I always like to try new products; so at any given time, I can be rotating through at least a couple of different foundations and primers. Though I do enjoy a variety of products, every woman that wears makeup on a regular basis has a stand-by, a go-to, a fail-safe, that she can reach for whenever she needs that dependability. For me, my power duo is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and the Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream. These two amazing products have quickly earned themselves the privilege of being dubbed, my everyday primer and foundation.
I guess I should start by saying, I have oily skin…I mean seriously oily. It has been that way since I was a teenager and remains so even during my pregnancy. This means that wearing primer is essentially a must for me or else I will look like my face is melting off; which no one wants to see. It also means that I prefer a foundation to have a matte finish over the dewy look – my whole goal is to counteract my natural ability to produce shine on my face. As a personal preference, I am more partial to a medium or full coverage foundation to help cover acne scaring that my youth so graciously left me with. These skin conditions are what led me right to these two beauties.
-= Let’s start where I do in the morning; with the primer! =-
The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is an oil and fragrance free, water-resistant primer that helps reduce shine and feels satiny smooth on your skin. The pump distribution method is not perfection, as it does leave product on the sides and bottom that are harder to get out, but it does supply you with the perfect amount of product needed to cover your entire face. Fun fact: this product is also gluten free – which had no bearing on my decision, but may hold more weight for others.
This is hands down the best primer that I have tried so far (and I have tried more than my share). It does a great job at keeping my foundation in place and when I skip it, I do notice significantly more shine on my face that seems to show up sooner.
– Pros –
Oil and fragrance free
Feels amazingly smooth on skin
Pump distributes perfect amount of product
– Cons –
Pump style bottle leaves product behind when you hit the bottom
Click here for where I got mine. It is a little pricey, but I am willing to pay a little more for a product that leaves me this satisfied.
-= Moving onto the foundation! =-
It needs to be noted that the Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream, though a part of the Acne Solutions line, has NO acne fighting ingredients in it! I repeat, NO acne fighting ingredients; this means no salicylic acid – which is perfect for pregnant me! It is part of the Acne Solutions line because it is designed for oily and acne-prone skin types. Meaning that it is mattifying, oil controlling and minimizes the look of pores while helping to conceal imperfections.
Never in a million years would I have thought that I would call a product with the words ‘BB Cream’ in it my everyday foundation. The term ‘BB cream’ makes me think of barely there, are-you-sure-you’re-even-wearing-makeup type of tinted moisturizers; but this product defies that correlation! While it is a great source of SPF (40! Which I haven’t seen in a face product before), it also provides great looking, build-able coverage! What’s also great is that the lightweight formula doesn’t feel caked on when you go back to add more product in problem areas.
– Pros –
Oil and fragrance free
Great coverage and finish
– Cons –
Only comes in 5 shades
The shake-well bottle makes it a bit hard to tell how much product is remaining
Click here to see where I got mine.
You can’t go wrong by adding either (if not both) of these to your lineup! They are great stand-alone products but work amazingly together. I’d highly recommend them to anyone with normal to oily skin types.
Let me know in the comments if there are any other great face products for oily skin types out there that I need to give a try!
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