It took me a while to realize how much I needed a face primer. Until the end of last summer, I was without one. My FOTDs suffered: no matter how much I buffed my foundation, it did not look the same without a primer. On film, the foundation just looked bad and lumpy, as if I did not do a good job applying it. But noooo! I buffed and buffed and blended and blended but still, it did not look fine.
The Vietnamese market is still a skincare-centric place and it took me a while to find a foundation primer. The irony? It is not even marketed as a foundation primer but as an oil control gel. Since I tried a couple of products from Mentholatum before, I trusted its quality and got this Mentholatum Acnes Oil Solution.
|Mentholatum Acnes Oil Solution (30ml)|
|I love the simple, yet cute packaging|
|The gel is white and slightly scented with a touch of menthol once applied to the skin|
Anyways, I digressed. Let's go back to Mentholatum Acnes Oil Solution, shall we? Please take a look at the two pictures below:
|This one has my bare skin without anything. It looks a little bit rough and you can see a tad of discoloration at the center|
A tiny bit of Acnes Oil Solution on the skin. Does it look smoother? Also, do you notice the lack of discoloration as well? Again, no foundation applied whatsoever besides the oil control gel.
As far as non-comedogenic goes, I only use it once in a while to notice if any zits sprouting up because of this. However, I do remove my makeup and wash my face well to avoid zits and my skin has been behaving well lately. As far as the price goes, this costs me around $2.50 USD, which probably is the cheapest foundation primer I have ever own. The only gripe I have is the packaging: I would prefer a tube or a dispenser type bottle rather than a jar. However, recently I went shopping and noticed they did not have this product anymore. Instead, I saw a tube that labeled "foundation primer" which costs twice the price. It is probably the same thing but housed in a better container.
How about you? Do you use a foundation primer? If you do, what is the brand and do you like it?
With love from your makeup loving friend,
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