Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Primer Review: NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primers

Primers are such an important, yet somewhat basic step for make up application. It prolongs make up; provides a smooth base for cream, powder or liquid product application; increase intensity or trueness of colour/pigmentation; provide SPF protection; even out skin tone; hydrate or moisturise; and many more things! They have primers which decrease pore sizes, prevent wrinkles, illuminate, or mattify skin. Primers are quickly becoming so diverse and the selection is only going to keep growing!

Needless to say, I love primers! I wouldn't apply make up without a good primer as a base anymore, it makes my make up feel heavy - if you know what I mean.

I bought all three types from Cherry Culture, they retail for $12 USD each!
NYX is considered to be a drugstore brand, which means it's affordable and easily accessible. I bought these from a website known as Cherry Culture, CLICK HERE to view the page where I bought these from. From what I can remember, shipping to Australia was inexpensive because I made a large order. All of these NYX primers are animal cruelty free and do not test on animals (I'm just stating what's printed at the back)!

You may be wondering why anyone would want to be purple or green, these are colour correctors. Green balances redness and purple brings colour back to dull skin (I get dull skin when I'm sick for example). When using any coloured primer, remember to blend well and allow setting time before application of foundation to prevent a sickly green or purple tinge. However that will not be an issue with these primers since they blend out completely (and rather pointlessly) clear.

Anti-Redness Tube and Swatch.

This is their anti-redness formula due to green colour of the primer. When blended, it becomes translucent (without even a green sheen). Unfortunately, coloured primers are next-to-useless for counteracting and correcting colour irregularities unless a VERY large amount is used. If anything, this may slightly reduce redness but with very subtle results. Don't expect any miracles in regards to colour correction.

Anti-Dull Tube and Swatch. You can see the oily texture (good for dry skin - which is often more prone to being "dull")!

Remember that scene in Edward Scissorhands where the Avon lady slathers purple cream all over his face to "bring back colour" but it only made him look awkward and strange? It's actually one of my favourites scenes purely for the ambiguity of the moment.

Well, this purple primer is meant to work like it was intended to in the movie. The only thing is this also blends out clear (no purple undertones either) - so unlike the costume make up purple primers which actually work to bring colour back to dull, gray skin - this primer will have as much effect as the anti-redness mentioned earlier unless it is literally slathered on unforgivingly. I use this on days I'm sick and colourless but the results are mainly in my mind.

The Original and Swatch.
My personal favourite of the set! This primers decreases fine lines without settling into pores/lines, it's mattifying and the formula isn't anywhere near as oily as the anti-redness and anti-dullness versions of this primer. In this case, the original is definitely the best in my opinion!

 Please remember that what works for me may not work for you and vice versa. Make up is fun, enjoy experimenting and playing around with different ideas. These primers are relatively inexpensive for 30mLs of product, all of them blend very well, and make good additions for any make up kit. So if you're thinking of giving it a go - why not?

Stay Beautiful! xx

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