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Review of Bare Escentuals BareVitamins Prime Time Foundation Primer

Prime Time: Testing Bare Escentuals' Foundation Primer

So far, in my Prime Time series, I haven't met a primer I didn't like. Today, let's look at Bare Escentuals' BareVitamins Prime Time Foundation Primer ($21).

Prime Time is your standard evens-out-the-skin kind of formula, but what makes it different from the rest is that it's free from silicone, oil, or fragrance. Designed to be worn under Bare Escentals' ever-popular mineral foundation, I used it under liquid foundation and concealer, and had no problems with texture or pilling. Find out how it worked when you read more.

After testing it out every day for nearly a week, I found that by 5:00, my makeup still looked pretty decent. Now, I'm not saying it looked fresh and dewy, but it also didn't look oily, blotchy, or uneven either — problems that I often encounter sans primer. If you have dry skin or are looking for a primer with a bit more emollience, you might want to look elsewhere. But, if you love a matte finish, along with a formula that doesn't smell or contain silicone, Prime Time is worth a try.

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prblms4loki prblms4loki 6 years
Ahhh I wear BE religiously but am really oily by mid-day. Any tips on which primers work best over sunscreen? Most primers just slip off or start pilling on top!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
Take cover, Bella the makeup police are looking for you!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
I'm a diehard BE user, about 13 years, and I love this stuff! Leslie will be on QVC this weekend (starting Fri @ 5PM) it's great for the makeup demos, if you can endure the selling. :makeup:
janetmouse janetmouse 6 years
Thanks for the review bella...will try it on my oily skin!!
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Good to know, Snookyx. I have been having this problem, myself, testing all of these different primers. But it didn't happen with this one.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
I used this primer for about a week and while it did make my makeup last longer it made my skin break out horribly. I stopped using it and within a few days my skin went back to normal. I gave the bottle to my mom and she loves it. It doesn't make her break out.
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