Review: Innisfree Mineral Makeup Base SPF30 PA++ No 1 (peach)

On the day that I bought this primer, I had just finished a silicone heavy primer and was looking for something that was not foundation but that was going to even out my skin tone somewhat, especially for the weekend when I was not wearing makeup. For reference, I am really, really fair and am intending to keep it that way.

For some reason or the other, I decided to wander into Innisfree, which to date is my favourite roadside skincare and makeup shop, and browsed for a while until I landed on this makeup primer. I was attracted to the claim that it was a mineral primer, as I had not used a mineral sunscreen in a long time, preferring to go for chemical sunscreens. You can read the full review of my ride-or-die, HG sunscreen over here if you so desire.

I swatched it and really liked how it gave a slight tint to my skin that was blendable. So how did this fare in the long run?

・What it is: ・

It’s a face primer that also contains sunscreen.

・TL;DR:・ 

Great for going makeup free if you are very, very fair or if you are considering looking like a ghost.

・Price & Availability: ・

I paid a manner ( ₩10,000 even) at an Innisfree roadside shop somewhere in Seoul. I do believe that it was on sale at the time, though, so you might find that it could cost a bit more than that. Online, I see these babies retail for US$20.00.

・Size/Quantity: ・

One tube contains 40 ml, which is an alright size for a primer but a bit small for a sunscreen. Make of that what you will. I felt that the price was fair for the amount of product.

・Ingredients:・

CosDNA has a few yellow flags but no red flags. The minerals that this derives its sun protection from appear to be zinc oxide as well as titanium dioxide.

Source: cosDNA

Skincarisma, too, does not really show up with any red flags, though they do note that this contains some fragrance and that it is not fungal acne safe.

Source: Skincarisma

・Packaging:・ 

The packaging is absolutely fine to me. You can squeeze out as much as you want, with ease, and the packaging is perfectly travel friendly for it is light, the cap closes tightly and contains under 100 ml, which makes it TSA friendly as far as I am aware.

・What the company says:・ 

Mineral base for bright skin tone and smooth skin texture

1. 4-in-1 multibase to enhance skin tone, act as a primer, balance oil and moisture, and protect against UV rays

2. Soft essential aroma

After your regular skincare routine, squeeze a dollop of the base into your hands. Spread it on your face and finish by patting gently.

Available in 3 shades to suit all skin colours

– PEACH COLOUR: to achieve natural skin tone

– GREEN COLOUR: to cover reddish or blotchy skin

– PURPLE COLOUR: to neutralize yellowish and dull skin tone

・Consistency/Texture:・ 

The primer is a medium thick, lightly pink tinted cream that spreads easily. I will have to say though that you will have to put in a bit of work for it to blend seamlessly into the skin if worn alone. It does take some effort until it no longer appears patchy and uneven. This is not something that bothers me personally as I enjoy touching and patting and massaging my face (LOL) but it might be bothersome to some.

🔺This is what the primer looks like after lots of blending when worn on its own. I took these shots following several hours of wear. 🔺

・Scent:・ 

Not sure what Innisfree is referring to with ‘soft essential aroma’ but I found that there was no scent to this as far as I could tell, which to be honest suits me just fine.

・Application:・ 

Do note that I wore this primer over my regular AM skincare and my sunscreen. I did NOT think of this as a sunscreen but rather just a skin perfecting primer.

🔺 The above shots were taken after just applying the primer quite haphazardly without really taking the time to blend it in. If you compare the skin on my neck and ears with the skin on my face, I’m sure you will agree that the difference is quite massive. 🔺

However, that is how I would use this on days when I would apply makeup on top, for the primer would blend seamlessly in with whatever foundation or BB cream I was wearing on top of it that day and would actually brighten up the foundation underneath, making for a lovely finish, actually.

🔻Here are some shots of me wearing the primer with some light foundation over it. 🔻

・Efficacy:・

Honestly, this primer is great for when you want to go makeup free as well as on days when you want to brighten your foundation tone a bit or for when you got foundation in a shade that is slightly too dark or too yellow.

If you were to use this on its own and your skin tone was anything darker than very fair, I would guess that it would wash you out though or make you look ashy, so proceed with caution.

The finish is a bit shiny, which is just how I like my base products. As for skin reactions, this neither exacerbated nor soothed active breakouts – my guess is that it is not meant to really have skincare benefits, and anyways I have a long skincare routine to take care of my skin concerns, so I’m really not that bothered whatsoever.

・Final Thoughts:・  

I would repurchase this in the future. I liked the brightening effects, and having to spend a while to pat this and blend it in did not faze me in the slightest. This made me feel more confident to go makeup free on the weekend, and it also helped brighten my complexion on days when I was testing out new foundations that I thought a little too dark.

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