Being combination-skinned, I initially thought I wouldn’t be the ideal person to trial Bodyography Hydrating Foundation Primer (R495, Placecol stores and BestBeautyBuys.co.za) but I gave it a bash anyway as I do battle with a dual issue – oiliness and dehydration (yep, you can easily suffer from both) – and I’m very glad I did. I liked that it didn’t feel super silicone-y – it’s texture is more like a rosy-scented moisturising cream with a slight ‘velvety’ slip that you only pick up once it dries.
Once it’s on, applying foundation is a dream. It just glides across your skin and, as the primer gives it something to cling to, it helps it stay the day. It also prevents your foundation from ‘sheering’ out too much without affecting it’s ability to ‘spread’, if that makes sense.
Anyway, like I said, I gave it a bash, teaming it with a light moisturiser (Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control moisturiser SPF 30) and foundation (L’Oreal Nutri Lift Gold). As the day went on, I expected my skin to grease up horribly in the T-panel, but surprise, surprise, it didn’t. Sure, I had to blot, but no more so than on any other day.
I’ve since looked at this primer’s ingredients and noticed that it’s mostly a mix of hydrators like water, glycerin, cetyl alcohol (a hydrating fatty alcohol that’s non-drying and totally different to normal alcohol), jojoba oil, Shea butter and texturisers. Sure, it contains silicone, but waaaaay less than the brand’s other primers as its sitting down towards the bottom of the ingredients list. From a formulation point of view, this is a great primer for any skin type – not just a dry one – and an even better win for combo-skinned people like me. In my experience, I’ve found primers that have lots of silicone in them just don’t work with an oily complexion as they might mattify initially, but then start to turn ‘muddy’ as the skin greases up beneath it. The only downside here is that, if you’re using a primer to minimise the look of your pores or fine lines, you’ll find a silicone-riddled one (i.e. not this one) will give you more of that ‘blur-effect’ you’re after.
Other plus points? Bodyography products are cruelty-free and PETA-approved. The brand also likes to add vitamins and antioxidants to their items wherever possible, even if its a colour cosmetic, so you’re getting more skin lovin’ benefits for your buck. In the case of this primer, for example, it contains antioxidant vitamin A and E that’ll help protect your skin’s natural collagen supply among other things.
So, in short, if you find that very silicone-y primers aren’t working for you, Bodyography’s is a great one to try, regardless of your skin type.