We all know that using primers helps makeup go on more evenly and stay put longer. Personally, even knowing all that, I usually found applying that extra layer kind of a chore, especially at Summer, when it’s hot and humid. Lucky for me, Skindinavia recently came out with The Makeup Primer Spray, aimed to solve that problem. The brand’s first launch in five years, these sprays in two varieties: Regular and Oil Control.
The Regular spray is formulated with a blend of Vitamin E to moisturize and smooth the skin while offering a natural UV barrier. Personally, I still use my SPF products, but I’m guessing this spray protects from the sun a little bit on its own, too, even when worn alone. Skindinavia recommends this spray for people with normal and dry skin.
The Oil Control spray introduces the first stabilized form of Vitamin B6, which is a great antioxidant for oilier skin types. Skindinavia promises that it won’t clog pores and will even reduce the appearance and size of enlarged pores over time, so it kind of works like skin care.
I’ve been testing both of these sprays, and I can definitely tell the difference in how they feel and wear. Since I have combination skin that can be very oily in the T-zone and a dry on the cheeks, I tested both primers at once by spraying them directly onto the areas they belong [regular on cheeks, oil control in the T-zone].
The application is super easy – just open the cap, shake, and spritz a few times on your face, then wait a few seconds for the formula to set and apply makeup as usual. The primer really doesn’t feel like anything: it doesn’t smell, doesn’t sting, doesn’t make the skin look or feel dry – can’t even tell if it’s really there.
Normally, my skin needs blotting after 3-4 hours, but on those days when I used The Primer Sprays my makeup didn’t need touchups for a full 6 hours, even if I spent some time directly outside in the sun, which is a really impressive record for those of us with oily T-zone.
I tried using both sprays on their own, too, and decided that I liked the Oil Control version more, because it actually addressed my skin’s specific concerns. It may be wishful thinking, but I really think my pores look a bit smaller, too, after using it almost daily for a few weeks under makeup.
Both Regular and Oil Control Primer Sprays are formulated without oil, sulfates, petroleum, parabens and silicones to be breathable, hypoallergenic and non-irritating. All Skindinavia products are cruelty-free.
Overall, I got the impression that Skindinavia’s new The Makeup Primer Spray will join my shelf of staples, because it’s the easiest-to-use primer I have tried so far, and it really delivers on its promises. I also like that the formula is petroleum and silicone-free, so it won’t clog my pores.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
$35 USD for 4oz. Available at Skindinavia.