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Primed & Ready Face Primer
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0.65 fl. oz. for $11.50
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:04.09.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Unknown
Review Overview

This silicone-based primer has the requisite silky texture that glides over skin, setting to a very smooth, nearly weightless finish. It contains the mineral pigment mica for a touch of shine, so despite the fact that this primer’s texture is best for oily to combination skin, the shine can emphasize oily areas.

The formula includes salicylic acid, but its pH (and the low amount used) means it cannot function as an exfoliant. One more formulary comment is the inclusion of ivy extract, a plant with irritant potential. The amount is unlikely to be a problem, but this wouldn’t be a primer we’d suggest for someone with sensitive skin.

On balance, there are serums whose formulas provide a primer-like benefit while also adding a good helping of anti-aging or pore-refining ingredients. Primed & Ready Face Primer is a decent option, but if you’re willing to spend a little more, you can get a more multi-purpose product that helps ensure makeup goes on smoothly and holds up well.

Claims

Designed to minimize the appearance of ?ne lines and pores. Infused with Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and bio?avonoids, to provide soothing anti-oxidant bene?ts. Creates an optical veil of smoothness, and shine-control bene?ts.Wear alone, or apply before pressed powder or foundation for a flawless finish.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Dimethiconol, Salicylic Acid, Bioflavonoids, Hedra Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 80. May Contain [+/-]: Mica CI 77019, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891

Brand Overview

Prestige Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; some winning products in almost every category, including foundation, concealer, powder, blush, and eyeshadow (the singles); great liquid eyeliner; excellent automatic lip liner.

Weaknesses: Many so-so lip products and eye pencils; average mascara; uneven and incomplete distribution of products, even in the same city (which is very frustrating); the makeup brushes are almost impossible to find (and as such were not re-reviewed for this book).

Prestige is a bold name for a cosmetics line that is sold in mass-market outlets and drugstores at prices that any self-respecting makeup snob would scoff at. Yet that would be a mistake, because there are some undeniably good products, especially pencils, powders, and eyeshadow. The quality of these items often exceeds the reasonable price, and is a prime example of a case where expensive does not equate with being better.

Keeping in step with its name, much of the packaging in this line is sleek and functional. All of the compacts are one-piece units (meaning no caps to twist off or fumble with) and the compact foundations include handy mirrors and sponges. Weak points to ignore or consider carefully include the liquid foundation with sunscreen, the eyeshadow duos and quads, and the lipstick, which has taken a turn for the worse since its last review.

You may still find some Prestige makeup brushes available, but these were not reviewed because their availability is haphazard and the company no longer promotes them on their Web site or in their catalog. In fact, "haphazard" is a good way to describe how this Florida-based line is distributed. Found in most major drugstores, the mix of products tends to vary greatly. For example, we had to visit seven locations in the Seattle area just to find everything listed in the Prestige catalog—and this isn't an overwhelming line. It's impressive that there are over 60 eyeshadows and 70 lipstick shades available, but you'll be lucky to find a fraction of that in any single store. The only consistently available items (and all shades were available) were the eye and lip pencils. However, if you don't insist on seeing everything Prestige offers in one place, there is every reason to pursue some essential beauty purchases with them.

For more information about Prestige Cosmetics, call (800) 722-7488 or visit www.prestigecosmetics.com.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


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