Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sephora "Tricks of the Trade" Perfection Primer

What it is: A highlighting make-up base with pearlescent pink particles and soft focus particles.
Cost: $12 (on sale now from $18 in Sephora's Sale Section)
Size: 1 oz.
Not recommended for: People with very oily skin or who don't like the dewy look.
Rating: 3/5

I picked up this primer in Sephora's sale section mostly because I needed to add something to hit my $50 for free shipping.  I've tried the Tarina Tarintino Pearl Glow Primer, but at $32, it's a bit pricey.  Benefit's Girl Meet Pearl is another option, but again it's pricey at $30.  The other two products are a bit more of a liquid primer than this is.  This product is squeezed from the tube and appears thicker at first.
When I first squeezed it out, I thought, where's the glow?  It glows once you blend it into your skin.
Here it is rubbed into the skin a bit more, but heavy enough to show up in a swatch. 

I would recommend this primer for those who are looking for a dewy, glowy look.  It's not anything that is too shimmery or overwhelming when topped with a foundation or even a tinted moisturizer. Also, for those who do not like products with Silica, this does contain Silica.

I don't think that the primer really helped my make-up stay put that much.  It was comparable to the Rimmel Fix & Perfect as far as staying time, but it did supply a nicer glow to the skin.  You can also use this as a highlight lotion on the face, decolletage, etc.

A major downside for me is the packaging.  It's a metalic tube that I don't foresee being very effective towards the end. I'm also not sure if this is on sale because it is being repackaged or discontinued, so if it's a product you fall in love with, you may have to buy a back-up.

Another huge downside, this product does contain Parabens, so if you are trying to avoid Parabens, move on to the next primer.


  1. Thanks for this! I was really curious about this product. Great review.


  2. This really doesn't sound worth it! Thanks for the honest review :)