Thursday, September 9, 2010

Revlon Beyond Natural smoothing primer

A couple months ago I had a sample of Tarte's Clean Slate. I loved it. I cannot afford the $30 price tag. I weep. I go in search of a drug store primer. I am looking for a primer that: moisturizes, controls oil and helps smooth fine lines.

The first one I come across is Revlon Beyond Natural smoothing primer. This is what it claims:
Evens skin for a smooth, virtually poreless appearance and creates a smooth base for lasting foundation.

-Lightweight, gel-like formula fills in pores and lines
-Clean, fresh fragrance refreshes your senses.

Really, they don't claim a lot. The tube doesn't have any ingredients listed, which is a little peeve of mine. After looking (and I will mention I couldn't find them on Revlon's site) it seems to have a fair bit of fruity extracts in it:
Trisiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, PEG/PPG 19/19 Dimethicone, Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Alcohol Denatured, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract (Watermelon), Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Apple), Persea Gratissima Fruit Extract (Avocado), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Polyacrylatedimethyl Taurate, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces Silicone.
Now for it's two claims:
Lightweight gel like formula, fills pores and lines: alright, it is a lightweight gel but as for filling lines and such, it does nothing. I don't notice any difference in the appearance of my skin when I apply this. None. I can feel a very slight difference. My skin is a very slight bit greasy, not smooth, but that is about it. After a little while (I usually apply at the start of my makeup to let it set in for a few minutes) it doesn't really feel like anything.

Clean fresh fragrance: why is this a plus point? I know a lot of things we use on our faces have fragrance but as a selling point? And it smells floral, not pleasant to me.

Does it work? I've used this a couple of times and it didn't seem to help my foundation last any longer or control oil. As I already mentioned, it doesn't smooth very well. My foundation doesn't go on any nicer. So really, I have to say no. The one plus to this is it helps my dry skin out a little but this can be better accomplished with a moisturizer.
This sells at most drug stores and walmart, and for $10-12.
Conclusion, skip it.


Justine @ Productrater said...

I use this and like it because I have dry skin and it helps my foundation go on smoother.

swellmel said...

I tried this too as a cheaper alternative to the more pricey primers and had pretty much the same experience. :\

l0verlada said...

@Justine- I have really dry skin and this didn't help me at all :( I find moisturizing before or mixing some moisturizer in with my foundation helps though.

@swellmel- I found one I quite like from drugstore but I can't remember the brand- I will make a review on it soon though!

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