I picked this primer up from BeautyBay some time ago and have been oh so cautiously testing it ever since. My skin's been relatively good of late, so instead of leaving well enough alone I start testing stuff on it. Of course. (Bad Me!)
I was really excited to learn that BeautyBay sold it and shipped it for free because I've been on the hunt for silicone-free primer since forever. As an oily skinned girl with big nose pores it's just something you want to work for you.
Here's what Cargo claims:
CARGO blu_ray™ Activating Face Primer is a revolutionary primer for high definition ready complexions.So does it do all that? My answer is maybe, but very very subtly.
This high performance primer combines cutting edge skincare ingredients and technology together with a primer to care for skin, whilst reducing shine, refining pores and visibly reducing fine lines and imperfections. Oil and silicone free, it feels weightless and comfortable on the skin for a super smooth base. Makeup is long lasting and flawless looking, so you’re ready for your close up every day.
Tip: This also looks great worn on its own for women who don’t wear foundation but want to prevent shine and want to improve the look of their skin.
It doesn't take much and this primer is a joy to apply. Gliding smoothly on and sinking in with no stickiness or actually, anything to show it's not just moisturiser.
On days when I wear it all day, I've noticed that:
- Foundation goes on a bit more easily and bit more smoothly
- I believe it lasts longer, at least on my nose which is where it tends to wear away from constant blotting.
- I have no idea if it reduces oil and shine - haven't really noticed a difference
- I haven't started using it daily and may never do so, but it's never broken me out.
Here's the list of ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Silica, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Ethylhexylglycerin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Barkextract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract, O-Cymen-5-Ol,Polyurethane-40, Oleanolic Acid.Conclusion
I'm having difficulty pinning down if this primer really is working or if I just really really want my HKD$276 purchase to work. I'll keep using it especially on days when I have something special to attend after work... I may even try using it daily for a week just to see what happens. But unless I start to really see some improvements (it's meant to also care for skin over time) I'm not sure I'll be repurchasing.