Originally tried a sample, & was pleasantly surprised at how well this primer worked! At my age (56) most women need a moisturizer, then we prime, then apply our foundation. I got SO tired of every primer out there being nothing but silicone, which only resulted in 1) it sitting on top of my face making it feel like a grease slick, 2) causing my long wearing foundation to literally slide off my face, 3) not minimizing pores & causing blackheads, & 4) causing my mild rosacea to look like I'd been on a week long drinking binge, from the irritation silicone based primers cause me.
I love the nude shade of this primer, & being water based it is NOT greasy! Soaks right in, without feeling tight. I've used it alone, or over my moisturizer with great results either way. It evens out your skin tone nicely. Best of all is it does minimize pores & smooth wrinkles, my makeup had really great staying power, it is mattifying, & my foundation does not sink into my lines with this primer. I discovered it also works well as lip primer. Bonus! lol!
Because of the price I only gave it 4 lippies. It could less expensive, in comparison to how much product you receive for $33+ tax. In fairness, a little goes a long way, so it should last awhile. continued >>
I have oily and acne prone skin. This product smelled nice. It seemed to work well for about 4 hours then my face was all oily again:( I like how it is almost entirely natural and silicon free though!
OK, first off, my skin is generally very oily. I will usually have to blot at least once a day.
So I've been looking for a mattifying product for a long time and I am finally happy with this one, and no longer feel the need to keep searching. This will keep my face matte for a whole day at the office, and almost the whole day just out and about. On a particularly hot day, I will sweat, but if I blot my face, it is only sweat and not oil.
I wear glasses and that makes my nose area especially vulnerable to oiliness, but that problem doesnt really come up if I use this mattifiying primer. I find that this is really good when used with a matte finish foundation, and especially with powder as well. I even find that this primer allows me to use foundations that have a more luminous finish as well, which I was never really able to do previously with my extremely oily skin. It keeps the oil under control so that I can wear a luminous foundation and my face will look nice and glowy instead of like a shiny greaseball. I personally like the fragrance. Maybe some people may not like it, some people don't like fragranced products, but I enjoy it. It comes out like a skintone, beige color and it blends out invisibly.
Now I know some people have had complaints about pilling and clumping. I find that this can be avoided by your application technique. I usually squeeze out an amount about the size of a pea or even a little less. I apply this product to the different areas of my face one by one. So I start out by putting a dot of the product on my nose and just gently spread it out with my other clean fingers. Next I dot some more on my cheek and spread it out, etc etc until I have covered my whole face. You want to cover your face bit by bit, because if you try spreading it all over and rubbing it in, it starts to clump because it starts to dry too quickly. It's like a foundation that dries quickly so you have to work fast on small sections of your face one by one.
Once you have applied it to an area, you don't want to reapply because it will cause the product to clump. After you have finished applying it to your face, let it set for a minute or two before you apply your foundation. If your foundation is on the thicker side, you will want to stipple and pat, DON'T RUB and you won't have clumping. If your foundation is more liquidy, you should be ok, just try to use a brush instead of your fingers. I find that it clumps more if you apply your foundation with your fingers.
Other than that, I think this a really effective primer/mattifier for people with oil problems. Hope this was helpful :)
Got this initally as a product sample from Sephora. I almost threw it away...BUT then I saw that the product had lots of natural goodies 95% natural. So I tried it. Now I use organic unrefined coconut oil as my facial moisturizer after trying a million different acne fighting products. I was amazed at how well it blended with my complexion and moisturizer. Next test--the makeup. I use Nars matte foundation, powder, and sheer illuminator. Perfection! I got compliments all day long.
PROs-very sheer, nice "fragrance", not too heavy, mostly natural
CONS-moderately priced, hard to find--I had to go to the ritzy mall to get it or order online, ugly packaging
Bottomline--I went back to Sephora to purchase this item after I squeezed every last drop of the product from the sample.
I received a sample from Sephora while trying to choose my first primer. I ended up going with the Too Faced Poreless primer, but decided to try this one out anyway. It went on pretty smoothly and a half a pea size was enough for my entire face. Although it didn't feel greasy, I definitely felt like I had some weight on my face. This primer instantly mattified my face! I layered my Shiseido SPF 42 liquid foundation over it and sealed it with Clinique's mineral loose powder. It did a fantastic job controlling the oil all over my face and keeping all of my makeup on through 8 hours of working as a barista behind a hot coffee machine. It withstood several hours of light sweating, and I did not have to blot once! My makeup was practically unaltered.
However, when I got home my face felt very heavy and I couldn't wait to take my makeup off. When I did, I noticed little white bumps on the sides of my cheek and all over my forehead! I also had new blackheads on my cheeks! So gross! So while it completely delivered in every other aspect, this primer really clogged my pores.
IN A NUTSHELL
-extreme oil control
-makeup lasted 8+ hours even through sweating
-broke me out and clogged my pores after just one use!
I got this as a deluxe sample size. I don't notice the effectiveness of this primer. My makeup didn't stay on longer because of it and not only that but while I apply it, it starts flaking off. I love Korres but I am disappointed in this product. I do love the way it smells though. :)
Certain times my skin can be pretty oily, especially my forehead. I was really impressed with how well this primer controlled oil. If you have combo skin like I do, it is probably better if you only apply this on the very oily parts of your face. My only real problem with this product is that I do find it very expensive. Otherwise, it is a good product and the tube would last for a while.
I have SUPER sensitive skin and every other primer I've used has made me break out. I was skeptical to try another but I received a free sample from Sephora. The package was tiny, but it lasts forever! I use it 5 times a week and have had it for 6 months already. It keeps my eyeshadow from creasing, something I've always had issues with, and when paired with my Missha BB Cream, makes my skin soft and smooth.
This is a horrible product. 30 minutes after application it balled up and pilled. It's so embarrassing to get on with your day and discover your face is peeling with copious little brown flakes.
This primer is absolutely terrible. It made my face peel terribly, even in my oiliest areas. It mattified my skin great, but the peeling is just too excessive for me to even try to use this.