Because I fell in love with The Ordinary foundations that Deciem sent me to review, I decided to order both more foundation and the two primers that The Ordinary offers.
The Ordinary Foundations. I used the Serum Foundation with the Liquid Primer and the Coverage Foundation with the Silicone Primer.
You may have read mention of some of the primers that I use in my “Best of 2016” post. The Hard Candy primer is a very good buy at $8.00 and the e.l.f. primers at $6.00 work fine!
Both of these primers were included in my “Best of 2016” post. It’s funny because looking back at that post, many of those items remain my most-used. These two primers, by the way, are very, very good! And for the price, even better!
I’ve also spent quite a bit of money on primers—Hourglass for $54. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer was a favorite of mine coming in at around $36 for one ounce. In fact, I have a travel sized Smashbox primer in one of my travel cases. Both primers are fine. And I used them before I discovered the drugstore primers. Honestly, the Hard Candy and e.l.f. primers work just as well as the high end.
The Hourglass Mineral Veil primer was the most expensive primer I ever purchased. It was great, but the Hard Candy primer at eight bucks is a perfect dupe! Sorry, but I won’t be spending a lot of money on primers anymore!
Smashbox’s Photo Finish primer was the first primer I ever used. I think it was the ONLY primer at the time. I’ve always liked it but there are less expensive primers that work just as well.
So naturally, when I saw The Ordinary’s primers on their website, I had to try them out. And they are Wayne Goss approved. How could I not place the order?
Wayne Goss approved! Need I say more?
I ordered the High Adherence Silicone Primer. At 4.90 USD for 1 ounce, this is a steal. It’s less expensive than the e.l.f and the Hard Candy. Also in the order was the High Spreadability Fluid Primer, at 7.90 USD for one ounce, it was still less expensive than the Hard Candy and tons less expensive than the Hourglass and Smashbox primers.
The two primers I ordered. Left photo: High Adherence Silicone Primer. Right Photo: High Spreadability Fluid Primer.
Ever the frugalista, I also ordered another Serum Foundation and another Coverage Foundation to ensure my free shipping. Did I mention that The Ordinary/Deciem offers free shipping if you order $25 or more? And the items arrived at my door within 48 hours. WTF??? How quick is that!!???
Down to the reviews.
Saturday, October 7th
I went to a blogger meetup (I’ll be writing a post about it later in the week—there’s a lot to write) in Manhattan—actually, in my old neighborhood on the Upper West Side! I wanted to look nice and pretty, you know what I mean? I decided to use the High Spreadability Fluid Primer because Wayne Goss said it was great for mature skin!
The primer comes in a bottle with a dropper. I thought this was a clever way to package the primer because it reminded me of the vitamin drops that my mother used to give us when we were kids. The vitamins tasted pretty good too! Thankfully I did not attempt to eat this.
This fluid primer comes in a bottle with a dropper that reminds me of the vitamins my mother gave us when we were kids. This is like a vitamin for the face! I also love that you can see the product so you can keep track of how much product you’ve been using!
Anyway, being careful not to allow too much of the primer to be dropped, I applied a drop on the back of my hand. A clear and slightly thick liquid oozed out. I was intrigued by the texture because I was so used to a more congealed product coming out of a tube.
One drop of the Fluid Primer. It certainly does have spreadability–and it is hydrating too!
I applied to my face and that little drop was sufficient. Giving the primer about five minutes to set in, my face felt smooth and hydrated. Oh. And the foundation I used was The Ordinary Serum Foundation. I did not use the Blur because I wanted to get a better feel for how the primer worked.
Face was done and not overdone. Wig in place. Let’s put this primer to the test!
Face made up, this primer would be put through a huge test. The weather in New York was unseasonably warm, hot, sweltering and muggy. Which pissed me off. I wore my new Dover blazer and my deodorant did not last through the wicked weather. As I write this, my blazer’s underarms are airing out and tomorrow I’m going to drive to the liquor store for a small bottle of vodka. Did you know that vodka rids underarm fabric of stink? Yeah. It does. You’re welcome!
I’m not even speaking to Mother Nature these days. Freakin’ bring on the cool weather and do my armpits a favor. OK?
I did my makeup at about 8:00 AM. We left for the city at around 11:AM and arrived at 1PM. We drove around a bit because I wanted to check out my old neighborhoods and where the kids were born and wanted a bit of sentimentality before heading to the event.
Columbia Presbyterian Hospital–where Jake, Roman, and Oona were born. I get sentimental whenever I pass this place.
At 2PM the event started and we had a photo shoot outside. It was hot as balls. I could feel myself getting a bit worn from the mugginess and heat and didn’t have time to check my makeup for meltage. It didn’t matter anyway, because I’m not that girl who fixes makeup during the day. I’m too lazy. Besides, I was more concerned with my wig shifting, which it didn’t. I’m telling you, I was so glad that I wear wigs because my bio hair would have turned into a Brillo pad from the humidity.
We arrived home at around 6:30-ish. We stopped to get Chippy from doggie camp made a bread stop at Wegmans and headed home.
I ran upstairs stripped myself of the sticky clothing and went to town removing the makeup. The primer did its job. Look at the amount of foundation that had remained on my face all day—through the heat and mugginess.
Wouldja look at that schmutz? That is the foundation and the Fluid Primer held the Serum Foundation on all day. Despite the heat and humidity, the foundation never melted! I would say the primer performed beautifully!
Thumbs up on the liquid primer. At $7.90 it was an incredible value. And knowing that this works during the stickiest of weather, it’s even better!
Sunday, October 8th
Damn! We woke up to humidity, heat, and rain this morning. Friggin’ October. I want to wear sweaters and jeans and blazers and scarfs and at this rate, I’ll be running around looking for the nearest Nudist Colony if the heat continues!
Since today is dedicated to writing, I won’t be going out—especially with the rain. But, I’m still doing a full face. Today I’m using the High Adherence Silicone primer. It will be used with the Coverage Foundation.
Today I am using the High-Adherence Silicone Primer. Let’s see how it works!
This primer comes in a squeeze tube. The consistency is a bit thicker than the Hard Candy primer. It’s white—not colorless. The texture is smooth and almost of a whipped consistency. It glides on the skin nicely and the color dissipates once it is blended into the skin.
The Silicone Primer on my hand.
I applied this at around 7:30 this morning. And although hot and humid and muggy- we turned the air conditioning on. I did manage to get dressed and did my entire face. I figured it might be a nice idea to look human while writing.
I even wore hair with bangs today. And a nice bright lip color!
Well, I baked bread, I wrote, I procrastinated by watching Vivement Dimanche, one of my favorite shows on TV5Monde. at 3:30PM I decided to wipe the makeup off my face. It was a good 8 hours since I applied the primer and foundation. How would the primer hold up?
Take a look. The foundation stuck to my face like glue. At the cost of $4.90 for an ounce, this is ridiculously insane in the best conceivable way. It’s dirt cheap. It holds the foundation. It doesn’t dry the skin. Overall, a great, great buy for the money.
Eight hours later. The silicone primer held that foundation onto my face like Superglue!
So—how would I rate these primers? A+++!!! Which do I prefer? Well, considering that yesterday was like being in a virtual sauna, the fluid primer did not let me down. The foundation stayed. And Wayne Goss may be right—I do believe that primer to be great for mature skin.
On the other hand, the silicone primer worked just as well. I’m thinking that perhaps the liquid may work better in the summer weather and the silicone may be better for winter. I’ll keep using both and will be repurchasing. For the price, I’m completely sold.
Remember. These two primers—I purchased. They were not comped. I’m telling you, if you are a fan of primers, get to The Ordinary’s website and order these two products!
As a side note. The lip color I wore today is the CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lip Color. This Outlast lip duo has been around since Oona was in high school. She wore it when she was competing in Irish Dance because it lasted all day and didn’t transfer to those expensive dance dresses! I revisited this product a while ago and have been pleased and purchased this coral/red from their newer shades. Overall, this is a winnah. This stays on all day. I’m not kidding!
Well-worth the price–less than ten dollars. I think I paid about seven bucks for this at Walmart.
That’s about it for today. I’ll have a review later on in the week on the SkinActives products that I was sent. It’ll be a detailed review!
On the way home from New York, we were listening to French CD’s. Bonaparte always laughs at the songs by Jacques Dutronc because he said the lyrics are just very funny. Here’s Jacques with Les Cactus! I yi yi! The video is also very funny. He’s like the Ray Davies of France!