EmerginC Red Carpet Primer

I haven’t used a primer in a few months, so I when I was sent the EmerginC Red Carpet Primer I was interested to see what it would do for my skin.

The packaging is simple and sleek, and comes with a pump dispenser under the lid, which I like:

The main claim to fame of the EmerginC Red Carpet Primer is that it contains vitamin c, and promises to fight “free radicals” whilst “brightening and nourishing skin with an infusion of vitamin c”. It contains tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, which is a very stable form of vitamin c.

However, if you glance at the list of ingredients, you can see that it’s not present in sufficient quantities to make any kind of difference to skin tone and quality.  I guess the key word here is “infusion”. If you want to improve your skin through vitamin c use, mix up your own, far more potent, DIY serum using this recipe.

Having said all of that, this is still a very effective and pleasant to wear primer. I’ve demonstrated the application of the primer on my unmoisturised hands to show you the full effect. The primer is unfragranced, and the amount below is sufficient to cover my entire face, which makes it very cost effective:

You’ll notice that the primer is tinted, but the tint does significantly reduce one you rub it in.  You can see in the last photo that it does darken my pale skin just slightly, but when I apply a foundation over the top, my skin returns to its natural colour.

Notice in the photo below the way my skin looks instantly hydrated, healthy, and slightly glowy? Very flattering.

This primer sits really beautifully on the skin, and whilst it contains silicone, it doesn’t have that plastic feeling that Smashbox Photofinish Primer can have. This primer fills in small lines and wrinkles in the skin extremely well, and makes the skin look absolutely flawless. Makeup glides on very easily indeed over this primer, and it also ensures that your makeup looks exactly the same in the evening as it did in the morning.

EmerginC Red Carpet Primer retails for AUD $60 and is available from their website.  Twenty percent of the proceeds from the sale goes to Global Giving, an organisation which provides aid to Japanese Tsunami victims.

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6 Responses to EmerginC Red Carpet Primer

  1. Jen W says:

    It looks great on your hand when you’ve blended it!

    I was a bit taken aback by the dark brown colour- I know that it fades, but I wonder why they made it dark brown in the first place?

  2. Dempeaux says:

    @Jen Me too! It’s not the colour that I expected to come out of the tube! I’m not sure why it’s made that colour. I was relieved to find that it looked great on the skin though. I think I like it better than Smashbox!

  3. That looks so good when blended on your hand. I’m having a dumb moment and wasn’t sure how you could work out quantity from the ingredients list? I always thought the lists were most to least? I guess I’d be surprised if this were the right vehicle for a ‘treatment’ though. This does look like a great base for foundation.
    Jane x

  4. Dempeaux says:

    @Modesty Brown It does look good when blended! Regarding the tetra, I should have explained that in the post! I basically looked at how far down the list of ingredients it was, noted the word ‘infusion’ in the description (all companies will shout from the rooftops when their products have a decent percentage of vit c they can print on the bottle), and the way it was ‘delivered’ to the skin within the primer (which is designed to sit on top, not absorb), and concluded that it would be a pretty small/ ineffectual amount that was contained in the primer. I noticed no improvement to my own skin when I tested it either. It’s a good primer though 🙂

  5. Aha, I understand what you mean now. I know that it’s not uncommon for products to contain an ingredient that is totally ineffectual, like collagen and of course the unstable vitamin Cs. You’ve obviously become an expert now having researched and designed your own serum. 🙂

  6. Dempeaux says:

    @Modesty Brown Pretty much! I would say I’m an expert, just more aware 😉

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