Sephora has a new line of makeup from accessory designer Tarina Tarantino. As would be expected from Tarantino, the packaging for this makeup primer is quite nice. I haven't tried any of the Tarantino cosmetics yet, but I did buy a Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Makeup Primer to try.
Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Primer is a lotion type of makeup primer. I tend to prefer silicon based makeup primers because they fill fine lines and leave a wonderfully smooth skin surface for makeup, while lotion primers tend to fell like standard moisturizing lotion to me (no surprise there I guess). Anyway, that doesn’t mean lotion-like makeup primers are bad, but they are not my preference.
Here is the interesting thing about the Tarntino makeup primer though—it adds a pretty nice luminizer to the mix. Plenty of primers do this, but they can get overly shiny in appearance. Tarina Tarantio makeup primer did a pretty good job at not going overboard, so it leaves the skin looking dewy and luminous. If you remember Prescriptives magic lotion back when it first came out, Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Primer really reminds me of that.
Now, as soon as a primer become more of a luminizer, I tend to hate to use it as a true makeup primer. If you put anything but the sheerest of foundation over it, the luminosity is lost. So, I prefer to use Tarintino Pearl Glow primer, not as a makeup primer, but as a bit of a highlighter or sorts. I also tried mixing it with my foundation, which resulted in a fairly nice sheer tinted moisturizer type of mix.
Tarina Tarntino Pearl Glow primer is quite moisturizing and, although it absorbs pretty well, I felt that I was often still aware of it on my skin. Since I have oily skin and am acne prone, that worried a bit, but I haven’t seem to have gotten any breakouts from it. Still, those with oily skin might want to try to test it in store before buying.