This Works “In Transit Camera Close-Up” Review

This month has definitely been all about the primer, and having received three primers in three different beauty boxes it’s been really interesting for me to see how differently they can behave. The very last primer I have to try is also the last product I have to try from the March Glossybox, and that’s the This Works primer. Glossybox subscribers learnt on the 7th March that all subscribers would be receiving this in their monthly box. The Glossybox card says:

“This is a hero product for a reason… it’s just what skin needs when it’s lost it’s equilibrium. This primer balances, plumps and brightens skin, leaving it photo-perfect – which is probably why Victoria Beckham reportedly loves it so much.”


This is a 20ml sample tube of the primer, which should last for a few weeks regular use. Full size, the primer is available in tubes of 40ml and is easy to find for sale online. The best price I found was £20.80 + p&p. If the sample is based on a similar price per ml, this sample costs £10.40. 

The primer is packaged in a glossy white plastic tube, with a glossy white lid. The product name is printed on the front in red text, and it’s really striking as all the other text is in white. The product describes itself as ‘mask, moisturiser and primer in one’ on the front, which sounds like an incredible threesome. The back of the tube has the bar code, place of manufacture (PRC – People’s Republic of China), and company contact details. There is a warning to keep the primer away from children, use externally only, and not to put it in your eyes.

Ingredients: Aqua (water/Eau), glycerin, butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter, chondrus crispus (carrageenan) extract, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glyceryl stearate SE, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, borago officinalis seed oil, caffeine, sorbitan stearate, phenoxyethanol, dimethicone, ceteareth-20, hydroxythycellulose, benzyl alcohol, parfum (fragrance), ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, potassium sorbate, alcohol, tocopherol, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) flower oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium hyaluronate, benzyl benzoate*, citral*, citronellol*, limonene*, eugenol*, farnesol*, geraniol*, linalool*. * naturally occurring essential oils.

Directions: Apply to clean skin and massage until absorbed.

Unscrewing the lid, and peeling off the hygiene seal I slowly breathe in the scent coming from the tube. The smell is gorgeous, it’s sweet and flowery – it almost has a rosey scent. The primer is a thick white cream, which I apply to my face and neck. I can feel the primer on my skin, but it absorbs beautifully. I apply my makeup as usual, and for the last time set out to see if the primer can make my makeup last all day. 


07:00am: The weather is awful today – thick grey cloud, dark and pouring with rain, which is making it really hard to get a realistic picture of my makeup, and the artificial light isn’t helping either. Despite how the picture came out, I have done my makeup and I’m really happy with the finish. My skin looks more even, and like the other primers I tried I can still see my pores when I look up close, but they are a little better. 


10:30am – this photo is a little deceptive, there is a really bright light above me which makes it look like I’m shiny but actually it is just the reflection of the light and my makeup is holding up well. This Works has already beaten the Balance Me primer on staying power.

1:00pm – I have a working lunch today as I need to finish a little earlier, so grab a quick sandwich at my desk. I don’t have time to check on my makeup.


4:30pm – I am now starting to shine between my eyebrows, but my makeup is still in place. If I had allowed myself a powder compact for a little touch, and some eyeliner to resharpen my eyes I’d be really pleased to wear this out.


7:00pm – 13 hours after applying my makeup it’s starting to show signs of stress, but it’s still in place. My t-zone is becoming rather shiny, and I can see the freckles on my nose again, but away from the harsh artificial light in my lounge my eye makeup and the makeup on my cheeks etc. is still in place, and pretty much as I left it this morning. I’m amazed, and seriously impressed, and I reckon it could last for another few hours! 

Which primer is better: New CID or Balance Me or This Works?

Packaging Design: Personal Preference, but I like New CID

Price: This Works

Fragrance: Balance Me

Initial Application: You could choose any of the three, they all gave a lovely finish. 

Longevity: New CID or This Works – both were long lasting.

I’ll admit, I was so in love with the New CID primer that I didn’t expect This Works to do this well (sorry!) This Works has been amazing today, despite the truly worst light to capture it fairly. It’s also a little cheaper than the i-prime per ml so I think this will be “the one” that I stick to going forward. I’ve really enjoyed putting primers through their paces this month, they have all shown themselves to be great little primers in their own ways and I don’t think I’ll need to buy a primer until Summer at least!

Tomorrow I’m doing something a little bit different and taking a look back at the items I’ve reviewed this year so far to tell you which items are still using after the novelty of being new and exciting has worn off. 

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