocha complexion. We tried the Rimmel primer on her as well, and it blended just as beautifully into her skin. She too noticed the softness and is also going to purchase the product.
So in sum, for $6.99, this product is totally worth it. You might want to steer clear if you have a lighter complexion. Or maybe check it out and let me know what you think. This product might also make its way into my makeup kit. It's great for MUAs because it has a squeeze top instead of an applicator where you would need to dip into it. This way, I can just squeeze it onto my steel palette and not have to worry about contaminating it with each use. Check it out at your local wal-mart and CVS.
Till next time, Ciao Bellas!