This is a new primer from Kanebo. It looks and feels like water yet it performs like a silicon primer. I was skeptic. How can makeup last without silicon?
I have been struggling with primer after my face did a 180 degree turn and became dry. My beloved silicon formulas were drying my skin and leaving my makeup in patches. I realized with regret that I needed to make a change into more moisturizing formulas.
This primer was created to smooth and firm the skin prior to makeup application. It boasts the ingredient cellulose. This creates a invisible veil that leaves skin smoother and a perfect canvas for makeup. It also boasted improved moisture results. According to Kanebo, after 30 minutes after application, the moisture content in the tested area rose by more than 400%. This is a pretty speedy and high stat but I am game.
The primer is very watery yet feels like a lotion. This is a surprisingly weird yet cool texture. It did not melt into the skin right away. In fact it sat on the face. I rolled with it and got a cup of coffee. By the time I got back to my mirror it was set. Not exactly dry but you could tell it was safe to start putting on your makeup. It looked super hydrated yet had that glass-like appearance of a silicon.
The Smoothing Water Make-Up Base works better alone with just foundation. It does not need any moisturizers or serums. The foundations I tested with it are as follows, Kanebo Fluid Finish, La Mer, Carmindy and Make Up Forever High Definition foundation. All lasted well through a harrowing 8 hour workday. I found the best results with La Mer and Kanebo.
The Smoothing Make-Up Base retails for $45 and is available at http://www.kanebo.com/, select Saks, Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. Call 1-866-271-6815 for other retailers and any questions.
Disclaimer: A press sample of this product was provided by Kanebo.