Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer
1 fl. oz. for $23
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This, lightweight, absorbent primer sets to a matte finish that does a good job of keeping oily shine in check. How long the effect lasts depends on what you apply before this primer, the foundation you apply after, and, in general, how oily your skin is. Those with slightly oily skin will find this works beautifully while those with very oily skin may see an hour or two of shine-free skin. The formula is fragrance-free and much gentler than the previous version.


Put an end to midday shininess. Designed for oily, sensitive, and problem-prone skin, our Prime Time Oil Control is clinically proven to control excess shine. Apply this silicone- and oil-free primer prior to your bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation for evenly textured, shine-free coverage all day.


Water (Aqua/Eau), Silica, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Sclerotium Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Calcium Silicate, Dimethicone, VP/VA Copolymer, Amodimethicone, Zinc PCA, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.

The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of—yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn’t your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).

Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.

Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.

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