While I started using eyeshadow primer a long time ago, a face primer is something that I didn’t systematically incorporate into my routine until relatively recently. I just didn’t see the point. Sure, my T-zone is on the oilier side, but foundation never slides off my face, so why bother?
I’m going to use the new Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer as an example to tell you why you most probably should take this extra step!
Clinique launched their Superprimer line recently (among which Universal Face Primer, Colour Corrects Discolourations, and Colour Corrects Dullness are available in Belgium. 30ml/1 oz. RRP: 27,50 euros). I received the clear one, Universal Face Primer to try. From what I can see, this is the only one in the line-up that has water (instead of cyclopentasiloxane) as the first ingredient. This gives it a lighter and runnier consistency, like a light lotion. Like other Clinique products, the primer is unscented.
The claims seem simple (creating an ideal makeup canvas, smoothing skin’s texture, prepping for makeup application and wear) compared with the tinted versions in the line-up, but it keeps its promises!
Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer squeezed out:
You really only need a tiny bit of this for the job, and the consistency makes it easy to spread. The skin becomes smoother, and the pores seem less obvious. Even when my skin is a little blotchy-looking (the joy of PMS), putting this primer on instantly smooths my skin out and makes it look less irritated. Since it’s water-based, it feels much lighter than a silicone-based primer. The foundation glides on much more easily afterwards, and it stays intact for longer. It is not a primer that claims to control oil, but get this: since it blurs my pores, it does to a certain extent delay the look of shine for several hours (I did a half face primerless/half face with primer test).
Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer slightly smoothed out so you can see the texture. It is ever-so-slightly light-reflecting (it contains a little bit of mica), but you don’t really see this once it is blended into the skin.
Besides doing what a primer should do really well, Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer actually packs a good dose of antioxidants. My sample came without a box, and so far the only ingredient list I have been able to find online is here. I suffer from allergies all year round (long story short: I developed allergies to animal fur 5 years into my cat lady career. Antihistamine pills are my best friends, but they don’t completely eliminate the morning sneezing), so the skin around my nose tends to be very fragile. Sometimes, putting a primer or foundation on stings a little.
Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer never stings my fragile skin. Instead, it manages to calm my skin down or at least instantly makes it look like nothing is wrong! After I have removed my makeup at the end of the day, I can also see that my skin has stayed pretty happy (hydrated, plump, and calm) underneath this primer. In fact, I think it is quite comparable to my beloved Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer!
Bottom line: If you have never tried a foundation primer or haven’t quite found one you like, definitely take Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer into consideration! It has a light texture and does everything a primer is supposed to do. What’s more, it works well for the sensitive areas on my face, and it keeps my skin plump and calm!
What is your favorite primer, or do you skip it? I often hear people say that they can’t be bothered to go through an extra step, but a good primer makes foundation application easier, and you will be grateful at the end of the day!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx