Banila Co. Let Me Start Makeup Essence (Photogenic) Review

Meet the specialized product for-skin. This fine and soft make-up essence leaves the skin satin-smooth and comfortable.

It was super hard to find information on this product!! Above was what was on the box so it’s super fob LOL! I can’t even put their info page through google translate for a rough translation of what it is and what it does. I ended up asked a friend who asked a friend to help me translate what this does LOL!! Thanks ::^^:: !! This is a rough translation, but at least it gives us an idea of what it does.

"Moisturizes skin and prevents makeup from fading. Prevents makeup from sinking into fine lines and pores. Good for hiding pores and wrinkles and will provide you with a glowing, moisturized complexion. It's an essence + makeup base + sunscreen all in one. The pink one will give your skin a soft, peachy colour. The green one will help conceal red spots and brighten your complexion. The original gives a natural, youthful, and healthier look for your skin.

How to use:
Apply mist to face prior to application for moisture. Shake essence before using and apply all over the face.
Tip: Can be used alone or mixed with other skincare products."

I hope this will help other people out when it comes to this product! I think this product is supposed to be applied before your actual primer. I’m not really sure what the difference is between the two. Would a person be able to use just one or the other? That I’m not really sure, but I myself apply it under my primer. If you’re a reader that tried this out, let us know how you use it! Did I feel like it worked? Yes and no.

When I tried it out with my Lancome primer (La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer Smoothing Effect – Oil Free), it didn’t seem to have any extra effect. Because my Lancome one is a silicon-based primer it already spreads across my face smoothly and provides an easier surface for my foundation to go on. Nor did I see a longer wear with the essence on under it.

I have yet to try this essence out on its own though so if I ever do, I’ll update this entry with my results. When I first apply it, it does seem to provide a little bit of extra moisture to the skin. I would imagine because of that that, it would help with an easier application of a base onto the skin as opposed to no primer.

There seemed to be no significant differences until I decided to try it again with Banila Co.’s own primer. I swear I did that before and it didn’t seem to do anything either but I recently tried it again and it seems to actually provide longer wear for my makeup! I’m not sure what changed since then. When I wore their own primer with this essence again, I would go out to work or school, come back, and I would barely see any difference compared to how it was in the morning right after it was just applied! Definitely impressed ::!!2::

I have the blue one.. or green as it said on the site (swear it’s blue >_> LOL), also known as “Photogenic”. When I put it on it definitely brightens up the face a bit, but I don’t think it’s as thick/pigmented as ones like Makeup Forever’s green primer to actually conceal redness. It may tone it down a tad, but not enough to cover it up. It may or may not be a good thing because too much coverage with coloured primers can make a person look.. too ashy.

Let Me Start Make-up Essence is a bit more on the watery side. When spread across the face, there will not be an oily sheen on the face because it’s watery enough to absorb quickly into the skin. Really easy to spread.

The only qualm I have about this product is the smell. I am bit fond of their primer’s scent, but I really don’t like this one. I can’t explain it.. it’s like a bit sour or something. Like..pee.. HAHA. Not asss bad, but it’s in that territory. Which is obviously not something you would want a product to smell like. I think that’s what it smells like… whatever it is, they really need to scent this one or something to hide it because that really brings the product down for me.

The packaging is quite nice. I feel like I’m holding onto a nice product because it’s in a glass jar so there’s a certain heaviness when carrying it. It also has a pump so you don’t have to dip your finger into anything. Comes with a lid too so the overall packaging makes it sturdy enough to put into your makeup bag in your purse.

Oh and also, it suggests that you mix it with BB cream too! So if you’re a BB cream user that finds your BB cream to be a bit thick or hard to spread or maybe it dries out your skin, mix it in a 1:1 ratio! I’ll also report back on that if I try it out. (02/2012 Edit// I haven’t tried it out with BB Cream but I got a chance to try it out with some of my liquid foundations. It definitely does its job! The foundations I used to mix with the essence usually sinks into my skin and makes it look flaky when it’s dry or just makes it look even drier. When I mix it in it gives a nice, flawless look though ♥.)

* Provide longer wear for makeup.
* Brightens the face up.
* Good packaging – hygienic and sturdy.
* Has SPF, albeit a bit low (15 SPF)
* May not work with all primers.
* Bad smell, may turn people off forever from using this.
* Coverage for red spots may not be high enough.


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