I never had much use for “primers.” I thought they were for people who wore a boatload of make up, like TV personalities or celebrities. And during the day I figure my sunscreen performs a similar function. But in the evening when I don’t wear sunscreen I feel like my make up needs something to stick to. In the past few years I started using Bare Essentials mineral make up, and if your skin is dry, or freshly cleansed and oil-free, it seems to fall off fairly quickly. But I have oily skin that tends to break out so I detest putting moisturizer on my face, despite the pleas of my aesthetician.
A free sample of The Present was doing the trick and I was considering buying the full size. It works well, although you have to wait a little while for it to dry or your lipstick will bleed into it. It says that in the instructions which of course I didn’t read so I learned the hard way. It also feels a tad heavy on the skin.
Then I tried Velvet Skin Coat last night for the first time. First of all, it earns its name. It literally feels like velvet (not in a Rachel Zoe literal way. In an actual literal way). Second, it dries immediately. And the best part: my make-up went on smoothly and evenly stayed that way all night. I use bronzer on my cheeks, and I have a tough time getting it on without splotches and uneven patches, which sometimes makes me look like I have a skin disease or bruises, which isn’t really what I’m going for. That problem vanished with ast night, and every time I looked in the mirror I was like: yay, even bronzer!
Apparently I’m not the only one: Velvet Skin Coat has 544 reviews and a five-star rating on DHC’s website. It costs $21, perhaps a tad pricey for a half an ounce? The Present is $25 for two ounces. But still: Velvet Skin Coat Wins!
Do you use primer? Let’s discuss in the comments, shall we?