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First Impressions - Time Balm Face Primer (The Balm Cosmetics)

Hi everyone!!

As you all know Lucinda and I do a lot of product testing in search of the perfect products for our ridiculously hot climate. Soooooo, when my cousin asked if I needed anything from the good old US of A, I hit the internet QUICKLY in search of a foundation and primer. Now I've been using my Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer since June that I got from Sephora during my trip to NY. However that adds luminosity and I look greasy after about 2 hours.

Plus I like to switch it up sometimes. It doesn't cause irritation in anyway, but I felt that I wanted to try a product that actually worked to minimize these craters I have for pores and fine lines around my mouth and eyes (30 is creeping up on me and prevention is better than cure). So I decided to go for The Balm  - Time Balm Face Primer. Now short disclaimer, there is no claim that this minimizes the appearance of pores, but it DOES.  WIN WIN.

Time Balm Face Primer - The Balm Cosmetics
Here's the Description:

"The Balm Primer is designed to be worn alone for visibly softer skin, or under makeup so your look stays put. It also helps even out skin tone and minimize the appearance of fine lines. Infused with: Vitamins A,C & E, Allantoin and Bioflavonoids." Welllllllll now, get yo' life and try THIS:

Into the ingredients list I delved while checking it out cause I had NO idea what Allantoin or Bioflavonoids were or what they would do to me! In short, Allantoin soothes and promotes the healing of the skin and bioflavonoids are natural compounds high in antioxidant properties. So reduce irritation, help prevent acne on my skin AND provide long lasting makeup wear? Wha I love it!

It is a lightweight formula, delivers a semi-matte finish for my oily skin, and applies very smoothly. As is the standard you receive 30mL/ 1 Fl oz of product and it comes nicely packaged in a box, with Olde Tyme Script. Really cute, and because you can squeeze however much you want out of the tube it makes it cost effective. Use what you need. It was really indulgent and satisfying to tap it under my eyes and around my cheek area. I kid you not the experience was kinda decadent man. 

Here's what it looks like out of the tube.

After I rubbed it into my skin, smoothness right through! 

I applied it to my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. I used about a ten cent piece sized amount, since it's been my experience that with primers a little goes a long way. AS I blended I noticed that my skin instantly mattified and my forehead, a veritable oil field was quite dry and 'normal' looking. 

The product does carry a slight floral fragrance, but it is hardly obvious unless you start inhaling it like you just ran a marathon. AND as I mentioned before, it DID reduce the appearance of my pores. I am overjoyed!


This was after half hour of makeup wear.
No, I used NO filter, this was natural light and my skin appears really smooth and ahem, poreless lol!

The photo above was after 5 hours of wear, in my very hot church with little to no wind or breeze ablowing to keep me cool. YET, my skin still appears smooth and I am only oiling up slightly on the cheek and nose areas, but that forehead is maintaining and the chin. I'd say, this product delivered so far. 

First Impression Overview: 

This product:
  • mattifies
  • is not oily once applied
  • has a pleasant fragrance
  • smoothened my skin, making it appear flawless (FOR REAL)
  • adds life to the foundation wear
  • minimised my pores and fine lines 
  • is affordable
  • prevented my skin from appearing overly oily, even after hours of heavy heat and humidity.
Stay tuned for the next review in a few weeks!!! 

Special thanks to The Balm Cosmetics for liking our photo on Instagram and checking out our blog!!!

Kindly note:
This review was not sponsored, we purchased this product with out own funds :) 

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