Back in September I caved in and bought Bare Escentuals bareVitamins Prime Time Foundation Primer due to some glowing reviews I came across online. I have been testing it back and forth with various foundations. Honestly, I don’t think it lives up to the hype. For $21/30ml, I expected something more out of this primer. Yes it does make my makeup applies smoother, but so do other silicone-based primers I’ve tried that cost less. My biggest disappointment is the fact that it aggravates my oiliness. It makes me look like a greaseball within a couple of hours. Uncool!
The texture of Prime Time is thick and greasy. I find it unpleasant smearing the product all over my face, not to mention that it also takes quite some time to fully dry. Once the primer’s set, you’ll have sort of a moisturized-looking complexion instead of matte. Perhaps people with dry skin would like this primer better than I do. But if you’re oily-skinned like me, you might want to try Monistat instead since it dries matte and has better oil control (plus, it’s A LOT cheaper!).
The following pictures demonstrate how the primer works. I purposely use more product than I would on my face so that my camera could pick up the difference.
once the primer is set, it would be invisible
with foundation on top (I use L’oreal White Perfect Liquid Foundation – yeah the color selection is a joke!)
The primer seems to really make the foundation applies smoother, right? You see, as for “priming” purpose, it does the job alright. But the oil control issue is a major let down for me. Not only that, if I put too much product on (which I do all the time since the pump sucks) it has the tendency to slide off my face. I would be left with that not so flattering uneven skin at the end of the day.
Summing up my review, this is a product that I won’t recommend to those with oily skin. It’s greasy, it takes a lot of time to set, but fortunately it didn’t break me out. I’ve tried better primers with friendlier price tag than this so nope, certainly won’t be repurchasing!