I am a big fan of using a primer on my face before foundation, because I have that annoying kind of skin where, if you don't moisturize in the morning, you look about ten years older than you actually are because your face is a tight, dry mess, but if you do moisturize in the morning, all of the make-up you spent A WHOLE TEN MINUTES applying will slide right off of your skin about an hour later, and you become that person applying a faceful of make-up in the office bathroom before most people have finished their first cup of coffee for the day.
(Wait, this is a common skin condition, right? It's not just me? Please tell me it's not just me...)
Let's just say primer helps my make-up stay in place and leave it at that, shall we?
I, like most of the primer-wearing population, adore the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
However, I do not adore spending almost $40 for a product that I never seem to finish before it starts to take on a cloudy look in the tube that makes me think I'd rather not put it on my face anymore.
So, one magazine sample and coupon later, I decided to give the L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base a try.
And, after a week of use...I'm still undecided. At $13, it's definitely more in my price range than the Smashbox product, but it also has more of a powdery, creamy, gel-like consistency that I am not entirely in love with. I think I might be using it more quickly because of that consistency, too, since it seems to take more product to cover my whole face than it took with the Photo Finish Primer. However, it's done the job of keeping my make-up on my face, and it's done that job well, despite the crazy, storm-driven humidity we've had around Atlanta the last few days.
And, really, who can complain about that?
(Basically, what I'm saying is I'd buy the product again, for what it's worth...)
(Photo credits: smashbox.com, amazon.com)