Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Summer Essentials: NARS Multi-Protect Primer SPF30


I really bloody hate the summer.  I know it's got good bits, like longer evenings, Pimms, ice cream, lazing around having the odd BBQ with friends, but my pale skin hates the sun, going immediately red and freckly within ten minutes of unprotected exposure.  That means that summer, for me, is a whirlwind of sunscreen, looking for shade, and looking delightfully shiny.

I've tried many a high-SPF facial primer, and have found a few which deliver effective SPF protection with minimal shiny finish.  When I received one of the new primers included in NARS' summer collection, though, all those primers were blown out of the water - this stuff is amazing.

It's sunscreen credentials are good: in addition to SPF30, which provides good protection from UVB rays, it also has been rated PA+++, which means that it gives high protection against UVA rays.  Unusually, though, it has a very light, spreadable texture, which sinks into the skin, leaving no white cast and not a scrap of shine.  Granted, it takes about five minutes for it to be fully absorbed, but after that time the skin feels much like skin should - satiny, not greasy, and perfectly prepped for foundation.  It's almost as if you've not applied SPF at all.

I'm absolutely sold on this, and will be using it daily this summer - and as light as it is, probably year round too.  At £24, it's not cheap - but it's so rare to find a high SPF primer which doesn't feel greasy or heavy, it's a price I'll definitely, happily pay again.  If you'd like to try this for yourself, you'll find it exclusively at SpaceNK.  What do you think?  Do you use an SPF primer in the summer?  Let us know in the comments!

Disclosure: PR sample

5 comments:

  1. Ooh, that sounds great! I have super pale skin so in summer I'll buy anything with an SPF in it. Have you tried the Becca primer with SPF in it? I'm thinking about getting that one too.

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  2. This sounds amazing! I hope it comes to Canada soon. Things with SPF always take longer to get here for some reason.

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  3. @Kat - no, I've not tried the Becca primer - their prices frighten me quite a bit!

    @Tracy - it's part of the core summer line so hopefully should be with you soon!

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  4. I've had my eye on this since the launch and I'm so glad you've reviewed it. I always wear sunscreen on my face and am reluctant to add another layer of primer on top, but this would be like a 2 in 1. Definitely need to give this a go! x

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  5. I use the MAC primer with SPF 50 in it, it's not particularly greasy or shiny but the bottle is pretty small!

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