If truth be told, make-up primers aren’t really something I’m overly familiar with. In fact, if we’re going to be reeeeeally honest I’ve seemingly never felt the need for them. After all, isn’t spending £’s per month on fancy foundations enough to keep up with let alone shelves full of lotions and potions to keep everything bump free, oil free, dry patch free and from prematurely sliding off our faces?
I feel like recently my bathroom shelves are buckling at their fixtures. This time a few years ago, all that sat there was a half empty pack of baby wipes and a few dusty face masks *tut tut* yet once I thrust myself full force into beauty blogging suddenly a whole world of creams (and such like) are gathering like a miniature bottled army, ready for battle whatever skin care dilemma may commence.
However, as much as I’m now fully immersed in broadening my choice of pore-pampering products, I’ll be the first to admit that skincare isn’t my area of expertise. On the contrary I’m an eye shadow girl through & through… ask me anything about my beloved Naked Palette’s or virtually any drug store shadow brand & I’ll chatter until my jaw drops off. Skin care on the other hand leaves me feeling lost in a waste land of trying to decipher strange words such as ‘oxygenating’, ‘peptide’ and ‘ceramide’. Is it any wonder I recoil in fear of what concoctions I’m readily smearing over my skin twice daily – hence why as a bit of a novice in this department I tend to linger amongst brands I’m pretty familiar with. For me, Olay happens to be one of those brands. The fact that I’ve successfully tried and tested so many of their products (all with very positive outcomes I may add) tends to leave me feeling nestled in a little comfort zone in the knowledge that I’ve bought something that most likely won’t screw things up… I know exactly what it’s for and what I need to do with it!
Of course for me (someone who likes to keep things quick & simple) anytime I spot a 2 n 1 product it never fails to peek my interest levels – I’m visualising half the time to do something resulting in more time to drink tea and read blogs = very awesome result. Hence why a few weeks ago, whilst I was
battling my way browsing through the boxing day sales at a local Boots Superstore, I spotted the Olay 2 in 1 Hydration + Primer. Scanning my eyes over the pretty little box I soon discovered that not only is this wonder potion a moisturiser, but also a make up primer too. Hallelujah!
At £9.99 it’s exceptionally well priced for a moisturiser & make-up primer all rolled into one. Of course not forgetting that it’s Anti-Wrinkle whilst claiming to ‘Firm & Lift’…. I had visions of me waking up looking 16 again! Okay, so admittedly that hasn’t happened (well, at least not yet) but for the price it’s turned out to be a pretty nifty little addition to my make-up routine…
The consistency is similar to a standard moisturiser when dispensed from the pump-action bottle – it’s white, and looks suspiciously just like any other facial cream. However on rubbing it gently into my face I notice that it absorbs into the skin incredibly quickly, without any oily type residue at all. My face feels more hydrated & moisturised, yet not greasy or slippy in texture.
I usually apply this right before my foundation, so thankfully on week-day mornings (when I’m clock watching to get out the door) it really doesn’t add any extra time into my routine. If anything, it reduces time simply because my previous day moisturiser had to be massaged in a little longer to avoid playing havoc with my foundation.
Yes, I’ve tried primers before (including Benefits Porefessional) with results that have seemingly confused me – not because it’s a bad product but simply because I’m not really finding any additional benefits for such an investment. However Olay 2 in 1 Primer noticeably leaves my skin feeling prepped, hydrated and ready for the day ahead!
Will it remain a staple in my make-up routine? Absolutely, particularly considering that it seems to be working rather well in discretely smoothing out my imperfections without leaving my skin feeling like the Gobi dessert mid afternoon… unlike a few other primers I’ve had the misfortune of testing. Most importantly, my make-up seems to be looking fresher throughout the day. It’s retaining that nice dewiness that seems to suggest freshly applied foundation. Okay it may not be the most lavish product on the market but for an affordable alternative to some of the bigger names with heftier price tags, Olay does a great job at remaining surprisingly impressive.
So if you’re on the looking for an affordable moisturiser & make-up primer all rolled into one handy dandy little bottle then I guess you don’t have to look much further than the Olay section in your local Boots store. Give it a whirl, hopefully you’ll enjoy using it as much as I have 😉
Do you have a ‘go to’ primer & moisturiser for creating the perfect base? Have you tried any of Olay’s range yet? Whatever your thought’s I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick hello 🙂
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