I got this primer for around SGD$50 at Sephora during a Givenchy event in November. I felt really pressure into buying this. I advise all to check any makeup you have tried on at any department store or specialty store under sunlight. Do NOT be fooled by the lighting in-store, or be pressured into buying a product even when it looks bad because the makeup artist told you that it would look that way under certain lights. To think I was sucked into buying this when the makeup artist told me that my makeup was meant to look cakey because only in that way, it would show up under the harsh camera lights during the photoshoot! Stupid, stupid me. Despite that experience, I had used this product for a week and I am ready to share my thoughts on it.
-> Mister Mat has a lovely, velvety texture.
-> It does not clog my extremely sensitive skin (i.e. acne-prone - my skin reacts to quite a number of products and I have to be careful even if they are labelled as 'non-acnegenic' or 'non-comedogenic').
-> Gives a soft-focus effect when used alone.
-> Could be used for touch-ups after blotting the face. However, pat minute amounts of it into the areas of the visage where sebum production is more active. Do not rub it into your skin.
-> I *think* it does help to keep my face feeling matte for longer although it could be an unconscious pyschological attempt to convince myself that I'm not wasting money on a $50 primer. I'm not too sure. Because of my uncertainty, I'm not convinced enough to want to purchase this product again and work around its cons.
-> It balls up very easily if I rub it in too much. It balls up almost *too* easily, I would say. I have to be careful to *smooth* it into my skin in a downward motion. It takes up quite a bit of time in the morning!
-> Foundation does *NOT* go over smoothly. I have tried it with Givenchy Eclat Matissime Foundation and Lancome Mat Miracle. I could only pat those products into my skin with my fingers. I could not blend and spread the foundation easily! The end result was unnatural and looked cakey, and I am the kind of person who is always very careful about using just enough foundation, and hate to go OTT on base makeup. I had to wash the makeup off and redo it again. That was the last straw, and the deal-breaker for me.
How I have decided to work with it:
Sigh. This product was such a waste of money. However, I will use it up because at the very least, Mister Mat does not clog my pores. Prior to applying it, I would spray some M.A.C. Fix+ onto my face for a little bit of hydration and pat it in -- it will also help the primer to blend in better. After that, I will skip liquid foundation and go straight to conceal any imperfections with M.A.C. Studio Finish Concealer in NC20. I would finish off the look with either M.A.C. Blot Powder in 'Light' or Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder Quartet in 'Delicate Beige'. I would not use a compact foundation as the final step as I fear a repeat of an unnatural everyday look.
I have very oily skin. This primer seems to go on matte, but within a HOUR my face is oily. Unacceptable for the price of this primer. Will never purchase this product again.
LOVEEE. Not sure why it's getting such a bad rap! I have oily skin, and when I say I've tried every primer imaginable, I mean EVERY one. I love this primer, even better than the Smashbox, NARS, Sephora, and Tarte ones I've owned. When applied after a makeup setting spray, (Urban Decay's de-slick) my makeup looks flawless. No primer is a magician, but I get a beautiful matte finish from this Givenchy Mister Mat, and I don't find myself having to touch up or blot throughout the day. The packaging is sleek and tucks away neatly in my vanity. Would definitely recommend, maybe a good, matte setting spray is all it takes to get great results from this primer. Definitely worth the price !
I've been a sucker for HE products since I was an SA for YSL in my late teens. I haven't been as avid a product junkie as in my teens but I'm still looking for new products since my skin has changed a bit.
I was looking for a matte finish under makeup. Meghan at Sephora Ala Moana applied this on me on moisturized skin under my foundation w/ a sponge. I wasn't looking for a primer but after she sold me on the texture and look of this. It smells of roses, may be strong to some but not for me. I prefer fragrance in my skin care and cosmetics to mask the "unscented" scent; it just feels more luxurious to me plus my skin doesn't react to fragrance that in ways that I am aware of.
It applied very smoothly and does not flake like Smashbox. It feels like a silicone-based primer; didn't check ingredients. This just made my foundation go on like butter. It truly is a luxurious product but there are probably things that money is better spent on. You get very little and I'll probably go through this in a few months, maybe less. Nonetheless, I like the finish and fragrance enough for me to repurchase. Deducted a lippie for price and for not keeping me matte like it should; I was shiny in a few hours however, it could be due to the foundation or moisturizer I wore as well.
Smells very nice and makes my face super smooth for foundation application. It does help my makeup last a little longer (maybe an hour or two) but nothing drastic. Because of the scent, i feel like this might not be a good product for people with sensitive skin since it is obviously perfumed.
Everything about this product is just so-so. Does not set it apart from any other silicone primer out there. Feels exactly the same. No reason why you should choose this one over others.
This gave me awful CYSTIC ACNE. I am acne prone, so if you are lucky enough to have clear skin, then maybe it will work for you. But I had to return it, and I have probably never returned any cosmetics before. And yes, it's expensive. I would probably think that if you were to use any mattifying primer, only use a small amount and only use on the T zone or areas you need it.
I kind of both love and hate this product. On the one hand it sets my foundation beautifully and I like the smell. But on the other hand, I think it's the culprit of skin aggravation, which leads to some nasty breakouts. I'm eager to try out the YSL Matte primer and Chanel Le Blanc. Still on the hunt for the HG primer...
Givenchy's Mister Mat disappoints on the most disappointing of levels. This product made me break out. I used it for 3, maybe 4 days (I persevered) but I just couldn't take the congested pores any more. They got worse, and worse and worse. I'm not a happy bunny. It's been a couple of days since I last used it and my skin is still in crisis!
It just seems so wrong for a product that is meant to address the concerns of combination/oily skin to actually make things WORSE. It's just not on.
I have combination skin. It's winter at the moment so I find that my t-zone, although oilier than the rest of my face, is not as oily as it is in summer. So I can only comment on this product's performance based on a moderate shine problem and not an extreme shine problem. It went on smoothly, and did keep my skin matte and makeup looking good for most of the day.
However I can't see my self using this or repurchasing this ever again, the skin problems that follow using this aren't worth it!
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I got this as a sample from Sephora awhile back.. I remember trying it once and hating it because it made me so oily and it made my makeup just slide off. I also recall it giving me a breakout, so I was scared to try this again.
Recently, I figured I should try this again since I knew that the last time I tried it, I was out sweating and trying a new foundation as well. I put this on half of my face and left the other side bare, then put my foundation on and a mattifying powder. I knew that I didn't like the combination that much since I get oily in about 3 hours, but the side with the primer started getting oily in less than 2! It started feeling and looking so greasy that I just couldn't stand it anymore, and the bare side of my face still looked alright.
I think this made me more oily because of the silicone, which I now know doesn't help me at all. I'm glad I didn't spend the money to buy this.
I havent tried many primers but this is by far the best I have tried. It definatley helps control the oil in my skin and stops me looking shiny. It is about the same value for money as smashbox which is 25£. This is only 20£ but only has 25ml where as the smashbox has 30ml.