Their new HA Blur Primer* doesn’t break that trend. In gorgeous pink and white, it’s a must have on any beauty blogger’s shelf of aesthetically pleasing products. You know the ones. The ones you grab as background props for literally everything you photograph, along with your peonies and gold rings. I’m sure you’ll be seeing this little tube over and over in the months to come. Hooray!
On their website, Hylamide promise to bridge the gap between primers that blur, but are rubbish under makeup, and primers that are great bases but really do nothing for the skin and pores. They use a ‘Hyaluronic Acid powder base’ to make it compatible with all skin types, blur beautifully, and make it possible for the primer to be used under, over, and mixed into, and instead of, foundation. I don’t know what this means. I’m not a scientist and I’m definitely not some kind of massive beauty guru, but it sounds cool and that’s enough for me.
So I’m going to start off by saying this: the Hylamide HA Blur Primer is quite possibly the best primer in the world. At least, it’s the best primer that I’ve ever had the pleasure of using or trying out. This is because it’s just so non-greasy. Like so so non-greasy. Like, y’know when you apply your primer and then you have to go wash your hands because they feel like they’re covered in butter? Not anymore, pal. This stuff soaks right in and is hydrating and smoothing and damn. High five. Also note that the tube is no more than 30ml which means hello hand luggage! (Not that this even applies to me anymore, cry.)
So let’s start with the easiest way to wear this primer, literally by itself. No foundation, just primer. The formula is super thick, but melts really easily into the skin, and is soft and hydrating with a really simple, cosmetic scent. Not harsh at all, just nice and fresh. However, as a stand-alone product I didn’t really notice anything exciting. I don’t have especially large pores and so any pore minimising was just unnoticeable, but perhaps it would work for you. That said, it did feel nice and plumping on the face and my skin did feel noticeable softer and smoother, in a non-greasy way.
I then applied my Bourjois City Radiance Foundation. I find the foundation to be quite drying and thick to apply, although fabulous once on, and the Hylamide HA Blur Primer really sorted that out. The foundation went on so smoothly and easily, and the coverage was definitely so much better than without. The hydrating qualities also stopped the foundation picking up on those pesky dry patches for far longer. It wore incredibly well, and hid my blemishes and even a few of my freckles, incredibly well. Thanks, Hylamide! I actually spent the day stroking my face because I’ve honestly never felt it so smooth for so long. It was like I’d just exfoliated but like, a million times that.
Over foundation, a concept my non-makeup mind finds insane, it’s also pretty good. Again, it goes on smooth and doesn’t disrupt your foundation too much – none of those patches you usually get from applying a cream over the top. The face feels soft to the touch, and foundation appears less foundationy. I’ll be honest, it’s not something I’ll be trying again but the results were good.
Overall I’m over the moon with the Hylamide HA Blur Primer. It’s pretty, a handy size, and works well. I can’t wait to make this a staple in my every day makeup bag.
The Hylamide HA Blur Primer can be found for £19 here.
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