Honest Beauty Everything Primer Glow [Review]

In this post we are reviewing Honest Beauty’s Everything Primer (the Glow version). To get the most balanced look at the product, it is written based on user reviews as a whole, not based on a single user’s experience.


The brand describes this primer as…

An award-winning formula that gives you a subtly luminous complexion with a sheer golden hue – makeup or no makeup. Sounds ahh-mazing! I personally consider primers makeup since their purpose is to enhance the appearance of your face, but whatever.

It was a difficult task trying to find a good number or trustworthy reviews about this product. Most of them are years old and talk about an “Honest Beauty Everything Primer Luminous Base”, which I’m assuming is the old name of this product. Now you can find a matte version as well, which has slightly different ingredients.

So, this water-based primer contains hyaluronic acid to moisturize the skin, as well as other ingredients that are supposed to make your skin look clearer and give it a beautiful glow. It’s made without parabens, PEGs, paraffins, steareth-n, petrolatum, mineral oil and synthetic fragrances, and is dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Sounds like a dream.


The users’ experiences

The main things I gather from reading all the reviews are that 1) it has a weird smell that a few people like but most hate, and 2) it’s basically just a shimmery, golden liquid that doesn’t really do anything to help with skin texture issues.

It works with different skin types though (as in it won’t make anyone suffer) and does hydrate the skin.

For oily skin the matte version might be more suitable since this doesn’t control oiliness at all. Also, this primer does contain some oils so you should know that in case you’re trying to avoid them in your cosmetics. For dry skin it’s a great thing though.

Oh and the primer is not 100% silicone-free but looking at the ingredients list it looks like there is very little of it. I’m just going to go and point out that there is still more of silicone than there is hyaluronic acid, at least based on the list, so I might get a hyaluronic acid product separately rather than count on this primer alone.


You can get it from here!  (plus read some more reviews if this one didn’t do it for you)


Ideal for: People who want a subtle, healthy looking glow without a lot of effort (and can stand a potentially strange smell).



  • Gives a subtle shimmer
  • You only need to use a small amount
  • Has a golden tint so you may not need to use anything else to get a bit of color
  • Compatible with pretty much any foundation
  • Easy to apply
  • Doesn’t clog pores



  • Some people described the smell as a faint flowery scent, but most said it was odd or metallic
  • Doesn’t do anything for large pores and fine lines
  • Leaves you with a sticky feeling
  • Packaging makes it hard to get all of the product out
  • Not found in many stores (you can get it from Amazon though, the last time I checked)


Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Olivate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco-caprylate, Glycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Arginine, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Cocoglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Tribehenin, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Capryloyl Glycine, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sclerotium Gum, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-19, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Maltodextrin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Linalool, Geraniol, Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491)


What’s your experience with the Honest Beauty Everything Primer Glow?



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