The easiest primer you’ll ever use: Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

MAN how time flies in the summer! Here I’ve been having a blast, getting away from the city almost every weekend for the past two months, and here the blog ia getting more neglected by the day! It’s just the way I roll when the sun starts shining. Can’t say I’ve been missing it terribly – I spend enough time on a computer at work when I’d rather be outside – but I don’t want to fall completely off the radar, either. And so, here I am 🙂

Last month I was sent a sample of Skindinavia’s The Makeup Primer Spray ($35/4oz; $49/8oz) to try out, which couldn’t have been more timely due to the crazy humidity we’ve been having (not complaining of the heat though! No siree!). I was excited to try it out because the spray mechanism really appeals to me, and I figured it would feel a lot less heavy than your usual primers, which I tend to avoid save for events because I hate that extra layer of product. In addition, the product is non-comedogenic, as well as silicone- and oil-free, so you’re pretty much guaranteed for a light-as-air experience!

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer SprayI also received a small sample of the ‘Oil Control’ version as well (on left)

The Makeup Primer Spray, like most other primers, is designed to help makeup go on smoother and last longer, and to help reduce the need for blotting throughout the day as it controls excess oil production and diminishes shine.  At the same time, it’s also supposed to hold moisture in the skin by creating a lightweight, breathable ‘web.’ It also claims to help prevent redness, uneven skin tone, and large pores. Sounds pretty sweet, right?

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Because sometimes I am not so smart, initially I imagined this as a makeup SETTING product, so I was using it after applying my makeup. OOPS. How you are supposed to use this, is to spritz the face in an ‘X’ motion, then apply your makeup shortly thereafter. It’s supposed to help foundation apply sheer to prevent caking, so obviously in order for this to happen you need to apply it while it’s still a bit damp. On this score, I found this to be true. I prefer my foundation sheer to just even out my skin tone, so the fact that this helps encourage this is a bonus.

However, the claims of oil-control, shine reduction and less need for blotting is JUST NOT TRUE, dudes. It *could* be this mega-humidity, but I find that more than anything this actually makes my skin look MORE greasy, unfortunately (same story with the ‘Oil Control’ version, too). By the end of the day, it’s shine-city! It’s almost fascinating in a way though, because it reminds me of model-dewy skin, you know, like this:


If I had flawless skin and was wearing (next to) no makeup, this would be all sorts of awesome. Mostly, though, it looks like this:


Which isn’t horrible I guess, but it’s a wee bit too shiny/greasy for my taste. Part of me just feels like I’m using it wrong, and if I could *just understand* I could get it to look more like the first photo. Or maybe I just need perfect skin for that to work. ~sigh~

Anyway, the moral of this story is that I think this does quite well on the moisture retention front, but not so great on the other points like keeping makeup in place or warding off the shine-ies. For those of you with drier skin, this might be a great bet – it’s also paraben-free and hypoallergenic, so it’s great for more sensitive skins. Because I’m stubborn, I’m going to keep trying to figure out how to get this to help me achieve that first-photo glow….I WILL find a way, dammit!

Have you tried a primer spray before? Which do you prefer: a matte, satin, or dewy skin look?

*Products were provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.

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  1. #1 by Notorious Beauty Blog on July 17, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    I use the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray, which is made by Skindinavea but I didn’t realize they had a priming one. Great review 🙂

    • #2 by Latoya on July 20, 2014 - 8:13 am

      Thanks! I’m so glad you liked it 🙂

  2. #3 by Tracy@Beauty Reflections on July 17, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    LOL hahaha see it was DRYING for me haha! Like you said on my post, maybe try letting it dry first? It might work better for you then? I don’t know, I wasn’t a huge fan either like I said, so MEH. I could never remember to spray it on BEFORE was my problem. It’s just such a foreign idea to me!

    • #4 by Latoya on July 18, 2014 - 1:48 pm

      I know!! I think that’s why I was using wrong at first haha. Spraying it on after would be so much better!

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  3. #5 by Liz (@Reductionista) on July 18, 2014 - 12:40 am

    LOL at the second pic. I hear it’s sweltering on those red carpets – that wet look is how I look every day during hot weather.

    I wonder if the spray will work better for you in fall/winter?

    • #6 by Latoya on July 18, 2014 - 11:51 am

      I’ll definitely give it a shot anyway, Liz! I really like that it feels light and applies so easily, so I’m not going up yet! ;P

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  4. #7 by Makeup Morsels on July 19, 2014 - 12:11 am

    Darn! I think for the price and the results you got, I will stick to my Avene thermal water. I like a dewy look because that nice glow makes me look a lot less tired than I usually am, and then if I get a lil too dewy by midafternoon, I just blot or powder. I always leave my cheeks dewy though, I’ll just try to take away some of the shine on my t-zone if it gets out-of-hand glowy. Let me know if you get this to work model skin magic!

    • #8 by Latoya on July 19, 2014 - 9:07 am

      Ha, I’m gonna give it a fair shot MM! I’m not feeling terribly optimistic though… I’m all for dewy skin too but greasy, mmm, not so much!

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  5. #9 by frikkinchicken on August 3, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    I’ve always been tempted by spray primers, but have always thought the non-spray ones work more effectively for my oily skin. I prefer a matte T-zone and dewier looking cheeks, so I tend to use Hourglass’ primer or MAC’s Face Protect SPF 50 primer (both keep make-up on really well and keep my skin from looking too greasy over the course of the day) and use MAC’s Fix+ after I apply make-up to make my skin look more diffused. 🙂

    • #10 by Latoya on August 5, 2014 - 10:50 am

      I’ll have to try that method out Denise, as I prefer the same look (matte t-zone, dewy cheeks). I’ve never used a setting spray afterward, but I can see why they’d be enticing, and help with the overall look. The more I wear this Skindinavia primer, the more I like it – it’s still a bit more shiny than I prefer, but if I tinker around with it I can achieve a nice, naturally glowing look most days!

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