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THE REVIEW: Banila Co. Prime Primer Finish Powder

February 02, 2015 Charlotte Cho

Some days I know some of you like to trade a dewy complexion for a classic matte one, especially if your skin is on the oily side. To achieve this a good powder is essential, but it’s about as rare as a unicorn.

Seriously. When was the last time you saw one of these guys prancing around? [Image courtesy: Creative Commons]

Guys. I think I’ve found a unicorn, and that unicorn is the Banila Co. Prime Primer Finish Powder. Observe...


It's funny they call it a primer because it's a actually a finishing powder. 

I used this on top of my regular BB cream in the morning. When applying, I recommend concentrating a little bit extra in the T-zone area, which tends to get a little oilier throughout the day. Not too much though -- a little goes a long way and you want it to keep its translucent finish. 

By night, the powder was still holding my makeup perfectly intact. It made my face soft to the touch and had a beautiful, velvety finish.

One thing I’m not wild about is the packaging. While the puff is cute, I tend to prefer using a brush for more control, so I just set the puff aside. Hey, at least it makes for a cute prop on my vanity.

I didn’t curate this for the puff any way. I curated it for results, as well as superstar ingredients. For example:

White water lily extract - aka Nymphaea alba flower extract. It’s known to have soothing, anti-inflammatory and skin brightening properties.

Watermelon extract - Listed as its fancy scientific name Citrullus lanatus fruit extract in the ingredients. This is a versatile ingredient that’s been used for so many different things, including treatment of diabetes and as an anti-diarrhea treatment. Your face probably doesn’t need that, but it does need the antioxidants that combat skin cell damage.

Plantain leaf extract - Fondly called Plantago lanceolata leaf extract. It’s been used in traditional medicine and other practices for its antibacterial effects. Also, it’s just really fun to say. Say it with me now, “Plant-ah-go lan-see-oooh-la-ta!”

Don't be fooled -- this snow white powder dusts on as an invisible veil.

If you get shiny or just want a soft, matte finish, give this primer a try. It’s on our shelves now.

Do you have any hacks to keep your shine at bay? Let me know in the comments below.

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