Okay let’s kick off this Base to Full Face series with the most logical thing. Primer. I received the Witch Daily Primer and Clearing Serum at an event last summer, and it’s one that I’ve been meaning to try properly and get round to reviewing.
This isn’t the first time that I’ve used this primer, I have used it on and off since around October, but I’ve only tended to use it one or two days at a time before going back to something else. But over the past few weeks I’ve been using this just about every day as my daily primer for work.
I like anything that’s two in one, especially when it comes to pre-makeup skincare, my skin type is oily and anything where I start layering product over product over product increases the liklihood that my skin is going to get greasy faster and my makeup will not apply as nicely on top. On a daily basis pre-makeup I tend to just use a SPF then a primer and if my skin is feeling a little drier I might combine a moisturiser or serum into the mix as well.
The Witch Daily Primer & Clearing Serum I remember being launched some time last year (I remember a vlogger talking about going to a launch for it), and I’m not sure whether it’s another product which may have been discontinued before I’ve had the chance to review it. I have been trying to research the price but can’t find this listed on the Boots and Superdrug website and can only seem to spot it on eBay.
Witch is a brand which I used to use a lot in my early teens, and I’m sure even if you’re unaware of the brand you can probably guess that the main ingredient the brand focusses around is Witch-hazel. Witch describe this as a primer perfect for spot prone and sensitive skin, through January my skin has been particularly spotty which I’m 99% sure that’s due to a hell of a lot of wedding stress this month. This two in one power product is formulated to even out skin tone whilst holding makeup in place. It’s oil free (yay) and helps keep the complexion clear from new spots. Exactly what I needed.
The packaging feels cheap but cheerful, it comes in a light plastic container with a pump on the lid to easily get out your daily dose and I’ve been finding that I’ve been reaching for it more often than not. probably because it’s the only primer in my collection that currently has a coloured label so I just know ‘oh that’s primer’ rather than having to look at a mass of white tubes and wonder ‘is this what I’m looking for again?’.
The formula of this is a thick cream, there’s something about this that makes me think it’s got something a bit different in it as when it’s freshly applied it has a slightly tacky formula. One full pump of this is slightly too much and I tend to half press it down to get the perfect amount of product.
I’ve never really paid attention in the month’s I’ve used this for what effects this has on the skin once applied visually so I did my best to take a picture. Along with my spots I’ve had enlarged & blocked pores this month so it was a great time to actually see what this did upclose. I don’t think there’s anything that significantly changes the look of the skin for me on the pore front, it’s not a pore filling or smoothing primer – however I do think that it does slightly mattify the complexion pre-application which for me is a great place to start.
I have to wait about minute or so to let that slightly tacky feeling disappear prior to putting my foundation on, however makeup does apply nicely on top once it’s had chance to settle in. I don’t think this is the best primer for making my makeup last all day – I find something more pore filling and silicone based generally a bit better for my oilier complexion as they’re drier for the get go and do a better job of soaking up oil for me before it effects my makeup. If you have slightly drier skin though I think this would be an option that you’d probably love. But it’s been by no means terrible, and it’s been one I’ve really been happily using over the past fortnight or so.
Over the past two weeks since using this product my spots have cleared up and they seem to have healed faster then they maybe would have done usually. I don’t know that I can 100% credit the fact that they’ve healed over to this – as it could just be the passing of time/relief that I’ve finally got my wedding invites finished, printed and posted.
If you know this is definitely still available please let me know. It seems like such a shame if they discontinued this after such a short space of time, I think this would have been a great product for me in my teens when I was rebelling wearing foundation to school and went through phases of having spots, and the fact as it’s witch and should mean it comes in at a budget friendly price would have made it a perfect option for me to. And hell, even as an adult I like this primer.
To celebrate the week I’ll be giving away the spare Grandee Lip Kit I hauled a few weeks and the gorgeous eye and highlighter Makeup Revolution Palette too. There are 2 Ways to enter:
1. Follow Me on Twitter & retweet the competition tweet (linked here!)
2. Be following my blog either via wordpress/email or bloglovin & comment on any of the posts in this series including this one (unless you tell me you’re not entering I’ll presume that you are!). Comments on each post are counted as multiple entries so come back all week to increase your chances of winning!
Entries close 11.59pm on the 20th February.
I’ll be announcing the winner week commencing Monday 20th February 2017!
What are your favourite daily primers?
Stay tuned for the second in the Base to Full Face Series: The Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation