Battle of the Primers …

Every great make-up application starts with a great primer. It is the essential base to a long-lasting, smooth and flawless make-up. There are some really great primers on the market at the moment. So what I thought I would do is recommend and compare two primers and explain the difference in their prices.

Don’t get me wrong I really love both of these primers and due to the price differences you will be sure to get one to suit you. The two primers which I am going to review and compare are, GOSH VELVET TOUCH PRIMER and ARBONNE MAKEUP PRIMER.

In texture and consistency these products seem identical. They will both give your skin a beautiful matte and silky feel, perfect to begin your makeup with. They both fill in fine-lines and disguise open pores. They both come in 30ml vacuum pump bottles and are both perfume and preservative-free.

So that is everything that they have in common; now for a few differences. The GOSH primer is priced at £12.99 in Superdrug and the ARBONNE primer is priced at £25.00 online. So I’m sure you are now wondering, why would anyone pay over twice as much for a primer that does the same job. So I am going to explain why the ARBONNE primer is priced much higher.

ARBONNE use only botanical ingredients. They do not animal test or use any animal bi-products. All of their products are gluten and nut free. ARBONNE as a company have their own Institute of Research and Development based in Switzerland and they are committed to ensuring that all of their products are pure, safe and beneficial.

The key ingredients in the ARBONNE Make-up Primer are:

Hyaluronic filling spheres – which  fill in deep wrinkles. They are dehydrated for better penetration, swelling up with water in the skin and filling wrinkles very quickly because of the volume increase. They also provide long-lasting hydration thanks to a micro-reservoir effect.

Polypeptides – to combat the signs of aging

Horsetail extract –  which is a herb high in vegetal silica and has diuretic, astringent           and wound healing properties and is useful for improving circulation, as well as boosting and rejuvenating the connective tissue – the foundation of your skin and regenerating skin cells.

The high silica content also has a softening and smoothing effect on the skin.

The bio-minerals (manganese, magnesium, iron and copper) contained are             necessary for collagen and elastin biosynthesis, while the organic silicon will link the produced collagen fibres and so help the rebuilding of connective tissue.

Green tea leaf – this leaf has a string of positive effects on the skin and body.

However a nice fact for cosmetics is that Green tea is a potent anti-inflammatory agent thereby reducing inflammation in the skin, and most importantly having an inhibitory action on collagenase, which is a collagen-reducing enzyme that breaks down collagen. Since green tea helps to inhibit collagenase, the topical use of green tea helps to promote the health and quantity of collagen, thereby maintaining a firm and elastic skin.

Grapeseed extract is most commonly used as a natural moisturiser in cosmetic      products.

Apricot oil is a finely textured oil, has a bland smell, is easily absorbed by the skin, without leaving it feeling oily or greasy and is high in poly-unsaturated fatty acids. Apricot kernel oil is particularly helpful for dehydrated, delicate, mature and sensitive skin, and it helps to soothe inflammation.

The GOSH make-up primer holds none of the above ingredients.

So the differences between these two primers lie beneath the surface.

Your skin will be enriched with natural goodness and benefit from using the ARBONNE primer, while although GOSH is a great basic primer, you won’t get the added benefit of all the above ingredients. ARBONNE publish all of their ingredients for their products publically on their website, whereas GOSH do not.

I love both primers, but at least you can make an informed decision when buying either one.

If you have any questions about the above products, feel free to ask.


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