Review: Origins Original Skin Pore-Perfecting Cooling Primer with Willowherb

Guys, I got a VoxBox.

If you don’t know what a VoxBox is, it’s ok, I’ll explain.

So there’s a website called Influenster where we can all go to read/write reviews for all kinds of products. It’s not just beauty related; it’s pet supplies, cleaning products, basically everything you can imagine. Occasionally brands contact Influenster when they’re releasing new products, and they send products to Influenster members to try out. This is a VoxBox. They pick people to participate in these campaigns based on things like the reviews each member has posted, how many social media followers they have, how much they interact with other people on the site, all kinds of stuff.

So, the campaign I was picked for involved one of my favorite skincare brands, Origins. They just released a new face wash and primer, and I received the primer. I posted my first impression awhile ago, but now that I’ve been using it for awhile I feel like I can confidently review it.

I’m still a little weirded out by the texture, to be honest. I’m also not crazy about the idea of it being in an aerosol can. What happens if the aerosol gas runs out before the product does? Is it just stuck in there? It also gives it kind of a weird smell, but not all the time. The smell of the product is really nice, and once I get it on my face I like the feeling. It really is cooling, and it makes my skin really smooth but not like a silicone primer. My skin doesn’t like silicone-based primers; they break me out and just generally make my skin angry, but I haven’t had any sort of reaction to the Origins primer.

I’ve used this primer with liquid and powder foundations and it performs equally well with both. My pores don’t disappear completely but they do appear smaller, and my makeup seems to stay fresh longer. My skin is oily so there’s only so much a primer can do, but this one does a good job at making sure my makeup doesn’t just slide off of my face.

Overall I like this primer and I plan to keep using it. It retails for $32, so I’m not sure if I’ll buy it when I run out. The real test will come when the weather gets warmer; if Origins can keep my makeup on my face when it’s 90 degrees and 90% humidity I’ll buy it for the rest of my life.

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