I went to Ulta for the first time ever about three hours ago. It was just me and Elizabeth and I was in heaven!! So many brands, sooo many products and testers!! Oh my! I got to look at things I’ve only ever read about online or seen on YouTube. It was awesome, lol.
At one point, I was looking at Smashbox primers and I was baffled by the number of options in front of me so when a perfectly (!) made up sales associate came over and asked me if I needed any help, I asked her what the best way of choosing a primer was. She asked which kind I thought I needed for my skin and I said I have oily skin. She said she had just the one I needed and immediately took me to another aisle, which irritated me a little bit since I was interested in the Smashbox ones, but when she put a tiny dab of Becca on my skin and I massaged it in, I was amazed! Holy cow, it was such a crazy cool texture. I asked about the price and she replied that it was $36 for 1.35oz *gulp* so I told her I was going to check out the Smashbox ones and see how they compared. She thought I meant price, but I actually meant texture, so she said they were about $2 more than Becca. I said okay and started walking away with Elizabeth. The associate nearly rolled her eyes at me, I kid you not, and I went back to the aisle I had been on when she and I had first met. I tried two or three of the Smashbox primers and was thoroughly unimpressed. I probably wouldn’t have been except that I had unknowingly already experienced the holy grail of primers a few minutes earlier! Smashbox felt like a basic moisturizer, or maybe a liquidy lotion – nothing like Becca, which feels like a liquid that changes into a matte canvas.
As I returned to the Becca display, she smiled with a look that said I told you so and I admitted how incredible Becca was and how different it felt from the others. She knew, that’s why she’d brought me over to begin with! I then understood the reason for her (almost) eye roll, lol.
So, I called Stephen and told him I really wanted to buy it and asked if I had his blessing on a (tiny!) forty dollar bottle of magic. He, being the awesome husband that he is, said that it was fine so I ran to the counter and purchased it as well as signed up for a free Ulta rewards card.
Happy story, yes. But happy ending, no.
I made the mistake of reading the box after buying it and found out that it has two kinds of parabens in it. :( I fumbled to remember exactly what that means, and the word cancer kept coming up in my mind. I looked it up online and my fears were confirmed. Lots of ugly things about parabens.
I am new to the makeup scene so maybe this is common knowledge, I don’t know, but it surprised me and made me upset – I had been absolutely stoked about the primer!! And now I don’t get to use it. And what’s worse, I went and looked at my makeup and I have at least three other products that I use regularly that have parabens in them as well. :(
So now I’m on a quest for paraben-free makeup. I have a feeling my choices will be limited…