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Prime Time Foundation Primer
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Prime Time Foundation Primer

$24.00


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Creates an ultra silky, smooth canvas for your most flawless foundation application ever. See Details

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Enlarged pores. Uneven texture. Flaky dryness. We've all had complexion problems. That's why we created Prime Time, which prepares your skin for seamless coverage with bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation. Apply it first for the smooth, evenly textured complexion you've been waiting for.

  • Combats rough patches, flaky dryness, fine lines, excess oil, uneven texture and enlarged pores so that your foundation goes on flawlessly
  • Extends the wear of your foundation, keeping you looking fresh for longer
  • Soothes and nourishes with plant extracts, antioxidants and Vitamins C and E
  • Free of preservatives and irritants so that your skin feels great
  • Silky formula glides on without any stickiness
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Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Silica, Magnesium Silicate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract

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Prime Time Foundation Primer 4.4 5 93 94
love this product I absolutely love this product and how it makes my skin feel. It creates a silky, smooth surface and helps my bare minerals make up go on more evenly and last all day. 07/29/2015
Excellent primer I've been using this since it first came out. At the time, it was the first such product I'd ever heard of: Face primers were very new then. It gives skin an extremely smooth, silky finish that allows any kind of foundation to apply evenly and last longer. It also helps act as a barrier and prevents makeup oxidizing. In the days before eyeshadow primers, I would put this lightly on my eyelids and dust with Mineral Veil to keep eyeshadow on my oily lids. Two small pumps of this will cover my entire face and neck, so a bottle lasts a long time. It doesn't cause any skin irritation or breakouts. The only downside is you can feel it on your face, and it feels kind of heavy. All dimethicone/silicon primers have this issue, so it's not a reflection on the quality. The quality is excellent. 07/28/2015
Velvet love <3 Nothing feels like the bare minerals original primer. It instantly makes your skin feel smooth and velvety, it actually relieves any irritation you may have. It works at toning and evening your skin and really does what it's supposed to, PRIMES your face perfectly. My makeup sits beautiful on my skin after using it and lasts all day! 06/21/2015
Velvet in a bottle I have never used a primer before this one, so I have nothing else to compare it to, but I really like it! It makes my face velvety soft and prepared for my makeup. I might try other primers in the future so I have something to compare it to, but I don't think I should since I like this one so much! 06/19/2015
Love this Stuff!! This is the best product and I love how it makes my skin feel. It is not heavy and does not make my skin feel caked up. I love the way it helps my make up look. Totally worth buying! 06/17/2015
Prime Time Primer This is a GREAT product - however, the pump bottle is terrible. The product separates, so it has to be shaken, which is fine. However, what remains in the little pump tube is the 'oily'-feeling clear liquid - none of the 'filler' product that smooths your skin and helps the powder to cling to your skin. If you continue to dispense like this, pretty soon you're going to end up with only the thick stuff in the bottom, which then of course clogs the tiny tube. My fix is this: when I receive it, shake it well, then I dispense it into 2 of the 'club-size' tubes. I have a tiny spatula-type tool that came with a little travel kit that I use to scrape out all the product. This does the trick, but it is a nuisance. 04/27/2015
Not for oily skin It goes on silky as people say but 4 hours later my face is so shiny and sweaty looking, it's disgusting. So I can't give a proper review for normal skinned people but if you have extremely oily t-zone like I do, then DO NOT use this. 04/02/2015
Great Product I got a tiny tube size of the product, and was amazed at how long it lasted. Most of all, I loved how it set up my face for foundation. It has become a "must have" item for my dressing table. 03/11/2015
Wouldn't go without it I have dry skin, and even after moisturizing, my skin still feels too dry to put on my foundation. I don't go a day without Prime Time Primer. It's silky smooth, a drop goes a long way, and my face feels youthful again. The foundation adheres beautifully after Prime Time. 03/08/2015
Primer that works! I have tried a lot of primers but this one takes the cake! It helps to diminish the look of pores and fine lines. All while creating a smooth canvas for foundation application. It will help to increase the wear-ability of your foundation. This primer does NOT clog pores. It glides over skin without pilling, and blends in. Give it a minute or two before foundation application and you're set all day! I love how good it feels over my moisturizer and on my skin. This has become a staple of mine. 03/05/2015
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do i use moisturizer and the primer?
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I do. I put the moisturizer (mixed with a little Mineralixirs) and let it dry. If I am going to work I usually go lay out my clothes, come back and put the primer on. You need so little of all of the BE products that anything more than the size of an eraser is too much. It doesn't take long for the moisturizer to absorb so it isn't like you are waiting forever to move onto Primer.
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I still use moisturizer, and let it dry before putting on the primer. Some people don't feel the need for the moisturizer when using it though, because it seems pretty hydrating.
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In the AM before you put on makeup - cleanser, moisturize, then use the primer. THEN put make up on. I hope this helps! I have found all three are needed to prevent breakouts (for myself)
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Always moisturize then use primer.
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Unless you have great, dewy skin, yes, use both. Use moisturizer first & give it a minute or two to dry. Then primer. The primer helps seal in the moisturizer & give you a smooth, clean slate for your makeup.
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I'm looking at the Foundation Primers and the Skin Rev-er Upper. I have dry skin, but when I use most moisturizers, they give me acne. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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I also break out easily. I can tell you that the primer does not make my skin break out.
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Try Purely Nourishing Cream. The primers aren't moisturizers. Use on clean skin with nothing else. Let dry a bit before adding anything else. Better yet, use it and don't put anything else on for the day. That will test whether it will make you break out. If you don't break out from it, start adding primer & foundation.
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What helped me the most with my skin with regaining moisture was the night treatment powder. It helps hold in your night time moisturizer and restore balance to your skin. I use the skin cell renewal prior to the normal moisturizer as my night time care. You may also want to look at your cleanser as well since it could be stripping the natural oils in your skin.
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I am afraid to use primers. Never used it. My face is oily. I don't want to clog my pores or cause my acne to flare up.
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Hi Wanda10956,
I have very sensitive and extremely acne-prone skin, and using the original prime time foundation primer has never broken me out. It by no means alleviates the oiliness on my face, but it does provide a solid base for the foundation to cling to. If you are worried about breaking out, I suggest that you visit a local boutique, Sephora, or Ulta (or anywhere that sells BE products, really), and ask them to test the primer on you. You should be able to tell if your skin likes it or not after a few hours.
Best of luck!
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I also have oily skin. The prime time foundation primer is the best primer I have found, and the those who say the skin rev-er upper is best for oily skin are erroneous.
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North Carolina, NC
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There is no primer out there that contains silicone that won't break out oily acne prone skin. period.
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I have oily, acne-prone skin and so far, after two week of use, I have yet to see any clogging or increased acne spots. This does help a lot in controlling oil and if you tend to get "shiny" by mid-day like I did, this eliminates that!
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1 year, 9 months ago
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I am liking this product for my face so far. Is it really necessary to buy the separate eye primer also? Isn't it kinda sorta the same thing?
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I have used it as eye primer. It doesn't work as well as the eye primer but it does work. Honestly I like the cream shadow 5 in 1 even better than the eye primer. I hate most cream shadows but the 5 in 1 goes on so light and really helps the eye color blend.
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You will most likely be more satisfied using a separate eyelid primer. The skin on you eyelids tend to allow for more oil buildup, and when we are constantly opening and closing our eyes, we are increasing the release of those oils. The eyelid primer has a different texture that really cuts down the oil/moisture buildup that the foundation primers do not have. I recommend also putting a tiny amount of eyelid primer under your bottom lashline (before concealers) if you plan to line your bottom lash line. It reduces that raccoon look that occurs over time. Hope this was helpful!
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Skin Rev-er Upper is not a makeup primer so it won't work like one. I personally avoid the eye area when I apply this product because it contains both salycilic and glycolic acids - too harsh for the delicate eye area.
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Torrance, CA
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Which primer (if any) should I use with the new READY foundation?
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I wear the READY foundation, and I use just the regular Prime time Foundation Primer. Seems to work great.
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It would depend on your skin type. All primers work fine under any BM foundations. I've personally used original, brightening, oil control, and the new BB Primer-cream. I have oily skin and the new BB Primer-cream has worked the best for me under the Ready Foundation.
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Most likely, you should use the oil control, but it really depends on your skin type. If the original primer hasn't caused any problems with your skin so far, and you don't have any issues with redness, then use the original.
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You can use any of them. I like the humidifying one because I have very dry skin & the illuminating one for "dress up."
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When I first tried bareMinerals, I was told prime time was NOT gluten free. Recently, I was told by CRS that it is. I'd like to know if prime time IS now gluten free and whether this is a change from a previous formula. Can I use prime time I purchased in an introduction kit about 6 months ago? I am gluten intolerant.

I can't say enough good things about bareMinerals for gluten free people. Thank you!
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I am gluten intolerant, and have been using this for a few months. I love it sooo much!! Just make sure you apply this in a thin layer all over your face. :)
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It says 1 oz. in the picture, but I was wondering if this is correct for the regular size primer. I am contemplating whether to get the kit that comes with the mini prime time (.5 oz.), a small mineral veil, and a mini flawless application brush or just the regular size prime time.
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The full size Prime Time is 1oz
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Temperance, MI
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However large or small it is, it nee4ds to be bigger. I am continually running out of this wonderful product
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Tillamook, Oregon
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The foundation primer is 1 fl. oz/ 30 mL.
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West Bloomfield, MI
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The regular size Prime Time is 1 oz. Just a dab of this product goes a long way, so a .5oz Prime Time should last you a while even if you use it daily as a regular part of your Bare Minerals routine. Either way, they are both a great value.
2 years, 11 months ago
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I am new to Bare Minerals and I am trying to learn how to get the most from the products. I have very early signs of aging and would like to slow down the progress and make my skin look as young as possible using the entire line of products! Any advice you can give is helpful, especially the best order in which to use ALL of the products to have younger looking skin.
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I'm new too. This is what works for me: moisturizer-primer-foundation-all over color-blush-veil and eye cream-eye primer-shadow-veil when you wear all these products. I have very dry skin, a few shallow wrinkles (despite the fact that I'm 70), and usually wear everything when i wear any makeup. On no makeup days, I use just moisturizer.

Read some of the reviews and you'll see that some folks wear subsets, such as Prime Time Primer without additional eye color or moisturizer and All Over Color.

So far I've round it is easy to experiment, & fool around to try ideas out. If you can get to a BE Botiqur, you can get great advice & a chance to try various looks out.
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I am 40 and have very sensitive, combination that tends towards breakouts, skin. I use an eye cream and night moisturizing cream (night creams are heavier) at night. On most days I wash my face, apply a day moisturizer with SPF in it (as a natural redhead, SPF is NOT optional), then I put a very light coat of foundation primer and eye primer (for special occassions I use a bit more foundation primer, but be careful because BE foundation primer can flake off if you use too much ofit and if you get into humid environments it can absorb the humidity and get slimy). Once I have the primer all ready, and it has had a chance to dry and set, I add my BE foundation and blush and mineral veil. Oh, a tip, when you apply the night cream and eye cream, make sure to get the cornersof your eye, where "crows feet" are trying to get started. In my experience, matte colored eye colors work best, I have had issues with pearl shades slipping into small creases and highlighting the creases! I use pearlized shades for parties and such, but not for all day, and put the eye primer above and below the eye and into the corners. Also, just before I apply my eye color I make sure to dust a tiny bit of extra mineral veil just below my eyes to help with sweeping away any"fallout"eye color or if I get a little smear of mascara on my cheek or something. The mineral veil helps a lot with this! I know that any extra dark color below my eye ends up looking like bags, and that is most unhelpful. LOL
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Although I'm concerned more with covering acne scars and oiliness as compared with aging skin, I do the following order:
Cleanser, Moisturizer, Eye Cream, Blemish Treatment, Primers, Mineral Veil, Foundation, Concealer, Mineral Veil again, Bronzer/Blush, Eyes, Lips. If I forget something or do a different order, it doesn't last me as long! At night I use cleanser, moisturizer, blemish treatment, and then Night Treatment.
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First off, you have to have a skincare routine in place. Otherwise, no matter how good the makeup is...it isn't treating all you want to fix with your skin. I'll share with you my order and you can modify as you see fit or as you are comfortable with.

1. Cleanse - BE Purifying Facial Cleanser
2. Moisturize Face - BE Purely Luminous Cream - Dry Skin ( you can use your own skincare products...I just prefer the BE brand)
3. Moisturize Eyes - BE Firming Eye Cream
Let all that dry and soak into the skin
4. Foundation Primer
5. BE Mineral Foundation - Golden Fair (my color)
6. BE Mineral Veil - Hydrating (dry skin) * sets makeup for all day wear, if need to touch up on foundation, use this to touch up.
7. BE Blush - color of choice
8. BE Eye Primer
9. BE Eye Colors - how many and how much is up to you, and the look you are achieving
10. BE Buxom Lip Polish or BE Lip Gloss - again, you can use your own products here...I just prefer the BE Brand.

That is my order...hope it helps you in your makeup endeavors. Let me know if you have any more questions. I'd be happy to help.
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My daughter had a very bad case of chicken pox at the age of 1 which left her scarred with craters. Now she is 16 and old enough to wear make up. Will this product reduce the appearance of her craters so that her make up foundation is smoother?
3 years, 1 month ago
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Based on the description of your daughter's facial condition, I don't think the Prime Time Foundation Primer will help with filling in or smoothing the appearance of craters. The product is more like a thin film that smoothens the entire face. Pardon my forwardness...but are the amount of "craters" dense and cover a large area of her face? Or is it more "spotty"? If it is more spotty, you might want to consider using a concealer for your daughter then, add the mineral powder over for a smooth look.
3 years ago
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I fell and cut a deep gash near the end of my eyebrow. The minerals really help to conceal the scare.
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