Thursday, January 3, 2013

AMW Reviews: Face of Australia Face Base Primer

Every time we visit the Duty Free Shop in the Philippines, I make sure to stop by the Smashbox counter to restock my Smashbox Photofinish Primer Light which I like using on clients!  Unfortunately, I get "Sorry, it's still out of stock." answer for the longest time and I actually ran out of my favorite primer so I have to be always on a lookout for an alternative!

My most recent primer that I've tried on both myself and clients is the Face of Australia Face Base Primer with Vitamin E and Chamomile.  Scroll down for my in depth review! 

Face of Australia says ---
Face of Australia Face Base Primer is specially formulated to apply under your foundation to improve your complexion and assist make-up last longer. Face Base Primer contains Vitamin E to nourish and hydrate skin and chamomile to smooth your complexion, leaving it fresher and brighter, ready for foundation application. Face of Australia Face Base Primer fills fine lines for a more balanced surface, so that your foundation applies evenly and stays on longer for all-day flawless skin.

It smooths skin tone, fills fine lines, whilst delivering instant hydration that retains skin's moisture level and controls shine. Face Base Primer improves performance and foundation wear with chamomile to promote skin repair. Contains Vitamin E to strengthen and smooth skin's texture and Yarrow Extract encourages cell regeneration. Face Base Primer is Oil Free so it won't clog pores.

Size: 50ml (1.7 fl. oz.)

AMW says ---
  • Tube packaging with flip top lid.  Easy to tote along.
  • Oil-free primer indeed and never feels heavy on skin.
  • Contains Vitamin E and Chamomile as its top ingredients.  Vitamin E is always great on skin while Chamomile gives a relaxing effect.
  • Texture is in between gel and lotion.  Very lightweight.
  • Fast absorbing. 
  • Hydrating, non-drying.
  • Doesn't create heavy or oily-feel.
  • Silicone-free.
  • Makeup stays longer and maintains a fresh-looking appearance for people with dry, normal and combination skin.  Super oily individual may still need to retouch at the end of the day.
  • Powder, cream or liquid foundation can  be applied more evenly with this face base primer underneath.
  • No added sunscreen.
  • There's a very tiny hint of "plastic" scent which doesn't bother me but may bother people with super sensitive nose.
  • The product doesn't blur out or fill in fine lines and wrinkles.
The Face of Australia Face Base Primer reminded me so much of the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer base on the texture and calming properties.  The FOA Face Base Primer is lightweight, moisturizing, gives a calming effect on skin and makeup stays fresh longer than applied without it.

  • Apply sunscreen prior to primer application for added protection.  But if you are mostly indoors and will be photographed a lot, you can skip sunscreen just for a day!
  • After skin care, apply Face of Australia Face Base Primer on freshly moisturized face and let it sit for a couple of minutes before you proceed with foundation application.
  • On areas that needed more "protection" (ex. dry spots, wrinkles, fine lines, t-zone, etc..) apply a bit more of the face base primer using patting motion and wait for the product to sink in.
  • Primers are best applied with clean fingers using massaging motion.
  • If you have very sensitive skin, do a patch test before applying the product all over your face.  Once signs of irritations occur, stop usage IMMEDIATELY.
  • If you have BB creams added into your makeup regimen, it boils down to trial and error on which comes first, BB cream with added skincare can come first and proceed with primers while some prefers to go the other way around.  It is basically your choice at the end of the day!
  • People who suffers from super dry skin may need the extra help of a moisturizer prior to primer application.  While people with super oily skin may need to take with them oil-control films to pat off excess oil midday.
Will I repurchase?

To whom do I recommend this to?
First time primer users or even long-time primer users can give this a try!  Works best on normal, dry, combination skin!  Oily skin would appreciate this too due to its oil-free formulation, but VERY Oily skinned individuals may find the need to retouch at the end of the day!

Where to purchase and how much?
Locally at D Hip Sanctuary for Php618.00 (approx $15.45). Add them up on Facebook or email them  If you want to learn about their bazaar schedules, contact Karen 0999-888-2682

Face of Australia Face Base Primer Tube Packaging
with flip top cap

Sealed upon purchase

Texture is lightweight, lotion/gel-like texture

Easy to apply and blend into the skin

The product gets absorbed into the skin easily and gives a fresh, moisturized texture.

Since my last bride for year 2012 have normal, clear skin, I've used this primer on her and I am so happy to report that I got a text from her a couple of days later thanking me for the makeup and gave me a super helpful feedback!  Her makeup stayed the whole day and she didn't have to do much retouch! Great job Face of Australia Face Base Primer!

With BB creams and CC creams around the corner, are you still using primers on daily basis or on special occasions?  Why or why not? 
Feel free to read my previous post on Tip for the Day: Base Makeup/Primers.

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  1. glad to see another silicone free primer :D unfortunately most primers are made for oily skin, it makes dry skin even drier. :( although I have dry skin but makeup tends to slide off too :*(

    1. I know what you mean, this one is perfect for dry and combination/normal skin! I'm not sure how it'll work for you in Malaysia as the weather is different!

  2. Hi Nikki! DO you think this is okay for acne prone skin since it's silicone-free? Have you had feedbacks from other people complaining they broke out with this? Thank you! :)

    1. so far, those that I have used, even the latest bride with the most sensitive skin ( I asked my makeup artist friend to use it on her) so far, didn't have any itches! SO FAR ha? So I think this is safe naman, pero talagang hiyangan lang and depends lang sa skin ng tao, swertihan!

    2. thanks! i only get oily on my forehead now so i'll only use it there kya lang yun yung area na mas madali ako magbreakouts hehe...pwede din kasya ito as eye primer like the mirabella? :)

  3. hood question nikki. of i were to use a primer gusto ko un super good in keeping the oilies at bay. im currently using proactive primer and its really good. i then top it with snoe bb cream after that? i fust with powder

    1. how much is the Proactive primer and where do you buy it? do you have oily skin talaga ? and it worked? :D

  4. my face is very oily! jeez cant find the perfect primer nikki whats the perfect primer for oily? ty ty

    1. Have you tried Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer in Light? So far, I use that on clients with super oily skin and it works for them! :D

  5. Your posts and reviews are always so thorough! I really appreciate it. Might have an eye out for this primer when I visit Australia in a few weeks (God knows we don't have it in stores in Denmark)



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