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Tuesday 19 January 2016

Speedy reviews: The primer edition featuring Too Faced, Marc Jacobs and Becca

Primer is a step that I cannot skip in my make-up routine. I have dry skin and I find that the right primer helps my skin to look fresher and my foundation to apply and sit more evenly. I don't particularly look for products to add longevity to my base, but if they do, it's an added bonus! Generally, I go for primers that will add radiance and hydration and today, I'm going to share my thoughts with you on three relatively recent additions to my primer collection (yes, it's a collection at this stage - ridiculous, I know!).

The first of the three primers is Marc Jacobs Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer. Anything coconutty is right up my street and this primer does not disappoint. This is infused with five types of coconut and is aimed at hydrating dry skin, creating a smooth surface to apply foundation and also extending make-up wear. I agree that it lives up to its aims. My dry and dehydrated skin loves this primer and I like that it absorbs quickly and doesn't have a greasy texture. It has a light coconut scent, which I like. The texture is so light compared to my usual primers that I was unsure if it would be hydrating enough for my skin, but it absolutely is and it creates the perfect base for my foundation, which glides on very evenly afterwards. It is housed in a glass bottle, so not the best for travelling but I really love this primer and am glad I asked my best friend to buy it in Sephora for me. If you don't live near a Sephora (I feel your pain!), you can order it from Rose's Beauty Store, where it is priced at £38 for 30ml. I have heard rumours that Marc Jacobs Beauty will launch in Harrods this year so that should make it easier to access for U.K. folk and also Irish readers via the Parcel Motel.

Next up is Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer. I also added this to my Sephora list, but it is now sold in Debenhams. I love Too Faced products, in general and when I bought the Born This Way foundation last summer, I knew I also had to try this primer because they both contain coconut water (see the pattern here?!), which hydrates the skin. Again, this does not disappoint. It has a slightly creamier texture than the Marc Jacobs primer and also has the coconut scent, although it smells a little sweeter. With this primer, my skin instantly feels very refreshed and looks more radiant - in fact, I would be happy to wear this on a make-up free day because it perks my skin up so much. It very much reminds me of my all time favourite primer: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. I can wear any type of foundation over this - full or low coverage and they feel equally as comfortable. My foundation applies so evenly and smoothly and looks fresh but not greasy. If you suffer from dull or dehydrated skin, then this would definitely be up your street. It is priced at €32 for 40ml of product.

Finally, I have BECCA Backlight Priming Filter. I was lucky enough to receive this for Christmas and I LOVE IT! This gives my skin life - it looks fresh, radiant, alive, dewy and anything but dull! It does it in a way that doesn't look too "in your face" glittery, but it definitely adds a sheen to the skin that makes it look healthy. It also gives an airbrush effect to the skin by minimizing signs of fatigue and inflammation. It is non-sticky and, like the other primers, creates the perfect base for my foundation. BECCA really know how to create products to give life to the skin! It is similar to Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, but looks a little more natural and also, in finish, to Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting - although it is much more hydrating. As you can tell, I love this primer! It is priced at £32 for 30ml.

I hope that has given you some insight into these primers. I love all three of them but don't think it is necessary to own all three - I'm just greedy/lucky! Are you tempted to buy any of these? I would love to hear what your favourite primers are? Please tell me in the comments below!

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