40 Days and 40 Nights of Primers
Indulge me a little walk down memory lane, to my first purchase from our brand new Chanel counter at our local Kaufmann's store. For months the buzz was fast and furious that we'd be getting Chanel in our town. I was on the phone list, and the day Chanel launched, I was there. One custome beat me to the counter. It was a fella whom I know, who took art classes with me at the university, and he bought Chanel Vamp Nail Polish.
Somehow it seemed fab to me that this had happened! I must have stayed at the counter for hours. My very first Chanel purchase was the black metal compact with silky pressed powder. I still have it. I am as giddy even now to hold it and use it as I was the day I purchased it. I've loved Chanel ever since. I loved when I read a quote from Mademoiselle herself, stating "A lady should keep a pot of rouge next to her bed as a courtesy to her partner." I haven't bought a pot of rouge from Chanel yet, but I have bought many wonderful things there over the years. My first true red lipstick! The lavender powder dome! And Cristalle fragrance (because Chris Noth says it brings him to his knees. I'm just makin' sure just in case, you know.)
My latest Chanel purchase was the Illuminating Makeup Base. One try at the counter and I was smitten. On the face, even better. This primer is a milky white-blue-violet-gel-cream-liquid, which disappears almost instantly on the face, leaving the skin feeling like glass. It's that smooth and it's that fast. No trace of the tint remains. It is not one of the thicker silicone-types which fill in lines and pores, but somehow it does just that. It dries to a matte-type finish but did not mattify my La Prairie foundation, nor did it make the foundation cake or crack or peel or wear off unevenly. My foundation looked as beautiful at the end of the day as it did when I first applied it!
This product stays put and whatever you apply over it will stay put as well. My skin looked glowing and luminous and fresh and pretty, and the primer adds no layer or thickness at all. I'd give it a perfect 10 rating but I don't care for the white squeeze bottle container since I can't see the amount remaining inside. That's being picky. I know. But with 18 more primers to go, I owe it to you to be picky. Mademoiselle was notoriously picky. I think she would be pleased with the things that wear her name right now at the counters. I don't think she'd be pleased with Karl, but I will leave the fashion comments to our Annie.
Product rating, 9
Review by Cavewoman