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5 Great Silicone Free Face Primers - Reviews, Swatches, Photos


Hi all! Today's post will be about silicone free primers. I personally do not use silicone based primers as I have suffered breakouts in the past from them. I know many people love how silky and smooth silicone ones are, but I have found so many non-silicone primers that work great! If you have sensitive or acne prone skin you might enjoy the products mentioned below too! This post is very detailed & a tad bit long. This is the most worked on post I have done and I am really happy with the finished product for all of you to read :)

The 5 mentioned primers are:

Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer
Lorac AquaPRIME
Korres Quercetin & Oak Age-reversing primer
Cargo blu-ray Activating Face Primer
Korres Face Primer (Vitamin E)

Let's get started...

Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer

What does it do?
If your symptoms are visible pores, unwanted shine, and an overall makeup meltdown, then Korres has the remedy for you. This clinically proven, universally nude Pomegranate Mattifying Primer blends to an invisible matte finish while minimizing the appearance of pores, balancing skintone and texture, and preparing skin for smooth makeup application and long-lasting wear. The 94% natural, non-comedogenic formula is water-based so it allows skin to breathe and never clogs pores. The formula is loaded with antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract to help tighten pores, willow bark extract to balance skin, witch hazel water to mattify and tighten while removing excess oil and dirt, and rice starch to absorb excess surface oil and soften skin.
**taken from Sephora's website - <<< click to go to the product link

My thoughts 

I bought this at Sephora right before summer started because I wanted a primer that was more geared to oily skin. I don't have oily skin, but my skin does drastically change in the hot & humid months. I bought this and the Korres Pomegranate Mattifying  in a set for $15. Here's the link for it HERE. The primer tube is a lot smaller but has been perfect as I do not go through the full sizes that fast. It was also nice because then I didn't have to commit to paying for a full size tube either! There is a light tint when you squeeze the product out but it doesn't add color to your face.

What I liked

  • Smells good. It almost has a light lemonade scent to it. It does disappear after you put it on your face
  • Easy to work with & blend
  • I like ingredients like witch hazel and rice starch as those are known "pore minimizers"
  • Has a light lotion texture
What I didn't like
  • Expensive. Full size goes for $33 for 1.01 oz
  • Takes a minute or two to dry down and if you don't let it dry, you may have issues with cakey. This only happen a few times though when I was in a rush.
  • Not oil-free. Although this is not oil free I did not have any issues with breakouts!
  • Exclusive to Sephora. This isn't an issue for me, but for those who don't have a Sephora nearby or don't online shop OR want to test things out first that may hinder purchase.
  • 6 month life span. I understand it is a natural based product, but I have to work hard to finish up a full size tube in that amount of time!
Would I recommend?

Yes, but probably only if you live in warmer climates. I don't feel that it made a huge difference in controlling oil, however it has been a very humid summer. I prefer the Korres Vitamin E face primer!

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Lorac AquaPRIME

What does it do?
Moisturizes and prepares your skin for silky smooth makeup application with a lightweight, colorless gel texture that's free of fragrance, silicone and oil.
aquaPRIME™ contains sodium hyaluronate, which hydrates and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, creating an ultra smooth canvas for perfect, long-lasting, luminous makeup.

**taken from Sephora's website - <<< click to go to the product link


What I liked

  • Gel texture. It feels very lightweight on your skin and has almost a cooling effect
  • Absorbs well. The primer dries down quickly
  • I like that they didn't add in fragrance, silicone, or oil! Perfect for my picky skin!
  • Pump & Bottle. I am a huge of pumps as they make it easier to control how much product comes out! Of course this more sanitary too. 
  • Not sticky at all. Sometimes with gel products they have a bad rep for being sticky. Not this one!
  • Has worked with my dry winter skin & combination summer skin
  • Long life span. This primer is good for 12 months
What I didn't like
  • Expensive. Full size goes for $32 for 1.35oz
  • Go through it fast. I see to use this primer up a lot faster than the others...not sure why!
Would I recommend?

Yes! This is currently my #1 face primer. It works well for me so I don't mind paying a steeper price tag for it. I am very happy with this!

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Korres Quercetin & Oak Age-reversing primer


What does it do?
This powerful treatment and skin-perfecting face primer in one instantly fills wrinkles and produces a smooth and perfected skin surface—ensuring long-lasting make up application. The formula is enriched with powerful antioxidant Quercetin and Oak extracts, which improve skin cell functioning, repair fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin texture and elasticity. The revolutionary, breakthrough Quercetin & Oak Age-reversing Primer is clinically proven to improve skin texture by 97% and significantly increase skin elasticity by 88%.
**taken from Sephora's website - <<< click to go to the product link

What I liked

  • Smells good. It almost has a light lemonade scent to it. It does disappear after you put it on your face
  • Easy to work with & blend
  • Very hydrating. Great for those who have dry or mature skin.
  • Anti-aging benefits. I don't really feel like this primer gave me long term anti-aging results, but when I had it on my skin was for sure softer & smoother!
  • Has a light lotion texture. This primer was nice when my skin was super dry in the winter months.
What I didn't like
  • Expensive. Full size goes for $33 for 1.01 oz
  • Takes a minute or two to dry down and if you don't let it dry, you may have issues with cakey. 
  • Not oil-free. Although this is not oil free I did not have any issues with breakouts!
  • 6 month life span.
Would I recommend?

Yes, especially to very dry and mature skin types! I think this would be a great silicone free opition for those folks. This was a pleasure to work with in the cold months.

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Cargo blu-ray Activating Primer

What does it do?
All the glow, none of the shine!  CARGO’s blu_ray™ Activating Face Primer reduces shine, refines pores and visibly reduces wrinkles.  This revolutionary formula is silicone-free and paraben-free.  See results in an instant and experience better-looking skin in 30 days!  Clinically-proven to improve skin’s appearance when used daily.  Use alone (we like to call it the colorless foundation) or under your favorite foundation.
**taken from Cargo's website - <<< click to go to the product link

What I liked

  • Gel/cream texture
  • AMAZING for humid & hot days & SUPER long lasting!
  • Huge fan of Cargo's HD Line. This is what made me want to try this! I got this as a sample in my Cargo Blu Ray Kit I bought at Ulta.
What I didn't like
  • Expensive. Full size goes for $34
  • Can be a little tough to evenly blend out because it is clear & texture. But this is worth the extra time because of it's long lasting.
Would I recommend?

Yes! I was really happy with this sample I had. It worked AMAZING on the days I used it when it was hot, humid & just plain nasty out. I was wow'ed (and surprised!) how great this held up. If you live in this time of climate all the time then check this out...maybe check out to if you are super oily! I will most likely purchase again next spring/summer and use a more hydrating primer in the winter.

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Korres Face Primer (Vitamin E)
**Not my photo. Photo credit to Sephora! I finished this product up awhile ago and forgot to save the packaging. Swatch looks exactly like the other Korres primers (lotion looking)

What does it do?
Rich in skin-soothing botanicals and vitamin E, this 99 percent natural formula refines skin texture without silicone, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and reduces pore size. Your skin will be primed and ready for a makeup application.
**taken from Sephora's website - <<< click to go to the product link

What I liked

  • Lotion texture
  • Fan of Korres primers. I have tried all 3 of theirs!
  • Lighter scent than the other 2 primers
  • Hydrating but overly so
What I didn't like
  • Expensive. Full size goes for $28 for 1.01 oz (so cheapest Korres primer)
  • Needs to dry down like the other Korres primers
  • Not oil free. No breakouts so not an issue!
  • 6 month time span. Do not like this! This might not be an issue if you use up face products fast.
Would I recommend?

Yes, this is great introduction to silicone free primers. The was actually the first silicone free primer I tried. I think I came across it shopping at Sephora and peeking around. I feel that all 3 Korres primers are similiar in a lot of ways, but this is the most "basic" of the 3 as the others offer more skincare benefits. Honestly, I would just go with this one if those things are not important to you. It will also save you a few bucks, and I didn't really see any major skin changes anyways! :)

Phew that was a long post!! I hope this was helpful for those of you who are breaking out from silicone based primers and looking for alternatives. Please let me know if you have any questions, i'd be happy to answer them for you!

9 comments :

  1. Thank you thank you thank you! I loved reading this as you know I needed it:)
    Laura

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    1. You were part of the inspiration for it! I hope this helped...let me know if you end up getting one of these :)

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  2. I use the Korres Quercetin & Oak one. It works for me because I have really dry skin. I'm glad that you talk about silicone-free products because I can't use silicone and it seems like that's all everyone else uses! I also followed you on instagram. My username is heatherannnnn.

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  3. Loved this post!! I don't like silicone based primers x

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  4. Great recommendations! I've been wanting to try a few of these out.

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  5. Great post! Now I'll have to look into one of these next time I'm in the market for a face primer!

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  6. Wonderful post doll, Happy I found you Blog Hopping:)
    Sara xx
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  7. Such a lovely comment you left on blog, I had to come check yours out :) And you're such a great writer! I try to do guest posts on my blog every other Friday, and I need someone for the 31st, maybe you'd like to participate :)? Shoot me an email if you're interested, I'd be honored!

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