Kiko Mat Base Corrector Primer – Review

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I have an extremely oily t-zone which up until a few weeks ago I’d just given up with. My oiliness is so bad that even when wearing my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (anyone who wears this knows how drying the formula is) AND powdering it within an inch of my life, it still gets oily by lunchtime.

I’ve never had any luck with mattifying primers in the past with them either just not working or breaking me out. I do love my Hourglass mineral veil primer for special occasions, but in terms of oil control it does nothing for me. I’d been recommended the Mat Base Corrector primer numerous times over the last year and decided to finally drag myself to Kiko to purchase it. At £8.90 for a 25ml tube it’s extremely affordable so I was really excited at the prospect of being oil free on a budget!

I tested this product on and off for around 3 weeks to be able to give a full, honest review.

Packaging: I really like the packaging for this product. It’s an opaque tube with a very small opening that makes it easy to dispense the correct amount of product. There is no air and light exposure making the formula stable.

Formula: The formula for this primer looks promising for oily skin. It’s water based and doesn’t contain any silicone which has been known to break out blemish prone skin. There are a number of oil controlling actives such as the oily absorbing clay magnesium aluminum silicate, propylene glycol and Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract. It also contains antimicrobial ingredients to prevent break-outs such as phenoxyethanol, butylene glycol and oleanolic acid. It doesn’t contain any fragrance or colourant. Unfortunately I’m not a big fan of alcohol in formulas but considering I only wear foundation two or three days a week I’m okay with using a primer with alcohol in it.

Application: This product comes out as a thick clear gel, when I apply it on my skin it doesn’t glide on and leaves a bit of a tacky finish. I find that I have to spend more time applying foundation on top of this primer as it does make foundation drag and catch.Once the product is on my skin looks completely matte and doesn’t look cakey.

Longevity: By the end of my 12 hour day I’d say my skin is around 50% less shiny compared to using foundation alone and remains oil-free for up to 8 hours. There is no oiliness around my cheeks but there is still some shine on my nose and especially above my eyebrows. I didn’t experience any breakouts when using this product either which is great.

Overall I’m quite pleased with this primer, it’s pretty good for everyday use when it’s not too hot or humid outside and keeps my oil at bay for a maximum 8 hours in the T-zone. I don’t think it’ll hold up in the heat of the Summer for my skin personally so the search continues for a really strong oil controlling primer.

Have you tried this primer before? What were your thoughts? Do you have any recommendations for me? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF 15 – Review

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I’ll just put it out there, I don’t like primers. It first started when I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer around 6 years ago and experienced one of the worst breakouts of my life. Around a year ago I decided to try the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser and again it made me break out a little but what’s worse is that it actually increased my oiliness.

Whilst doing some research I stumbled across the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF 15 and on a whim decided to give it a go, as I quite liked the look of the ingredients. Take from the SpaceNK website, Mineral Veil Primer is:

“A mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that creates an impossibly smooth canvas and seamless look. Veil eliminates redness, minimizes pore size, softens fine lines and creates a uniform canvas for a flawless makeup application. This clean, satin-finish formula helps keep makeup looking fresh and prevents fading, while SPF 15 shields the skin from the sun.”

A teeny, tiny 10ml bottle of this primer costs a whopping £20.00 and can be bought in the UK from SpaceNK or John Lewis.

Packaging: This primer comes in a frosted glass bottle with a pump. A great delivery system for a primer and hygienic too.

Formula: I really like the formula for this primer. It contains mostly silicones to give it the slippery texture but also contains mineral sunscreen. What I like about this primer is that is doesn’t feel oily when applied to the skin and it dries to a matte powdery finish.

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Application: The pump dispenses a small amount of white cream which is the perfect amount for the whole face. When applied I can see the redness disappear immediately and the texture of my skin is left looking really smooth. In fact I would feel completely okay wearing this alone without foundation.

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I chose to test this under the DiorSkin Airflash Foundation. After the primer set I applied this foundation using a stippling brush. This primer made my foundation look ridiculously smooth and flawless whilst maintaining the dewiness of the product.

Longevity: When I look at all the claims this product makes it indeed meets all the requirements. It reduces redness, minimizes pore size, softens fine lines for a smooth canvas, prevents fading of make-up. The only downfall was that it doesn’t control oil, but then again it didn’t claim to. I have an extremely oily T-zone and whilst this did help a bit it only kept the oiliness at bay for say around 2 more hours than usual. I also found that my make-up faded less when this was on my skin. I also used this product several times and experienced no skin reactions.

Below is a raw unedited picture of me wearing Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer under Estee Lauder Double Wear and MAC Studio Sculpt combined. I’ve found this primer works amazingly well under these foundations in particular and works really well with my combination- oily skin. I think you’ll agree it has made my skin appear really smooth and flawless.

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So has my opinion on primers changed? Yes actually, I’d say so. I’m rather impressed with this primer but at that very expensive price tag it isn’t something that I personally can afford to use every day.  If you’re someone who loves high end products and wants a primer to give a perfect, smooth canvas with the added benefit of SPF then this is a really good choice. For me personally this is good for when I want my make-up to stay flawless for around 6 hours, or during the cooler months. If you’re specifically looking for oil control then perhaps you should look elsewhere.

Jay x

ELF Cosmetics Haul/ Swatches/ Review

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ELF is one of my favourite make-up brands because they do great cosmetics for cheap prices. They also do a lot of dupes of high end brands. I did a little haul for some of their products which I will review and swatch for you.

The first product is the High Definition Powder which retails for £6.95. They come in three colours but I went for Translucent option. This is a dupe for the MUFE HD Powder. HD Powders are really finely milled white powders which you use at the end of your make-up routine to remove shine from your face. This HD powder blurs your skin to make it look airbrushed. The powder also makes skin completely matte which is brilliant because my T-zone can get super oily. I would recommend this with for anyone who hasn’t had much luck with normal pressed powders because this really keeps shine at bay. One thing to note is to apply this very lightly and blend the product out because you don’t want to be left with a white cast.

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Left up- Packaging with powder puff. Left down- Close up of HD powder. Middle- Hand with facial oil. Right- Hand after HD powder is applied (all shine gone!)

Next I bought the ELF Blush in Twinkle Pink (£3.95) which is a dupe for Nars Super Orgasm. This is a light pink pressed powder blush with flecks of glitter in it. I use is as a highlight because the colour is a bit too light for my skintone to be used as a blush. This blush is really lightweight and blends out nicely but unfortunately I’m not a big fan of this colour because it’s a bit too glittery for me.

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L-R: With flash, without flash

I also bought two of the Baked Blushes for £3.95. One is Rich Rose which is a coral brown colour, perfect for bronzing and Peachy Cheeky which is a light peach colour. I LOVE these blushes. They give the skin a pearl finish and they look really expensive. You can wear them alone, or layer on top of other product as a bronzer or highlighter. I use the Blush Brush from Elf (£3.95- pictured at the top of the post) to blend this blush.

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Peachy Cheeky: left with flash, right without flash
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Rich Rose: Left with flash, right without flash

I bought ELF Mineral Blush in Peachy (£5.95). The mineral blush is free from parabens, dyes and preservatives. Peachy is a deep peach colour which blends to a dewy finish. It has a slight shimmer to it which gives the skin a glow.

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L-R With flash, without flash

I bought two HD Blushes in Diva and Encore (£4.50 each). Both are hot pink blushes but Encore is slightly darker with a purple undertone. They are a dupes for MUFE HD Blushes. This blush comes in a pump which actually dispenses more product that you need, because a little goes a loooooong way. It is a mousse-cream which blends to a dewy soft finish. Once the HD Blush has been blended it looks just like my natural skin which I love.

I do find this blush quite difficult to blend with my fingers so I use the Studio Stipple Brush (£3.95 pictured at the top of the post) also from ELF to blend the product. This brush is a super soft synthetic brush and has two layers of bristle to give the skin an airbrush finish.

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Left swatch: Diva. Right swatch: Encore. Left picture with flash. Right picture without flash.

Finally I bought one of the Baked Eyeshadows in Burnt Plum (£3.95). This colour is so beautiful, it’s a deep warm toned purple eyeshadow and can be used dry or wet. To really make the eyeshadow colour pop and last I use the Eyelid Primer in the colour Sheer (£1.95) which works amazingly well for its price.

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Burnt Plum Baked Eyeshadow. Left with flash, right without flash
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Which ELF products do you love? Let me know in the comments sections 🙂

Jay x