Blue skies are ahead with this water-based primer
Several years ago, when face primers first came on the scene, I was mystified. Initially, I could not even comprehend what they were. Eventually, I discovered that the main purpose of a face primer is to prepare your face for your foundation and other makeup. Primers are typically designed to prolong the overall wear of your makeup and to provide you with a smoother “canvas” for application.
Interesting premise, but I don’t even wear foundation. I figured that primers were a waste of money for me. Of course, I completely changed my tune once I tried my first face primer. They really can transform the appearance of your face even if you only wear minimal makeup.
I quickly realized that even though face primers can be miraculous, they are not all created equal. The trick is to find the right one for your skin type. Needless to say, I have been on the hunt for the perfect primer ever since.
My most recent primer adventure comes courtesy of world renowned Australian makeup artist Napoleon Perdis. He really seems to take his primer quite seriously. He even has a motto, “Not to prime is a crime!” Based on the performance of his primer, I would have to agree. (Me too! Stef and I first got a look at this primer at IMATS Los Angeles and fell in love with its silky, soothing formula ~ Tyna)
According to Napoleon Perdis, their Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer is “Scientifically formulated to allow your makeup to ‘automatically’ glide over the skin and helps to prime and soothe the complexion for a flawless finish”. As a bonus, once everything is in place, this primer helps makeup stay put and last longer.
The Auto Pilot is a smooth primer that’s suitable for all skin types and is filled with good for skin ingredients like anti-free radical chamomile, yarrow and vitamin E. Plus this water based primer provides a non-oily moisture boost that all skin types will appreciate.
I have to say that the Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer ($39) is unlike any other that I had ever tried before. Most primers are silicone-based, while as mentioned earlier, Auto Pilot is water-based. (There’s still one “cone” ingredient, but it’s lower on the list. Plus, other primers sometimes have three or four silicone based ingredients.)
This initially took some getting used to. My makeup did not glide on quite as easily without the slippery silicone. But with practice, and as per the directions, I found that if I applied the primer not too long after my moisturizer, I was still able to have that same ease of application.
The pleasant difference that I found with this water-based primer is that my skin was much clearer, smoother, and less irritated. (I agree! My skin can be splotchy and temperamental when I use primers – not a problem here. ~Tyna). I also believe that without all those slippery silcone ingredients, my makeup lasted longer throughout the day.
I found the lightweight formula feels and looks very natural on the face. And it certainly smoothes the skin and improves the overall performance of your makeup. The presence of Chamomile creates a mild scent that did not bother me and does not seem to linger.
Overall, my makeup was locked into auto-pilot and stayed put for the long haul when applied over the Pre-Foundation Primer. I think this will be fantastic for anyone who’s had problems with silicone based primers and those with sensitive skin.
• Water-based primer is less irritating for sensitive skin
• Formula feels light and natural on the skin
• Great at helping makeup stay in place
• The primer really does help smooth skin texture and improve your complexion
• Did not exasperate my extremely oily complexion
• The difference in texture can be difficult for some to get used to
• The price point is a little high for me (I am a notorious cheapskate. But to be fair, $39 for 1.7 fl oz is not the worst on the market.)
we heartsters and testers – does the smooth formula of the Pre-Foundation Primer keep your makeup in place and on auto-pilot all day too? Let’s talk Napoleon Perdis in the comments!
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skin tone: NC15
skin type: oily and acne prone
favorite beauty product: lip products and face primers