I received two deluxe samples of backlight filter primers in subscription bags over the past year, and I’ve been intrigued by them. This isn’t a review. Just some random thoughts of mine and wondering what experiences you’ve had with them. April usually means a VIB discount at Sephora and maybe Ulta, so the two that I tried are on my consideration list.
BECCA Backlight Priming Filter
BECCA Backlight Priming Filter is a peach shade in the tube, and on my skin, it’s pretty much sheer or at least translucent.
Yesterday, I went into Boston to get my hair colored at Sassoon. Since I get kind of soaked, I don’t bother wearing any makeup. I put makeup on in the changing room after my hair is done. So I decided to put on the BECCA Filter as a primer over my moisturizer and sunscreen before I left the house, thinking I’d just apply my foundation later on. I was running late for the train, and as I left the house I looked in the mirror. I was sooooooo shiny! But it was too late to do anything about it. Nobody on the train gave me a second look 😉
When I apply foundation over the BECCA primer as I’m supposed to do, I can’t say that I see any difference, not even much of a glow. I still have quite a bit left in the tube, so I’ll keep evaluating. Overall, it’s a good primer: helps my foundation stay on and not look like it has sunk into my lines and wrinkles.
Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer: Moodlight
I got this small tube of Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer in the shade Moodlight in my Sephora Play bag months ago, and I forgot about it. I was glad to find it again, and I immediately started using it before I lose it again and I’m almost finished with the tube.
Moodlight is a pale lavender matte shade. (It comes in several other shades like the Ambient powders.) I found that Moodlight does camouflage some of my dark spots so I’m less likely to need concealer. That’s a benefit. Again, I can’t see that it noticeably changes the look of my foundation. But like the BECCA Priming Filter, it’s a good primer.
Here’s what they both look like. In the second photo, I did not blend them in all the way so you could see the color and finish. You can see that Hourglass is matte, and BECCA has a strong glow.
I currently use Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum. It’s a heavily siliconed primer for super dry skin like mine, but sometimes it seems a little too thick and heavy so I am up for considering a new primer. The glowiness of the BECCA primer didn’t come through my foundation so I’m not sure what the added benefit of this primer is. I can’t say I saw a color shift from Moodlight, but I do like the consistency and that it helps cover my dark spots. I think I’ll see if there’s a smaller size Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer among the travel size products at the checkout area at Sephora.
Have you tried either of these filter primers or any others that you recommend?