Ooh, gurl, have you heard the chismis?
(Chismis is Tagalog for “gossip.”)
Apparently, and you didn’t hear this from me, but Too Faced Hangover Primer is making MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance totally jealous with a capital J-E-L.
See, MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance and I — we roll deep. I’ve been using it almost daily for years.
The stuff works great, and I also love how it feels like a lotion going on. Plus, it doesn’t give me breakouts, for which it gets extra credit from me because almost everything gives my combo skin fits.
I can’t stand it when face primers feel heavy, you know, like they’re sitting in lounge chairs on my face.
Ugh! It gives me the willies just thinking about it…
Thankfully, MAC Prep + Prime doesn’t do that. It feels light and wonderful to me, and my skin looks like real skin when I wear it!
Well, like real skin…only more radiant and smoother.
Like I said, Prep + Prime and I have been buds for years, but lately I’ve been hanging out with this new Too Faced primer called Hangover, and after only two weeks, we’re already like this (you can’t see me, but I’m crossing my fingers here).
I’ve actually been reaching for Hangover’s silicone-free formula more than my bottle of Prep + Prime.
So what is it supposed to do?
Say you’re suffering from a beauty “hangover” — you know, pulling too many all-nighters, partying too hard with Kanye, staying up late re-reading The Hunger Games trilogy — what have you. This Hangover is supposed to be your cure.
Basically, it’s designed to prime your skin before foundation while bestowing skin care benefits, too. You end up looking like you got a full eight hours of sleep (lawd knows I need that right now) and have been drinking enough water — you know, all the good stuff you know you probably should be doing, but may not be (and by you, of course, I mean me).
It was just released with the Too Faced fall collection, and now it lives in the permanent line.
Its raison d’être is to revive tired, depleted, overworked skin while simultaneously prepping it for foundation, so it’s like a skin care elixir and a primer in one.
The unscented, colorless formula doesn’t feel sticky, and it’s also lightweight. On top of that, it absorbs quickly.
Ingredients include coconut water and probiotics, which Too Faced says help brighten and smooth your skin, while improving its elasticity and tone and replenishing moisture levels. A 1.35-oz tube with a pump goes for $32.
Great for: hydrating and prepping your skin for foundation
I’ve only been using it regularly for a couple weeks, which isn’t really enough time to determine if it delivers on those skin care claims, but I can talk about how well I think it works as a primer.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/EAU, Lactobacillus/Salix Alba Bark Ferment Filtrate, Propanediol Dicaprylate, Propanediol, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Olive Glycerides, Lactobacillus Ferment, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Cellulose Gum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Pectin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Xanthan Gum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Lauryl Alcohol Diphosphonic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Lecithin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Parfum/Fragrance, Lauric Acid, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid.
The two things I can tell so far: 1. that Hangover is great for prepping skin for foundation, and 2. that it’s loaded with moisture.
As far as I can tell, my skin definitely looks smoother and feels better and more moisturized when I wear it. Whatever foundation I layer on top of Hangover looks smoother and lasts longer. I’ve used it with a bunch of different formulas, too — tinted moisturizers, cream foundation, stick foundations, liquid foundations — and it looks good with all of them.
Skin that still looks like skin!
When I wear Hangover, my skin still looks like skin — which is one of the things I also like about MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance.
And I actually think Hangover is a little better than Prep + Prime in terms of how my pores look. When I tested this, I actually used Hangover on one side of my face and Prep + Prime on the other. Then I checked my makeup throughout the day.
At the end of the day, the pores on the Hangover side of my face just looked better.
Not “OH MY GOSH THAT’S AMAZING YOU’RE FREAKING ME OUT!” better, but yeah, my pores looked smaller, for sure. I could see a difference.
Is it the end-all, be-all of primer existence?
Well, I probably won’t stop using MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance altogether (because I’m dedicated to it like that), but I like Hangover, and I’m sure I’ll use the entire bottle.
If at the end of the bottle it hasn’t given me breakouts, I may even restock it, especially if I start to see some of those skin care benefits.
It’s available now at Too Faced counters and toofaced.com.
Starting tomorrow: Laura Mercier Friends and Family Sale
Not Too Faced related, but worth a mention. Laura Mercier’s latest Friends and Family Sale starts tomorrow (starting Wednesday, June 24, at 12:01 a.m. CST). Get 20% off and free standard shipping on any $75 purchase on lauramercier.com.
It runs through Friday. Also, everything is while supplies last, so no promo code needed.
I’ve been wanting to grab another tub of Laura’s awesome Verbena Infusion Gel Moisture, so yay!
Other than that, onward to the hump! I hope you’ve been having a good week so far.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,