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NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer Review

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NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer

One of the more interesting products that NYX has released in the last year is the Honey Dew Me Up Primer.  Honey Dew Me Up came out at the same time as NYX’s two Skin Elixirs, about six months or so ago.  This is a gel primer infused with honey, gold flecks, and collagen.  (Goldschläger anyone?)  NYX claims that Honey is a natural antiseptic, while the gold flecks increase skin radiance, and collagen strengthens skin.  Here is what NYX has to say: “Inspired by honey’s golden glow, we developed a primer that neutralizes the appearance of discoloration and redness. Our innovative light reflective gold flecks create a luminous look that will help keep your skin looking radiant all day.”  Intrigued?  I was too.

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer

Before I talk about the formula, I want to voice one very large complaint.  The packaging for Honey Dew Me Up is so unbelievably terrible.  The glass jar contains a little more than three quarters of an ounce and has a screw off top with an attached applicator.  The applicator is the real issue.  Honey Dew Me Up has a hard plastic spatula for an applicator that is a horrible choice for the slightly runny formula.  Not only is this one of the most unsanitary methods of application, but it’s just a hug mess.  Though the spatula is a decent size, you have no choice but to smear it on your face or on your fingers to get the primer on, then place it back into the jar.  It’s a breeding ground for bacteria.  I don’t know what NYX was thinking, but this is such a poorly designed product.  Now, let’s talk about the formula.

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer has a slightly runny formula, like watered down honey.  It applies a little goopy, but quickly melts into the skin for a surprisingly lightweight feel.  It leaves my skin feeling kind of sticky until it dries down completely, and I was not the biggest fan of the sensation.  It felt much more like a serum than a primer, to tell the truth.  It sets to a dewy finish that does add some radiance to my skin, but I did not feel as though it helped my foundation apply any smoother or easier.  I saw in the reviews online that many people prefer to use Honey Dew Me Up as a serum instead of a foundation primer for that reason.  Honey Dew Me Up did add some moisture to my skin, probably due to the collagen.  However, I did not notice any improvement with my redness as was promised, nor was there any lasting improvement to my skin overall.  One important thing to note about Honey Dew Me Up is the the second ingredient listed is alcohol, a known skin irritant.  I can not recommend the product as a serum because of the high alcohol content.  The gold flakes don’t help either, though they are largely easy to ignore.  They are sparse, and easy to brush off once the primer dries down.  They look cool in the bottle, but are wholly unnecessary.

All in all, NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer was a bust for me.  I did not see any improvement in the way my foundation applied or in its lasting power when using the primer, and the ingredients are too problematic to consider it for skincare.  The final nail in the coffin is that NYX charges $17 for Honey Dew Me Up.  NYX’s prices have been rising over the last few years (as has every drugstore brand), but they are still considered very affordable.  For almost $20 I expect a lot more than Honey Dew Me Up delivers.  I got my jar of NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer for half off, and even at that price it is not worth it.  Save your money and look elsewhere.  NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer is a major fail in my book.

Battle of the Drugstore Primers, Take 2

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Drugstore Primers, Revlon, e.l.f., NYX, and L'Oreal

Drugstore Primers, Revlon, e.l.f., NYX, and L’Oreal

So way back in 2011 I did a little post entitled Battle of the Drugstore Primers.  My blog was only two months old, and I had a lot to learn.  However, that little post has remained the most popular of all my posts, even years later.  Obviously y’all want the skinny on primers.  So that being said, I wanted to take another crack at it and tackle some new drugstore primers that have come out since then.  Today I have four different primers to review and compare, all of which can be found at the drugstore or Target, and online.  If you are new to this blog and are not sure what a face primer is, a primer is a product that you put on before your foundation.  It is used to smooth out your skin so that you have an even canvas to apply your foundation, similar to priming a wall before you paint it.  Primers also help to extend the wear-time of foundation by creating a barrier that controls oil from breaking down foundation or prevents dry skin from sucking up the moisture in a foundation.  If you have never used a primer, I definitely recommend you try one because it truly makes a huge difference in the appearance and performance of your foundation.

Before we begin, I should tell you a little about my skin type and what I prefer in a primer.  I have dry skin that, in the summertime, becomes a combination of dry/normal.  I never have oil control issues, rarely have products break me out, and do not need a primer to mattify.  My foundation usually lasts pretty well even without a primer.  I do, however often have dry patches and sometimes eczema spots.  My main focus with primers is to even my skin out and fill my ginormous pores (thanks dad).  I’m trying to give myself the smoothest possible canvas.  I usually gravitate to silicone based primers, and my favorite one of all time is the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.  So, now that you understand what I look for in a primer and my particular bias (because we all have them) let’s get into the reviews.

L-R: Revlon Photoready, e.l.f. Mineral Infused, NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving, and L'Oreal Miracle Blur

L-R: Revlon Photoready, e.l.f. Mineral Infused, NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving, and L’Oreal Miracle Blur

I have four primers to talk about today.  I went ahead and swatched a dollop of each primer so that you could see how they look in comparison to each other.  From left to right, we have Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer, e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer, NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer, and L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother.  All four primers, regardless of initial appearance blend out translucent on the skin.  I’ve described each one in detail below, but I wanted you to get a visual reference of all of them next to each other first.

Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer

Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer

Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer comes in a glass jar with a pump style applicator.  The pump flows easily and is controllable to provide just the right amount of primer to cover the face without wasting product.  Revlon claims that the Photoready Color Correcting Primer’s soft lavender color “Brightens skin and neutralizes redness while evening out uneven skin tone.”  This is the only one of the four that I have today that isn’t a silicone primer.  The consistency is more a cross between lotion and liquid foundation.  The formula dries down to a satiny finish that offers a bit of hydration, without getting oily.  I actually really like the formula quite a bit.  It does sort of sit on top of the skin a little, but it feels lightweight and still wears comfortably.  My makeup blends over it very easily and evenly.  You do want to wait a minute for the primer to dry down a little before applying foundation over it, though.  Despite its claims, Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer doesn’t do a great job at color-correcting or brightening, but it does give the skin a lovely soft-focus look.  It absolutely diminishes the look of fine lines and pores.  It even fuzzes out my freckles a bit.  My skin looks younger and more even with Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer.  Revlon also has a “Perfecting” version of this primer which is almost identical.  Though this isn’t my favorite formula, the Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer is a very good option, especially for those who don’t like silicone primers or who break out from them.  I think the formula is unique for the drugstore, and worth checking out.  Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer retails for around $11-$13, regular price, and is 0.91 fl oz.

e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer

e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer

Now onto the silicone based primers, the first of which is the e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer.  In my opinion, the e.l.f. Mineral Primer and the NYX Photo-Loving primer are the most similar.  The main difference is that the e.l.f primer is a little dryer, and a little thinner than NYX.  I really like the silky smooth texture of the e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer.  It is a fragrance-free silicone primer that, for me, does a great job of filling in my pores and smoothing over any dry patches to prep my face for an even foundation application. It blends into my skin easily and has a really quick dry-down time.  There is no blurring or anything like that with the e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer, but that allows for a more natural finish.  It is very similar to the Smashbox Photo Finish.  I’ve tried it under all sorts of foundations and have had great success with it.  The e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer is available in four shades.  E.l.f. has the Clear one that I am showing you today, Tone Adjusting Green, Brightening Lavender, and Radiant Glow.  When they added the three additional shades, e.l.f. thankfully redesigned the pump, because the old one was terrible.  It was a common problem, and e.l.f. needed to change the packaging because half the pumps didn’t work.  Luckily, the redesign works perfectly and that makes the e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer and excellent option.  E.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer retails for $6 full price for 0.49 oz. and can be found at Target or online at eyeslipsface.com.

NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer

NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer

NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer is pretty much a dead-on dupe for Smashbox Photo Finish.  They are nearly identical.  It glides on so smoothly and evenly, and it disappears into nothing on the skin, leaving a perfect, yet undetectable canvas.  If you like silicone primers, this is the one.  There is only one thing that I have to complain about the NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer and it is that the primer separates, so you need to shake it up first before applying.  I have never had this issue with the Smashbox or e.l.f. primers.  The tube clearly states on the back that separation is normal and does not effect the quality of the formula, but it can be annoying and a little wasteful if you forget to shake first.  I don’t really understand how NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer can be so similar to Smashbox Photo Finish, but one separates and the other doesn’t.  Either way, I highly recommend NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer.  It is becoming my number one drugstore primer choice.  If you shop nyxcosmetics.com, you can find the Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer in Clear, Green, and Lavender but Target and Ulta only carry the clear version.  NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer retails for $12-$13 regular price, and is 1 fl oz.

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother

L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother

The final primer I have to review today is the L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother.  Though L’Oreal says that Miracle Blur is more than a primer, with it’s claim to “Instantly erase the look of lines, wrinkles, and pores; Skin instantly looks and feels smooth, leaving a velvet soft matte finish that lasts all day,” it functions as a primer so I’m counting it as such.  L’Oreal Miracle Blur is really thick, so much so that it is tough to squeeze out of the tube.  I don’t like the way it feels at all.  It does not like to blend into my skin, and it pills on me so that it doesn’t go on evenly at all.  It feels heavy and greasy, even on my dry skin, so I can only imagine how it feels for those with oily skin.  The dry-down time is pretty long, but necessary, because if you don’t wait it leaves a slippery canvas that repels makeup.  L’Oreal Miracle Blur doesn’t help out my foundation at all.  I get an uneven application with several different foundations which makes me think that L’Oreal Miracle Blur just doesn’t play well with others.  The formula is simply not made for my skin and looks terrible on me.  The other draw back is the price.  Though you get a lot of product, 1.8 fl oz, L’Oreal Miracle Blur retails anywhere from $20-$25.  It would have been better if L’Oreal had made smaller tubes for less money.  I personally do not recommend L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother because it did not work for me at all.

I hope that this overview of drugstore primers was helpful to you.  To recap, if you like silicone primers like Smashbox Photo Finish, both the NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer and e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer are good options.  I prefer the NYX over the e.l.f., but only slightly.  I would skip the L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother because of the inflated price and difficult formula.  If silicone primers aren’t your thing, Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer is a pretty good drugstore option.  God luck on your hunt, and happy shopping.  Have you tried any of these products, or do you have a drugstore primer that you recommend?  Let us know in the comments below.

Battle of the Drugstore Primers

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Update: Be sure to check out my more recent Battle of the Drugstore Primers here.

This is the battle of the drugstore primers, where we see how some popular foundation primers compare with each other.  The three covered here are all meant to smooth skin and extend the life of your makeup.  I am not choosing to cover color-correcting primers in this post because they are designed to do a completely different thing.  If you have never used a foundation primer, you apply it over your moisturizer and under your foundation and concealer.  A foundation primer is supposed to help your makeup apply more smoothly, and evenly.  It’s also supposed to lengthen the wear time of your foundation so that it looks good all day.  My opinion of these primers is based solely on my experience with them as someone who has dry skin and who likes to use a variety of foundations day to day.  The three primers that I am covering today are: Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer, Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer, and Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer.  Let the battle begin.

Rimmel (L), Hard Candy (C), Revlon (R)

Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer is the consistency of liquid foundation and is a salmon orange color out of the tube.  The color does blend out, though fair skin may still see a peachy tinge.  I do not find this primer very moisturizing, but it does make my skin feel slightly smoother when first applied.  It dries down immediately, so you do not have to wait to apply foundation.  Fix & Perfect is best for normal to oily skin because it leaves a matte, almost powdery finish.  I don’t think that it is a good primer for dry skin at all.  I find that it clings to dry patches, making them even more evident.  The performance of Fix & Perfect varies wildly depending on what foundation I use.  Some foundations apply decently, but many foundations apply unevenly and get “stuck” in some spots (Revlon Colostay, for example).  Again, I believe that if I had oily skin I would have better luck with this primer, but as someone with dry skin, all I can say is that I hate Fix & Perfect.  It smells like baby wipes to me, and makes my makeup look patchy.  It does extend the life of my foundation a little bit, but when it does fade, it fades unevenly.  I know many people really like this primer, so if you have oily skin and don’t mind fragrance, go ahead and check it out for yourself.  I’d love to hear if someone uses it and likes it, but it’s not for me.  I will not repurchase Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer is a milky silicone based primer.  It is prone to separating, so it needs to be shaken well before use.  It is extremely moisturizing and smooth, and literally feels like silk when rubbed between your fingers.  Perhaps it’s a bit too silky.  A little goes a really long way, and it’s easy to use too much.  The primer still feels “wet” even when it’s fully blended and it takes several minutes before it feels like it’s drying down at all.  I love how moisturizing it is, but I feel like it has too much slip.  If I don’t wait for it to dry down completely, my foundation glides too much and doesn’t blend in properly.  However, if I am patient and wait for it to do it’s thing, Sheer Envy is a great primer.  It locks moisture in fantastically, and keeps my foundation looking good for hours.  There is no noticeable scent, which is a blessed relief.  I would warn those with oily skin to be cautious because I could see this primer making the skin feel even more oily and may cause breakouts.  Those with normal to dry skin will probably have better luck.  Another issue is that Hard Candy is exclusive to Walmart, so if you do not live near a Walmart, or think it’s the devil, you are out of luck.  I am not sure if I will repurchase. Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer has substantial pros and cons.  I definitely think it is worth checking out, as long as you are prepared to put up with its’ flaws.

Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer is a clear silicone based gel primer.  This is my favorite of the three.  It feels smooth and silky to the touch, without too much slip.  It dries down faster than the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer, so I don’t feel like I have to wait on my primer before I can continue on with my routine.  I feel that it locks in moisture without making my face oily or too wet for foundation.  My foundation glides on easily and blends like a dream.  Revlon’s primer definitely extends the life of my foundation and if it does fade, it fades much more evenly than it otherwise would.  It works equally well under a variety of foundations.  The only complaint I have is that it does have a strong scent.  I personally like the scent, but it would be better without it because it can smell a bit perfume-y.  I do think that those with oily skin should proceed with caution since this primer is so moisture locking.  It’s fantastic for normal to dry skin, though.  I will absolutely repurchase Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer when I run out.

I hope this post helps you if you are wondering what drugstore primer to try.  For me, the winner is Revlon Beyond Natural, but Hard Candy Sheer Envy is also pretty good.  The best part is that all three of these primers are available for under ten dollars, which is wonderful.

Speed Read: Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer is my favorite foundation primer and wins the battle of the drugstore primers, IMO.

Best for: Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer is best for normal to dry skin.

Keep walking: Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer was an epic fail for me.  Those with dry skin will want to stay away.