Too Faced Hang Over Primer ~ Review
A fellow dry skinned friend of mine walked into work one day with the most gorgeous, glowing, smooth and plump looking skin I had seen on her in a long time.
said she it’s the Too Faced Hang Over Primer!
I’m the first to admit I haven’t been the most primer loving in the past, there are so many gimmicky primers that are just another step and product for a brand to sell without having benefit. Many primers out on the market are targeted towards the oily crew, making my experience with primers in the past, less than desirable. I decided to join got onto the Too faced cult of pink packaging, food themed and smelling products and teen themed advertising when i was generously gifted some wonderful Mecca vouchers for my birthday . On joining the Too Faced bandwagon, (buying Born the Way and Better than Sex) I scored a generous sample to Hang Over Primer to test (thank you Mecca babes). I didn’t want to spend my money on a product not knowing if it would work for me, or worse have a reaction with my skin and brake me out.
With many beauty enthusiasts I heard about this primer from gurus such as Kathleenlights raving about it as if it was the best thing and a saviour to their skin. I’m always hesitant to buy something purely based off hype.
”Got a beauty hangover? Our replenishing face primer is your instant cure. It hydrates, smoothes and brightens skin for a dewy, healthy looking finish….without excessive shine, makeup glides on smoothly and wear is extended”
- Hydrates and boosts skin’s radiance
- Promotes skin’s elasticity
- Soothes and smooths the skin
- Infused with hydrating coconut water
(Sounds like a moisturiser…..)
As for the INGREDIENTS:
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/EAU, Lactobacillus/Salix Alba Bark Ferment Filtrate, Propanediol Dicaprylate, Propanediol, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Olive Glycerides, Lactobacillus Ferment, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Cellulose Gum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Pectin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Xanthan Gum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Lauryl Alcohol Diphosphonic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Lecithin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Parfum/Fragrance, Lauric Acid, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid. Including coconut water and probiotics, which Too Faced says help ‘brighten and smooth your skin, while improving its elasticity and tone and replenishing moisture levels’
- Lactobacillus: A probiotic which is often used in anti-aging products, to condition the skin
- Propanediol: A glycol often derived from corn or synthetically. It has hydrating properties that leave a smooth, dewy finish, that can enhance the absorption of ingredients- hoping that all the good skin ingredients are absorbed.
- Propanediol Dicaprylate coconut derived ingredient helps lubricate and give a light feel
Initially This primer feels like a thin moisturiser or lotion, blending in seamlessly absorbing into the skin, leaving my skin feeling plump and soft. As if my skin is drinking the product giving me a dewy but not shiny finish,yet nothing incredibly hydrating or brightening that I could pick apart from my day to day moisturiser. It does leave with a slight tacky feel which I suppose is beneficial for helping the foundation stick, as this primer does not claim to have long wearing properties( for those with oily skin exercise with caution and at own risk) . I’ve only been using it for about a week, and have a sample which isn’t enough time or product to determine if it delivers on skin care claims.
The scent is a faint coconut that isn’t too in your face, disappearing a few minutes after applying it. Decadent at times, but if i’ve been sick or with a headache it can be a bit strong for my sensitive lil nostrils.
I apply about a pea sized amount to my face after moisturising. My foundation applies really well over the top of it with no pulling or issues with blending. So far I haven’t gotten a reaction from any of the ingredients.
Here it comes….
Whether I apply more or less, I really don’t particularly feel like it does all that much.
Coming from someone who already moisturises their skin, this primer I feel is more targeted and marketed at those who don’t already do that step. I do find it is a good primer to ‘lock in’ the moisture and give an extra initial boost of hydration where needed, but by the end of the day my skin feels the same on the areas where I put this primer and don’t.
This primer may work really well maybe as a spot primer , if you have combo skin and you have areas you want to give an extra boost of moisturisation, or as a beauty hangover primer (as the name suggests) for those times where you’ve been wearing really heavy makeup. At $46 AUD It is a bit pricey for a 40ml moisturiser (essentially).
VERDICT : If you don’t moisturise before applying makeup or you’re not a fan of silicone primers and want to try out something different , then the Too Faced Hangover Primer would be a great addition , especially for mornings where you need to pep up your skin.
If you have a skin care routine that you are loving, try this primer in conjunction to see if it is beneficial.
If you are still indecisive: either a good plumping moisturiser alone or in conjunction with mixing skin care products and moisturises will you get a similar effect.
At this point I won’t be purchasing the full size, but who knows, by the end I may love this and be welcomed into the Too Faced bandwagon by a primer.