BareMinerals Prep Step Primer and Sunscreen

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 IΒ  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 aΒ  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.Β  IMG_0507BareMinerals 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.

Prep Step cost $39Can/30mL and can be found at Sephora and BareMinerals

 

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