It’s been a little bit since my last blog post, sorry about that! When I started this blog I told myself I’d only write about products when I felt inspired, vs finding things to write about just for the sake of it. So for the last week or so I’ve been trying new things and waiting for that inspiration to strike. Cue the lightening bolt and enter the new Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer by Too Faced Cosmetics.
Part of Too Faced Cosmetic’s new Peaches and Cream Collection, the Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer (what a mouthful of a name!) is a creamy makeup primer that creates the perfect canvas for foundation, cream contour, powders, you name it.
I have combination skin, meaning it’s both dry and oily at the same time. In the winter I go for a more hydrating primer, but now that the warmer weather is (finally) upon us, I’m switching to a matte primer to keep my fav foundation, the Too Faced Born this Way Foundation, from looking oily throughout the day. If your skin tends to get more oily in the summer, check out my blog post on how to stay matte for under $20!
Primed and Peachy comes in a unique package that looks like it should be a squeeze tube, but instead has a pump at the end. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that design prior to using it, but it’s not bad at all! I like how I can dispense the same amount of product with each use, and there’s less chance of accidentally getting too much product. As for the “squeeze tube” part of it, I’m intrigued to see what happens when I get to the the end of the tube. Being able to squeeze the product from the very end of the tube (like toothpaste) to the pump may allow me to get a lot more product than with a bottle. I hate when I can see more product at the bottom of a bottle but I can’t pump it out, or I have to remove the pump to try and shake it out onto my hand.
Matte primers tend to lean either to an almost clay-like consistency or to a cream-like consistency. I tend to go for the cream-like consistencies because they’re easier to spread over my face without pilling (clumping up). The Primed and Peachy primer has a foot in both the clay and cream worlds. When you dispense the product it holds it’s shape like a clay-like primer, but when you apply it to your face it’s more like a light cream.
Caution if you’re sensitive to smells – Primed and Peachy is scented. The box says it’s supposed to smell like peaches and sweet figs, but honestly I wish it smelled a bit more like peaches and a little less like baby dolls. You know what I’m talking about – that faint baby powdery scent that dolls seemed to have back in the day?! It isn’t a strong enough smell for me to mind though, which is saying a lot because I don’t usually like putting scented products on my face.
Wear – Without Foundation
Primed and Peachy has a cooling effect on the skin. It is super subtle so you won’t feel like your face is being burned off with alcohol or anything – just a little refreshing pick-me-up. I’ve worn it without adding foundation to help fill in my pores and mattify my t-zone for a lightweight and natural finish.
The formula is a light pink color when you dispense it, but blends into the skin and becomes colorless when applied. Like I mentioned, it’s really easy to smooth over the skin and you can see your skin become more matte right away. It goes over the larger pores on my nose seamlessly without making it look dry.
Wear – With Foundation
The most impressive thing about Primed and Peachy primer for me is how freaking well my foundation applied over it! The first time I used it, I was honestly a half-asleep zombie in the morning and I almost forgot I had used a new primer. I stood back in the mirror after I applied my foundation and was like “damnnnn my face looks flawless today, what could that be?” My pores were hidden and the skin around them was smooth – usually I get a bit of texture coming through my foundation around my nose and mouth with other primers. I also have some fine lines on my forehead that were no longer visible.
Throughout the day I tend to get oil on my forehead, chin, and sides of my nose, and this primer holds my oil at bay about 90% better than my usual go-to, Laura Geller’s Spackle Treatment Under Make-Up Mattifying Primer. I do get a little bit of shine – especially if I’ve been out in the hot sun – but it is easily managed with my blotting paper and powder.
This is going to be my new go-to primer for summer, no doubt! The full-sized Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer is $32 for 1.35 fl oz, which is average with other quality primers on the market. I had purchased the mini size, which was $15 for 0.68 fl oz first to make sure I liked it, but I’ll definitely be going back for the full-sized tube soon!