Foundation Primer Reviews

by Reika on March 30, 2011

Rather than talking about new makeups all the time, I would like to show you some of my old favorites – starting from Face products. Foundation primer aka Makeup base is not considered as an essential makeup item for some girls. As for me – I can’t live without foundation primer. I have one for every skin condition I can possibly have. Using a primer together with a foundation perfects my skin for a flawless and radiant complexion.   On a good skin day, I would only use a primer and skip the foundation.

So here is a group picture of all the primers I am currently using..actually I have to admit I had no idea I own that many primers!

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I don’t regret buying them all, each of them serves a different purpose.  My foundation primers can be broken down into 4 categories:

1. Oil Controlling

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Mac Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage: amazing product, hides my pores without feeling cakey and silicony – keeps the oil at bay for 8 hours! I only use it on my t-zone.

Shiseido (bought it in japan, no English name) : No swatches because this one is only exclusive to Asia,  it used to be my HG until I found Mac Prep and Prime.

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2. Radiance and Natural Glow

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Chanel Base Lumiere - my absolute favorite! It contains no shimmers, but it imparts a really beautiful glow to your skin, gives a “your own radiant skin but better” effect.

Dior Radiant Base – a light pink fluid with tiny shimmers.  My second favorite as the shimmers are not noticeable once it is sheered out – gives a beautiful pinkish glow.

Lancome Fluid Illuminator (LE) – a beige fluid with fine shimmers, can be used alone or mixed in with foundation. It is too shimmery for my liking – I only apply it along my cheekbones in summer time when my face is tanned for a bronzey look.

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3. Color Correction

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- Shiseido Control Base: a light green fluid designed to correct the redness in your skin. This one is amazing..I only use it when my skin looks dull. A tiny amount would turn your complexion into “you have just slept 10 hours”!

- Giorgio Armani fluid sheer no 5 - recommended by GA’s makeup artist at a makeover event. It is a peachy fluid, very pigmented so I can’t imagining applying it all over the face. I like to use it on my cheeks to create a natural flush.

- Etude Pore Smoothing Peach Base (korean brand) – a purple fluid that brightens up your complexion by a few shades. I won’t recommend using it all over the face unless you want a geisha look. Again it’s a good product for a dull skin day.

These products were heavily swatched in the picture. The effect on your face would be a lot more subtle than shown in the picture. Even for my whole face I would use less than what I used for swatching.

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4. Primers with sunscreen

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Shu Uemura UV Under Base: it’s been a cult favorite in Asia for ages – can be used as sunscreen, makeup base or tinted moisturizer. On a good skin day, I would only use this product on my face – very sheer but evens out skin tone.

Kanebo Lunasol UV Essence: A makeup base with spf of 25 , has the same texture as a serum. It absorbs into your skin like a serum, makes your skin look hydrated and glowing, leaves no white cast on your skin like other suncreens do. The best sunscreen I have ever come across!

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LASTLY, my Nars  is one of the best all purpose makeup bases.

nars-makeup-primerIt hydrates your skin, creates a perfect canvas for foundation and makes the foundation look better and lasts all day long.

nars-makeup-primer-swatchOMG..what a super long post!! Now I need some TV therapy..

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Jade March 31, 2011 at 2:13 am

Great primer roundup, you definitely have me wanting to try the Chanel! :)

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Reika March 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Thanks Jade! I bought it because a lot of Asian celebs swear by this product, and they all have really beautiful skin hehe.. now I really want to try out the base lumiere in a pink bottle (asia exclusive) by Chanel, I heard it’s even better!

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venetia June 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I happened to chance upon your blog and notice how much you love to experiment with makeup! I use christian dior bb cream that is only available in asia and i swear by it! you should try using that!

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Reika June 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I was in Asia a few months ago and I saw that all these high end brands such as bobbi brown, estee lauder, dior have released bb cream. I am kicking myself that I didn’t get any..:-(

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venetia June 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

I live in sydney too and i found out that you can get it on strawberrynet at only $55 bucks. U can try looking for other bb creams if ur interested!

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