I don’t know about you, but I go hot and cold with using primers. I used to think they were an unnecessary step and just took more time to apply then they were worth. Then after trying some nice ones I changed my tune. Sometime over the winter I got a little lazy and primers (for eyes and face) fell out of favor with me again. Urban Decay primer potion used to be my go-to but the wand application is not my cup of tea (I have older versions) but there were some shadow formulations it didn’t seem to help. I also realize that my oily skin benefits from a nice pre-makeup base. Always in search of the next best thing, I looked to Tarte for a new solution to my primer woes.
The Clean Slate line really intrigued me. There are two face primers- one for more oily skin (Poreless, shown above) and one for more normal/dry (Brightening, not pictured) . The Poreless primer was the obvious choice for me as my issue is really staying matte and smoothing over any larger pores in my T-zone. The thing I *love* about Tarte’s line is that they formulate their products without parabens and sulfates AND they are cruelty free, which means their line is pretty much for everyone.
L-R: Clean Slate Poreless Primer, Clean Slate 360 Creaseless Primer
Both blend out to be clear and create a nice, even canvas with which to start your day and come housed in squeeze tubes (which I love) with cute bamboo caps. Both boast 12 hours of wear time. A lofty claim, indeed. The Poreless primer definitely enhances the wear time of my makeup, no question. I also like the feel it gives to the surface of my skin. It has a silicone texture- but not overly so. It makes applying foundation or tinted moisturizer easier. I was a little disappointed that it didn’t mattify my skin a bit more- though it does help. My blush wear time seems to have improved as well, still noticeably on my cheeks 9+ hours into the wear.
The eye primer, though has impressed me the most. My results? Judge for yourself:
I took this picture about 3 hours into the wear time of my makeup- eyes in perfect condition, no surprise for only 3 hours. But a funny thing happened, when I got home that evening after a looooong day at the office….
I noticed my eye makeup was still *just* as I applied it 11.5 hours in. This was taken at around the 11.5 hour mark with NO touch ups. Nothing, I didn’t add or take away a single thing. I didn’t use any other base and these are just regular MAC eyeshadows. I am blown away by the power of this primer. Even the L’oreal Infallible cream shadows last all day without creasing when used over this primer.
The Clean Slate Poreless primer retails for $30 and the Clean Slate 360 degree Creaseless primer retails for $19. They can be found on Tarte’s website and on Sephora.com. I also found a great little trio of the primers for those that want to try all three before you buy, you can purchase a set of three deluxe samples for $9. What a great idea and massive props to Tarte for giving their customers a chance to sample and find out which ones fit their skin types before committing to a full size.
I can’t say enough about these primers and am so glad they came into my life. How about you, do you skip primer all together? Use it just on your eyes? Dish!