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Prime Time Foundation Primer by bareMinerals

Prime Time Foundation Primer

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pore minimizing(233)
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i love this primer it makes your skin smooth,so it is easier to apply your make up

- Ulta User

its a gorgeous silky texture providing an excellent base for my makeup, love it

- Escentual User

staying power


i love this stuff, keeps everything in place and allows my make-up to stay on way longer than without it

- Sephora User

make up stays perfect all day

- Ulta User



love this and how lightweight it goes on

- Ulta User

it's lightweight and keeps my mineral (cover fx) foundation looking great even during my fast pace and often hectic job in an er

- Sephora User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

no pores no scars, and no oil

- Sephora User

this primer hid my pores and discolorations

- Ulta User



it glides on like silk and dries immediately

- Qvc User

i love that it goes on smooth and drys quickly

- Sephora User



the only positive thing i did notice was that my face did not seem as dry after initially applying powder foundation

- Ulta User

but that may be because it wasn't dry all the way

- Sephora User
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Sephora userMay 17, 2009

You NEED this. I'm a new total convert!

Never having used a primer before, I'd been paying attention to the concept of despite using great skin care formulations and moisturizers, without a primer, your makeup sits directly on your skin and will sink into it. After a while I got the point. Ick. Not good. I also heard these wondrous properties of primers being able to "even out your skin" and improve look of pores even BEFORE you apply your makeup. As I use Bare Escentuals Mineral Maikeup, it made sense to try their primer. And ladies, it'e EVERYTHING they say it will be and more! Used it for the first time this a.m. Let my serums and moisturizers dry, applied the Prime Time Primer (a little really does go a long way...one pump will most likely do your whole face) and took the couples of minutes it took to dry in collecting my thoughts for the day. Then like wow - my makeup went on more smoothly, I needed LESS, it blended even more perfectly and I was simply amazed at the natural beautiful face looking back at me in the mirror when I was done and realized it was me. Who would have thought a primer would work such magic! It SO improves the staying power of your makeup, too. It's several hours later and my face looks like I just got out of the makeup chair minutes ago. The texture of my skin is like satin. And pore...what pores? This silky, light weight liquid wonder will perfect your skin. I'm simply amazed and totally converted. After all, why spend all the $$ and take all the time to apply wonderful makeup if you omit thiis crucial step without priming your skin first? This is just simply fabulous. My skin loves it and so do I. <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

- Sephora
QVC userNovember 25, 2013


I have been using this bareMinerals Time Foundation Primer and is THE BEST product ever. I have VERY, VERY, VERY sensitive skin; I have super fair skin; and I am allergic to make-up. PERIOD! So, I have been using bareMinerals forever now, because it is, innately, hypoallergenic. Needless to say, my skin haven't reacted to any of its products. Nonetheless, the idea of using a "primer" made me very nervous! But, in: My Life Is Short List, I gave it a shot. I And, I couldn't be happier that I did! My skin looks perfect: My BE foundation glides on and it keeps my make-up in place until I take it off! My skin glows, feels silky, and pore less. I, actually, look picture perfect! So, am I happy? YES! THE BEST part is that I do not feel it on my skin AT ALL! It is like air! I have combination skin and it keeps my make-up on rain or shine. It does not smudge. I, recently, tried it on my mom and sister (I did their make-up with all BE products and, they LOVED IT! Now, they are hooked on bareMinerals products. My Mother could not believe that as much as she touches her face, her make-up stayed on. It soften my sisters and mom's little wrinkles. They, loved it even more when in ALL the pictures they looked air-brushed! Most guests and family members wound up asking us, who our make-artist was; and, what kind of products she used. They could not believe it when we told them we were wearing bareMinerals. Thus, thank you Leslie for your natural and wonderful products; and thank you Q for giving the best of the best always! I recommend this product to anyone who want great coverage with minimum--good for your skin--products. <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

Sephora userDecember 2, 2010

not for those with dry skin

I use this before applying a liquid foundation from Clinique (I have a lot of imperfections so I need something that provides a fuller coverage than BE) and noticed that it left my foundation looking cakey (and I use only a little bit of foundation every time). I have dry skin, so maybe that's the problem? However, this primer glides on very smoothly and is very light. It also does an amazing job at leaving your skin matte all day and your makeup also stays put even at the end of the day. I personally prefer to look a bit dewy though so I'm sticking with the bareVitamins Skin Rev-er Upper. All in all, great for those who have well-moisturized skin and looking for something that provides matte coverage.

- Sephora
Sephora userJuly 22, 2009

Best of both worlds-- effective and affordable

I absolutely love this primer. I have acne prone skin that tends to get oily but sometimes flaky from acne treatment products. This stuff is a godsend. It smooths out my skin, moisturizing any drier areas and mattifying the t-zone. You will get the most amazing foundation application if you use this beforehand. It's gentle too; it won't irritate your skin or make you break out, and it really lasts, keeping your base flawless all day and night. And at $21, it really can't be beat. It won't break the bank like Smashbox's one would, but even if I had the choice I would still buy this one. A little goes a long way with this smoothing, long-lasting wonder. ALSO: i got a free sample of makeup forever HD primer. avoid it at all costs. it is terrible.

- Sephora
ulta.com userMarch 8, 2012

Makes your skin look silky smooth!

This product is a must-have if you use Bare Minerals makeup! It's very easy to apply, and goes on silky-smooth. I have combination skin, oily in my t-zone, but dry around my eyes and cheeks and this primer does a great job of balancing out my skin. It really gives the mineral powder something to adhere to when you apply it, so your makeup stays on perfectly throughout the day/night. Your makeup looks flawless, and it gives your face a very fresh, dewy look. The only slight problem I had with it, is when I started to sweat, my face would get itchy for a few minutes and then go away. I don't think I'm allergic to it though, because it only started itching if I were to sweat. TIP: If you have an oily t-zone, or oily skin in general, apply the mineral veil over the primer, and then the foundation on top of that to absorb oil throughout the day/night. <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

- ulta.com


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Melissa Palencia
CombinationCombination Skin
Looking for primer that’s won’t clog my pores but will smooth out the texture of my skin! Preferably something drugstore!
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Emma Ledger
CombinationCombination Skin
I swear by bare minerals prime time primer... it’s been the best so far or you could try smash box photo finish primer.
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Nicole Choma
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What is a good primer that will cover up but not block my pores?
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Ainsley Poole
OilyOily Skin
I use this and love it
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Ryen Dent
CombinationCombination Skin
Any suggestions for moisturizing but not greasy primers?
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Bianca Salazar
CombinationCombination Skin
This one feels more like a moisturizer than those ugly silicone primers lol