GAME CHANGER (n.):
an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something.
I suddenly had an idea to start a series showing the various products that has altered my views and preferences regarding beauty products one way or another. It may be something I fell in love at one point, gradually, or not at all, but the concept and the idea behind it has certainly revolutionized my way of applying makeup or creating a particular look instead.
Let’s start with the PRIMER that changed it all.
I had no clue about the importance of primers (would you believe?) until I bought my first set from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale back in 2012. It was the Bare Minerals In Fashion Best of Bare Minerals Color Collection that retailed for $54. All I knew was for a starter collection, it had bits of everything in it including a primer.
Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer is a breakthrough primer that adds an extraordinarily luminous, healthy-looking glow to your skin while smoothing out your complexion. It’s great for combating dry patches, fine lines, excess oil and minimizing large pores. Infused with 100% pure bareMinerals, nourishing vitamins and antioxidants, it instantly brightens your complexion and extends the wear of your bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation. Formulated without preservatives, it glides on with no tacky feel and is suitable for all skin types. Simply shake well before use and apply an even layer all over your face. Less is more.
It was love at first use I tell you.
The pump from the bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer dispenses quite an amount of product with a peachy undertone and faint shimmer. Half a pump is enough for my whole face. The primer goes on smoothly on my skin. It covered up my pores quite well — loads better than Benefit’s Porefessional, gave my face an added glow from the start and somehow subdued the redness of my cheeks. My foundation certainly lasted for several hours more than the usual, something that had me over the moon initially.
But over time I fell out of love. In truth, the brightening effect left me quite frustrated. I think it’s because of my oily skin? And the shimmer was not helping the greasy look I had began sporting early in the day, which was too soon for my liking. Blotting with powder had become a task at least four times a day.
Being a silicone-based primer, my face eventually got bumpy after continuous use, not so much that it caused terrible acne but an annoyance just the same. At that time, I wasn’t aware of how sensitive my skin is to silicones and instead blamed the acne on stress. I was just enjoying how my makeup can last well into the afternoon without retouching.
See how there is a slight brightening effect on the blended out part?
Fast forward to the present, I recently took a trip down memory lane and used this to remind myself how at one point, I enjoyed its benefits. Maybe my new skincare routine had a hand in controlling the oil production but I was not as greasy as I used to be. Can’t say the same for my sensitive skin though.
See you soon in the next installment of the Game Changer Series!
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