This Surprising Product Makes My Makeup Last ALL Day Long--& It’s Not A Primer!

September 12, 2019 by Emily Belfiore
shefinds | beauty

My makeup routine is pretty simple, but I’ve always had difficulty making it last throughout the day. I’m someone that’s always dealing with a breakout and desperately trying to camouflage my redness and uneven skin tone. I’ve lucked out with finding the right coverage from my foundations and concealers, but could never really figure out how to make them stay put. After being let down by countless setting powders, sprays, and primers that promised to lock makeup in, I was surprised to find that the real problem was my skincare.

Being that my skin is super sensitive and prone to blemishes, I had always been afraid to exfoliate my skin out of fear that I would piss it off. But, it wasn’t until I came across First Aid Beauty‘s Facial Radiance Pads that I was able to find the balance my skin desperately needed. The pads are formulated lactic and glycolic acids to safely and effectively exfoliate, tone, and brighten the skin.

TRY IT: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads ($32)


I started using the Facial Radiance Pads at night to help get my skin glowy and fade some stubborn acne scars and was pleased with the results. My skin was instantly brighter and I even started receiving compliments on how radiant it was! But, it wasn't until I started using the pads in the morning that I realized how they help improve makeup application and wear. 

By exfoliating in the morning I was able to get rid of the dead skin cells that were getting in the way of my makeup. This helped prep my skin for makeup by making it smoother and also took care of those pesky dry patches that always pop up around my nose and chin. 

How It Works:

First Aid Beauty's Facial Radiance Pads are designed to improve skin’s texture and enhance the skin's natural glow by sloughing away dead skin cells. Lactic and glycolic acids are the main ingredients that help exfoliate the skin, while cucumber and Indian gooseberry tone and lemon peel and licorice root help brighten the complexion.

Other Promising Reviews: 

"I have oily skin that easily breaks out with acne. This was recommended to me by a Sephora employee and I am so happy he did! I have been using these pads for about 3 months and I can definitely tell my skin is much brighter. A tip to make these last longer, cut the pads in half! This has made my money go a lot farther while still helping my skin improve!" - bpurcell
"These. Are. Amazing. I have eczema, so my skin is super duper dry and as I've gotten older it's gotten very, very sensitive. I've used so many harsh scrubs to get rid of the dry, flaky patches on my cheeks, nose, and chin that just never worked and only further irritated my face, drying it out even more... After a week and a half of using them, my skin is so bright! It's really helped with my acne scars and hyperpigmentation. And my pores, which used to be used due to a very oily phase my face went through, are nearly nonexistent!" - CassandraLee425

"I have been having trouble with hormonal acne for the past few months along my chin and jawline. I gave in and bought these pads after seeing so many good reviews on them. This is my third day in and I am already seeing a dramatic difference in my skin and I am amazed. My acne is subsiding and the scars plus redness have calmed down so much. Also, my skin feels so soft! I am excited to see what else this product can do for my skin. It is expensive but if you are struggling with your skin you CANNOT beat these pads!" - shannonxoneill

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Associate Editor

Emily Belfiore is a former associate editor of SheFinds. She wrote beauty, weight loss, wellness and celebrity stories for the site. She is a pop culture enthusiast.

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