Review / Neve Cosmetics Brightening BioPrimer

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Neve Cosmetics Brightening BioPrimer

Neve Cosmetics is a brand that I never really hear much about from many other English-speaking bloggers and I’ve even struggled to find reviews of their products that I could actually read! An Italian natural, mineral makeup brand, Neve are cruelty free and many of their products are vegan, and they don’t use any silicones, parabens or petroleum derivatives in their ingredients. They have an English website and ship to the UK, but you can also buy many of their products on CutECOsmetics.

I only really started using primers a couple of years ago, and after realising that silicone-based primers – although great at smoothing skin – were prone to blocking up pores, I started looking for one that didn’t contain any silicones. That was easier said than done, especially when you put the need for it to be cruelty free in the equation! Eventually, I stumbled across Neve Cosmetic’s Brightening BioPrimer (also available here on CuteECOsmetics). I opted for this rather than the matte one, as at the time I used mainly powder products and didn’t want to go too matte looking. This product is supposed to even out skin for a smoother finisher and enhance staying powder of your makeup products, and as a brightening primer it gives a radiant finish and contains argan oil, shea butter and aloe extract to nourish and protect the skin too.

Vegan, cruelty free and only €12 (£9.50) for 40ml of product it certainly sounds great on paper, but what did I think of it?

Neve Cosmetics Brightening BioPrimer


The packaging is pretty simple but still cute – honestly, I love a lot of Neve Cosmetics’ products because the packaging is just cute as hell. The tube comes with a screw top lid and just squeezes out of a little hole, which is great for making sure you get just the right amount of it out but I imagine will be a pain when I near the end of it and can’t get to the last dregs of product.

When I first tried the Brightening BioPrimer I was a little bit unsure of how it would look on my skin as it looks really dark and orange for a primer when you first squeeze it out of the tube, especially against my pale as hell skin. As you can see from the swatches below, it’s several shades darker than my skin tone at first. That said, once you blend it in this difference in tone starts to disappear, though is still sort of visible, but with foundation applied over the top it’s totally undetectable. As far as smoothing out your skin and diminishing the appearance of your pores, I’d say it does an average job. I haven’t used many primers so it’s difficult for me to compare it, but I don’t think this is as noticeable smoothing as some of the beauty blogger world’s holy grail or high end favourites, but it does improve my makeup application and make it look a bit more even and still very natural. My liquid and powder foundations both apply much more evenly and look more like my skin but much better with this primer underneath.

Neve Cosmetics Brightening BioPrimer Swatch

Neve Cosmetics Brightening BioPrimer Swatch


As far as radiance goes, paired with liquid foundations this primer helps to give my skin a healthy, slightly luminous glow. It contains moisturising ingredients so together with liquid products it really promotes a natural, dewy finish that doesn’t look at all oily – it just looks like my face but nourished. With powder products, it helps to counteract the somewhat drying effect of powder and keep your skin looking like healthy skin. Because of these moisturising properties and the argan oil and shea butter in it though, I would err on the side of caution if you have very oily skin. My own is combination and particularly during winter I find the little bit of oil that naturally builds up on my face (even without the primer) can actually improve how my makeup looks throughout the day, but if you struggle with really oily patches and getting your makeup to stay put by the evening then this may not be for you.

I find that the Brightening BioPrimer is great for staying power on my own face though, and it makes my foundation and concealer last a lot longer and crease or move around a lot less. I do occasionally touch up my nose or under eyes with only concealer for work without using a primer, and I can tell the primer definitely makes a difference because although the products I use still look great by the end of the day without it, they look a hell of a lot better with it.

I really, really like this primer. Although given the choice I would definitely prefer it if it was either clear or came in different shades if it’s going to be as dark as it is, it’s otherwise a great primer for the money and I’m thrilled to have found a more natural and silicone free alternative. I’ve been really impressed by the Neve Cosmetics products I’ve tried so far so at some point I’m definitely going to order the Mattifying BioPrimer and see how that compares, but in the meantime I’m happy to have discovered a good, affordable primer that keeps my skin looking great!

What’s your favourite cruelty free primer?

4 comments

  1. I'd never ever heard of Neve before so I'm happy I read this, I'll have to investigate! I think my skin would be too oily for this primer but I love that it's cruelty-free and silicone-free, so I might try out the mattifying one :) xx

    Toasty

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    1. Glad to be of service. :) If you do try it out, let me know!

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  2. I only found out about Neve when I moved to Italy so I can see what you mean about them not being popular outside. They are massively adored by bloggers here for a lot of the reasons you stated - cf, natural etc.
    From what I've read about this primer it's a sort of hit/miss from what I've read so I'm glad that for you it was a hit. might try it next time my Too Faced runs out as a more affordable option :)

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    1. Yes! Whenever I try to search for other reviews about Neve products they're almost always in Italian so I ended up having to go for it and buy some thins to see for myself. I hope it works for you if you do decide to give it a go! I have another primer I'm trying out recently too so hopefully I'll be blogging about that soon enough. :)

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