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bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer
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1 fl. oz. for $23
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

bareVitamins Prime Time is a standard, silicone-based, waterless primer. Like others cut from the same cloth, it makes skin feel very silky and can improve foundation application. However, many lightweight moisturizers do this too, and supply skin with more of what it needs to look and feel its best. This product contains vitamin-based antioxidants in stable packaging, and that makes it a step above some other primers, though it’s not a must-have if you’re already using a silicone-enhanced moisturizer pre-makeup.

Claims

Prepare your skin for the most amazing foundation with this preservative-free foundation primer that's great for all skin types. Developed to combat flaky dryness, rough patches, fine lines, excess oil, enlarged pores, and uneven texture, this mineral-infused, satin-finish formula glides on seamlessly with no tacky feel to provide a skin-smoothing complexion prior foundation application.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Silica, Magnesium Silicate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract

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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09.07.2013
Works well, beware the pump!

Smooth, solid primer that makeup just glides over and gives a lasting finish. My only complaint is the pump dispenser. Since the product is primarily silicone, it does not come out of the pump when the level gets low. I have to unscrew the pump to get the product out when it nears the end. A little goes a long way but pricey for the amount, especially with the pump delivery system. Would be better left in the tube like it comes in when you buy the getting started kit.

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