Hey everyone, many of you will have seen that I featured The Ordinary’s primer in my January Favourites. I said in that post that I was shocked that I enjoyed using it this time around as I thought I hated in on my first impressions. Well, I did hate it. But, I do like it. Kind of.
I rarely change my mind about a product. The only thing that changes usually is I like a product on first impressions then my overly sensitive skin has a reaction so I can’t use it any more. When I got that primer out and discovered I actually liked it, I knew something was up. I used it for a few consecutive days, tried it with different foundations and used different brushes. I still liked it.
Then I remembered something else and it all made sense. It was January; I was using my winter SPF. The next day I got out my favourite SPF, which is generally used from March – October and tried the primer again. It was a mess. The products were peeling off in little balls, my foundation was flaking off as I tried to blend it all together. This was why I hated it, it doesn’t work with one of my favourite products.
So what now?
I have a primer I really like, which happens to work well with another SPF so that isn’t the end of the world, I still have options. The sad part is, as it gets warmer and my skin gets slightly less dry, I’d have to choose between the two. In this case, the choice is easy. Sun protection will always be a higher priority than a primer, no question. Unless I start using a different SPF, which is possible as I’m always trying new stuff, the primer gets shelved until next A/W. No big deal.
But what if it wasn’t SPF? What if I had this amazing primer that worked really well with most of my foundations, but didn’t sit well with my favourite foundation? How do you choose? This is mere speculation, I don’t have answers. But it’s something that happens a lot. Whether it’s a cream highlighter that doesn’t sit will on certain kinds of foundations or a concealer and foundation that don’t quite work well together. It’s awful when your favourites don’t get along.
A lot of the time this happens when you try to mix oil-based products and water-based products. In my case, both products are water based so this isn’t the issue. It’s likely to be the heavy silicone in the primer that the SPF doesn’t like too much. Which doesn’t make the situation any better, but at least there’s a reason.
You’ve probably realised by now, there isn’t an underlying message or point to this post. Other than me moaning about something I can’t change, there isn’t much more. But I’m saying this because this is probably something we have all experienced at some point with a product. It’s sad that there’s no ‘universal fit’ formula that stops this from happening (L’Oréal or Estee Lauder really need to get on with that). Until then, I probably have another month with my primer and winter SPF until my Anthelios comes back out. If anyone has a beauty hack to stop this happening, I’d love to know.
Do you have favourite products that don’t work well together?