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I’ve had my tube of Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer for awhile now, and for most of that time I’ve used it occasionally when I needed an extra layer of coverage for under my eyes or to conceal redness around my nose. I liked it a lot, but it probably wouldn’t have made it into my deserted island makeup bag (AKA the bag of makeup essentials that I’m inexplicably bringing to a deserted island with me, along with Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things and a pile of White Stripes CDs).

Then, last week, something weird happened: the sun came out in Portland. I wasn’t expecting this to happen for another 4 months, so I didn’t have any sunscreen on hand. Since my Dermalogica Primer has SPF 30, I started using more of it, spreading a thin layer all over my skin before I applied my makeup. Within 24 hours of slathering my face with primer, the following things happened…

  1. I looked good in a photo taken in full sunlight. This has never happened before.
  2. My grandma left me a voicemail saying I have “the skin of an angel.”
  3. I got hit on by a car wash attendant who told me I glowed from within and thought my name was “Manana.”

Needless to say, I now use my Dermalogica primer for allover coverage, every day. I also plan to get my car washed more often. But anyway, here are all the deets about my new favorite product:

Price: $48 (like all Dermalogica products, it’s spendy, but worth it), Dermalogica

Packaging: SkinPerfect Primer comes in a tube with a small tip for dispersing the product. Only a small amount of primer comes out with each squeeze, which is good, because you don’t need much to get good coverage, and this stuff is expensive–it would be a shame to waste any!

Formula: This primer feels like velvet, you guys, and makes your skin look just as creamy smooth. It has natural minerals to even out your skintone, SPF to protect your skin, and the best part? Unlike other primers, SkinPerfect has pearl powder in it, which gives you an instant glow that’s guaranteed to please grandmothers and carwash attendants alike. You can wear it on its own for a low-maintenance look, or layer with your favorite face makeup to fool the world into thinking you have flawless skin (I’m obsessed with layering it with my beloved Jane Iredale pressed powder).

Wear Time: As Rachel recently explained, primer goes on after moisturizer and before makeup, so it’s not really something that noticeably fades, but it does help the rest of my makeup–especially my pressed powder–stay on longer.

Overall: I can’t believe it took me so long to figure out how to make the most of this product, but my relationship with it has quickly gone from a casual friendship to a passionate lifetime commitment. The fickle Portland sun has disappeared once again, but I’m still starting my daily makeup routine with SkinPerfect Primer, and I will keep doing so for the foreseeable future.

Rating: 5/5

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