Beauty Product Review – PRIMER Time

Artists prime their canvas before painting to prevent the oils from seeping through – that is exactly what a primer does for your face.  Makeup artists have been using primers for years on models and actors to help create a smooth surface before applying makeup.

I’ve been using a primer since before I even knew what a primer really was.  Before all the hype and before every single makeup company decided to jump on the bandwagon and create their own. My very first one was 1) Clarins Lisse Minute – Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Makeup Base – approx. 35.00.

CLARINS cream like formula
CLARINS cream like formula

I was game to try anything from the luxurious French skincare company since my mom used the line.  I liked the oil free, silky smooth texture that glided on and seemed to hide pores and imperfections. Best of all it completely toned down shine in the T-zone which is what sold me on it in the first place.  Makeup applied very easily over top.  It became a skincare staple.

THEN the others came into play. I sampled a lot of them at different price points – many are capable but the ones below along with Clarins are my TOP “Hall of Fame” choices:

2) La Roche Posay Anthelios Daily Anti-Aging Primer with 50 SPF Sunscreen – approx. roche

I loved it – felt like cashmere.  The only problem is that if you already use their tinted mineral sunscreen for face with SPF 50 (which I do) they tend to cancel each other out.  For winter I might re-consider when switching to a lower SPF day cream.

Description:  For the 1st time, ANTHELIOS 50 combines broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with Cell-OX Shield™ antioxidant technology in a primer that is clinically proven to instantly reduce fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, dark spots, and redness.  Suitable for all skin types.

Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen & a transformative light-weight texture has won the following Awards:

  • 2012 Elle Beauty Genius Award
  • 2012 Redbook MVP Beauty Award: Best Primer

3)  Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer – approx. $10.00 at drug stores nationwide.Primer Time

For the price this stuff is excellent!  Reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles, pores and imperfections, while enhancing skin’s radiance. A subtle pink tint adds a youthful glow. Apply all over face, after moisturizer and before foundation. Suitable for all skin tones and types.

Mica Beauty
Mica Beauty Gel Formula

4)  On the higher end I love Micabeauty Cosmetics 100% Mineral Makeup Perfecting Primer.

This gel formula is beautiful but pricey.  MicaBeauty’s light-weight Perfecting Makeup Primer with its gel like finish enhances skin texture and primes it for makeup application. The Perfecting Makeup Primer glides on easily creating a protective layer on your skin, allowing foundation to go on easily and last longer. Our velvety formula creates a perfect canvas for foundation and blush application, keeping makeup in place and looking fresh all day long.   Price – $129.95. Take 20% off with mention of this blog. Link:

Do you use a Primer – if so, which one?

In the Beauty Cabinet – Chic Cheeks

Feeling Flush?

If you want to PERK UP your complexion in an instant then applying a swipe of blush will do the trick.  With so many varieties on the market how do you decide which one works best?  Powder, cream, liquid, shimmer, bouncy (yes there is one) or stick.  The answer is there is no “one” that is “the best” – there are several so it comes down to personal preference and most woman have experimented with several sorts and brands.  I’ve already done the homework.

Wearing blush should look subtle and simulate a natural glow.  All of these shown here will do just that with the slightest application.   Here are my picks:

by Terry
by Terry

If you prefer LIQUID:

by Terry Rose de Rose Fluid is a sheer liquid formula so a very tiny dab on the finger goes a long way.  It smells beautiful like crushed rose petals because it IS made of crushed rose petals.  The only problem is that it’s not available in Canada.      In the U.S. you can buy it only at Barney’s (New York, L.A., Las Vegas or online at

If you like POWDER with soft, sheer color & a hint of highlights:

Bobbi Brown
Bobbi Brown

BB Shimmer Brick – This shimmering, brush-on powder in five shades creates a soft, rosy glow. Works well with neutral, pink and rose blush shades.
Apply by sweeping the Face Blender Brush through all five shades of Shimmer Brick Compact and dust lightly on cheekbones after blush (or use alone if you like it barely noticeable). Focus on applying shimmer on the top of cheekbones – where light naturally hits the face – for the most flattering look.

NARS Orgasm
NARS Orgasm

If you prefer a PEACHY Pink with golden shimmer then go for NARS “Orgasm” – a bestseller.

It will give you that….well you know…that LOOK!

If you prefer a CREAM that stays put:


NARS the Multiple Stick – a multi-tasker for cheeks, eyes and lips.  It applies easily with just enough creaminess in the consistency for effortless blending. I personally find it a bit drying for lips and depending on the shade I would not wear it on the eyes either. Copacabana and Luxor are 2 shades which are best for highlighting areas such as the cheekbones and browbones.  They have little/no visible colour, but have a gorgeous pearlescent shimmer.  

I have Portofino but you can also get:                      Copacabana 
 South Beach
 St Barts 
and the 3 limited edition Multiple Tints that came out last year: Beverly Hills, Turks & Caicos and Cadaques.

 Bobbi Brown & Nars cosmetics are found at Sephora & other fine department stores.  Available atHolt Renfrew in Canada.

MicaBella Pure Mineral
MicaBella Pure Mineral in Wild Rose

 If you prefer NATURAL minerals:

choose Micabella Mineral powder blush:

This rich, dusty rose pigment with a hint of shimmer is made of 100% natural mica that looks gorgeous & also highlights the cheeks.  It offers natural full spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen protection, free of the toxic chemicals, paraben preservatives, synthetic dyes and harmful fillers found in most commercial, non natural cosmetics.

Available online under Mica Beauty at

Maybelline – great for travelling.

If you prefer a GEL formula and/or an inexpensive but effective drugstore brand:

Then choose Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush with a revolutionary new  texture that springs back when you touch it.  • Lightweight like a powder, yet melts seamlessly into skin like a cream. • Natural sheer wash of color that is buildable for greater color intensity.  A good value.

Okay I admit to having ALL of these shown here – for the reasons mentioned & for days when I want to try something different.  You can trust me (I don’t know why you wouldn’t) on this – ALL are Fabulous! 

p.s. I bought the Maybelline because I wanted to find out if it really bounced back – it does.

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