Thursday 15 February 2018

Priming with Touch In Sol

'You wouldn't apply paint to a wall without priming it' was my very first introduction as to why you should apply a base to your face before applying makeup.  Since those many moons ago, without question, I will always use a primer and if you find a good one, one which works for you and does the job you want it to do, then it is a huge plus.
Priming with Touch In Sol
I have for the past few months had a lot of fun playing with these three primers from Touch In Sol.  If you haven't read my blog recently, then I am a huge K-Beauty Fan and my current obsession is with Touch In Sol (featured here and here). The brand was created and founded in Seoul and is designed to embrace the spirit of Korean innovation. Touch In Sol is fun, innovative and uses some of the most advanced technologies and everything I have tried so far I have just absolutely loved.

Primers can do many things for your skin and makeup, it depends what it is you want them to do.  This is where Touch In Sol has something for everything.  Starting with the one most of you might have heard of, No Poreblem (£15).
If you have combination/oily skin and want to control that excess sebum, then this ticks the boxes. If you want to minimise the look of those pesky pores, again this ticks that box. For me, I have combination oily skin and there are certain days of the month when I need all the help I can get to defeat that mid-afternoon shine and when that happens, No Poreblem is the primer for me. Enriched with Green tea extract which provides soothing antioxidant benefits, building an invisible barrier to the elements and Collagen which protects skin as well as helping it to look firm, smooth and healthy.  Using a pump action bottle, you only need a few pumps to ensure you cover the parts of your face that need it the most and once it has settled, it creates a really lovely velvety finish.  This is one of my favourite discoveries to date.

Feel Like Honeymoon (£19.50) is up next and this should not be as amazing to use as it is, but I absolutely love everything about it.  Unlike anything I have ever come across or used before, it smells good enough to eat and makes my skin feel just incredible.

Honeymoon is a primer which looks after your skin and it is perfect for those of us who have dry skin that often looks and feels dehydrated or lacklustre. Enriched with eight botanicals which include rose, jasmine, lavender, lotus, chamomile and hibiscus there is also hydrolysed collagen, tiny suspended gold flakes and honey extract and they all come together to moisturise, firm and illuminate your complexion. Honeymoon is quite versatile because you can use it on it before you apply makeup or you can mix it in with your foundation or even your moisturising cream, depending on your preference and which make up products you will be using.  Unlike No Poreblem, Honeymoon has a spatula for applying and it is really easy to use and manages to hold just enough product.  It smells just like honey and has a texture which is quite similar to runny honey, but on the skin, it transforms into a none-sticky texture.  As it is ideal for dry skin, if like me you have dry patches of skin on your face, you will find that where products once glued themselves to the dry skin, they no longer do.

The Primer that intrigued me the most is Toc TocToning Capsule Base (£16). Beautiful to look at and I was drawn to the spots held within the formula.
Priming with Touch In Sol
Priming with Touch In Sol
Held inside an incredible moisturising gel which is non-stick or tacky are multi-pearl capsules which work to hydrate and illuminate skin and help to create that flawless canvas upon which to apply your makeup. The multi-pearl capsules which pop when applied help to add definition to the contours of your face and like other products within the range from Touch In Sol, this primer also cares for your skin. Using smoothing natural botanicals which includes jasmine, lavender, rose and hibiscus extracts they come together to soothe and moisturise, while also diminishing the appearance of fine lines.

The final primer I have been lucky enough to play with is 'I'm Very Useful' Make Up Boomer (£16) and this pearlescent cream primer is designed to add radiance, make your make up last longer and it can also be used as a highlighter over makeup.
I'm Very Useful is enriched with argan oil, jojoba oil, lotus, jasmine, lavender, chamomile, rose and lily which nourish and moisturise the skin. On the skin, it adds a subtle glow and I have found that it works just as well on its own as it does with your moisturiser, especially if you are having a no-makeup day and just want to look fabulous. As a highlighter, I love the glow it gives and it can be used on your cheekbones, bridge of the nose and brow bones and this is where the spatula applicator comes in really useful because it is easy to pat the product onto the skin, it doesn't use too much or too little, you can control just how much of a glow you want. If I am mixing with a moisturising cream or even BB cream, then I only add a few drops from the end of the spatula.

As you can see there are four very different primers which do very different things but all have something in common - they look after your skin as well as ensure your make up stays in place for longer.  There is a whole host of Touch In Sol makeup and skin to be discovered over at Cult Beauty, ASOS and recently launched at Feelunique and honestly, it is a brand which continues to surprise me.

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