Product Review | Laura Geller Spackle SPF 30 Proactive
Product Review | Laura Gellar Spackle SPF 30 Proactive ($32, Ulta)
Product Details (from Ulta's website): Prime, perfect and protect! Laura Geller infused their beloved primer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 to protect skin from the sun's aging rays while priming it to a flawless canvas for long wearing make-up application. The lightweight - never greasy! - texture glides on with a soft pearl finish for a glowing, healthy look. Formulated with good-for-skin antioxidants centella asiatica, white tea and ginkgo biloba extracts, toning witch hazel and aloe leaf extract to soothe, Spackle SPF 30 is your single solution for protected, primed and pretty, healthy skin.
The weather in L.A. is pretty warm on the regular, so it is not unusual to prepare for the summer or hot weather around spring time. I was also going on vacation to Cancun in April so that also prompted an earlier search for summertime skin and sun care products. I was originally looking for a facial sunscreen and while I was browsing Ulta's app, I stumbled upon this Laura Gellar primer with SPF 30. Plus, it was on sale for $19.99 (retail price is $32), so why the heck not, right?
Other than my Baked Gelato Swirl Highlighter in Ballerina, I do not own any other Laura Gellar products. I have heard so many great things about their Spackle line, but I just never bought them. The packaging is a very simple box, but attractive due to its rose gold cover, simple black typography and fuschia lips print. It comes in a squeeze tube with 2.0 fl oz of product. This is really a good buy since most primers come in 1 fl oz and for its $19.99 sale price, you just cannot beat the price for a high end primer.
The primer is a white cream, with a medium consistency - not to thick, not too thin. While the primer is white, as you can see on the blended swatch, it does thin out and does not continue to be stark white shade, but it becomes a pearlescent color. This is true when applied on the skin. Granted that I was not going to be doing tons of flash photography (I almost never do anyway), I was not worried of the possibility of getting a white cast on my vacation photos. While on vacation, I mainly used this as a primer under a light coat of a magnifying moisturizer, as it was hot in Cancun. That worked well for its purpose and it made my skin look glowing to the pearlescent finish.
Coming back from vacation, this is when I was able to really test this primer under makeup. We had a few spells of summer-like weather (90's) in L.A. and I did use this primer for about a week straight. The SPF did not break or disturb the consistency and performance of my foundation and other powders I used each day. It did not make my skin greasy or oily. It held my makeup like most of my well loved primers did. I have never used a primer with an SPF before since I normally use a facial sunscreen before applying a primer, but this definitely changes my summer and hot weather skin and sun care. I have enjoyed using this product and I absolutely think it is worth its retail price of $32 (even though I bought mine on sale) because of its performance and it does come with 2 fl oz of product. Would I repurchase? Absolutely.