Review: Jane Iredale's Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener

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To be perfectly honest, I had never used Jane Iredale products until now.  I first found out about the line through Nordstrom and was attracted by the fact that their cosmetics are designed to improve your skin, not damage it.  Too many makeup brands cause me to break out, leave my skin feeling dry and sink into my fine lines.  Anything that can combat that is a win in my book.

I tried Jane's Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener, which is one of her best-selling products.  It immediately felt different than other primers I've used.  It is incredibly light and goes on very smooth.  I've found other primers can be too heavy and coupled with foundation, everything starts to sink into my fine lines and instead of helping to conceal them, actually makes them stand out more.

That's not the case with this product.  It's light enough that my foundation applies easily and almost floats on the skin.  It has a smooth and luminous appearance.  Yes, I think this primer helps my foundation last a bit longer through the day, but the biggest benefit far and away is the ability to create a flawless finish.

To use, I put a pea sized amount on the back of my hand and with a brush, apply evenly all over my face.  You can use your fingers, if you prefer.  Then apply your favorite BB cream or foundation on top.  I like to finish with a setting spray for a more natural and luminescent look or a little bit of loose powder in the T-zone for a matte finish.  

Jane Iredale's Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener sells for $48.  It's available on her website and at other major retailers.