I’ve been using the Too Faced Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer for a few months now – I picked it up during the fall Sephora VIB Rouge Sale and I’ve mentioned it in a few posts since then. I’ve never really dedicated a full post to it but, though I really enjoy using it, I wanted to see if I could actually see a difference in my foundation performance. So, during an average work day I decided to use it on only half of my face and photograph it throughout the day. So, let’s find out if it actually made a difference, or if I just convinced myself I was seeing one this whole time!
Some background about my skin, if you’re a longtime follower of Lipstick on the Lake, this is just a repeat message, but my skin definitely airs on the oily side. I tend to wear mattifying products whenever possible to attempt to keep the oil at bay. I usually end up shiny by the end of the day regardless. For this test I wore the L’Oreal Pro-Matte Foundation.
Freshly Applied (8 am)
Mid-Day (12 pm)
End of Day (5 pm)
While both sides of my face ended up shiny, I would say that the side without primer does look slightly more oily. It also shows more signs of foundation break-down. Even freshly applied my makeup appears more smooth on the side with primer so it appears that the foundation not only helped control oil, it also provided a better canvas for the rest of my makeup. Now with that said, my oil definitely isn’t completely controlled (it never is) so I do re-powder my face on a normal day. I didn’t do that for this particular day for the sake of the test.
The Too Faced Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer claims to offer up to 12 hours of shine control. I personally don’t find this to be the case, but, I think it would honestly take a miracle to completely control my shine. It could be worse though, people always tell me I’ll be thankful for the oil later in life. The primer also claims to give a soft-focus to the skin and I think that is why even in the first photo the primer side ends up looking a bit better. It also smells like delicious peaches!
I’d say in this case, at least for my skin, I’m going to continue using this primer as I find it makes a difference. Once I finish this one up, I probably would repurchase it, however I’m also curious to try others.
Do you use primer under your foundation? What’s your go-to for your skin type? Let me know in the comments below!