As a beauty writer, I'm savvy with almost all the makeup tricks in the book. Countless interviews and expert advice have all led me to believe that primer is a non-negotiable if I want long-lasting, flawless skin—which of course I do. But I have a confession: I've always hated primer. Not just because it's another step to add to my already-extensive routine (hey, a no-makeup look takes a lot of makeup), but because I didn't like my skin when I wore one. My foundation seemed flat, uneven, and to be honest, I missed the shine that came through in the afternoon because it made me look dewy. All in all, I was an anti-primer beauty aficionado.
When a bottle of Becca's First Light Priming Filter ($39) landed on my desk one day, naturally, I scoffed and popped it in my "to trial" box, knowing full well that I probably wouldn't. But being on the internet 24/7, I was always exposed to the rave reviews, and it seemed as if everyone was singing praise to this purple liquid. I finally caved and decided to give it a whirl. It turns out, the reviews were right. This primer was different, and I immediately became hooked. It glides over skin, the lavender tones pepped up my sallowness, and my foundation looked dewy and even all day. I'll also go so far as to say that the first day I wore it, a few people commented on the healthy look of my skin. If having radiant skin is your thing, I can't recommend it enough.
Formulated with spring water, prickly pear extract, and ginger, this primer will hydrate, awaken, and color correct tired, dull skin. I like to apply it with my fingers, but a synthetic foundation brush works well, too.
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