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Prime Time™ Foundation Primer

$23.00


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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 61 61
Best item in my makeup/skincare collection I grew up never using a lot of makeup and always hated that when I did use makeup it faded quickly. That was when I used cheap products....then I was introduced to Bare Escentuals. The first time I used this Primer I was quickly devoted to it. My makeup stayed on all day and covered more evenly and smoothly. To me, this is a "MUST PURCHASE" item for anyone. Just try it once, bet you'll be as hooked as I am! 04/08/2014
Nice Finish Ok so i go into the store to get da starter kit. I see this and i think: Ooooo Nice! i get it, and it meets my expectations 500% Just make shore you apply a THIN layer all over your face. This cannot be overstated! THIN layer!! If you say OR NAH while reading dis theres gonna be oil and shine ALL over your face. I made that mistake once and I when I got home I look in da mirror and i'm all like: "Twinkle twinkle little star!" I mean THATS how shiny my face was. So, you've been warned!! 03/24/2014
Good primer I've found that you must prime, or foundation will just not look the same or last as long. I like this primer, although I think it might cause me to break out. I'm still investigating if the problem is with the primer or something else. I've also noticed that on some days it causes little bumps on my face to look more pronounced. In other words, the primer and I have a love hate relationship. If you have oily skin, or skin with uneven texture such as myself you might want to go with a different primer than the original. 03/20/2014
MY MUST HAVE I cannot put makeup on my face without this light, soft primer! It took me about 12 years (I am now 27) to find a product like this. This, the face wash, and the main color foundation (powder form) are the only 3 products as A MUST HAVE. The others are awesome as well - but I have found these 3 products to be a must have for all women and teens. 03/17/2014
LOVE this product! I have used bare minerals for about 3 years and have loved everything about it. I noticed this winter that I was having some dry skin and some irritation, I'm sure from the weather and the wind. I received a free sample of prime time from a purchase of foundation and I loved it! It is very light and not super oily. The added SPF also helps because I am a redhead and have fair skin. Perfect for every day and make up stays on well! 03/07/2014
Amazing! I was a bit skeptical & refused to buy this product at first. I finally went in to a shop one afternoon after purposely not wearing any makeup. I had a consultant apply the Prime Time then my normal foundation shade. The makeup looked absolutely flawless & stayed put all day. I will never apply the foundation without first using this product! 02/22/2014
Foundation glides on with ease! The Prime Time Foundation Primer is perfect! (Like I said, Bare Minerals never disappoints!) Not only does it go on satiny smooth, but it makes foundation able to glide right on to your skin. Bare Minerals just keeps impressing me more and more! 02/21/2014
Still my Favorite I still love this Primer. I love the way this feels on my skin, my makeup last much longer using this. It creates a smooth canvas to work with. 02/07/2014
A solid product I didn't want to add another step to my make up routine, but I finally decided to give in to primer. It does help create a smooth canvas for foundation and helps it last throughout the day. I definitely think it helps my makeup look better. I don't use it everyday since it's kind of expensive. The pump doesn't work very well and shoots out product. I don't think it's a MUST have, but I would definitely recommend it to those who need just a little extra help with their skin prior to make up application. 02/02/2014
WOW!!! I have never used a primer before. This is amazing stuff!! Put on before your foundation for amazing smooth face. Foundation goes on flawlessly. Sometimes I forget to put it on and I notice right away that my makeup doesn't look as good. I don't think this was made 'remove lines and wrinkles', but, for me, it seems to 'fill them in'. I love it!!!! 01/15/2014
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do i use moisturizer and the primer?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which primer (if any) should I use with the new READY foundation?
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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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However large or small it is, it nee4ds to be bigger. I am continually running out of this wonderful product
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The foundation primer is 1 fl. oz/ 30 mL.
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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.
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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?
1 year, 10 months 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.
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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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