Face Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer
Tula’s Face Filter Blurring and Moisturizing Primer is one of this line’s sleeper hits, not only because it’s fragrance free (many of Tula’s products contain numerous skin-irritating fragrance ingredients) but also because it does what a great primer should and works for all skin types.
Packaged in an opaque tube topped with a pump dispenser, this primer has a silky lotion feel that instantly improves skin texture to enhance makeup application. Unlike many primers, this contains a very good mix of soothing, antioxidant plant extracts as well as replenishing, barrier-strengthening omega fatty acids (such as omega 3s docosahexaenoic and eicosapentaenoic acids). As per usual with Tula, skin is also treated to a ‘biotic ingredients, in this case the skin-soothing probiotic lactococcus ferment lysate and postbiotic lactic acid.
Tula mentions “glow particles”, which you will see in this grayish-white lotion as small specks. Applied to skin, these particles “burst” to release a tone-enlivening, non-ashen sheer bronze tint that has both warm and cool tones to it. Although the tint is surprisingly versatile, it’s better suited to those with medium to dark skin tones. Those with fair to light skin are more likely to find the tint interferes with the color of their foundation.
We also find the tint plus the formula’s blend of silicones supports the skin-blurring claims. No, your pores and discolorations won’t vanish, but the effect is like a subtle fine-tuning of skin’s tone and surface imperfections, making the former more even and glow-y and the latter a bit less visible (just not enough to forgo foundation or concealer).
This delivers adequate makeup prep, nourishing ingredients, and lightweight, non-greasy hydration and is worth strong consideration–it could easily replace a well formulated serum in your daytime routine and is also a nice way to perk up your complexion on more relaxed days you don’t want go through your usual makeup routine.
- Silky, texture-improving formula enhances makeup application.
- Contains a very good mix of soothing, antioxidant plant extracts.
- Infuses skin with replenishing omega fatty acids.
- The “glow particles” add radiance and a translucent, non-ashen bronze-y tint.
- Tint supports the claim of blurring uneven skin tone.
- Adds lightweight, non-greasy hydration.
- Fragrance free.
- The bronze tint can interfere with your foundation shade (more of an issue if you have fair to light skin).
This blurring & moisturizing primer instantly smooths the look of uneven skin tone & redness for a “filter” like finish. Probiotics & superfoods like licorice & chia seeds help balance & nourish skin. As you blend this buildable formula, it releases its special skin-blurring properties or "glow particles" that create the look of sun-kissed, radiant skin tone.
Tula Skincare is a brand focused on an emerging group of skincare ingredients: probiotics. While it’s long been known that probiotics (such as those found in yogurt) were beneficial for health when consumed via certain foods and supplements, new research shows they’re also beneficial applied directly to skin. Internally, probiotics (which are live microorganisms that live in and on the body) can regulate digestive health; externally they play a role in managing a key component of skin’s surface known as its microbiome.
Tula was founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a still-practicing gastroenterologist who says she noticed that many of her patients who had consumed probiotics showed signs of improvement in their skin. This concept of balancing skin became the core foundation of Tula, a word which means “balance” in Sanskrit.
To that end, all Tula products contain probiotics (in the non-living form of lysates, which retain many of the same topical benefits as live probiotics), along with some pre- and postbiotics as well. Postbiotics are exciting because these by-products from the breakdown of probiotics give each person’s microbiome key substances skin needs to be strong and healthy.
There are a couple of standout options, but unfortunately, Tula includes fragrance in the majority of their offerings, and fragrance – whether synthetic or from natural sources (essential oils and extracts) such as Tula uses, puts skin at risk for irritation. Irritation can disrupt skin in a way that counteracts the anti-inflammatory benefits of probiotic ingredients, so these formulas would be better minus the fragrance.
As far as packaging goes, with a few rare exceptions (such a couple of products in jars), Tula does a good job keeping its skin care in opaque containers that protect its best-yet-most-delicate ingredients from losing their potency in the presence of light and air. Overall, it’s a hit-or-miss brand – with some top-notch options, some that are good (except for the fragrance), and others to skip altogether.
To find out more about Tula, visit https://www.tula.com/.
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