It's one extra step, so not exactly "lazy," but promises that you wouldn't have to retouch makeup.
Smashbox and Laura Mercier were the primers I heard the most about. Over the years I have tried both. I wasn't impressed enough to make it a regular part of my beauty routine, but I did use it occasionally for a special event, or when I thought I really needed to look great for a long period of time.
Smashbox's primer is more of a dry gel, while Laura Mercier's primer is more like a thin lotion.
I happen to have a tube of the Oil free Laura Mercier, so I thought I would do a little experiment to see if foundation primer actually made a difference in my makeup throughout the day.
HYPOTHESIS: No. I seriously doubted the primer would work.
CONTROLS: Well, me. Same skin, same week. And the makeup. For this experiment I used the M.A.C. Studio Stick in NW 20, applied with a brush. I told pictures of myself on both days at 9:30am, just after makeup application, and 2:30pm.
I chose mid-day as opposed to end of the day, because there are just too many variables that can affect a day's makeup. Plus, I didn't want to scare anyone with my end-of-day look.(I found out that I love beauty experiments, and hate taking pictures of myself. Any volunteers for future Lazy Beauty guinea pigs? You'll save me some humiliation.)
Here is Day 1, WITH foundation primer:
(What happened to my lipstick? The world may never know.)
Here is Day 2, WITHOUT foundation primer:
(Dear Lord, what happened that day?! I swear picture 2 was taken at 2:30pm and not midnight. Oh well, I'm committed to being open and candid here at Hollywood Housewife.)
Also, the sun makes different colors in my kitchen from morning to mid-day, which is why the pictures appear to be at a different "temperature." But it was consistent for both days, so they're still judge-able.
VERDICT: I'm shocked, but I do think the foundation primer made a slight difference. I think my makeup went on smoother - one of the claims - and the makeup did seem to look a little better in the first set. I'm not sure you can tell from the pictures. Can you?
The number one thing I learned from this experiment: I need different makeup coverage. I don't really like the way it looks in these pictures. I use different types of foundation all the time: Studio Fix powder, as I mentioned, liquid, mineral, I change it up. I have been using the stick foundation the most lately, which is why I chose it for the experiment. But, maybe no more.
You'll learn quite a bit about yourself if you take pictures of your face twice a day. Try it, or don't. Only for the brave, I'd say.
What do you think? Do you use foundation primer? Can you see a difference in the pictures?
(psst...this post was linked up at Your Life, Your Blog)