When it comes to foundation, I'm a fan of dewy, glowy finishes. Problem is, not all foundations and BB creams are designed to look that way. So, what to do? Grab a luminizing primer to glitz things up a bit! Today I'll be taking a looking at Botanic Farm Pearl Shining Primer, which gives skin glow without being too glitzy.
Having troubles with dull and uneven skin? Botanic Farm’s Pearl Shining Primer delivers a healthy, radiant glow in an instant. Infused with premium pearl essence, this primer has very subtle micro shimmers that perfectly highlight the skin while giving a much better definition to the face. It also makes the foundation/BB cream last longer by minimizing oil build-up. This primer is also formulated with Almond Oil and Avocado Oil which are both rich in Vitamin E and this rich blend enhances the skin’s condition by making it smoother, softer and healthier.
I was intrigued by all of the claims this product made... a lot of primers tend to be slippery, which isn't always conducive to minimizing oil buildup. But I'm always down for a little bit of micro shimmer, so I was willing to give it the old college try.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, MIca (Cl 77019), Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Pentylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cetyl PEG/ PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Isostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Disodium EDTA, Tin Oxide (Cl 77861), Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491), Iron Oxides (Cl 77492) [COSDNA]
Like many primers, this product is loaded with silicones—great for blurring pores and making skin temporarily look smoother. But if you're the sort who breaks out after using silicone-rich products, best steer clear of this one.
Botanic Farm Pearl Shining Primer is available from Memebox USA and is priced at $25 for 30ml of product. At the time of publishing this post, it's on sale for $20—whee! Don't forget that Memebox orders over $30 ship free and you can use coupon code MAKEUPLOVE for an extra 15% off.
This primer comes housed in a button-type dispenses. Press the button down and a bit of product will come out around the little circle in the center—et voilà'! I have mixed feelings about this type of container... on one hand it's very convenient if you're using a sponge or a brush to apply the primer, but if you're using your fingers, it can get a bit messy. I also find it difficult to predict how much product is going to come out of the hole—press a little too hard and too much comes out! The packaging isn't a total turn-off for me, but I would prefer a more traditional pump bottle.
Anyway. Moving onto more important things: The actual product!
As advertised, Botanic Farm Pearl Shining Primer is very light and shimmery. It comes out of the container pale and pink, but is nearly invisible once blended in. This product doesn't really provide anything in terms of coverage on its own, but lends a subtle, luminous sheen. I've tried a lot of luminizing primers that were heinously sparkly, but thankfully Botanic Farm isn't one of them—it's subtle, glowy, and lovely.
Behold my face in various stages of primer-dom!
Like I said before, no coverage, but it makes skin look slightly softer and more luminous. I was also pleased to discover that the oil minimizing claims were true... I felt like the primer actually helped keeping my foundation in place longer, rather than making it slide off my face in two seconds flat like certain other silicone-y primers (coughELFcoughcough).
Other thoughts: It's fragranced. It smells sort of like green tea and fruit to me—pleasant!
Overall I really like Botanic Farm Pearl Shining Primer. I was impressed with how well it held up under makeup, and even more impressed with how it seemed to help my makeup last longer. And the lack of full-on glitter chunks is always a plus when it comes to full-face primers. (If you're not into all-over shimmer, this would easily work as a point highlighter though... just saying!)
- Makes skin look luminous without being stupidly glittery
- Helps makeup last longer
- Reasonably priced (or at least comparable to other products of this type)
- The dispenser can be a bit fussy
Conclusion: I'm keeping Botanic Farm Pearl Shining Primer in my makeup drawer. I was using Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer (which is sort of similar) for a while, but I like this stuff even better—sorry, Petra!
What do you think of Botanic Farm Pearl Shining Primer? Do you prefer luminizing primers or ones that mattify your skin?
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