Review: Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer

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I know a couple of big-name bloggers have just written about Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer, but I’ve actually had mine for about a month now. I was waiting on a full evaluation before writing about it, but I’ve hinted at it a couple of times. Unlike the people who are now rushing out to buy it because of Anna and Kate (and no shame in that), my purchase was made due the usual: Lisa Eldridge. (And, yes, I’ve made the tag. 🙂 )

I mentioned that I have been wearing my By Terry Cover-Expert basically every day, except for the few days where I feel like wearing a little less. And the Effortless Breathable Primer is what’s been less. Only, I would never call it less, because it’s so so much on its own.

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer Even I some days wake up not feeling like bothering with my makeup. Only, I also don’t want to go out without makeup. What’s a girl to do?

Use the Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer, the long-named wonder. I did use it under my foundation one day, just to try, and it was just as good. But it seems like a waste, since this is such a good foundation replacement.

And apparently it’s good for my skin?

Oil-free, oxygen-rich Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer is a multi-purpose wonder! Rejuvenox keeps this perfecting primer completely ventilated and drenched in oxygen. Sheer, porcelain-smooth coverage can be worn alone for a hint of color and even-toned radiance or layered under foundation to extend the wear. Paraben Free.

The primer only comes in 3 shades, Light, Medium, and Dark, but since it’s sheer, it’s very forgiving. I wear Light. Unsurprisingly. 🙂

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer in Light

Here’s what I do know. This is what my skin starts out looking like.

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer

And this is what I look like with just the primer:

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer

Not so impressive, right? Just wait.

And this is the primer with a little bit of concealer and powder:

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer

Let’s look at this side-by-side-by side:

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer

And just for shits and giggles, let’s compare it to my final photo with the Cover-Expert:

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer

Remarkable, right? To be honest, when I wear it, I never feel like I look like I’m not wearing foundation, and yet my skin doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything.

When I went in to buy my primer, the guy at the Sunday Riley counter talked to be about their loose powder. Now, I have a loose powder. But he grabbed my hand to demonstrate: put some of the primer on it then rubbed some of the powder on…and it was this blurred, subtly sparkly (though not glittery), light-reflecting loveliness.

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer and Soft Focus Finishing Loose Powder

With flash

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer and Soft Focus Finishing Loose Powder

Without flash

I don’t think you can really see how pretty and light reflecting it is, but trust me, it’s there!

So I bought the Soft Focus Finishing Loose Powder in Translucent Light (it, too, only comes in Light, Medium, and Dark). I’m so suggestible.

Sunday Riley Soft Focus Finishing Loose Powder

Sunday Riley Soft Focus Finishing Loose Powder in Translucent Light

Providing a whisper-weight, natural finish, the Soft Focus Finishing Loose Powder is a breakthrough for poreless and polished skin. Talc free, silky calcium-based formula is air-milled and blended with soft-focus particles, reducing excess shine and the appearance of imperfections, without settling into lines. The result – a matte, fresh complexion. Paraben free.

Sunday Riley Soft Focus Finishing Loose Powder

You can’t see the sparkly, but it’s there.

I don’t regret the purchase, because I’ve been using it with my Cover-Expert as well. It’s been my go-to powder since I purchased it.

My T-zone doesn’t stay quite as matte throughout the day as with a real foundation, but blotting papers are worth the convenience of slapping this on and leaving the house.

So what do you think? Why do I bother with foundation anymore or a tinted primer/moisturizer has its time and place? Have you ever tried this?

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