Thursday, May 26, 2011

REVIEW / GET THE LOOK (For Less!) -- Hard Candy's Sheer Envy Skin Perfecting Primer

Much like with everything else I review for y'all, I picked this up on a whim. There wasn't really a rhyme or reason.. I just decided to grab Hard Candy's Sheer Envy Skin Perfecting Primer for something new to "research" for the blog while my mom and I were making a quick WalMart run. :)

As I said, I snagged this at WalMart. It comes in a squeeze tube and was $8 for 1.3 ounces. Compared to other drugstore primers that can retail for as much as $12-16, I thought $8 was pretty reasonable. Be advised that this is a silicone-based primer (specifically dimethicone). Silicone acts as a "slip" agent, making the surface of your skin smoother. However, unlike other silicone primers, like Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer, Sheer Envy is actually very light on the skin.

Hard Candy says:
Sheer Envy Primer helps to even out the skin while reducing shine. Improves foundation application while minimizing skin imperfections. Make-up lasts longer and skin is left velvety smooth. Skin Perfecting Primer – A skin tone perfecting primer that brightens dull or sallow skin. Fills in fine lines, wrinkles and pores for a flawless, smooth finish. Gives your face a beautiful, natural color complexion that lasts all day long. Evens out skin tone and diffuses redness and blotchiness. Can be worn alone or under makeup.
Here's a picture of the consistency:

As you can see, it's clear like Smashbox's Photo Finish, and also has a similar texture... which is why this post isn't just a review, it's also a "Get the Look for Less"!

I wear a tinted moisturizer with SPF 15 every day but even that slight amount of SPF is preventing my face from tanning in the tanning bed, so I wanted to find something to prime my face so that my skin's texture would be smooth enough to skip the tinted moisturizer and simply apply powder and concealer and go. I don't know how well I was able to explain that.. hope it made sense!

I quickly learned that you only need the smallest amount of Sheer Envy to cover your entire face. Literally, like the size of a pea. After applying it, I like to give it a few minutes to really absorb into my face before I apply anything on top of it. Now, let's get to it's claims, because this product has a lot of them:
  • Reduces shine and improves makeup application? Check.
  • Minimizes skin imperfections? Nope.
  • Prolongs makeup? Check.
  • Makes skin "velvety smooth"? Check.
  • Brightens "dull or sallow" skin? Nope.
  • Fills in fine lines and wrinkles? Can't confirm or deny.
  • Fills in pores? Check, but doesn't minimize them.
  • Evens out skintone and diffuses redness/blotchiness? Nope.

I don't really have an uneven skin tone or skin imperfections, but I have used it over a small red spot left over from a breakout and it did nothing to cover it. Honestly, though.. I didn't expect it to. After all, it's clear. I will say that it helps my face makeup go on much more smoothly and makes it much easier to blend. It also helps control the oil on my face, even when I do use a tinted moisturizer. I've never had to touch up my T-Zone in the middle of the day since I've started using Sheer Envy.

If you are not a fan of Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer or silicone primers in general, you're not going to like Sheer Envy. Let me just tell you that upfront. Also, the "oil control" seems to have no consistency to its effectiveness. I've read a lot of reviews online and some users praise it as a holy grail, others say it made their oily faces worse. I can't explain that, I can only tell you that from my experience, it has made my face less oily and shiny.

Lastly, I think it all comes down to what you're expecting Sheer Envy to do for you. I broke down the results of the product claims as best I could. If you're looking for something that will brighten skin and cover imperfections, I suggest trying a tinted primer. In fact, I believe Hard Candy makes one if you're interested in trying the brand. If not, there are plenty of other tinted primers on the market.

However, if you're looking to try a decent drugstore primer, I would definitely suggest picking it up. It's not as inexpensive as elf's Mineral Face Primer, but it's a better value than Revlon's Smoothing Primer.

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What do you think of primers? Love them? Loathe them? Do you have a favorite? Let me know!

♥ M


  1. This review helped alot! I had been looking for some reviews for this primer in comparison to smashbox with this,but couldnt find 1 that would give me the info I wanted.
    Thnx a bunch,

  2. Thanks, Mimi! Glad it helped you! ♥