This stuff is terrible and amazing in equal parts. I got a small sample over a year ago and liked it so much that I bought the full-size tube to the tune of $44.00 for the ounce of product. I got it home and started using it like my life depended on it, and that’s when I started to notice the problems that the sample size didn’t give me time to realize.
This stuff is genuinely amazing, and I have no clue how it works. I don’t want to know. I just know that it does, and that’s all I care about. It not only blurs imperfections and pores, but it also plays with the way light hits your face. When I use this, my entire face looks as though redness and hyperpigmentation are run through a filter. On days when my skin lookes good and I didn’t feel like bothering with foundation, I’ve just put this on and walked out the door. I’ve never used a primer that works like this one, and it’s unbelievable what it does to my face. It really is like walking around with a filter on.
I get the same wear time from this that I get with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, which is to say that my makeup lasts twelve hours–at least. Wear time isn’t a problem at all.
The only problem with this is that it is very drying. This is the reason I’ve gone back and forth on whether to buy another full-size of this. I mean it’s DRYING. I can wear this every day in the summer when my skin produces a bit more oil, as I found out over the course of the last few months, but I absolutely cannot wear it daily in the winter. I can get three days a week at best. When I tried using it every day in the winter, my face became so dry and so tight that it was almost painful. I have normal skin. This isn’t usually a problem for me. On the upside, this made the tube last longer, but should I really be spending $44.00 on something I can’t wear every single day?
The answer is a resounding yes. I’m willing to deal with the failings of this so that I can enjoy the benefits of it on the days that I do wear it. It’s one of the best primers that I’ve ever used, and if I could use it daily, it would easily beat out every other one I’ve ever tried including my favored Photo Finish. What I’m not willing to do is pay full price for it. I’m getting it in the VIB sale going on now.
If you’ve not tried this I beg you to seek out a sample, especially if you have oily skin. You might actually be able to wear it every day. It comes in other shades if mood light isn’t your thing. Mood Light has a pinkish tone to it. Luminous Light is a champagne color, and Dim Light is more beige. They all play with lighting differently, and I imagine the other two are just as game-changing as this one.
Yes, forty-four bucks is a ton of money to plop down for a primer, but I’ve genuinely never used something like this. It’s one of the most amazing makeup products I’ve ever used, period.
Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer: I love you. I need you.