I've been using this for a couple of weeks now and to be honest, I'm not that impressed. While it's not awful, I don't think it holds my makeup on any longer than if I weren't wearing it, and my oily skin still seems to be shiny by midday even when wearing this. Perhaps it does make my makeup look smoother when first applied but not really noticeably. Back to the drawing boards, unfortunately!
I wanted to like this product since I have been very impressed with everything else BM puts out, but this was terrible compared to the original.
I have very oily skin, so I've been trying all of BM's products to help keep it at bay. This, however, didn't even work being applied, so I can't attest to its oil controlling capabilities. After washing my face and applying moisturizer (and letting the moisturizer dry), I applied this like I do the original formula. However, my skin and moisturizer began to ball up and flake off my face in almost every place I put this on. I immediately knew this wouldn't work, so I started over with my original and had no issues. This was pretty disappointing - but at least the original formula works great!
This is HORRIBLE! I can't even put my foundation on over top of it! It's like this thick, silicone glue all over my face! Don't waste the money!
I think this product is much more effective if only used on problem oily areas rather than an all over primer. I use my FOA primer all over and this primer on my nose and cheeks only. I have definitely noticed that my makeup stays on much better than if I am not wearing this. By about 2pm I am usually missing foundation on either side of my nose, but with this It stays!
I find if I use this along with my MAC blot powder once per day, my makeup stays in its place and I am shine free.
Also, I find that compared to a lot of the other mattifying primers I was considering, this one was a good price and should last me a long time if only using it in small areas.
Personally, I think this is a decent primer. I have read many reviews below me and I can see everyone's concerns and I do agree that those can happen. First off, what I did like about this product- I could see an increase in my foundation wear. It would provide some solid wear for a long time- 8 hours at least. I also like that a little goes a very long way, and this stuff did not break me out (yay!). It also dries pretty clear, unless you accidentally forget to blend a little- in that case, it dries a white-ish color. I like the pump bottle- very convenient. Now, what I found was kinda bad with this product- the quantity. The price is $23, and you literally get a bottle that contains only 2x the product of a sample!! Also, it leaves my skin feeling dry and stretched once I put it on. Not a very pleasant feeling. Although the product did a good job regarding my foundation wear, it did not control my oily skin at all. In fact, I think it just increased it. After about an hour or so, my T-zone was getting oily. I usually count on this stuff because powder breaks me out a lot, so I cannot use it. I was disappointed when this stuff did nothing to control the oil. I would say it is a good primer if you want a primer, but not an oil control one. Sorry- you're on your own for that one.
I have oily acne prone skin and this sadly, did nothing at all. It felt like it was just going to peel off. It sat on the surface of my skin almost like a mask and actually made my makeup cake. I love their regular primer, but this oil control primer does not work.
Awful. I have acne prone, oily skin and this did nothing for me. It felt like I was wearing a mask on my face - not the way you want your makeup to feel. I also felt like it made me break out, but I can't figure out why since it's oil-free.
This product is not fit for me and I have oily skin. I didn't see much of oil control. I hated applying the product only to have it crumble all over my face. So you have to brush the flakes off before attempting to apply any type of foundation. I'm surprised that Bare Escentuals would make such a crapy product... who would repurchase this. Waste of money and embarassing to apply with dandruff like stuff all over your face. No thanks, I'll stick with other brands. Primers that don't say oil control are actually better.
Dried on white, thank god i didnt buy the full bottle and tried the sample...I bought the Tarte trio instead...please dont buy
This was not a product for my combination skin. After two weeks of using this, I only saw a slight oil control in my t-zone. But nothing noticeable, or enough for me to repurchase this product. Not to mention it completely dried out my cheeks! It flaked off after only wearing it for a couple hours making my cheeks look flaky with dry skin but it turned out to be the primer. Feels like the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, it goes on and feels like there is a layer on top of your face, and just sits there and when it dries, tightens the skin. Kind of like a thin mask on your face. I would not suggest this product to anyone with somewhat dry-dry patches on their skin as it will make them look worse. Price is decent though, and the bottle is sanitary.