Ren Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum - The Primer That's Good For Your Skin

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There are some brands with which we're only semi-familiar. They seem to pop up on your radar time and time again, you hear lots of good things about them, but you haven't necessarily tried many of their products yourself. Ren is one such brand for me, so I was very happy to get the opportunity to explore it a little further recently when I was sent their new Perfect Canvas* Skin Finishing Serum to test. Designed to be applied after moisturiser and before makeup, it contains ingredients that protect and hydrate as well as creating a smooth base onto which foundation can be applied more easily. Essentially, it's a primer that's good for your skin.

First up, the packaging. I love the minimal white and black aesthetic and the handy pipette applicator. The 30ml bottle is quite weighty, which I guess you would expect when paying £50 - weighty packaging always gives a feeling of luxury. It isn't necessarily the most practical for traveling, but on the other hand, it's precisely the sort of product I'd forgo as a non-essential when jetting off somewhere for a couple of weeks, so that doesn't really bother me too much.

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According to Ren, the serum is lightweight, silicone free, and packed with probiotics to smooth the skin and enhance its structure by encouraging surface cell renewal. It also contains agave extract, which lends the complexion a matte finish onto which makeup should glide more easily, hyluronans to increase hydration and elasticity and a-Glucans to promote the growth of skin friendly bacteria and optimise skin health. You can add a couple of drops to your moisturiser or apply it separately afterwards.

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I really like the texture of this product. It feels a lot more like a serum than a primer to me and it absorbs very easily into my skin. It's pleasant to apply and my complexion definitely feels smoother afterwards. I haven't noticed any marked improvement in the way my makeup goes on when I'm wearing this as opposed to when I'm not, but I have noticed a big improvement in how long it lasts, especially when I'm wearing lighter foundations. Longevity is always something I want more of from my makeup so this alone is enough for Perfect Canvas to be a hit with me. Add to that the fact that it has obvious skincare benefits, refines my skin and doesn't irritate or clog it up, and we have a new favourite on our hands. It might be a little on the pricey side, but on the other hand, it's a serum and a primer in one, so you're getting plenty of value for money.

What's your favourite primer?

Kate x

*Gifted item. All opinions, as always, are my own.
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  1. Ooh I really like the sound of this! I'll keep my eye out for it because I'd like to feel the texture xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Yes, I think that you might like this Siobhan! x

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  2. I would never usually go for a product like this but after hearing so many good things about it and seeing the ingredients and benefits to the skin from using it I would definitely consider splurging on it.

    www.beautylifebecca.co.uk

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    1. It is a bit of a splurge, but well worth it! x

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  3. I've been really intrigued by this primer but the price kind of puts me off buying it as I already have like 6, 7 primers in my collection, lol! x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. Haha, the beauty blogger's curse! It is pretty pricey, I have to say. x

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  4. I haven't had the best of luck with primers but I guess I cannot expect that they work brilliantly since I only tried affordable drugstore options. Sounds amazing that it benefits the skin and does an excellent job in keeping the makeup in place for long! x

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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    1. This is probably the best one I've tried Yiota, not that I've tried too many. I haven't had much luck with drugstore ones either. x

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  5. I love this concept of combining two products in one, REN is a brand that I haven't tried anything from! x

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    1. I've only tried one other product! It's a brand I hear so many good things about though. x

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  6. Honestly this looks great :D I'm glad you've mentioned this one Kate, because I was excited to hear about it, after you mentioned it to me! I haven't tried anything from Ren :D ... So I'll be looking to try this one out, after my Glossier one finishes :D!!!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Serene xoxo

    www.iamserenel.com

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    1. Yes it seemed similar to the Glossier one so I thought you'd be interested Serene! x

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  7. I tend to go for mattifying primers, so I guess this wouldn´t be my first choice. It sounds nice as a serum though, and REN is a brand I have enjoyed using in the past.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  8. REN is a brand that I truly love so I'll check if this is already out on Sephora Canada, I will definitely buy it!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of SanityBurberry Beauty Giveaway

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  9. Such a pricey primer, but it does sound interesting!

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  10. I have never heard about this product, but sounds interesting. Great that it's silicone free.

    jointyicroissanty

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  11. I'm loving this serum right now, it's really lovely xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc. ❤️

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  12. I really like serums and oils as primers so I think i would really like this. I will have to check it out next time i'm in store xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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  13. I am definitely checking this one out. Sounds great and it is full of goodness. xoxo Cris
    http://photosbycris.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/autumn-chic-with-choies.html

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  14. I haven't try out a serum in my life I believe. But Im starting to consider it, giving the fact my skin is so dry

    https://justohana.blogspot.com.es

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  15. Truth is, I don't really wear primer. I don't wear foundation, that's why! I've tried only one primer so far, it was from a Korean brand and it gave such an awful finish to the skin!
    But serum are great! I have dry skin so it's perfect!

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  16. Though definitely pricey, it sounds like a good one! My favourite primer at the moment is the NYX Angel Veil. It's all I've been wearing for quite possibly two months straight.

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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  17. I heard about this product. I was curious... It sounds great, though!

    -L.
    L.E.N.A | Revealed

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