A Mask Primer?

originsmaskimizerI’m all about the priming, from face primers to eyeshadow primers. So you can imagine I was intrigued when Origins released their Skin-Optimizing Mask Primer earlier this spring.

The Maskimizer Skin-Optimizing Mask Primer is a mist that is meant to be applied right before applying any type of face mask to prep, prime and optimize your skin. Its claims include improving spreadability and rinseability of the mask, boosting of skin’s hydration and radiance, as well as being soothing. All you have to do is spray it all over a clean face, pat it in, and apply your chosen mask.

I’ve used it almost every time I’ve used a face mask (which is usually once a week) since I purchased it in April, and I have noticed a difference since using it. It feels nice and soothing even just patting it into my skin, but it’s even better when I apply a mask afterwards. I notice that biggest impact when I use my favourite clarifying mask. It is much easier to apply and remove, and my skin doesn’t feel so dry afterwards. In fact, I can sometimes skip a moisturizing mask right after it, because my skin doesn’t feel so dehydrated. I love how soft it makes my skin feel, and how it works with any face mask I have (I still have yet to try it with a sheet mask though).

The only downside for me though, is the spray. I’m not sure if it’s just mine, but the nozzle doesn’t provide as much of a mist as it does a squirt, which in my experience doesn’t add to the relaxing nature of applying a face mask. So in order to combat that, I simply spray it into my hands, and then apply it to my skin, and it seems to work just fine. I’d be curious to know if anyone else has had an issue with the spray, as it’s not a complaint I’ve heard from any other reviewers.

All in all, I love this product, and think it’s a great addition to your face mask routine.

Have you tried the Maskimizer? What’s your favourite face mask?


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  • I’ve never heard of a mask primer before, but since I have very dry skin, it would be nice to not feel like it was completely parched after taking of a clarifying mask.

  • Isabelle Collins

    I never use face masks, no clue why but I think I’d probably benefit quite a bit from starting, my skin is full of spot scarring and I’m so prone to acne x


  • Ah, I love the idea that this softens clay masks, as I love a deep cleanse but my sensitive skin can’t handle when they get super dry and tight. May have to give this a go 🙂