I don't know why people are saying its "chalky,smelly,thick,rough texture" because the one I bought is odorless and creamy! You do have to spread it fast because it drys fast it does not make my face feel bad at all . I have very very oily skin and this does keep me shine free longer and also keeps make up looking nice all day! If you have oily skin I do recommend this !
This is defintely the best primer for combating shine I have tried - it keep your skin matte and makes your make-up stay in place all day, it's marvellous! 2 downsides though: it is quite a thick, chalky consistency. You therefore have to spread it quick (patting it in is better). Therefore if you have flaky skin, this product won't be your friend. Secondly, the product leaves a white film on your face so you appear slightly paler than usual. Annoying if you have a tan or have applied fake tan. However, as it's such a good mattifying product, I would still buy this again :)
This is like my very own miracle in a tube!! For someone who has thee oiliest skin ever this is fab.. I have tried several other much more expensive primers and found that they have not worked at all.. This keeps my skin matte much longer.. I can now go several hours before i have to re-powder my face.. The texture is slighlty strange and you do have to be careful applying.. I use a flat foundation brush.. But be careful not to over brush as it sort of goes bitty on your face.. I think its around £10.50 which is excellent price.. Will be adding this to my MUA kit definitly..
Provides a great base for foundation and helps blemishes disappear but is very hard to spread around the face
Let me start by saying that this primer is not for everyone. It can be very tricky to work with and there are certain techniques that make it easier to apply. The primer itself has a very thick and creamy texture to it- almost like toothpaste. If too much is applied, you will definitely get a white, chalky look. Also, using too much at once will cause the primer to pill. I've found that dabbing a little bit onto my face and working a section at a time helps with both of these issues. If you have somewhat dry skin, you might want to try applying a moisturizer beforehand. Now, this may sound like too much of a hassle, but to me the results are definitely worth it. I have very oily skin- an hour after I wash my face, it looks like an oil slick- and this is the ONLY primer that has helped cut down on shine. I can go 3-4 hours without having to reach for my blotting papers when I use this under my makeup. It also helps extend how long my makeup stays put on my face. The price point is right on target for budget shoppers ~$10 for 1.3 ounces. Since a little goes a long way with this product, you really get your money's worth. All in all, I'd definitely recommend this to anyone with oily skin who wants to avoid shine. The price and performance more than make up for the hassle of application.
For the price, I actually like this primer. I've had bad experiences with drugstore primers but I wanted to try one again, so I gave this a go. It's definitely a weird, thick texture, but I blend quickly over small areas and it does fine. I don't have problems with white streaks or it balling up under makeup. It's fine for what I need, which is to make my makeup stay on and look smooth. I have oily skin and when it's hot out makeup just slides right off. I think this is a good buy and I'd repurchase if I ran out and couldn't find something else I like more.
An update on my review left a few days ago: I'm wondering if what I bought is old stock as I just tried a tester in Boots and the texture was slightly lighter and easier to blend. I still wouldn't re-purchase this primer but I'm now doing what another reviewer suggested and I'm mixing it with liquid foundation and using it on very hot days as the finish is very matte. So not a total disaster!
In my opinion, this is a "meh" primer. The best thing that it has going for it is that it really REALLY stays matte. All day. And since I'm being honest here, I fell asleep before taking my makeup off last night and it was STILL matte when I woke up. It also makes my foundation last just as long. That's all good!
What I do not like about it is the texture. It doesn't go on as smoothly as other primers I've tried before, it's hard to blend because it dries really quickly, and I think that it might be drying out my skin (although, it could be my new complexion soap which I started using at the same time as this, so don't quote me). I've also noticed that it doesn't fill in my pores as well as other primers, which is pretty much why I use primer in the first place. Others have said it looks chalky and white- I haven't noticed this because I'm super pale to begin with and it just doesn't really matter for me.
I bought this simply because it was on clearance at Target and I was out of primer, but I won't be buying again. My favorite primer to this day is Avon's Magix Face Perfector, and I will be returning to that shortly.
I have normal skin that isn't oily or dry (but that is pretty sensitive) and this is one of the worst primers I have ever tried. It doesn't go on properly and goes all cakey and flakes off when trying to apply. I tried it over my moisturizer and that did not help either. Unless you have really oily skin, I wouldn't recommend this!
I bought this because I needed something to matte my face (oily/combo skin). If you don't use it moderately and rub it in well, it will leave white streaks. It feels super dry, which i want my face matte, but not desert-like dry. It's not bad for a quick fix. I did notice this summer that even though i had used it well, my make up would still run on my forehead (gross and embarrassing!). I honestly probably won't buy it again. I have recently bought and tried Monistat Anti-Chafing Powder/Gel and it works soo much better AND it's cheaper. Overall, the Boots No. 7 brand is great, just not for me.