I expected great things of Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer (£27) – partly because it is quite expensive (and is close to the price of the Chanel and Lauder primers I love) and partly because it felt so nice when I was applying it. Sadly, it proved to be a bit of a non-event – or at least one with ultimately undesirable results.
Too Faced Hangover is described as “a revolutionary primer infused with coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers to help replenish tired, depleted and overworked skin while locking down makeup for fresh and flawless wear”. It certainly does a pretty good job of passing as a moisturiser – and, in my experience, actually eliminates the need for using a moisturiser beforehand (as you do with many primers). Indeed, the times when I used both a moisturiser plus Too Faced Hangover, I found that my foundation went bobbly after a while – not a good effect!
Used on its own under foundation, Too Faced Hangover didn’t live up to the other primers on the market. Not only does it not soften lines or even out skin tone; it doesn’t – as it promises – lock down makeup for more than a couple of hours, though it does provide a decent base so foundation goes on nicely.
Since “it can be worn alone for a dewy, healthy looking finish,” it’s clearly not a good choice for naturally shiny or shine-prone skin. My skin, which usually becomes shiny after a few hours if I’m not wearing a decent primer, looked oily from the off and just got worse. Which all begs the question: isn’t Too Faced Hangover really more of a hydrator than a primer?
Oh, and the follow-up: does anybody rate this as a primer? If so, I’d love to hear from you!