First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer | Review

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!)

Conclusion: 9/10

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!

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