Tested on animals:No
Primers have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years, even though most of them aren't easily distinguished from regular lightweight facial moisturizers. That's essentially what Prep Step Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Mineral Shield Daily Prep Lotion is: A good, lightweight moisturizer that has a lot of positive aspects.
This fragrance-free lotion is housed in a squeeze tube with a needle-nose applicator, and that's a good thing because this formula is very fluid! It appears white, but you'll notice "micro-capsules" (pigment capsules) in it that almost give it the appearance of a scrub.
The fluid texture is lightweight and easy to spread, and, though initially a bit shiny, it quickly dries to a satin finish.
One of the best aspects of this product is that it provides broad-spectrum sun protection with a mineral-only sunscreen formula, meaning it's an option for those with temperamental skin. Mineral-only sunscreens tend to leave a white cast, but the aforementioned "micro-capsules" help counteract the whiteness.
As for the antioxidants called out in the claims, BareMinerals included only a couple, but nothing too impressive or worth forgoing your antioxidant-rich serum each morning.
As advertised, this does make skin appear smoother on its own, and it does aid help foundation go on more easily. It also can increase the wear time of your foundation, depending on your skin type.
This formula is lightweight enough to be a good option for combination skin, yet still hydrating enough that it works for normal to dry skin. Those with very dry skin might find they'll prefer a bit more moisture, while those with more oily skin will likely prefer something more mattifying.
Overall, this is a great primer/moisturizer option, particularly if you're looking for a mineral-only sunscreen that won't make you look chalky, which we think is a great idea!
Note: It's best to shake this product before applying, as it tends to separate if left sitting for a while.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection with a mineral-only formula.
- The included pigments lead to a nearly invisible white cast.
- Makes skin appear smoother.
- Works well as a foundation primer.
- Fragrance free.
- A ho-hum mix of antioxidants.