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Anyways, long story short. Thanks to those who have responded to my last post and also been comforting me! (I really appreciate all your kind words!) It's been a hella long long time since I last blogged and... I've had this post sitting in my drafts for a while and thought, since I could squeeze in a bit of time today - why not?! :D
Anyways! I've found love with Illamasqua's Satin Primer after searching for a good primer. This was lovingly gifted from my beloved cousin! (So, Thanks Mel! - You're awesome!)
First things first, It's not the first time I've tried this primer. I actually purchased this primer on Boxing Day last year but I had to return the primer back since it was expired (more mentioned in this last post here) but nevertheless, Mel purchased this primer as a surprise (knowing that I needed a new primer) and I've finally have a new fresh (and one that is not expired!) Illamasqua primer to use!!! :D Yay!
Illamasqua's Satin Primer applies on so smoothly and also has a nice velvety watery touch which creates this soft canvas for my face - all prepped and ready for foundation. Recently, I've purchased Illamasqua's Skin Base Foundation and I have to say that together with the Satin Primer - it works wonders! Let alone, the Skin Base foundation makes my face looks heaps flawless! (Note that I'll probably blog about this foundation later!)
You don't need a large amount of primer, probably a pea size to a pea size and a half is enough to cover your entire face. The texture of the primer is watery and smooth so, that being said - a little goes a long way.
So far I have not experienced any breakouts and also my foundation stays on significantly much longer (compared to the other primers I've used) I could go a whole 8 hours and my foundation and face will still look somewhat fresh.
What I also like about this primer is that it contains UVA and UVB filters to protect yourself from the harsh sun. Not to mention, it does not contain any parabens or silicone. (Which I noticed when I was using the Smashbox primer - which made me breakout).
I've taken photos with this primer underneath and I don't get that reflective ghostly look. I'm not sure if it's because this does not contain SPF's or because the UVA and UVB filters act as different agent in this primer... but so far so good. (Let me know if you could clarify something about this!)
In the past I found that the other primers that I've used: Smashbox, Face of Australia, Natio & Benefit - just to name a few, didn't work as well and I didn't really see a difference.
Just so you know, Illamasqua's primers come in a Satin & Matte Finish. I chose Satin because I find that the finish suits my oily skin better and I like the dewy finish as opposed to the Matte finish which didn't really give my face any dimension.
Coming at $35AU for 30mls I'm highly sceptical about repurchasing it despite how awesomely in love I am with it. I think if it was probably significantly cheaper I would stock up on it! But... seeing that it's my favourite primer, I think I'll fork out some cash for this beauty.
Anyways, that sums up my review on the Illamasqua Satin Primer. Hopefully I can have some posts up soon to keep you guys occupied. I know it's been a while since I did a review, so I try and keep you guys posted. Any specific requests and also any enquiries feel free to pop a message on my Facebook page. I know I haven't been active on there but I do check whenever I get a notification!
*Disclaimer: This product has been kindly gifted to me by my cousin.