To continue with my series of wet n wild reviews, I wanted to dedicate a post to bases and setting products that are supposed to prep, prime and protect your makeup from slipping off throughout the day.
Photo Focus Eyeshadow Primer $6
Best. Primer. Ever. This shadow primer is so freaking good. I love the tube, love the cap shape, love the fast-drying texture. My shadows don't budge all day, and all you need is a very small amount of product to cover the lid. I will repurchase this primer over any other one on the market. It works just as well as the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, especially since mine ended up separating and becoming unusable before I could finish it.
Photo Focus™ Setting Spray $6
This setting spray is OK. I prefer to set my makeup with a mineral powder (Laura Mercier Pressed) so I never find the need to reduce that powdery finish or really set my makeup into place with a product like this. The mist itself is a bit intense and I find the bottle to be a bit ugly, but the size is quite small and compact. If you're a fan of setting sprays, the reviews overall look pretty good for this one.
Photo Focus™ Lash Primer $6
The perfect example of a step that is WAY too time consuming for my daily routine. I don't like the brush on this lash primer as it feels really cheap. My lashes are long and thin, so a primer like this tends to clump them up. Again, if you're a fan of lash primers, this has decent reviews. I'd personally pass.
CoverAll Face Primer $6On a daily basis I use the Smashbox Hydrating primer. Though a bit pricy at $50, it works wonders for almost anyone. It even kept our makeup on for over 15 hours during my sister's wedding (photo here) and it never irritates my skin. I find that mattifying primers like this CoverAll one doesn't work as well on my combination skin. It tends to highlight dry patches and doesn't encourage my foundation and concealer to stick to my face as well. If you're looking for an alternative to something like Benefit's Porefessional, this could be a comparable drugstore option.
CoverAll Correcting Palette $5
This vibrant colour correction wheel is not for me. The shades are way too drastic, and the formula is overly waxy for my sensitive skin. The discolouration that I experience on a daily basis is easily fixed with a skin-tone concealer, so I can't speak for those with dramatic pigmentation issues. I'll keep this around since it would work well as facepaint, especially since the "highlighter" shade is straight glitter cream.
Take On the Day Mattifying Powder $6This stuff works, but how can you possibly make a touch-up/setting powder with no mirror? Again, the compact feels very cheap and I had to supplement my own puff since the one that was included felt too flimsy and had no finger slot. I'm not looking to repurchase this, since it really isn't convenient.
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