I'm relatively new with primers. I used to use Smashbox but that was back when my mom would buy it for me, now my post-grad salary doesn't really allow for that!
But I wanted to try a primer, and my skin tends to get oily through the day, so I snatched this up at my recent trip to Target.
I put it on after my Neutrogena moisturizer and then applied my makeup as normal...at 6:30 this morning. It's now 6:02 and my makeup is still flawless! I do have a bit of oil, but it's definitely not as bad as it could be.
I've never looked this good almost 12 hours after applying makeup!!
Since this is my first time using, I'm not sure if it'll cause breakouts or not, but I have prescription strength benzoyl peroxide so I'm not really worried about it.
If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive primer that you can pick up most places, definitely go with this one!
I'm going out this evening and I'm almost tempted to just keep my makeup on from this morning!
I think this is THE best primer I have ever used. I have super oily skin and by the end of the day my eyeliner cakes up until I tried this one. Two stars b/c $12 still pricey after coupon. Squeeze tube gently, white cream goes on smooth and vanishes instantly; wait a few seconds and apply eyeliner - dries nicely and stayed put my whole work day. Paraben free ( i think) and the rice protein enticed me to try. No regrets.
Have already repurchased! love this! My skin is soo oily and this really helps keep the oil to a little less. I still have to blot and powder halfway through the school day but it's the best primer I've used.
i have never used a primer because i was scared of my acne prone skin to break out to a new product. but i wanted something to control shine so i tried this. the rice complex seemed interesting and it said it had a matte effect.
so i tried it. i feel like im using more than i have to but it dries on like powder and seems fine. i only had to dab my face once and more later than i used to to get rid of that icky oil around my nose. it didnt exactly have a matte effect on my skin but i like it because it didnt cause me to break out. and also, after washing my face after using this product, my face felt much smoother.
i would like to keep exploring. i dont feel like this is the best primer out there, especially at this kind of price. but i like it enough to finish the tube then move onto something else.
I wish I'd read these reviews before purchasing! This was recommended by a friend of mine who's a makeup artist, I respectfully disagree. I don't hate this primer, but it's mediocre at best. It feels grainy when applying it and I guess it does a good job of keeping my face shine free, so that much is true, but that's the only pro. Cons: It does nothing to smooth my face or pores, and it doesn't help my makeup last longer. So, I wouldn't consider this a good primer. I barely use it, total waste of $10. My HG primer is Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel for $6 and it's not even a primer!
I don't really notice much of a difference at all with this product. It makes my face sting and random dried skin pieces appear. It is way too overpriced for how little it does.
This has become my go to primer and I've tried a lot of drugstore primers. It's not my favorite but it does an excellent job. I only get a little shine in 9 hours. It doesn't have any cons I can think of so I will be buying this in the future.
i apply this on my t-zone, it did help with controlling oil. I found myself less oily during the day. It is not a very good primer tho, it doesn't help makeup to stay longer what so ever, and it won't hide pores or anything. I found the best way to use it is on my t-zone only, and layer another primer on top on my whole face. Good thing about it is this primer doesn't feel heavy or oily, so it is ok to layer another primer on top.
Let me first start out by saying I don't normally write reviews. This stuff is so awesome I have to. I have very oily/acne prone/ and SENSITIVE skin. Not an easy combo. I'm allergic to many many things and so it's hard to find any product that I can use without having an adverse reaction. I'm 25 and have had skin issues since sixth grade. Not an easy time in middle school and high school. People look at you like you don't take care of yourself, but let me tell you I feel like I've tried everything. I love this stuff. I started using it about two weeks ago and it has literally changed my life. I used to be constantly looking in the mirror, blotting my face ten times a day and applying powder. Not anymore. I can still look in the mirror but then every time I do I just smile because everything looks good. No maintenance needed. I put it on in the morning under my foundation and can go all day and night (if I have evening plans) without worrying. It has made my skin feel smoother and I would say decreased the amount of oil my face produces and the size of my pores. Out of two weeks of use there was one day where I had to blot once and it wasn't until a night club where I had been dancing. For me it's the first time in my life I can say that. For me if for some reason I fell asleep (a nap or such) when I woke up I would have to re-do my makeup. Not anymore. I can wear my makeup for 20+ hours if needed and my face doesn't get itchy. I used to be I would start getting itchy at about 8 hours and have to take it off by 10 hours and wash my face and re-apply if I still needed to be wearing makeup. I think it's because now since It controls the oil there's no itch. I would assume if you left it on for long enough eventually enough oil would build up and get itchy but that's not a problem for me because I wash my face morning and night. The other night I actually fell asleep with my makeup on (I NEVER do this) and woke up in the middle of the night. My face didn't itch and I still looked perfect and could have gone out. I decided to try it because it was Neutrogena and seemed hypoallergenic/non-comedogenic and for me has proven to be both. Since it hasn't clogged my pores and creates a barrier between my skin and makeup I have had fewer breakouts as well. I just can't say enough good things about this product. I was a little scared when I first opened it and found that it has a scent (slightly flowery/baby powderish?), however it has proved to be a non-issue and I have even grown to like the smell. Everyone I know has asked me what I've been doing different and even complete strangers are giving me compliments on how awesome my skin looks and asking what kind of makeup I use because I "look like a doll". It's all thanks to this little gem. I will definitely be keeping it in my arsenal. I didn't have any problems with it squirting out of the tube. To me it has a smooth consistency, though it does leave a white veil on my skin (probably because of how heavily I apply) but for me it's not an issue because I use it under foundation and powder. It does "dry out" my skin a little but for me this is a good thing because I am so oily. It actually feels refreshing. I just hope they keep making it because it seems like half of the products I get really attached to get discontinued :( For all this I feel it's a steal at about $10 at local stores. I hope this was helpful. I know that everyone has different experiences with different products but it definitely is at the top of my list.
I bought this product just to see if I could find a cheaper replacement to my HG mattifying primer-Murad Oil-Control Mattifier. I've relatively good luck with Neutrogena products in the past...I just didn't like it. This applies easily and does not cause any irritation to my sensitive skin. I cannot easily apply foundation over it. It makes my skin look so dry once I put on the foundation-it catches on the primer and does not blend well at all. The oil control. for me (I self-describe my skin as very oily) just isn't there. After two hours there is significant oil visible and my foundation is separating. I'll keep spending more on the Murad for amazing results-I don't even think I'll keep this primer, I'll just toss it.