I don't have a huge problem with pores but on reading reviews I thought I'd give it a try. The products in a nice little black tube it is small but I've paid a lot more for primers in the past and they do normally last a long time so I thought £15/16 was reasonable. I tried the primer at first on its own over moisturiser and then again over the primer I usually favour the mac prep and prime skin base visage using it only in the areas I felt I needed it, I was expecting it to allow me to apply my foundation smoothly but I found it left the areas I used it very matt and dried out, I already struggle with dry skin and eczema so this was the last thing I needed in a primer I had to remove the product and re moisturise my face. I won't be using this primer again so I can't comment I whether long term use off it would help with pores and lines.
So I received this about a month ago as a lovely extra from a sweet Mua'er:) I probably would have never thought to pick this up due to size & pricing unless someone had recommend it. First off I don't have oily skin per say,but I guess if I "accidently" grad a wrong product,it tends to increase the oil in my skin. Example, I stopped my Mac & since its right next to the Clinque counter I asked the mua if she'd mind grabbing my mositurizer for me so I can pay all @ once. But I didn't notice she got the #3 very dry,and I think this added more oil in my skin,which I didn't need making my nose very oily. So this product came just in time. A little goes a long way,a just apply a couple small dots to my nose & the sides and I can tell a big difference. I don't find it shrinks the pores,but it does minimalizes them and makes the oily parts matter. Since I don't really wear foundation too much,just Msfn normally I had to wait & see how it did with that. And it wore pretty well. Overall,I do like this product & if I fell a need for it I'll probably purchase it.
I have combination skin and my T-zone gets shiny with a layer of MAC Blot after 4-5 hours, even in winter when there is almost no humidity. Now that I have tested the Prep and Prime Skin Refined Zone for more than a year and gone through 2 tubes of it, I am ready to give it a glowing review.
I was first recommended Prep and Prime Skin Refined Zone when it first came out back in summer 2008 by a MAC senior makeup artist during a makeover session, when I voiced my concerns that my foundation didn't seem to be going on evenly. It didn't appeal to me then because I hardly use foundation, and still rarely do. At that time I was using Prep and Prime Skin (without SPF) or Prep and Prime Face Protect (with SPF50). When I finally ran out, I decided to give Prep and Prime Skin Refined Zone a try. I use it two dots on my forehead, a dot on my nose and a dot on my chin, over which I might apply concealer (if there are blemishes to cover) and then a layer of MAC Blot (pressed) to set, following by a mist of Fix+. I am delighted to report that combining Prep and Prime Skin Refined Zone and MAC Blot manages to keep my face shine free for almost 12 hours! To be precise, it gets ever so slightly dewy on my nose about 7-8 hours in, but it can be ignored or taken care of by lightly blotting with a piece of tissue paper... or even the back of my hand. After 12 hours of wear though, it is advisable to touch up with a layer of MAC Blot. I have tried this combination in all weathers and seasons, and it works perfectly even in Mediterranean summer. However, I noticed when I was on holiday in a tropical climate that was extremely humid that due to increased perspiration, my skin got dewy within 5-6 hours and needed a touch up.
I have tried Prep and Prime Skin Refined Zone in combination with other powders for oil control, such as Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, and MAC Studio Careblend. I found that Skin Refined Zone + Transparent Finishing Powder didn't work as well (5 hours without shine), and Skin Refined Zone + Careblend worked slightly better (about 6-7 hours without shine). Regardless of the powder used to set, it is evident that Prep and Prime Skin Refined Zone still contributes to some oil control properties on its own. I can confidently say that I have found my staple, holy grail makeup primer, and I highly recommend combining it with MAC Blot to anyone who might have combination skin.
I must admit that this is the first primer I've ever tried, I saw it and thought I'd just give it a try since I find the pressed Prep + Prime finishing powder quite amazing...
I'm not terribly impressed with this primer, but i do get some use out of it.
It mattifies quite well, makes the skin surface definitely smoother and the (Clarins Ever Matte) foundation easier to blend... however, the mattifying effect doesn't last more than a few hours before the oil wins again, but what I really like about this primer is that it makes my foundation last much longer.
For some reason it doesn't work with MAC's Pro Longwear foundation on me though... tried it only once, and the PL just became completely patchy and virtually unblendable... like if you'd use a very mattifying foundation on very dry skin :(
I think I would repurchase this product, but I'd also really like to test another one.
LOVE this primer. BEST I've used. I usually apply this onto my T zone after I've applied my dermablend primer all over. Literally no pores, no oiliness, nothing. Does exactly what you want.
This broke me out! If I apply before makeup as base, it doesn't control oil, which is exactly what it's supposed to do. The SA from Mac taught me that this can be used for touch ups to mattify the shiny areas - it doesn't prolong the oilies either. Nothing a blotting paper can't do.
I am SOOO glad that I found this product.
My biggest skin concern is the pores on the nose (combination skin, fair, some blemishes). They're not horrible, but can be accentuated after the foundation on my face faded after several hours. The worst experience is with GA Luminous Silk Foundation - I bought it 3 years ago, and it never failed to show EVERY PORE ON MY NOSE even when initially applied. It gets worse as hours go by... So the expensive bottle remained mostly untouched during those years. Recently I start scouting out for a new foundation to replace the Lancome teint miracle that I regularly use, and I got a sample of this from MAC. I am very impressed with this product! Upon application (just a pea size amount), it doesn't seem to do much to refine the pores, only the nose appears matte. The magic shows after 7+ hours when the foundation on my nose still stays and I don't see the horrible pores! In order to test its potency, today I tried it with GA Luminous Silk Foundation (the most notorious product in my cosmetics world), and it works!!! You don't see the pores upon application of the foundation, or hours afterwards either. I cannot express how happy I am! This means I can really start using this expensive LSF without worrying about the pores, and finally get that glow that every other user of LSF seems to enjoy! Thank you MAC. I will definitely purchase once the sample runs out.
I've been using this product for about five years and so far so good!! It's my HG primer. I've spent 100s of dollars trying to find the "perfect" primer and thus far this is the greatest thing I've ever bought.
Before I started wearing makeup I could wear this alone to even out my face tone without using very much product.
It's got a really nice texture and it leaves you matte for what seems like forever!
My oily ladies, this is the answer to your prayers.
All I can say about this is that I really don't think it makes any difference to my pores. Whilst it doesn't break me out, it doesn't serve the purpose it's supposed to serve and so I rarely use it any more. Definitely won't be buying it again!
Really works well on oil control. I can even use it as an eye lid primer and it works! However, its abit troublesome to apply so many products on my face.