Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer is described as a lightweight, skin-smoothing makeup extender that creates a vitamin-rich barrier between skin and foundation. Inspired by Jacobs’ own love of coconut water, the paraben and sulfate-free formula allows skin to breathe while providing hydration and complexion-boosting antioxidants.
While I don’t normally wear any cover-up unless I’m breaking out, I was intrigued enough by this primer’s nourishing, skin-perfecting claims (and coconut scent!) to pack it with me on a trip to Tokyo. Plus, if it would blur the appearance of my pores, that was good enough for me.
The primer comes in a slightly mod, frosted glass bottle with a pump applicator. It glides on easily and feels like applying moisturizer. I will add that the suggestion that it should be used for normal to dry skin makes sense, because it can feel sticky if you’re on the oily side, like I am. The weather in Tokyo oscillated between drizzly and humid, so this was definitely a little more moisturizing and richer than I needed it to be. A small pump went a long way.
On its own, it left the surface of my skin looking very hydrated and dewy (a highlighter became unnecessary); a good canvas for any future makeup application. The only thing that I put on top of it was Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Haze, which did stay on despite the constant sweat and rain.
I’d recommend the Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer if your skin needs a little more TLC and hydration pre-makeup, but not if you’re prone to major oiliness. That said, if I were going on a trip to a colder, drier climate I would definitely pack this one along.