I've Been a Beauty Writer for Years—This Magical Primer Is the Best I've Used

Sunscreen and primers have become two of the most important parts of my beauty routine. I’ve become an ardent SPF user for obvious "protecting my skin against damage and cancer" reasons. And primer is always key for helping foundation go on smoother and look flawless—even more so when you have large pores and skin that's 40 years old like mine. I can’t stand it when my foundation seeps into my pores and settles into my lines. No, thank you. Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more products that are a combination of SPF and primer, and if I can take a step away from my routine, I’ll happily welcome it! This is why I was so excited to get my hands on Saint Jane Beauty's Luxury Sun Ritual Pore Smoothing SPF 30 ($38). 

Saint Jane is a brand that I’ve been a fan of since its debut in 2019. The Hydrating Petal Cream ($68) has become a part of my regular moisturizer rotation, and I love the Bright Repair Eye Cream ($65) and the Luxury Lip Cream ($28) (Amen is my shade), as well. 

Call it psychic or wishful thinking, but I had wondered when the brand would come out with a suncare product. It turned out even better than I had imagined because it’s a multipurpose product. It’s a mineral sunscreen (which is my favorite kind) and contains 10% zinc oxide, but what sets it apart from so many other sunscreens and SPF primers is the inclusion of powerful botanicals, which is something that the brand is famous for.

"Flowers are my muse for Saint Jane, and Luxury Sun Ritual was no exception,” explains Saint Jane Founder Casey Georgeson. While creating the product, she was drawn to petals that thrive in the sun, so jasmine, hibiscus, and desert rose made perfect additions (along with the antioxidant green tea). "Not only are they incredibly nourishing and hydrating, but we've also harnessed their innate ability to naturally protect themselves from harmful UV rays and environmental stressors in warmer climates,” she says. These natural SPF boosters provide an invisible and innovative shield that protects the skin.


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Georgeson began her career developing makeup brands like Marc Jacobs, Kat Von D, and Disney x Sephora, so how the brand’s skincare works with makeup is always at the top of her mind. She says that Luxury Sun Ritual is a "true multitasking SPF 30” that not only protects the skin from the damaging effects of the sun, but also smoothes pores and deeply hydrates the skin. Seriously, what more could you ask for in a product? "I started developing this SPF more than two years ago and had some pretty high expectations for this formula,” Georgeson admits. "I wanted it to be supercharged with flower actives, meticulously clean, and completely sheer and invisible on all skin tones.” She also wanted it to work under makeup, never cause breakouts, and "also beautifully blur pores,” which she says is a "constant struggle” and something I personally can relate to.


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Like Georgeson, I make Luxury Sun Ritual the last step of my skincare routine. I’ve definitely become "open-minded” when it comes to my makeup routine and will either do a light or medium coverage foundation, or even just wear a primer. Sometimes I even go bare-faced! This is still shocking to me, as someone who always wore full-coverage foundation. A lot of the time, I’ll just wear the Luxury Sun Ritual by itself! I am a changed woman.


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When I do wear foundation, which has strictly been La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation ($140) for the past three months (I’m obsessed), it sits on my skin like a dream, thanks in part to the primer. 

The formula is truly weightless and blends into the skin seamlessly, but with real staying power. The scent is absolutely divine, and one of my favorite features of the primer. (I’ll be crossing my fingers for a fragrance next, Saint Jane!)


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Then, there is the aesthetic. Like all of Saint Jane’s products, the packaging is gorgeous. This is something that isn’t a big deal to me when it comes to beauty products, but when a brand nails it, it just makes the experience of your skincare routine more magical. Seriously, how beautiful is this baby? If you’re looking for a primer that will make your skin feel and look heavenly and protect your skin from the sun at the same time, you have to buy this immediately.


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Marie Lodi
Freelance Beauty and Fashion Writer/Editor

Marie has covered beauty, fashion, and lifestyle for almost 15 years. She contributes to the beauty section here at Who What Wear. Previously, she was the Looks Editor for Bust Magazine, built the beauty vertical at HelloGiggles as its beauty editor, and was a founding staff writer at Rookie mag, giving fashion advice to teens. Her bylines have appeared in The Cut, Allure, Glamour, The Hollywood Reporter, and more. She was born and raised in Southern California and is based in L.A. Marie is a self-proclaimed costume design nerd and a co-host of Makeover Montage, a podcast about fashion in film and costume design. You'll see her writing about her beauty obsessions: red lipstick, winged eyeliner, pink hair, nail art, and skincare for people over 40. When she's not working, she's playing with her dog, Gnocchi, and writing her style newsletter, Overdressed.