Wednesday, August 06, 2014

RMK Make Up Base

RMK isn't a brand I have ever heard of, so when this came in a Birchbox I was rather intrigued by this little bottle with persuasive writing on it telling me what to do. 

After doing my research (the Birchbox card didn't give too much information nor did the actual bottle itself) on this product and how I should/shouldn't be using it I was surprised to find it was actually a primer. At first I thought it was some lightweight moisturiser but no, the internet says different! 

This primer is said to work on ALL skin types and works by priming any uneven surfaces and providing the perfect canvas for foundation to be applied on top of. 

The liquid itself contains Silk Essence so is extremely lightweight and as mentioned before feels like a very light moisturiser. In the bottle it has almost a pinkish tinge to it and on the back of my hand looks white BUT on application is completely transparent. 

There is no silicone feel to this primer at all and feels more like a gel/serum which I would put down to the Silk Essence it boasts about. It feel very moisturising and quite refreshing when applying before I do my makeup which is something I really do like in hotter months, I find there is nothing worse than putting thick makeup on when it feels like it is already starting to melt off before you have even got to your foundation. 

Performance wise as a primer it isn't going to give you the flawless, airbrushed look that most primers claim to do but I did expect that with how light weight it was and the fact there is no silicone feel to it. Instead it gives a nice natural base with a dewy/healthy glow, if I am honest I am not sure what makes this a primer over a light weight moisturiser as this feels almost identical to some of my super light weight moisturisers. 

I would say that this base would work better on skin that may not have too many imperfections you are trying to cover up e.g if you have pores you want a primer to cover then this may not be a good choice BUT if you are happy with your skin and you just want something refreshing, light weight and gives a good base for foundation to stick to then this might be right up your alley. 

All in all this product is confusing for me and although I prefer thicker primers like Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch or my new favourite the Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector because of the pores around my nose, I will have no trouble using this up on days where I just fancy the 'less is more' approach. 

The full size (30ml) product retails for £28 which is definitely on the high-end spectrum of primers with the mentioned Clarins primer being £25 and the Kiehl's £23. 

Have you tried anything from RMK? What is your favourite primer (thick or thin)?