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Skipping Primers: My Beauty Confession

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Ever since I wrote a post over on Babble about primers (There’s a Primer For That), I feel like I’m surrounded by discussion amongst my friends about primers, I get emails about new ones hitting the market, and there are just primers everywhere, they are taking over the world. Seriously.

And I have a confession. I don’t always prime before my makeup. (Actually, I prime always before eye shadow. Everything else, not so much.) Why? Because I’m a girl without a lot of time, obviously. Sometimes I just don’t have time to let my moisturizer sink in before I need to reach for a primer and get on with it.

Instead, what I usually end up doing to prepare my skin for makeup is to use a good moisturizer and I never skip my eye cream. I like to have everything nicely hydrated and my skin nicely plumped up, it helps my makeup glide on a bit better and prevents any creases. It works pretty well, though obviously having a little more slip from a primer gives better (though slower) results.

This is where the Olay comes in. They sent me 2 products to try out, one of which is made for lazy people like me, the Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex. It is a daily moisturizer with a “micro-filler formula with light-diffusing particles helps to reduce the look of pores and fine lines to instantly smooth the skin’s texture.” Basically, it is dual purpose, moisturizer (with lots of anti-aging properties) and primer in one. You had me at “micro-filler.” Perfect, it’s like it was made for me! They also sent the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Serum Duo. I’ve been using the products for a few weeks now, though not my full 4-6 week period of a typical skin care review. Consider my impressions preliminary, but I’ll add an update later if anything changes!

Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex
So, this is micro-filling, light diffusing and pore smoothing daily wonder-cream. It comes in an airless pump and is light a thick lotion, not really a cream. One of the main ingredients is silicone (see the image below with ingredients, it’s on the right), similar to most primers. You can feel that there is a little slip when you apply it, but mostly it feels like lotion. It sinks into my skin very quickly and leaves no residue behind. And yes, it is great under my makeup. It is more like a primer than my usual lotion, and foundation definitely looks smoother when this lotion is underneath.

What’s great about this lotion is that it isn’t just a moisturizer, as part of the Regenerist line, Olay has put a lot of anti-aging ingredients in it.

• Niacinamide: more about how Niacinamide fights aging
• Panthenol: Vitamin B5, it acts as a humectant and emollient. It can also accelerate wound healing and has some anti-inflammatory action

Here’s where it stacks up on my anti-aging inventory (remember, this is for an entire routine, not just 1 product).

Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Serum Duo

This is actually 2 products in one, and I like that they come together. Really, I was mostly using the Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream, and I admit that I haven’t really used the Lash Serum yet because I’m in the middle of testing a different serum.

The Eye Cream feels just like a basic eye cream. It is nicely hydrating and is also heavier on the silicones than most other eye creams. Which makes it perfect under makeup! I don’t really feel a lot of silicone in the formula, but it does feel smooth. My concealer applies nicely over it, I do think things look a bit smoother than with a regular eye cream so I’ll be using this as my “every day” go-to for now on.

Because this eye cream is Regenerist it also has some anti-aging ingredients.
• Niacinamide: more about how Niacinamide fights aging

Olay Regenerist Ingredients

Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Serum Duo
Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Olay through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Serum Duo and Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex, all opinions are my own.

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I’m a doctor, a mommy and a bit of a beauty addict. If you let me, I can take 2 hours to get ready in the morning. Really. I'm on a quest for faster beauty that works!

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  1. 11.4.13
    Deb said:

    Christine, do you use this before or after your sunscreen? I notice it has no SPF. I am really interested in trying it and was just wondering what order you use it in. I have found that sometimes different products from different companies don't always play so well together, but sunscreen has to go into the routine somewhere. Any advice is much appreciated.

  2. 11.5.13

    Hi Deb!
    I should have stated that. I've been using it as a moisturizer, so I put sunscreen over it, I pair everything with my Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Defense when there's no SPF in it already. Hope that helps!

  3. 11.5.13

    I have a grease ball face. I can't live w/o a primer pathetic but true!

  4. 11.5.13
    Deb said:

    Hi Christine. Yes, that helps tremendously. I was uncertain how it would work because of the silicones in the Olay. This is just what I needed to know. Thanks!