I got a sample of this foundation primer with my last Sephora order and kept forgetting to try it! I finally got around to using it today. Here’s what Sephora has to say about the product:
What it is:
A lightweight, water-based face primer that hydrates, smoothes, and protects skin while it reduces the appearance of pores—creating the perfect canvas for long-wear foundation application.
What it does:
Get locked-in hydration, locked-up comfort with this fast-absorbing, water-based primer. It’s the ultimate prep step that hydrates, protects skin, and smooths the appearance of pores for flawless makeup application. This innovative, lightweight formula is formulated with advanced polymers that help even out the skin’s surface while it provides a flexible, protective barrier to prevent foundation from settling into fine lines and pores. Scentless, colorless, and weightless, it delivers essential hydration and its infused with vitamin B5, aloe vera, jojoba, and shea to bring nourishment to the skin’s surface, leaving it feeling refreshed and comfortable all day—even underneath long-wear, full-coverage foundation.
I sort of had a feeling this product was not going to be for me, but I wanted to give it a shot. I felt like maybe this was going to be more suited to normal to dry skin types and I am more normal to combination. This is a water based primer, but I was not prepared for it to feel like…well, it just feels like lotion. Just plain old straight up…lotion. Like lightweight plain old buy-it-at-the-drugstore lotion. I guess I’m not used to primers that don’t feel…primer-y. Like, oil controlling, or siliconey with some slip, or something. I was putting this product on and kind of not seeing the point? It didn’t really blur pores or minimize fine lines or anything like that. It definitely felt hydrating, which is nice, but I get properties like that from my skincare, which I always use before I use a primer. I suppose if you are extra dry and need that little boost of moisture, this could be great. But, this is an extra step for $32.00, and as far as actual foundation priming, I didn’t see it doing much. It did give a dewy look to the skin, which can be nice. In my case, in the summer, I need something that will control oil and fill pores, so this product isn’t right for me in the first place. If you’re very dry and like a dewy look to the skin, you may love this. I would definitely get a sample first! I for sure was shiny in the t-zone in no time and I had to powder my face more often throughout the day than I do with my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. Like I said, I’m not really the target audience for the Kat Von D Lock-It Featherweight Primer, so give it a shot if you’re looking for a water based primer for dry skin. (Note, this is water based but it does contain dimethicone halfway down the list, so it is not totally free of silicone based ingredients.)
What’s your favorite primer? Do you even use one? Sometimes I skip it altogether, but lately I’ve been switching between the Smashbox one (thanks, Ipsy) and NYX Photo Loving Primer (the two are very similar).