Today’s review is about a silicone heavy face primer. Silicone, I hear you say?
Lots of people are out there hating on silicone in face products, claiming they are pore clogging, and for a while, I felt they were a tad sus, too. As the years have gone on, however, I have found that silicone does not clog pores for me personally, though of course your skin may be different. There is a lot of controversy around this so here are some links that I found which contained a variety of perspectives as well as seemingly unbiased information.
Both of the websites linked below sell products, so I’d still take their info with a grain of salt.
Paula’s Choice is a cosmetics watchdog as well as a retailer:
The Klog is Soko Glam’s ingredient focussed skincare blog:
With this in mind, back to the review on hand.
・What it is: ・
This is a silicone heavy face primer which goes on after the last step of your skincare routine (hopefully, that’s sunscreen!).
I love this for no base make up days – which is pretty much every day for me these days due to the mask mandate in place for Korea. Bit too matte for my liking so I like to mix it with a glowy primer.
・Price & Availability: ・
You can get this online at various retailers, Touch in Sol have their own site too. I got mine at Lalavla Korea for ₩11,000 or thereabouts when it was on sale. It’s a little more otherwise.
You get 30 ml in one pump bottle. Standard product size.
Silicone heavy right from the get go. Fragrance and colourants are present. Overall, not too much in the way common triggers or allergens.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone, Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dipropylene Glycol, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Fragrance (Parfum), Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Soluble Collagen, Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.
The primer comes in a heavy frosted glass bottle with a plastic pump on top. Not the most travel friendly packaging but the pump works very well and dispenses product nicely and evenly every time.
・What the company says:・
This is a very silky, smooth primer that feels like you’re diving into satin.
The scent they’re really could have done without here. It is medium-light and does linger; a bit of a soapy, perhaps slightly floral aroma. It does not bother me too much personally even though I am usually a little sensitive to fragranced products.
The primer goes on very smoothly and spreads easily but can feel heavy. For more dry skinned individuals like yours truly, I’d recommend moisturising really well, as this can come across as mattifying. I could probably do with just one pump but I prefer using one and a half to two pumps when using it on its own – which does not happen often.
What I like to do instead is mix it with a glowy primer – currently, that’s Espoir’s Glow Primer in a 1:1 ratio, so one pump of each. I will then warm up the primer between my fingertips, rubbing my fingers together for about ten seconds, and then go in from the centre of my face, spreading it out to the rest of my face as I go along.
This really is like an Instagram filter in real life! It acts like spackling paste and smooths over all your skin issues, be they fine lines, pores, textured skin, or scars. Plus, it extends the wear time of your foundation.
If you have oily skin, you may find that this goes on beautifully and stays on like a dream and therefore, I think oily skinned people may like this a lot more than dry skinned ones.
I do have a caveat though. While not being mattifying in and of itself, if you like glass skin, this is not the primer for you. It gives you blurred pores, fine lines disappear like magic, yes. But it is not glowy.
I think this is a fantastic primer for the right person. Personally, I really like it but can find it heavy feeling on skin and I think the fragrance is so unnecessary, hence why I am deducting half a point. I also don’t like how this takes away from my glass skin goals – I love glistening, moist, wet looking skin. That being said, that’s just my personal preference. It’s a well formulated, affordably priced product but right now, I think I will stay on the lookout for a more glowy primer.