12.02.2014
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Brightening & Tightening Complexion Primer Potion
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1 fl. oz. for $31
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is a good primer that’s essentially a lightweight gel-textured fluid that has some beneficial ingredients. It smoothes on easily and makes skin feel silky, while leaving a slightly tacky finish that dissipates once makeup is applied. The formula goes above and beyond that of most primers by offering skin a plentiful range of antioxidants, water-binding agents, and cell-communicating ingredients, and it’s also fragrance-free. This product is suitable for all skin types, but best for oily skin. Previously known as "Complexion Primer Potion-Brightening".

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Ingredients

Water, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Polyacrylamide, Algae Extract, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Pullulan, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

Urban Decay At-A-Glance

Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier; bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.

From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.

Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.

Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.

For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.

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04.27.2014
Not impressed...

Upon application, my skin was very smooth, although you have to apply it very quickly, as it dries super-fast. However, I found that my foundation sort of sat on top of my skin and looked really greasy after just a few minutes when I used this primer...when I went back to just applying my foundation directly on my skin, my face looked so much better and my foundation sank into my skin and looked natural. When I used this primer, I couldn't wait to wash my face because it looked so oily.

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Susan B.
09.07.2013
Good prep for foundation

I use a different foundation depending on whether it's day, night and how much coverage I need. Regardless of which foundation I use, when I use this primer, the results are better - pores are gone, skin looks smooth and makeup does not look heavy. While primers are an unnecessary step in the process if you use a good serum, sometimes I just like to change things up a little and I will work this into my routine, especially for an evening out.

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Lesley L.
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