Saturday, April 16, 2011
Review: Hard Candy Skin Illuminating Primer
Hard Candy website as "Sheer Envy Primer helps to even out the skin while reducing shine. Improves foundation application while minimizing skin imperfections. Make-up lasts longer and skin is left velvety smooth. Skin Perfecting Primer - A skin tone perfecting primer that brightens dull or sallow skin. Fills in fine lines, wrinkles and pores for a flawless, smooth finish. Gives your face a beautiful, natural color complexion that lasts all day long. Evens out skin tone and diffuses redness and blotchiness. Can be worn alone or under makeup. Illuminating Primer - A purple tinted, light translucent primer that gives a healthy, luminescent glow. Restores skins natural radiance, smooths skin and gives an overall airbrushed look! Can be worn alone or under makeup."
Lots of companies make primers, and they can be really helpful in aiding in makeup application and keeping your makeup stay on throughout the day. I like them because my skin is dry and it's often difficult to apply foundation to it, primers help to even it out and foundations tend to glide on easier. A good drugstore one to try out is the Monistat Anti-chafing gel, it's not intended as a primer, but some of the ingredients are the exact same and many people use it on their face for this purpose. I have also used primers from MAC, Gosh, and Smashbox. They all pretty much do the same thing, the textures can differ, so it's just a matter of preference.
After wearing it for a few days, I did notice bumps on my skin what looked like whiteheads, and so I stopped using this. It was shame because I did like it, but it took a toll on my face. I did break out from Hard Candy's tinted moisturizer as well, so perhaps it's something in their products that is irritating my skin.
Would I recommend this product? If you have sensitive skin, definitely not. I broke out from this and have read others have too. No other primer has ever reacted to my face in this way, so it's definitely has something harmful to my skin in it.