This is a review of the Kao Sofina Prima Vista primer. Apparently, it is the top rated makeup primer of Japan!
What it does:
This is a liquidy primer with a light pink color, which claims to control oil and shine, and keep foundation on for longer.
Price: This product retails for 3000 JPY (about $26) for 25 ml.
Availability: This product is widely available at drugstores in Japan. Ever since this product started winning beauty awards 2-3 years ago, it has become available in just about every drugstore that sells Kao products.
What I thought:
This is one of the few oil-controlling primers which actually work for me! I don’t know how it works, but it did a good job at keeping my foundation on even in the hot, humid summer. It also works well now that the dry, cold weather has come, and keeps my makeup on without drying out my skin. Since my skin is oily in my T-zone and around my nose, I like to apply it only to those places.
I was also amazed at how long this product lasted for me. I bought this in early summer and just recently finished the bottle. Considering how small the bottle is, I was really surprised!
Would I repurchase? Yes!
There is a very similar product available online called Sofina Prima Vista Ange primer, which is nearly half price of this product. This is a line from Sofina which is only available in Taiwan. According to Japanese beauty bloggers, the two products are extremely similar. However the Ange primer is white, and looks different on the initial application.
Hope you enjoyed this review!