During the winter, I begin my hunt for more moisturizing primers to rescue the dryer parts of my face (basically everywhere but my T-zone) from flakiness. My current go-to is the First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer (what a mouthful!), which I discovered during Sephora’s VIB sale earlier this year. Even though it’s called a “moisturizer”, I use it as a primer on top of my regular moisturizer. It’s the first product I’ve tried from First Aid Beauty but based on my experience, I definitely plan to try more!
According to Sephora’s website, the primer has superfood ingredients that smooth pores and hydrate skin for a dewy, healthy finish. It also contains “light-reflecting micro-pearls”, which look more like glitter in the product. I was a bit apprehensive when I first tried it on because I was worried it would clog my pores, but I haven’t broken out (because of the primer) since I started using it. It turns out that the primer is not only noncomedogenic, but also allergy-tested and made without alcohols or artificial fragrances.
Price: For $28, you get 1.7 oz of product, which is a pretty fair price; it’s not drugstore-cheap but it isn’t as expensive as some other primers I have (like Lancôme’s La Base Primer). If you’d like to test the product before committing to the full-size, First Aid Beauty also offers a mini size: 0.75 oz for $14.
Packaging: The primer comes in a plastic squeeze tube that feels well-made; no risk of the cap snapping off any time soon. No complaints here.
Texture: Whereas some hydrating primers have a thinner and gel-like consistency (like Too Faced’s Hangover Replenishing Face Primer, which was over-hyped IMO), the Coconut Skin Smoothie is a thick lotion that feels more deeply penetrating but is neither tacky nor greasy once it dries down. The smell is also very pleasant — not too coconut-y, more vanilla than tropical (which is what I expected).
Effectiveness: This primer truly gives me a “lit from within” glow that just looks so radiant and healthy. I want my skin to look like skin, which is why I always prefer a more natural satin finish to an overly matte one. The Coconut Skin Smoothie helps me achieve that, even with my combination skin. As soon as I apply it, I am so luminous that I rarely need to put on highlighter. I definitely wouldn’t be able to wear this primer in the summer, but it’s perfect for the winter!
(Just a note: I always put setting powder on top of primer before applying foundation because I find that it helps to control oil better and makes my foundation last so much longer. I first learned about this technique from Wayne Goss and it’s completely changed my life!)
The First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie is an amazing winter primer for all skin types that will make your foundation look radiant and last longer. I definitely plan on repurchasing when I run out!