Not all primers are equal. Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer VS This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer.

The Too Faced Peaches and Cream Collection should reach the UK this month. I’ve written some posts on this collection already and for better or for worse, this is the last post regarding this collection. I’ve given this collection quite a bit of attention for a couple of reasons:

(a)    It is an all matte collection which speaks volumes to me as an oily skin type,

(b)   but it is also arguably one of the prettiest collections ever made and

(c)  of course it is from a high quality beauty brand.

So I hope you agree, it was worth the detailed look. In this post I will be comparing the Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer against what I think is the best makeup primer out there at the moment, the This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer. For the reasons why I give all the honour to that primer and how the Too Faced one compares, keep on reading!

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So, let’s get to it!

There are two types of primers in my opinion, as a chemist and of course a make up lover. After having “analysed” and used a lot of the make up primers out there, I classify primers in two major categories:

(a) The primers I would put all over my face

(b) The primers I would use only on specific areas, for a specific purpose

There are some primers out there, not many, that have high nutritional value for your skin, containing a lot of goodies like vitamins C & E, retinol, hyaluronic acid and other skin health and youth promoting ingredients, as well as do what a primer should do (category a). The vast majority of them though, have simple formulations and so they are designed to do a specific job (category b). For example, some primers are meant to give you an air-brush finish, highlight or brighten your skin tone, air brush pores, control oil production etc. Those primers are what I would class as category b, the ones I would use on specific areas of the face, for a specific purpose. Personally, I would always use a primer from class a first and then one from class b on specific areas.

Of course, you don’t need to use both, you might not be that much into skin care and just want to use a class b, to hide your pores for example. And that’s ok. Vigorous skin care is a lifestyle and not all of us want to follow it. Personally, I try to take good care of my skin, as it is our body’s largest organ, and it also is one of those things where prevention is key. After you get those wrinkles there isn’t that much you can do. So keep the skin healthy and youthful for as long as possible.

And quite frankly, with so many beauty brands and so much competition out there, why would you not want the best product that does it all? A product that works as a primer but also has an added skincare value? A product that is almost a cosmeceutical. For more details on this check out “What are cosmeceuticals”.

Now that you have a better understanding of how I see primers, let’s get into product specifics. And here’s where it actually becomes interesting. Both the Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer and the This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer are two primers that I use on a daily basis. I love them both and I recommend both, for different reasons.

The Too Faced one is a class b primer. A primer that I use to control my face oils. I use it on my T-zone and that’s it. But before that, I use the This Works primer. I put this all over my face and down the neck too, sometimes. So in summary, on a typical day, my routine would be:

Estee Lauder DayWear Matte Moisturiser then This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer and then Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer and finally the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. This combo not only nourishes the skin greatly and makes it smooth and calm for the makeup to sit nicely on and last all day, but it also controls my super oily face. So much so that I am matt all day long. No need to blot or retouch. I highly recommend this combo for oily skin types.

 

But let’s compare the Primers in detail:

Colour:

The Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer is actually pink-peachy coloured. However, the colour disappears and gets worked into the skin so you don’t have to worry about it changing your skin or foundation colour.

The This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer is a white cream that also gets worked into the skin without changing the skin’s colour.

Winner: Equal.

 

Texture:

Both primers have a thick, creamy consistency but both are easy to spread and get absorbed by the skin fast without leaving any residues behind.

Winner: Equal.

 

Smell:

The Too Faced primer obviously smells like Peaches and Cream which of course is expected as it is part of the Peaches and Cream collection. The smell is pleasant and not so strong that it makes you feel sweetly sick or annoyed with it. It is fairly subtle and after your skin absorbs it in, you probably won’t be able to smell it anymore. It’s gorgeous.

The This Works primer has a faint floral/cosmetic smell that is also pleasant. It is not as nice as Peaches and Cream and also not as strong. You might not even smell this one at all.

Winner: The Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer just smells too good!

 

Price:

The Too Faced Primer costs £27 for 40mL. The This Works Primer on the other hand costs £30 for 40mL.

While the Too Faced Primer appears to be cheaper, it is actually the This Works one that is the cheapest and best value here, as it offers a huge amount of skin nourishing ingredients as well as it working as a primer too. The This Works primer is definitely better value/quality for money, however, the Too Faced one is very good for oil control which can be priceless if you suffer from oily skin.

Winner: The This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer is much better value/quality for money.

 

Packaging:

Both primers are very practical and easy to use as they both have a pump. In terms of general appearance, the Too Face primer is much more appealing and feminine looking, whereas the This Works is very simple in its branding and design.

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Winner: The Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer looks gorgeous.

 

Ingredients:

The Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer has the following ingredient positives:

  1. Water based formulation.
  2. Nylon 6/12 – can have mattifying properties when used in high amounts.
  3. Aluminium Hydroxide – Can form a refractive layer reflecting UV rays. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF protection.
  4. Mica – reflects light so it can give the illusion of smoother, softer, more radiant skin.
  5. Silica – absorbs oils. Silica is safe to use. It is only unsafe when used as a powder which is not the case here.
  6. Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract – moisturiser, consitioner, can be a source of vitamin C. Gives the peach scent.
  7. Tocopherol – A compound with similar activity to Vitamin E.
  8. Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract – Skin conditioning agent, anti-bacterial.

There are of course many more ingredients in it but they are mostly general skin conditioners or moisturisers, nothing too special or worth singling out.

Now look at the vast difference in ingredient goodies in the This Works primer and you will understand why I consider it the best primer out there, at the moment. It nourishes the skin and of course it works well as a primer too.

The This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer has the following ingredient positives:

  1. Water based formulation.
  2. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – Skin conditioner, locks moisture in (=humectant). Some consider it to have anti-flammatory properties and protects against UV-damage. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF. Some have reported it to stimulate collage production and therefore, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  3. Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (aka Shea butter) – Anti-flammatory, soothes itchy, irritated skin and sunburnt skin, absorbs UV-B, is an anti-oxidant and replenishes the skin. Almost a hero compound.
  4. Caprylic/Caprylic Triglyceride – Enhances the absorption of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients. Replenishes and conditions the skin, locks in moisture.
  5. Chondrus Crispus Extract – Contains of 10% protein, 15% minerals and is rich in iodine and sulfur. Can hold 20-100 times its weight in water so is a good moisturiser. Anti-oxidant, skin conditioner, can protect against UV, enhances the texture of the skin.
  6. Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (aka Argan oil) – Mixture of compounds including Vitamin E and fatty acids. Essential for healthy skin. Skin conditioner.
  7. Borago Officinalis Seed oil – High (about 24%) in γ-linolenic acid which is an essential fatty acid, omega-6 type. Anti-flammatory, skin soother, anti-oxidant, skin conditioner. believed to have cooling and saline effect on the skin. Reduces redness and soothes damaged skin. Potential anti-ageing compound.
  8. Caffeine – Potent anti-oxidant, improves puffy eyes, sooths and penetrates the skin providing a constricting effect which reduces redness. Slows down the process of photo-ageing.
  9. Sodium Hyaluronate – Known in the science community as the fountain of youth compound. Can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, so it is a king moisturiser. Helps wounds heal faster and increases collagen production leading to younger looking skin. For more info and all the scientifically proven claims see “Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?”
  10. Rosa Damascena Flower Oil – Skin soother and anti-oxidant. Contains a mixture of vitamins and other compounds. Has anti-microbial properties and UV resistance.
  11. Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower oil – Skin conditioner and toner. Some claim it has antiseptic, healing and calming properties.
  12. Euphrasia Officinalis – Anti-microbial, skin conditioner, soother, tonic, astringent (reduces redness and puffiness), anti-flammatory.
  13. Malva Sylvestris Extract – Skin soother, anti-oxidant, skin conditioner.
  14. Tocopherol – A compound with similar activity to Vitamin E.
  15. Achillea Millefolium Extract – Reduces skin flakiness and redness. Skin conditioner.
  16. Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract – Astringent (reduces redness), skin conditioner, anti-flammatory, anti-ageing, used in wound healing. Some claim it has beneficial effects on hormonal levels and is used in cases of amenorrhea (absence of menstruation) and menopausal disorders. It is high in salicylic acid which is good against inflammation.
  17. Ascorbyl Palmitate – Form of Vitamin C. Anti-oxidant, helps bind other vitamins. This form of vitamin C penetrates the skin faster. Collagen builder and free-radical scavenger. Anti-ageing. Works synergistically with vitamin E. For more details see post “Vitamins C & E – do they work in skin care?”
  18. Asparagopsis Armata Extract – Extracted from seaweed. Anti-oxidant, skin protector and enhancer.
  19. Bisabolol – Sweet floral aroma. Perceived to have healing properties. Anti-irritant, anti-flammatory, anti-microbial. Can enhance the absorption of other molecules.
  20. Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract – Skin conditioner.
  21. Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract – Skin conditioner and tonic.
  22. Phospholipids – Skin replenishing molecules. Skin conditioner. Essential for healthy and youthful skin.
  23. Primula Veris Extract – High in beta-carotene and vitamin C, calcium, sodium, potassium and salicylates. Anti-oxidant, immune system booster so helps the skin recover faster from damage like acne breakouts, rashes etc. Skin conditioner.
  24. Retinyl palmitate – Similar to retinol (aka Vitamin A) but this form is less irritating. Repairs skin’s elasticity and is linked to collagen production. Anti-ageing. Helps protect from sun damage and can help the skin shed the dead cells and produce new ones. Skin conditioner and anti-oxidant. For more details see “Vitamin A in skin care – is it worth it?”
  25. Tocopheryl acetate – More stable form of vitamin E. Hero anti-oxidant molecule. Skin conditioner. Enhances the activity of sunscreens, can moisturise and help with inflammation. For more details see post “Vitamins C & E – do they work in skin care?”
  26. Veronica Officinalis Extract – Skin conditioner, astringent (reduces redness).
  27. Mica – reflects light so it can give the illusion of smoother, softer, more radiant skin.

There are of course many more ingredients in it but they are mostly general skin conditioners or moisturisers, nothing too special or worth singling out.

 

The Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer has the following ingredient negatives:

  1. Parfum/Fragrance – This word is used as a general representation for a mixture of fragrance molecules. This means that we do not know what exactly is inside the product. It can be a turn off for those with sensitive skin that might need to identify if there is a specific compound that gives them a reaction, especially since it is the fragrances that are one of the usual suspects for irritation. It is obviously also annoying if you simply want to know everything that is inside what you are using.
  2. Flavor/Aroma – Another general term that represents a number of molecules.
  3. Phenoxyethanol – Can be hazardous by ingestion so don’t eat your primer!
  4. Benzyl benzoate – Not to be used in products for children and is toxic to cats. Is a known allergen.
  5. There are also some other compounds can cause irritation but they are all generally safe.

 

The This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer has the following ingredient negatives:

  1. Butyrospermum Parkii Butter – Might cause irritation to those who are allergic to nuts. Try it in small quantities at the back of your hand first.
  2. Phenoxyethanol – Can be hazardous by ingestion so don’t eat your primer!
  3. Alcohol – Can dehydrate the skin and disrupt the skin’s surface.
  4. Some compounds can cause irritation but they are all generally safe.
  5. Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate – known sensitizer, restricted in some countries.
  6. Sodium Hydroxymethyl glycinate – Natural, alternative preservative to parabens. Some controversy on the possibility of breaking down and forming a toxic compound (formaldehyde). However, just because that chemical conversion is possible doesn’t mean it happens. Known to cause sensitisation to some.
  7. There are also some other compounds can cause irritation but they are all generally safe.

Winner: By far, the This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer takes this one.

 

Sure, the Too Faced primer won the most categories but look at all those positive, amazing ingredients that have real skin value and pair them with the fact that actually the This Works primer actually also works well as a primer too. For me, it’s a no brainer. Why not use a good for your skin primer when you have such an amazing option? The ingredients triumph over looks, texture, price or any other category, for me at least. Perhaps its because I am a Chemist but I have a feeling that you care about what you put on your skin too.

As I said at the beginning of this post, the Too Faced Primed and Peachy primer is very good too. But it is specifically designed to absorb oils not to nourish the skin. I use it every day because it truly does help with oil control but not before I’ve already nourished my skin with the This Works In Transit Primer. All and all, both are great and they do different things so I guess, strictly speaking, you can’t truly compare them even though they are sold under the same type of product, a “primer”. But if you can only afford one, for the love of all things beauty, go for the The This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer.

Apparently, it is also one of Victoria Beckham’s favourite products. I am no Victoria Beckham but as a Chemist and a make up junkie, I highly recommend it.

 

If you missed out my previous posts on the Too Faced Peaches and Cream Collection:

For a shorter, overall collection and product review have a look at “Too Faced Peaches and Cream Collection – Reviews and Swatches”.

For more in depth reviews on specific products, functionality checks and even ingredient analysis check out:

Battle of the Peaches – Too Faced Sweet Peach vs Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes”

“Three way battle of foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Too Faced Peach Perfect vs Too Faced Born this Way”

 

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.

 

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7 responses to Not all primers are equal. Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer VS This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer.

  1. Noha ♡ says:

    Omg you’ve just reminded me of that This Works primer, I used to love it. But the outcome is definitely making me want to pick up that Too Faced one! Loved reading this x

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    • As I explained, they are both really good in their own category but they serve different purposes. Glad you found this useful 🙂

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  2. elenablogerize says:

    Hi there, I am Elena from Blogerize, I tried to get in touch with you via your contact details regarding a collaboration, as I didn’t get any reply I simply wanted to say hi here. Should you be open for collaborations I would be happy to hear back from you at elena@blogerize.com. If that is of no interest for you I wish you happy blogging 🙂

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