I was never a big fan of makeup primer; not because I couldn’t appreciate their place in the makeup world but because I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate it into my morning face routine. Let me explain.
What stopped me from using a primer is the fact that I am a faithful sunscreen wearer. If I put primer on first, my sunscreen does not absorb and set to my skin properly, therefore probably not providing the UV protection I’m looking for. On the other hand, when I apply primer over my sunscreen it leaves my face a damp mess that didn’t make my makeup look, wear, or feel any better. I was left to choose between primer that gave me a perfect base for my makeup or a sunscreen that protected my face.
There are a handful of primers on the market that contain SPF but usually the level of protection is too low or the ingredients don’t float my boat. BareMinerals description of Prep Step;
Protects and preps skin for a flawless makeup application in one easy step. This mineral-based sunscreen is formulated with antioxidants to help protect against environmental stressors, while UVA/UVB filters help protect against the damaging effects of the sun.
Unique color-adapting micro-encapsulated pigments blend beautifully with your skin tone, transforming into an invisible finish. Skin is left feeling smooth, protected and perfectly prepped for foundation.
When I first tried Prep Step on my hand I thought it might be too greasy but it set beautifully on the face. The consistency is similar to ShiSeidos Ultra Gentle SPF 50 but more moisturizing. It contains 23% zinc oxide but leaves no white cast at all. There are tiny grayish/brown specs that are actually minerals that provide skin benefits and neutralize the white of the zinc oxide. As for its priming abilities I was satisfied; my makeup went on smoother and wore better throughout the day. I wouldn’t use it for heavy duty priming needs but for day-to-day it’s great.