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Prime Time Foundation Primer

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Prime Time Foundation Primer prepares your skin for the smooth, evenly textured complexion. 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 77 77
SMOOTH I have tried all the primers out there and I have gone back to the best one- Prime Time! I too am an older woman and need coverage but not in the lines and wrinkles!!! This is the only product that smoothes your surface -without being sticky- for flawless application of whatever foundation you use. Will never be without it! 04/25/2013
Great product! My daughter in law introduced me to Prime Time Primer and I do love it. Your face feels wonderfully smooth after applying. When used in conjunction with other Bare Essentials powder and blush it gives a great look. My only disappointment has been the pump on the Primer quit working after less than 30 days. Otherwise, I would highly recommend the product. 04/09/2013
Great addition for older skin!! I have used Bare Minerals for quite some time, but noticed as my skin matured that it wasn't settling quite the same way on my skin. One of the consultants in the BE store suggested trying this primer, and I am deeply thankful to her. I actually tried two steps: I increased my moisturizer a bit this winter (my skin is drier this year than ever before) and added the primer before putting on my makeup. What a difference it has made!! This stuff makes my skin feel like silk. My BE makeup goes on very smoothly and looks fresh all day. I get a lot of compliments that I have such nice skin, especially for my age, and I am glad to have a makeup that keeps my complexion looking light, fresh and luminous. Definitely try the Foundation Primer; it makes a big difference! 04/08/2013
Senior ladies need this I'm 70 years old & new to primers. Never knew they existed. But I found this to be a must. A moisturizer leaves my skin moist & it grabs the powder. The primer gives a smooth slightly slick finish that the foundation is evenly attracted to. It also helps the foundation swim over wrinkles & creases. In the beginning I used too much. Now I squeeze out a bit slightly larger than a kitchen match's head on one index finger. Then rub my two index fingertips together. Finally touch them on mid forehead, next to my nose, my chin, & on the side of my face in front my ears. Then go back and spread from all the places you touched. I get a even, smooth coat that's perfect for the foundation. I just bought the jumbo container & am pleased at the bargain. 04/01/2013
Overall a Good Primer Lately, I have been trying different brands of primers and moisturizers (Philosophy's Hope in a Jar included#. BE's Prime Time Foundation Primer seems to work the best for my dry and oily skin. The other brands I have tried seem to set into my fine lines and wrinkles. Prime Time evens out my flaws and dry skin. It also helps my makeup stay on longer. If I go a day without putting this on before my makeup, I can tell by the end of the night #my makeup will look like its almost melting off due to my oily skin). When using this product, my makeup stays firm and intact throughout the whole day. Didn't give 5 stars because I want to try other BE products to see if I can find something that works even better for my skin. 03/26/2013
New version is not improved I have used the Foundation Primer for sometime and have loved it until I purchased the new improved version. It appears to be a watery solution as opposed to the smooth texture I was used to. It does not go on well and really doesn't help with making the foundation application smooth. Bring back the old version! Much better product. 03/24/2013
Good for makeup.. bad for skin This product makes my makeup look SO good. Unfortunately I bought this on Wednesday and by Saturday I woke up and saw it made me break out like crazy! I had a feeling it might because of the way it feels...it's quite oily feeling. The last primer I used felt more like a powder after putting it on and that seemed better for my face as far as breaking out goes, but didn't do much for helping my makeup look better. Guess I will need to keep looking for something in between the two. 03/24/2013
Decent primer Not a bad primer. I only give it 4 stars because I think there are other primers out there that give a more amazing flawless foundation look than this primer. 03/05/2013
super smooth skin!! This and bareminerals together is a miricle on my skin!! This primer controls some oil and smoothes right over my dry spots! Its super silky feeling and u need the smallest amount ever ! My foundation will last at least twice as long with it!! This does not break me out at all! This product will forever be on my vanity! Must try it!! 02/08/2013
Can't Go Without It! Due to severe oily skin and acne, I had a lot of really big enlarged pores on both sides of my nose, and I have a couple of "pits" from acne that turned bad in my teen years. I always hated how makeup settled into these places, but with this product, I get that smooth air-brushed finish. I absolutely love the silky feel of the product and the results I get. One thing I will mention is I recently saw a video on Facebook where the Global Education Director (I think was her title) said something about rubbing the product between your fingers to warm it up before applying it. I would say I've never done that, but what I do is put one pump on my finger and dot it on my face, let it sit a few minutes, and then go back and smooth it over my entire face, which is probably the same thing as what she's doing. My product works fabulous :) 01/26/2013
Prime Time Foundation Primer I have been using this product for quite a few years. It is one of the best and makes my skin feel so good and ready for the foundation. Would not trade this for anything. I just love, love, love it. 01/18/2013
Wonderful Primer I got a smaller container of this primer in my Starter Kit and it is absolutely amazing. I will be buying this size when I run out! I love how smooth my skin feels after I put it on and how it keeps my makeup on all day while I'm at work. Yesterday I forgot to put it on before putting on my makeup and by the end of the day I noticed a huge difference. Love this product! 01/10/2013
Love This Just a dab covers your entire face and keeps your foundation on for long wear. My makeup usually falls off halfway through the day, but this primer keeps it on well into the night! 12/31/2012
Prime Time Original Foundation Primer I absolutely love the way this primer makes my skin feel, and how my makeup looks initially. However, after a couple of hours I am shiny and unfortunately it causes me to break out. I've tried the oil-free version, the neutralizing and the brightening.....same thing with all of them. I would love to have a primer that does not cause me to break out. I know it's the primer because if I stop using for a week, my skin clears up. It's a great product.....just not for me. 12/30/2012
SO SILKY I love this primer! I use it everyday before I put on my foundation and it is so silky. The best way to use the primer is to rub the primer between your fingers to warm it up, then put it on your face. 12/23/2012
Pros and Cons I have only been using this primer for a few days now and it definitely seems to be helping my makeup stay put all day long. The only thing I'm not loving about this product is that when first applied it has a greasy feel. 12/09/2012
Foundation Primer My sister just recently introduced me to Bare Minerals. I had been wearing a liquid foundation for 5+ years and thought it was the best out there. I got the primer in my starter kit and it's fabulous!! I went into the boutique and had my makeup done and the girl that did my makeup said, "wearing Bare Minerals should be a law!," and I thought, "yea whatever." Well, she was right, I bought a kit and more fab things on Cyber Monday online! I usually can't wait to wash off my makeup at the end of my long workday, but with BM, I forget I'm wearing makeup!! Im a hard sell, so for me to say these things, means, "Yep! It should be a law for everyone to wear BM!" 12/06/2012
disappointed I absolutely love the product in dry conditions. For high humidity, though, I have not had success, it gets runny and almost slimy on my skin when I wear it to work at the restaurant. My biggest problem is the bottle that it comes in (and all products that BE sells in these pump top bottles) the pump top works fine for a little while, but then it stops dispensing and I dne up having to unscrew the top and use the tube inside like a dipstick, then I end up having to try to tap it out into my hand. I REALLY wish they would not use these pump top bottles, a cheaper, more user friendly, easier to control, more reliable option would be to simply use a squeeze bottle. I hope someone will consider this change. I now refuse to buy the product (opening it up like this makes it dry out) and purchase foundation primer from other companies that comes in squeeze bottles. 11/24/2012
Worth the money I love this stuff. I've used other primers before and none compare. Either too oily, or they just didn't work. I sampled this at a store and fell in love. I've used it for over a year now and wouldn't use anything else. This is not greasy whatsoever and very light weight, it creates a smooth canvas for my makeup and makes it look flawless. It does help with enlarged pores and dryness. I have severe dry skin and this helps with it flaking when I use makeup. It truly is a great product and I would say worth the money 100%. It does not break me out and I have acne prone skin at times (and sensitive too) Overall, great, just wish it was a little cheaper lol! But hey, in this case, you do get what you pay for. 11/15/2012
I can definitely see the difference after starting to use this primer. My foundation lasts much longer than it previously did. 10/10/2012
Helps and hurts at the same time The primer is WONDERFUL for helping keep the makeup on all day long. The only problem is that it makes my skin break out. As soon as I stopped using it, the breakout cleared up. Since I use the foundation and mineral veil without the primer it doesn't last as long, but it gets me through the day. 10/02/2012
Why did it take me so long to try this!? I've always used a primer, Laura Mercier, Nars, and Benefit. None of them worked as well as this! I'm so excited how smooth this makes my skin and how nicely my makeup looks after using it! I've also tried the bareMinerals primer to reduce redness but it's not as great as the original. I've officially converted! 09/22/2012
Absolutely a Must Have Item!!! I have never been a make-up person but last year I went in to the store to have a makeover for our daughter's upcoming wedding. The consultant used the Primer on my face that day...so of course I purchased it along with everything else she told me I needed (I was a very easy sell that day). Now a year later I use the Primer, Mineral Veil and mascara. That's it...my whole beauty routine...plus lip gloss. I must admit I have been blessed with evenly colored, unblemished skin but this Primer gives your face the feel of an artist's brand new perfect palette every day. It makes your face feel as smooth as silk with no gloss or shine. I absolutely love the feel of it! This little bottle goes a very long way so don't be scared off by the price of it either. Use it very sparingly because you can always add more but you can't take it off. Any extra is just a waste of money. I promise you won't be disappointed with this product. If it can make somebody like me, that has gone their entire life without even powdering their nose until the age of 53, start taking the time to apply a little makeup it must be gold in a bottle! 09/17/2012
surpassed expectations I always ignore the primers from other make up companies but I decided to purchase this product because I liked the way it felt while applying. I didn't buy the eye primer and I'm regretting it because of how great this product works. I can tell the difference around 3pm if I didn't apply primer in the morning. This product holds the foundation all day though! I will never run out of this product. May be the first product I add to auto ship. 08/24/2012
Little goes a long way I am a girl on a budget, and while I would love to use Prime Time everytime I apply my Bare Minerals... I simply just can't afford it. What I like to do is prime only the places where I need extra coverage (under eyes, over blemishes, etc.). If I prime these places then my biggest problems are taken care of and I don't have to worry that my Minerals are wearing off these problem spots. Just a little dab will cover all my problem areas making a bottle of Prime Time go an extra long way! 08/22/2012
I love this.! I've always had problems with my makeup not staying on my face and slowly disappearing throughout the day and I found the solution. Although a bit expensive for such a tiny bottle, it really works! And i only have to use one pump. I have smile lines that a lot of people point out, mostly because I'm 18 and they're already showing ( I like to smile :D) and I've always had to reapply my foundation to cover them up. With this primer, the lines barely show and it leaves my skin super smooth and i don't have to reapply, not even once. 08/02/2012
Must use! If I don't use Primetime under my foundation I get oily before I even get out of work. It's like a magic shield between my skin and makeup. Use it followed by mineral veil under your foundation and you won't get "dewey" at all! 07/23/2012
Fabulous I love this product. It makes my skin very smooth with makes the powder go on even and spread well. When I forget to put it on over my lotion the brush doesn't glide easily like it does when I use this product. I recommend it for everyone. 07/20/2012
Different use for Prime Time I was in a hurry one day and sprinkled some of the foundation in my palm, added a squirt of Prime Time, mixed them together and applied to my face with my fingers. It gives a very sheer, natural-looking finish that I love for everyday wear because sometimes I tend to be heavy handed with the brush. 07/10/2012
LOVE prime time! I love this primer. It goes on smooth, isn't sticky or wet, and you can't even feel it on your skin. I got this with the Bare Minerals starter kit and have been using it ever since. It lasts forever as well. A small demo bottle lasted me almost two months! 07/09/2012
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Prime Time Foundation Primer 4.4 5 77 77
SMOOTH I have tried all the primers out there and I have gone back to the best one- Prime Time! I too am an older woman and need coverage but not in the lines and wrinkles!!! This is the only product that smoothes your surface -without being sticky- for flawless application of whatever foundation you use. Will never be without it! 04/25/2013
Great product! My daughter in law introduced me to Prime Time Primer and I do love it. Your face feels wonderfully smooth after applying. When used in conjunction with other Bare Essentials powder and blush it gives a great look. My only disappointment has been the pump on the Primer quit working after less than 30 days. Otherwise, I would highly recommend the product. 04/09/2013
Great addition for older skin!! I have used Bare Minerals for quite some time, but noticed as my skin matured that it wasn't settling quite the same way on my skin. One of the consultants in the BE store suggested trying this primer, and I am deeply thankful to her. I actually tried two steps: I increased my moisturizer a bit this winter (my skin is drier this year than ever before) and added the primer before putting on my makeup. What a difference it has made!! This stuff makes my skin feel like silk. My BE makeup goes on very smoothly and looks fresh all day. I get a lot of compliments that I have such nice skin, especially for my age, and I am glad to have a makeup that keeps my complexion looking light, fresh and luminous. Definitely try the Foundation Primer; it makes a big difference! 04/08/2013
Senior ladies need this I'm 70 years old & new to primers. Never knew they existed. But I found this to be a must. A moisturizer leaves my skin moist & it grabs the powder. The primer gives a smooth slightly slick finish that the foundation is evenly attracted to. It also helps the foundation swim over wrinkles & creases. In the beginning I used too much. Now I squeeze out a bit slightly larger than a kitchen match's head on one index finger. Then rub my two index fingertips together. Finally touch them on mid forehead, next to my nose, my chin, & on the side of my face in front my ears. Then go back and spread from all the places you touched. I get a even, smooth coat that's perfect for the foundation. I just bought the jumbo container & am pleased at the bargain. 04/01/2013
Overall a Good Primer Lately, I have been trying different brands of primers and moisturizers (Philosophy's Hope in a Jar included#. BE's Prime Time Foundation Primer seems to work the best for my dry and oily skin. The other brands I have tried seem to set into my fine lines and wrinkles. Prime Time evens out my flaws and dry skin. It also helps my makeup stay on longer. If I go a day without putting this on before my makeup, I can tell by the end of the night #my makeup will look like its almost melting off due to my oily skin). When using this product, my makeup stays firm and intact throughout the whole day. Didn't give 5 stars because I want to try other BE products to see if I can find something that works even better for my skin. 03/26/2013
New version is not improved I have used the Foundation Primer for sometime and have loved it until I purchased the new improved version. It appears to be a watery solution as opposed to the smooth texture I was used to. It does not go on well and really doesn't help with making the foundation application smooth. Bring back the old version! Much better product. 03/24/2013
Good for makeup.. bad for skin This product makes my makeup look SO good. Unfortunately I bought this on Wednesday and by Saturday I woke up and saw it made me break out like crazy! I had a feeling it might because of the way it feels...it's quite oily feeling. The last primer I used felt more like a powder after putting it on and that seemed better for my face as far as breaking out goes, but didn't do much for helping my makeup look better. Guess I will need to keep looking for something in between the two. 03/24/2013
Decent primer Not a bad primer. I only give it 4 stars because I think there are other primers out there that give a more amazing flawless foundation look than this primer. 03/05/2013
super smooth skin!! This and bareminerals together is a miricle on my skin!! This primer controls some oil and smoothes right over my dry spots! Its super silky feeling and u need the smallest amount ever ! My foundation will last at least twice as long with it!! This does not break me out at all! This product will forever be on my vanity! Must try it!! 02/08/2013
Can't Go Without It! Due to severe oily skin and acne, I had a lot of really big enlarged pores on both sides of my nose, and I have a couple of "pits" from acne that turned bad in my teen years. I always hated how makeup settled into these places, but with this product, I get that smooth air-brushed finish. I absolutely love the silky feel of the product and the results I get. One thing I will mention is I recently saw a video on Facebook where the Global Education Director (I think was her title) said something about rubbing the product between your fingers to warm it up before applying it. I would say I've never done that, but what I do is put one pump on my finger and dot it on my face, let it sit a few minutes, and then go back and smooth it over my entire face, which is probably the same thing as what she's doing. My product works fabulous :) 01/26/2013
Prime Time Foundation Primer I have been using this product for quite a few years. It is one of the best and makes my skin feel so good and ready for the foundation. Would not trade this for anything. I just love, love, love it. 01/18/2013
Wonderful Primer I got a smaller container of this primer in my Starter Kit and it is absolutely amazing. I will be buying this size when I run out! I love how smooth my skin feels after I put it on and how it keeps my makeup on all day while I'm at work. Yesterday I forgot to put it on before putting on my makeup and by the end of the day I noticed a huge difference. Love this product! 01/10/2013
Love This Just a dab covers your entire face and keeps your foundation on for long wear. My makeup usually falls off halfway through the day, but this primer keeps it on well into the night! 12/31/2012
Prime Time Original Foundation Primer I absolutely love the way this primer makes my skin feel, and how my makeup looks initially. However, after a couple of hours I am shiny and unfortunately it causes me to break out. I've tried the oil-free version, the neutralizing and the brightening.....same thing with all of them. I would love to have a primer that does not cause me to break out. I know it's the primer because if I stop using for a week, my skin clears up. It's a great product.....just not for me. 12/30/2012
SO SILKY I love this primer! I use it everyday before I put on my foundation and it is so silky. The best way to use the primer is to rub the primer between your fingers to warm it up, then put it on your face. 12/23/2012
Pros and Cons I have only been using this primer for a few days now and it definitely seems to be helping my makeup stay put all day long. The only thing I'm not loving about this product is that when first applied it has a greasy feel. 12/09/2012
Foundation Primer My sister just recently introduced me to Bare Minerals. I had been wearing a liquid foundation for 5+ years and thought it was the best out there. I got the primer in my starter kit and it's fabulous!! I went into the boutique and had my makeup done and the girl that did my makeup said, "wearing Bare Minerals should be a law!," and I thought, "yea whatever." Well, she was right, I bought a kit and more fab things on Cyber Monday online! I usually can't wait to wash off my makeup at the end of my long workday, but with BM, I forget I'm wearing makeup!! Im a hard sell, so for me to say these things, means, "Yep! It should be a law for everyone to wear BM!" 12/06/2012
disappointed I absolutely love the product in dry conditions. For high humidity, though, I have not had success, it gets runny and almost slimy on my skin when I wear it to work at the restaurant. My biggest problem is the bottle that it comes in (and all products that BE sells in these pump top bottles) the pump top works fine for a little while, but then it stops dispensing and I dne up having to unscrew the top and use the tube inside like a dipstick, then I end up having to try to tap it out into my hand. I REALLY wish they would not use these pump top bottles, a cheaper, more user friendly, easier to control, more reliable option would be to simply use a squeeze bottle. I hope someone will consider this change. I now refuse to buy the product (opening it up like this makes it dry out) and purchase foundation primer from other companies that comes in squeeze bottles. 11/24/2012
Worth the money I love this stuff. I've used other primers before and none compare. Either too oily, or they just didn't work. I sampled this at a store and fell in love. I've used it for over a year now and wouldn't use anything else. This is not greasy whatsoever and very light weight, it creates a smooth canvas for my makeup and makes it look flawless. It does help with enlarged pores and dryness. I have severe dry skin and this helps with it flaking when I use makeup. It truly is a great product and I would say worth the money 100%. It does not break me out and I have acne prone skin at times (and sensitive too) Overall, great, just wish it was a little cheaper lol! But hey, in this case, you do get what you pay for. 11/15/2012
I can definitely see the difference after starting to use this primer. My foundation lasts much longer than it previously did. 10/10/2012
Helps and hurts at the same time The primer is WONDERFUL for helping keep the makeup on all day long. The only problem is that it makes my skin break out. As soon as I stopped using it, the breakout cleared up. Since I use the foundation and mineral veil without the primer it doesn't last as long, but it gets me through the day. 10/02/2012
Why did it take me so long to try this!? I've always used a primer, Laura Mercier, Nars, and Benefit. None of them worked as well as this! I'm so excited how smooth this makes my skin and how nicely my makeup looks after using it! I've also tried the bareMinerals primer to reduce redness but it's not as great as the original. I've officially converted! 09/22/2012
Absolutely a Must Have Item!!! I have never been a make-up person but last year I went in to the store to have a makeover for our daughter's upcoming wedding. The consultant used the Primer on my face that day...so of course I purchased it along with everything else she told me I needed (I was a very easy sell that day). Now a year later I use the Primer, Mineral Veil and mascara. That's it...my whole beauty routine...plus lip gloss. I must admit I have been blessed with evenly colored, unblemished skin but this Primer gives your face the feel of an artist's brand new perfect palette every day. It makes your face feel as smooth as silk with no gloss or shine. I absolutely love the feel of it! This little bottle goes a very long way so don't be scared off by the price of it either. Use it very sparingly because you can always add more but you can't take it off. Any extra is just a waste of money. I promise you won't be disappointed with this product. If it can make somebody like me, that has gone their entire life without even powdering their nose until the age of 53, start taking the time to apply a little makeup it must be gold in a bottle! 09/17/2012
surpassed expectations I always ignore the primers from other make up companies but I decided to purchase this product because I liked the way it felt while applying. I didn't buy the eye primer and I'm regretting it because of how great this product works. I can tell the difference around 3pm if I didn't apply primer in the morning. This product holds the foundation all day though! I will never run out of this product. May be the first product I add to auto ship. 08/24/2012
Little goes a long way I am a girl on a budget, and while I would love to use Prime Time everytime I apply my Bare Minerals... I simply just can't afford it. What I like to do is prime only the places where I need extra coverage (under eyes, over blemishes, etc.). If I prime these places then my biggest problems are taken care of and I don't have to worry that my Minerals are wearing off these problem spots. Just a little dab will cover all my problem areas making a bottle of Prime Time go an extra long way! 08/22/2012
I love this.! I've always had problems with my makeup not staying on my face and slowly disappearing throughout the day and I found the solution. Although a bit expensive for such a tiny bottle, it really works! And i only have to use one pump. I have smile lines that a lot of people point out, mostly because I'm 18 and they're already showing ( I like to smile :D) and I've always had to reapply my foundation to cover them up. With this primer, the lines barely show and it leaves my skin super smooth and i don't have to reapply, not even once. 08/02/2012
Must use! If I don't use Primetime under my foundation I get oily before I even get out of work. It's like a magic shield between my skin and makeup. Use it followed by mineral veil under your foundation and you won't get "dewey" at all! 07/23/2012
Fabulous I love this product. It makes my skin very smooth with makes the powder go on even and spread well. When I forget to put it on over my lotion the brush doesn't glide easily like it does when I use this product. I recommend it for everyone. 07/20/2012
Different use for Prime Time I was in a hurry one day and sprinkled some of the foundation in my palm, added a squirt of Prime Time, mixed them together and applied to my face with my fingers. It gives a very sheer, natural-looking finish that I love for everyday wear because sometimes I tend to be heavy handed with the brush. 07/10/2012
LOVE prime time! I love this primer. It goes on smooth, isn't sticky or wet, and you can't even feel it on your skin. I got this with the Bare Minerals starter kit and have been using it ever since. It lasts forever as well. A small demo bottle lasted me almost two months! 07/09/2012
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