Primer seems to be one of those love or hate products when it comes to the mass market. Some people swear by it and some just can’t be convinced and I have always sat somewhere in the middle. I have a few illuminating primers that I rely on purely for the added glow but I’ve never tried anything with the intention of altering the texture of my skin because I kind of didn’t believe they would work. I’ll admit I also did not want to spend a big chunk of money on a primer that might feel a bit strange or lack any sort of wow factor. So when I heard that Maybelline was releasing a collection of primers I was really excited for the chance to try an affordable option that would help me explore the world of primers.
The Maybelline Master Prime by Facestudio collection comes with three different shades – white for Blur & Smooth, pink for Blur & Illuminate and green for Blur & Redness Control. They are water based, non oily, weightless primers filled with ultra blurring spheres to help achieve that airbrushed flawless finish. The Blur & Smooth primer* is intended to smooth uneven skin texture, blur tone imperfections and cover fine lines. Unlike other primers that boast similar claims the Maybelline offering does not have that sticky silicone texture that I really dislike but yet it still manages to achieve every single thing it mentions. The Master Prime formula is a white creamy lotion that looks and feels like a thin lightweight moisturizer. A tiny amount spreads out evenly, covering the entire face and then absorbs in seconds. It sinks into your skin leaving it smoother, softer and instantly airbrushed without any sort of greasy film or shine.
I find it helps to blur the look of my pores just a bit and to fill the fine lines under my eyes, luckily it is non comedogenic so I don’t have to worry about any clogged pores. It feels lightly hydrating so it does not build up or accentuate any of my dry patches and is super comfortable to wear. Because I have dry skin I do not have any issues with oiliness or shine but with the oil- free formula I wouldn’t think it would be an issue and the hydration is not so obvious that it would cause problems for oily skin. The primer dries with a bit of tackiness that helps your foundation adhere – even on my stubborn nose – and it also extends the wear by binding itself to whatever base you choose. I have tested it under two different liquid foundations and one mineral based makeup and it has helped with the application and longevity for all three.
Overall, I am really impressed by how well the Master Prime Blur & Smooth Primer delivers on all fronts. It does absolutely everything it claims and has made me a believer in the powers of a primer. I am so happy that Maybelline has made affordable options for skeptics like me and I plan to try out the other versions soon. The Maybelline Master Prime by Facestudio Primers retail for $12.99 and are available at your local drugstore.
*product provided for consideration – opinions are honest and my own*