PRIMERS I LOVE

Never underestimate the power of primer.


But, do we really need one? Investing in a face primer is necessary for those who want their makeup to last longer. And having a fungal-acne prone skin and adult acnes are still hunting me, it’s not easy to find one that’s safe. But I found them. Read on!

As you might all be aware already, most of primers do contain silicone (which might come in different names on the ingredients’ list like dimethicone), which still become a debate on how they will clogged pores or not. They are widely used for primers, just because they do create a barrier and make sure our skin looks smoother by filling in pores and lines. Unfortunately, some people are allergic to silicone. Those who have acne-prone skin or have rosacea, are not recommended to use anything with silicone as it may occlude pores and make them worse. So, proceed with caution.

Personally, I don’t use primer everyday. I use it when I know I’m going to be out and about for longer hours. Or I use it when I filmed for YouTube and create content for IG and this blog. On daily basis (now that I’m not working full time), I only wear concealer and compact powder as base.

I believe these primers below helped me to create healthy and glowing looking skin. See my ‘before after’ pics, and you’ll agree with me that all the ‘after’ pics do look similar in terms of giving my skin that “not dead matte” look. Lately, I’ve been avoiding matte base as they will settle more on my lines and pores. Well, matte no more!

BLITHE IN BETWEEN AURORA PRIMER & SETTING MIST

As the name stated, we can use this as a primer and/or setting mist. Perfect if you want that glowing look, I’ll let my pics be the judge.

You can also spritz your beauty blender with this, if you wish to glow subtly. Or spray directly and evenly all over the face before foundation, or after makeup to set everything.

PRO: Comes in a spray form, feels lighter on skin than ordinary creamy primers.

CON: By the end of the day, if you live in a humid and hot city like me, you’ll look oily not dewy and fresh like when you initially spray it.

BANILA CO INSTANT FIX PRIMER CLASSIC

Now, this one will keep makeup looking and stay fresh all-day. With its’ gel texture, this apply lightly on skin and very easy to blend. Personally, I use this with damp beauty blender before applying liquid foundation.

PRO: Gave velvet-smooth looking skin and safe for fungal-acne

CON: It’s fragranced

YSL TOP SECRETS INSTANT MOISTURE GLOW

I’m not sure why they categorized this as moisturizer. Probably because unlike other primers that I’ve tried, this actually add hydration. But anyway, I treated this like a primer, because of its’ pore-blurring capability.

PRO: You can feel that moisturizing feeling and it’s safe for fungal-acne. And it looks better at the end of the day (weird but true).

CON: It has alcohol and fragrance

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

REVIEW: BLITHE INBETWEEN

Thanks C&F store for sending me these PR kit to try.

I rarely use primer for my makeup preparation, just because most primers contain silicone. And I dislike silicone for its’ texture & feel, and how it can trap dirt, sweat, bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells and other debris. Read: pore clogging ingredient. Yikes!

So how did I prep my makeup? I count on my skincare steps, obviously. Until I tried these two from Blithe InBetween series. This series from Blithe (a Korean brand) feature multitasking products, which not only nourish and hydrate, but also prep for a makeup-ready skin. They are fall into the hybrid category that combines skincare and makeup. They’re not tested on animals, and smells like lavender. Respectively priced between IDR 520K and 620K, they’re not cheap (I know), but let’s decide are they good enough to try.  

BLITHE INBETWEEN MAKEUP PREP ESSENCE

As the name stated, this is a prep essence. Yes, a lightweight serum that creates a protective layer on skin surface to lock in moisture and prevent makeup from clogging pores. It made with fermented soybean, rice and tomato leaf extract that fortifies skin’s natural barrier. Plus squalane and ceramide to nourish and hydrate for a makeup-ready complexion.

BLITHE INBETWEEN INSTANT GLOWING CREAM

This is a hybrid moisturizer-primer. Made with squalane and tomato leaf extract (rich in antioxidant), this will help to nourish and fortify skin’s natural moisture barrier. This is also vegan, organic and cruelty-free.

Don’t be fooled by the white cream texture, once applied on skin, it’ll create that ‘skin prism’ effect. It’ll give extra glow with natural pearlescence effect.

BLITHE IN BETWEEN HYDRO PRIMING CREAM

BLITHE INBETWEEN HYDRO PRIMING CREAM

As the name stated, this provides hydration and priming at the same time. Its’ texture is more elastic than their Instant Glowing Cream. Yes dearest, if our skin is well-hydrated, makeup will look fresh all day with the help of this. Number one ingredient is Bifida Ferment Filtrate which well known for its’ antioxidant purpose.

HOW I WEAR THEM IN MY INBETWEEN SKIN CARE & MAKEUP ROUTINE?

I use one product depend on my skin’s need that day. For daily use, I prefer the Essence. Glowing cream is best for party look, while Hydro ones will save my day when my skin is drier for some reasons and need some lifting action. Though there are no instructions whatsoever on the packaging, I applied it after my SPF in my AM Routine. Wait a while until it’s absorbed, then apply liquid foundation and the rest of makeup.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

ARE THEY SAFE FOR FUNGAL ACNE?

They won’t clog pores because they don’t use silicones. Unfortunately they’re not safe for Fungal Acne (for their Saccharomyces, Polysorbate and Peg ingredients). But, as these applied on top of sunscreen, at the very last step before makeup, they didn’t trigger mine. Anyway, better be cautious for those who still suffer from ones. They also claim that these will help your makeup cleansing process easier at night. But anyway, if you double cleanse with balm or oil, any makeup will slides off easily.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

FOR GREAT MAKE UP, WE ALL NEED A SMOOTH CANVAS OR CAMERA FILTER, NO?

Camera 360 watch out…we might not need you anymore. Thanks to THE BODY SHOP All-In-One INSTABLUR.

Shine Controlling, check! Reduce appearance of pores, check! Blemish hiding, check! Complexion Unifying, check! Make up extending, check! Sound like missions for beauty apps, no? Apparently not, as now, getting a flawless looking skin in an instant is just a swipe away on your own skin! At the launch event of InstaBlur last week, me and other fellow bloggers and press were told how to apply the latest All-In-One 5 Action Perfector. One swipe was actually all that it needed, to avoid the crystalized form of this face perfector (made from Community Fair Trade Marula Oil). The balmy texture felt super silky and not sticky at all when I tried it on my face. Instantly, I felt the softness when I applied my concealer and foundation afterwards. I do recommend this for those who love to use primer to keep your makeup less shiny and last throughout the day. As for blemishes, especially the raging ones, you still need to apply concealer on top. Tips: a small squeeze of InstaBlur was all that you needed and apply where you needed the most (for me it’s definitely the T-Zone). 

And don’t just blurred the face imperfections, apply the other InstaBlur for your eyes too! At the event, I’ve also got the chance to try the other InstaBlur, All-In-One Tinted Concealer + Primer Colour Intensifier. Now this will complete your whole makeup. Not an ordinary eye primer, as you can use this for eye lids and under eyes to blur that ugly dark circles (as it contained yellow toned concealer). As I believe lots of us are dealing with oily eyelids which made eyeshadows hard to last, this specific InstaBlur is a winner! It also neutralises the appearance of redness on eyelids, and it did intensify the colors of eyeshadows I was wearing. Apply this before your usual under eyes concealer, and notice how it won’t create any single crease. It just blurred as stated, literally. Tips: same like the face perfector, a tiny squeeze was all that you needed.