Up until recently I’ve never really been one for primer; I’ve never seen good enough results for me to believe that a primer will make my foundation look smoother and last longer. Despite this, my skin has been somewhat not itself lately and I’ve broken out quite a bit so I thought I’d look around for a primer purely to protect my skin from any of the not so nice ingredients in my makeup.
I’ve used Witch products on and off over the last few years and when I saw Collection had released a primer in partnership with Witch I was intrigued. A primer that also solves your skin problems? Sign me up. I bought my primer in the sale at Boots for £3.99 here and thought it would be good for you guys if I did a review to see if it’s worth trying out yourselves.
For the tiny price tag I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I have never thought that the price tag of a product defines how good it’s going to be; Collection’s Lasting Perfection concealer is my number one favourite concealer and that only costs £3.99 so I went into this review open minded and hopeful!
The primer comes in a standard plastic tube and contains 15ml of product for £3.99. On the Boots website the product description promises:
- Transparent primer with skin-clearing benefits
- Contains Witch Hazel, a natural antibacterial ingredient
- Blends easily and gently hydrates the skin
- Prolongs make-up wear while mattifying shine-prone skin
Before applying the primer to my face I cleansed my face with the Clinique Mild Liquid Facial Soap, exfoliated with The Body Shop Microdermabrasion scrub then moisturised with The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser to leave my skin extremely soft and ready to apply the primer.
Squeezing the tube I was surprised at how much of a runny texture this primer had; by applying only a tiny bit of pressure to the tube, a large amount of primer came out which I assumed would cover my entire face however this was not the case. As soon as you apply the primer to your face and start massaging it into your skin it vanishes and feels like you’re rubbing nothing into your skin, I’ve found this happens with cheaper primers which makes you use a lot more product than you would usually.
Upon the second squeeze the product came out separated in a watery oily mess, I’d already shaken the tube before application as it’s just a habit of mine to shake products to ensure they are mixed thoroughly so I was surprised that the product still seemed quite separated.
I ended up having to use 3-4 squeezes of product to cover my entire face and after application my skin looked and felt very greasy, it’s definitely not like one of those primers that have a similar texture to a moisturiser.
Applying my foundation on top of the primer I didn’t notice any positive or negative differences in how the foundation applied. I did however use a Real Techniques buffing brush instead of my usual blending sponge on this day which may have helped work the product into my skin. Once all my foundation and concealer was applied I did notice that my complexion appeared more dewy that usual which for some people may be a good thing however I prefer a more matte finish for my foundation so this did require me to use more setting powder than without a primer.
I applied my makeup at around 9am and took it off a 9.30pm on the evening so I had the primer on for a solid 12 hours for this review.
Since first testing out this primer I have tried it on two separate occasions just to give it a shot and unfortunately I don’t think this will be a product that I will be reaching for again. The greasy feeling of the primer was very prominent for the first 1-2 hours of wearing it and after taking off my makeup that day my face felt very dry and dehydrated despite my T zone looking quite oily towards the end of the night which isn’t usually something I suffer from.
I think for the £3.99 price tag if you have normal skin that isn’t prone to becoming oily or having dry patches then you could give this a go, but for me personally with combination skin this didn’t really do anything for me as I think the consistency of the primer was too thin and greasy to properly work into the skin. The claims that it minimises pores is likely due to the oil in the product clogging your pores which is definitely not great for acne prone skin!
This product is not Beauty Rant approved.
Let me know in the comments what your holy grail primer is and why! I’d love to test some of your favourite products out and see if they’ll make their way into my collection.