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I’M SO SENSITIVE Soothing Face Primer
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1.7 fl. oz. for $32
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This fragrance-free foundation primer is more akin to a lightweight moisturizer than to what one might expect from a primer. For one thing, it's water-based, just like many face lotions, and slightly runny (Tip: Shake the tube before applying!). While this primer doesn't have any ingredients that will irritate sensitive skin, it doesn't have high enough amounts of the antioxidants and anti-irritant ingredients needed to really help sensitive skin—at least not beyond what many moisturizers can do.

All things considered, this primer is a good, non-irritating option, but it doesn't replace good skin care. There are other non-irritating foundation primers available for less money—on that note, there are other lightweight moisturizers for sensitive skin that could easily replace this product, and that cost less.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Non-irritating.
Cons:
  • Overpriced for what you're getting.
  • Doesn't set itself apart as a primer; this looks and feels like a lightweight moisturizer.
Claims
Ingredients

Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate , Propanediol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Stearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sucrose Stearate, Sucrose Distearate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Alpha-Arbutin, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Flower Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract.

Brand Overview

Lorac At-A-Glance

Strengths: Mostly great foundations in a neutral shade range; beautiful pressed powder and bronzing powder; several super blush and lipstick options; one superior lip gloss; awesome collection of shimmer products.

Weaknesses: Limited, average skin-care options; average to problematic concealers; unimpressive eyelining and brow-enhancing options; the Lotsa Lip products; the mascaras are a mixed bag with mostly disappointing results; no brushes.

This Los Angeles–based independent cosmetics company launched in 1990 and is the brainchild of makeup artist Carol Shaw (Lorac is "Carol" spelled backwards). It is well-publicized that Shaw has a long list of celebrity clients, but then so do all of the other makeup artists who have their own products lines—there are a lot of famous faces that need attention—so that boast is hardly unique. Compared to competitors Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, or Stila, Lorac doesn't offer the same caliber of foundation colors or the array of products, yet most of what's available is impressive. The company holds its own when it comes to blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick. You will find that, for the most part, the older, established products perform better and are more attractive than many of Shaw's latest inventions. In particular, the latest lipstick, lip gloss, concealer, and waterproof mascara are true disappointments. Lorac hasn't done a great job on the innovation and performance side of the business since the last edition of this book, while her competition (particularly Stila and Laura Mercier) continues to consistently impress. There are still plenty of reasons to shop this line, but focus on the long-standing products rather than on what's new.

For more information about Lorac, call (800) 845-0705 or visit www.loraccosmetics.com.

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