I have a thing with primers. I like to try them all, but I'm slowing down on that because it's becoming evident exactly which type is suitable for my skin and the makeup that goes over it. Needless to say, I've got heaps of them. They get used a few times and then languish in a cabinet for the rest of their lives.
The Anti-Aging primer from Fusion Beauty is happily not one of those that will go forgotten. It has a thick silicone-based consistency that filled my fine lines, softened imperfections including little scars I have, and melted into my skin with body heat. It has a light peach tone that is quite flattering and very sheer (it will work on any skin tone, as it does not leave a significant deposit of color).
The packaging is sleek and I love the fact that it comes in a pump, because I have a primer from another company with a similar texture that I like, but hate that it comes in a jar. Packaging a primer in a jar is unsanitary and any good skin ingredients that might be present would be compromised with such packaging once they come into contact with oxygen and light. Fusion Beauty's Anti-Aging Primer also has generous sizing at one ounce, so it will last a very long time.
I used a cream concealer and mineral makeup over the primer, and found that the makeup I used stayed put very well, but what's really got me excited is how my skin felt smooth and hydrated all day. If you use a good moisturizer, a primer like this will literally seal in the hydration, and in this case, will impart additional hydration (sodium hyaluronate and glycerin).
The thing I dislike about most primers is how many are watery and if you attempt to mix them into your foundation, you have an unsavory texture on your hands, which leads me to my next experiment. I mixed my Fusion primer into my creamy tinted moisturizer (Chantecaille Just Skin), and it was HEAVEN. This is the answer to any conundrums of only having two minutes to do your makeup before you have to run out the door. Mix this primer into your cream or liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer, add a touch of blush and lip gloss, and you're done. Not only will you be done, but your skin will look amazing.
Verdict: Love. This is a versatile, thick primer that does what it says. It softens the look of lines and wrinkles, and perfectly preps skin for makeup (but in my opinion, could be used in lieu of makeup also). Containing Matriyxl 3000, rose hip fruit extract, peptides, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, there are clearly several beneficial ingredients for the skin. The texture and formulation are ideal for dry, aging skin.
I have only one caveat: this primer is pretty highly fragranced with a floral-type scent, so if you object to that or are prone to headaches, I would avoid it.