Is This The Best Primer For Combination Skin?

by Gio

dermalogica hydrablur primer

As much as I complained about dry skin this past winter, combination skin is a lot worse.

At least, with dry skin you know what you need: rich and creamy formulas that deeply hydrate and moisturize.

Combo skin is a lot trickier to deal with. That moisturizer mattifies your oily t-zone but leaves the rest of your face as dry as the Sahara. And that foundation gives your cheeks a lovely glow, but looks so awfully shiny on your forehead!

Finding a beauty product your entire face loves seems a mission impossible. But, I’ve recenly found one. No, I’m serious, I really did. It’s Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer.

What’s so special about it? Well, it’s a primer with skincare benefits. There’s hyaluronic acid that attracts and binds to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water, so it can hydrate all skin types without ever feeling greasy or clogging pores.

Then, there’s a bit of silica, which helps absorb excess oil. There’s not much, it’s true, so if your skin is super oily, don’t expect miracles. But, if it’s only slightly oily, then, yes, it helps keep your t-zone shine free without drying out the rest of your face. Finally!

Talking about skincare benefits, the primer also contains retinol, which is one of the few ingredients that can really reduce wrinkles. But, you have to use it daily to reap its benefits. You can’t use retinol only for a special occasion and expect wrinkles to disappear (although, we can all wish so).

Of course, like all primers, Dermalogica Hydrablur also blurs out imperfections. It makes large pores and wrinkles look smaller and creates the smoothest base for foundation. Liquid foundation, that is.

With powder foundation, the end result is a bit cakey. I personally don’t mind that because I don’t use powder foundations, but, if you do, you may want to switch to a liquid formula on days when you wear this primer.

It’ll make your foundation last a couple of hours longer, too. This feat, together with its blurring powder and one the silkiest texture ever, are all due to the same bunch of ingredients: silcones. I know a lot of people don’t like because them they think they suffocate skin, but skin can’t be suffocated: it doesn’t have lungs and so can’t breathe.

Even if it could breathe, silicones wouldn’t harm it either. They have a special molecular structure that features large holes between each molecule. This means they create a protective barrier on the skin that still alllows it to function normally.

There’s another thing I like: the lack of scent. As much as I adore my perfumes, I’m not that keen on putting them on my face!

Price & Availability: $46.00 at Ulta.

Ingredients: Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Glycerin, Water/Aqua/Eau, Lauryl PEG-10 Tris (Trimethylsiloxy) Silylethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, PEG-12 Dimethicone/PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Silica, Boron Nitride, C30-45, Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Fomes Fometarius Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Evodia Rutaecarpa, Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Verbascum Thapsus Flower, Serine, Retinol, Potassium Phosphate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil, Coriandrum Sativum Fruit Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens Leaf/Nut/Stem Oil, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Dodecene, Caprylyl Glycol, Pullulan Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Algin, Propanediol, Trehalose, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium PCA, Urea, Isohexadecane, Mica, Silica Silylate, Cetearyl Methicone, Steareth-2, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, PEG-10, Polyester-1, Pentylene Glycol, Steareth-21, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), (CI 77491), (CI 77499).

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Laurie April 8, 2016 - 4:51 pm

Thanks for the review! As someone with combination skin, I’ve had very good luck with the Dermalogica line. When I’m in the mood for a splurge I like the Multivitamin Recovery Masque.

Gio April 8, 2016 - 8:59 pm

Laurie, thank you for the recommendation. I’ve just started to explore this line, but they do have some nice offerings. I’ll check that mask out.

becca April 9, 2016 - 10:10 am

I’ve just discovered your blog- its amazing. Its so great to read informed, honest and in depth reviews, ideas and knowledge.
Well done.

I just wanted to add a personal opinion about dermalogica. I have used many products from this range and use to love until I discovered the high content of lavender oil and citrus oil in some products. Especially the multivitamin mask- this is a no no for my skin re potential long term damage.
Does this have lavender oil in it? If not it looks good.
I thought you had to put blur creams over makeup not under?


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