The Ordinary primers just like the rest of the products from this range got very popular in the recent months. We have already shared with you reviews of some of their skin care products. And as the time goes by, we seem to buy more and more from The Ordinary, in spite of the unpredictable order fulfillment from one of the UK shops. Unfortunately, we will have to switch to other shops, maybe Cult Beauty or Beautylish that also offer this skin care line.
Before I start this review, let me share with you, once again few details about my skin. I honestly believe it will help you to understand my reasoning in the further arguments on pros and cons of the makeup primers in question.
I have combination to oily skin. As it very often happens, it is prone to breakouts with pores size of Vesuvius crater. Also, I am in my early 30s, so I already have wrinkles here and there. This unique issue combination made me buy both primers since one is ‘predicted’ for more mature skin and the other for the one with large pores and imperfections.
High-Spreadability Fluid Primer and High-Adherence Silicone Primer
High-Spreadability Fluid Primer is described as a lightweight primer, with a formula resembling a serum. Besides the promise of increasing spreadability of your makeup base, it is supposed to hydrate and prevent your makeup from creasing in the problematic zones, like eye area.
The High-Adherence Blurring Surface Smoother and Primer has to mattify and hydrate skin at the same time. It promises to prolong the wear time of our makeup and reduce the look of pores and imperfections.
The Silicone name was already taken
The first impression you get after smearing few drops on the palm on your hand is this a very silicone-like consistency feel of the product. As it is with this type of formulas, less is better. Since the silicone will not dry out on your skin if you overdose, your makeup will not adhere to the skin completely. I mean it. The foundation will not stay in one place.
It is a reason why this primer is a complete failure for so many. However, I have my way around it. As mentioned, I use a tiny amount, and I only use a beauty blender for the base application. The brushes and fingertips won’t do. You just have to dab your foundation all over. Why do I bother you might ask? First of all, I already have it, so I don’t want to throw it away. Secondly, it fills out the pores and fine lines. It makes the under eye area look fresher and younger. And when slightly powdered does not move as much and prevents the foundation from creasing.
Why do I bother you might ask? First of all, I already have it, so I don’t want to throw it away. Secondly, it fills out the pores and fine lines. It makes the under eye area look fresher and younger. And when slightly powdered does not move as much and prevents the foundation from creasing.
Another reason why the Fluid name doesn’t fit for me is the fact that after few months (I have both primers since January 2017), got so dense that the pipette won’t get the product out anymore, as you can see on the picture above. I warm the bottle in my hands and shake it like crazy before I use it. At this point, I have to smear the product on my hand before I apply it on my face. It got unsanitary some time ago…
The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, available at Beautylish.
€4,90 for a good skin day
In comparison to the Fluid primer, this one is in the form of a white cream, and it doesn’t feel like a silicone at all. It also behaves differently on the skin. It sinks in. So I can use my makeup brushes when I am in a hurry. It visibly diminishes the pores appearance. Also, I like to use it on my no-makeup days when I still have to go around the people.
However, there are two downsides to this product. Its strong smell that stays with me for a long time. And the fact, that if stings my eyes. The Fluid primer works great under my eyes, and I do not have the same sensation with it. But the Silicone primer makes my eyes tear like crazy. So I avoid the eye area which is too bad since I do like the how it fills in the fine lines.
The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer, available at Beautylish.
To wrap it up and to answer the question of the day, do this primers beat them all? Personally, I wouldn’t go that far. In their price range, they are the winners. But there are only OK as the makeup primers in general, in my humble opinion.