I have to admit that I’ve not always been a fan of primers as an added step in my beauty routine. I’ve tended not to use one, though one of my favourite foundations is a mix of powder foundation and primer mixer, so when I got the Pür Correcting Illuminate and Glow Primer in the Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar last year I didn’t have high expectations for it. I’ve heard of the brand, I think I may have tried something from them before, and it’s all been good so I did want to give this a proper go.
As it’s an illuminating primer it does have an aspect of shimmer to it, though I’m not sure exactly which of the Illuminate and glow primers it is, they have ones aimed at specific skin colour issues, I think it’s the summer one. It isn’t available in Marks and Spencer’s any more but I did find the full sized 30ml ones in Look Fantastic for £24 and Beauty Bay has the full sized tube for £22.50. There are also a lot of the mini sized 10 ml tubes, like the one I have, floating around on eBay if you want to find one to give it a go.they do also seem to come up as cheaper per ml so it may be worth having a look round on there.
The tube for these is nice, it’s soft and easy to squeeze and I’m going to easily be able to get every last bit of product out of it. It doesn’t particularly stand out but I really like the look of the full sized one, the clear section means it’s easier to see exactly how much primer is left as well. I may not particularly like the look of the mini one but it’s a great size for travel and I’ve used it for a family wedding and a weekend away without it leaking so the lid stays put.
As a company Pür do not test on animals, they’re cruelty free, though I don’t think this particular product is vegan friendly some of the others are. I found this list of ingredients for the Illuminate and Glow primer online:
Aqua, Glycerin, Octyldodecanol, Polysorbate 20, Ammonium, Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG 8 Laurate, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Lactic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Retinol, Ceramide AP, Disodium EDTA, Betaine, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Xanthan Gum, Laureth 4, Polyisobutene, Isododecane, Isobutylmethacrylates/Bis-Hydroxypropyl Dimethicone Acrylate Copolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycereth-12, Sodium Benzoate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Castor (Ricinus Communis) Oil, Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
The primer itself definitely leaves you with a shimmery, almost oily, look when you apply it and it ends up being tacky when it sets, it feels like it doesn’t completely dry. This does mean it grabs a hold of your foundation well and does keep it in place, but it also doesn’t leave much time for you to move any products around on it before it sets it in place.
I’ve tried it with a thicker mousse consistency foundation and I didn’t get on with it then, it almost caught it too well and it ended up rolling into little balls if I wasn’t careful with the foundation. It recommends powder foundations and I found it did grab the one I have well and add coverage for it, keeping it on all day and longer than normal. However it does also work very well with liquid foundations. The one I use is probably a medium consistency and it keeps it in place, stops it from melting or grabbing onto any particularly stubborn dry patches and makes it last all day. 12 hours on and there was pretty much the same amount of foundation as when I applied it. It also works very well as a base for my under eye concealer, makes it more even and I use less product with this.
I found that you need very little of this product to cover your face. This small 10ml tube has lasted me for a few weekends away and other uses in between so I can see the larger full sized tube being one that lasts for a long time, making it better value for money.
I have dry skin so the slightly glowy look you end up with before foundation isn’t a problem for me. It also doesn’t translate to a glowy look when you apply the foundation if that isn’t the finish the foundation normally has. I was worried I’d end up looking shiny later in the day but I didn’t find this at all when I applied my foundation with a beauty blender as it buffed it in well. I think that this probably wouldn’t be a good product for people with oilier skin as it would add to any shininess you get throughout the day and I did find it left my skin feeling moisturised which may not be the best for oilier skin types.
Overall I was definitely pleasantly surprised with this primer. I went into it expecting to find the product so so and either not finish using the tube or use it and say how it wasn’t worth the lament. However, despite the fact it’s definitely more expensive than the makeup I buy I am actually considering purchasing a full sized one. Ill be waiting for a sale but I definitely think that this his a product worth checking out if you have dryer skin types.