I bought this primer on a bit of a whim when Australis at Priceline had a “3 for 2” deal along with their Elixir Foundation and their Ready Set Go Finishing Powder (blog posts coming soon). I tested this primer on the back of my hand in the store and it made my hand feel very soft and hydrated. Hence why I bought it.
I may have gotten a little bit sucked in because of the packaging… the dropper looked very cool and it works really well and dispenses enough product in the first squeeze which I like, and the glass bottle is nice and luxurious so that definitely won me over too.
I would say that it hydrates my face and gives it a healthy glow and my makeup does apply nicely over it. Dry skin would especially love this primer. It’s hydrating but not oily at all. But I wouldn’t say that it particularly prolongs the wear of my makeup or minimises my pores.
Now for the things that I don’t like…
- The scent.
It has a very very strong fragrance to it, which isn’t necessarily a bad fragrance, but it’s just too strong for me and I don’t enjoy having it on my face. Although, it does fade soon after you’ve applied it and doesn’t linger. Personally, I just want my makeup to smell like makeup (especially for liquid complexion products). I’m not here for the floral, sweet or fruity scents. No thanks.
- The specks of glitter.
I can almost guarantee that no one wants gold specks of glitter randomly all over their face. I am definitely one of these people. Although it looks good in the bottle, I do not enjoy having glitter on my face. I even commented on one of Australis’s photos about the glitter and they said it was to make the skin look more radiant and glowy…. which baffles me because ‘glitter’ and ‘glow’ are not the same things. It’s funny actually because the Priceline website even says “Flecks of gold and a splash of honey hydrate skin giving it a gorgeous glow!” and I’m just here like “I’m sorry, but how do gold flecks hydrate? Explain the science behind that please because this is news to me”.
- It foams with my moisturiser.
I always apply my Sukin facial moisturiser before makeup and when I apply this primer on top, it becomes foamy and a bit soapy. After rubbing it all in more it goes away and feels fine. But the fact that it foams up, to begin with, is very unpleasant. I don’t know if you’ll be able to see it in the photo above but within the circle there;s a white smear which is primer reacting with my moisturiser. Although it looks miniscule in the photo, it’s very noticeable as I’m applying it and not something that I want to deal with.
This product retails for $19.95AUD which is wayyy too pricey for what it is. I wouldn’t repurchase this product or recommend it to anyone even if you’re ok with all of my cons, the price isn’t worth it. Especially as Australis’ other primers, which are supposedly better (from the reviews that I’ve read), are cheaper. I definitely have other primers that I’d much rather use than this.
If you are interested, you can purchase this product from Priceline or Big W.
I hope you enjoyed this review and found it useful. Have you tried this primer?