After trying this for weeks on end, I finally feel ready to review this product. In terms of face primer, I do not have too much experience, but that also means that I am going into these kind of products quite blindly. I don’t have a strong preference for a primer yet and all I know is that I quite liked the ELF Hydrating Primer. In terms of hydration, I have heard even better things about the Too Faced Hangover RX primer. So do I love it as much?
Too Faced Hangover RX Replenishing Face Primer
The main reason why I was interested in this is that this is a silicone free primer. Silicones can clog your pores and since I can use all the hydration I can get, I thought it would be worth a try. This is why I purchased the travel size version. The smaller version retails for around €15. The full size version costs twice as much.
The packaging of this primer is simply sublime. It comes in a squeezy tube that is equipped with a pump. Not only makes that for a super easy to use product, it is also hygienic. The pump is easy to use and I do find I have to keep this standing upright to ensure the product goes down enough to pump out an even amount. But that is a minor detail.
Since the claims on this primer are pretty incredible, I think it is good to have a look at the ingredient list. This primer boasts to be hydrating, smoothing and brightening with ingredients such as coconut water, pro-biotic ingredients and skin revivers, whatever that may be. In addition, this primer promises to increase the skin’s elasticity and be soothing on the skin. Sounds like a skincare product does it not?
The ingredient list includes a lot of abracadabra. As can be expected the coconut water is in this product, but it is pretty far sound the list. It does contain about 3 different types of olive oil, some perfume, and a bit of actual coconut. This has a light, but pleasant coconut scent and I find that this does indeed feel very hydrating on the skin and as promised this is silicone free.
All you need is a small drop and the result is pretty cool. This feels like a tall drink of water on the skin. It feels quite wet, without being runny. It is a lot easier to spread and blend into the skin than the ELF primer, due to it not containing any silicones. It blends in quickly and I find I can pretty much immediately layer my foundation on top. I have tried this with plenty of my foundations by now and I find this works well on all of them. It does not give me any irritations and it makes my skin feel great.
But then why did I not feel ready to share my review with you for some time? Because I was unsure what this product did in terms of making my makeup last longer. I started using this at the end of winter, which is when my skin is usually a bit drier but it also means my foundation stays put a lot better. Now that we have had some warmer days I feel confident in saying that this indeed makes my makeup last as long as the ELF primer, which is great. I even wore this under makeup while I work out and my makeup stays put even after a long day. The only wear I see is where I rub my face due to hayfever.
After putting this primer through the ringer in any situation possible, I can confidently say that the Too Faced Hangover RX face primer is a good one. I think that in the end I do like this a little bit better than the ELF one as it feels more hydrating on the skin and it has no silicones. That to me is definitely a plus and since my skin can needs as much hydration as possible, this works a little bit better on me than the ELF one, even on hot days.
What is your favorite face primer?