You can have a love and hate relationship with this primer. If you are dry or even normal, you should stay away from this. First and foremost, the company should warn people to rub the primer between their hands before application. Second, it should indicate that it dries up really fast. For oily skin gals such as myself, this could be a HG but don't use it all over your face. If you have a heavy hand, use most of it on your nose. This product works great with mineral foundation. I did not have much of success with it for liquid foundation. Overall, I am still searching but I think in comparison with Claudia Stevens' primer (sold at Sally's), this is way too over priced for what it is.
LOVE THIS STUFF! I have extremely oily skin (if i were to blot my face, i could easily fill up 4 clean and clear blotting sheets- just to give you an idea). Although there are so many primers out there claiming to be the solution for "very oily skin", this primer is the only one i have found that has actually lived up to it's name! Although i still get oily throughout the day, this primer makes sure to give you a matte surface to work with- making my skin appear less oily than it would be without a primer. As soon as you apply it, you can already see it completely mattifying your face.
Even if you are not as "extremely" oily as i am, this really can be used on all skin types. I am a makeup artist, and i use this on brides with normal or combination skin- just to make sure there makeup lasts all day. All this primer does, is make sure that your skin has a completely matte surface to work with.. But that makes the biggest difference!
Hope this helps!!
I have tried so many primers it's ridiculous. After recieving a sample size of this product with a purchase, I knew right then, this was by far the best primer I have ever used. I do not think i'll ever change primers again. I see some reviews which state it balls up the foundation on the skin, this has never happened to me. I use a small amount and cover only the areas I need help with. I wait a few minutes for it to fully sink in. I'm thinking maybe not waiting for product to absorb may be what is causing foundations to ball up. Use sparingly and wait a few minutes before applying your makeup. Fabulous!
This may be my HG primer!
I have very oily skin and this helps control my oil a lot in combination with Murad's Oil Control Mattifier. It is a thicker cream and does not have the siliconey slip that many primers have and helps foundation last a lot longer since it gives foundation something to grab onto on the skin without oil interfering.
I cannot imagine applying foundation without it now; some days, I even use it on its own and it really helps oiliness. I still have to blot but not nearly as much as I used to. So glad I discovered this!
This stuff keeps my oils at bay. I still need to blot a couple times, but I am very oily. You don't need much at all. However, I wouldn't suggest rubbing too much as it can start balling up. After you apply it in areas you need, pat and press into your skin. I lost this in Vegas after only having it for a week and I bought a brand new one.
I work at Sephora and I sampled this primer because one of my coworkers swears by it so I decided to try it. I love it! It's amazing! It is fragrance free and the texture of it is very soft. It does dry very quickly and it is best if you work in sections because if you don't apply your foundation quickly the primer turns a bit white not like a mask white but a clear white. It makes your foundation look really good and there is still minimal shine but not as bad as others. I would recommend this give it a try!
EDIT: After reading other reviews, I realize that this is supposed to be more of a spot-primer, applying it directly and *only* on the areas where one is oiliest. BECCA should definitely mention this in the application instructions. It wouldn't have worked that way for me either, as I have bits of flaky skin wherever I'm oily because of seb dermatitis, but it's worth knowing if you're just extremely oily and want to stay matte all.
What a horrible primer! I have combination skin, oily around my t-zone with frequent break outs and some dry patches. I applied the primer following the instructions (use a pea sized amount, rub between hands to warm up, then apply to the face) and it felt very very sticky, like glue, and it was extremely hard to smooth it and spread it out with my hands. But I thought, hey, perhaps that's because it's an oil controlling primer and it's making the pores smaller? Well, no, at least, not for me. My pores looked just as big, now with the addition of extremely noticeable flaky skin and some weird powderiness wherever I had applied the primer. My skin felt very, very tight and dry too! I'm thankful I only had a sample of it, because I'd be very disappointed if I had spent $36 on this.
I know these kinds of products, or any for that matter really, can be awesome for some, and atrocious for others.... BUT:
I LOVED IT!
I received a deluxe sample tube from Sephora. At first I was not a fan because it dried down almost instantly and looked like elmer's glue. BUT then i applied a clinique face cream first, and when I went to apply this after, rather than massage it in, I patted it on and whoa! What a difference! I have oily skin, so I thought using a cream first would make my skin worse. NOPE. It helped the primer apply smoother and more evenly, and by patting instead of rubbing in, I was able to get an even application.
I apply the face cream and then primer and let it absorb while I do my brows and eye makeup. Once I'm done, I apply foundation and the like. It is WONDERFUL!!!!
I got about 2 weeks worth of product from the deluxe tube and then bought the full size. It is pricey. NO DOUBT, but I am in love!!! It makes my makeup look awesome all day! My makeup applies smoother, my face is less oily, and normally, with any other primer, if I pat my face down, the makeup moves around. NOT ANYMORE. I pat to absorb the excess oil and my makeup stays in place looking perfect!!!! I WILL DEF BE STICKING TO THIS!
I was faithful to my Too Faced Primed and Poreless, but this replaces that! I have oily skin, and do a Retin-A routine at night with hormonal cystic acne. This does NOT irritate my skin at all. I'm a believer!!! My only qualm was the price. It is expensive. If it was cheaper, it would have been perfect!
antes que nada hay que tomar en consideración al evaluar este producto que es para crear un efecto libre de grasa. En mi caso tengo una piel extremadamente grasa por lo que me resulta fenomenal y no me afecta el precio ya que vale la pena por los resultados aunque si es costoso. Nunca antes con algún otro primer ya sea el de Smashbox, Mac, Lancome, Benefit o incluso MUF había logrado tan excelentes resultados, piel sin grasa todo el dia, estoy muy contenta y lo recomiendo para personas con un cutis mega graso...
Yuck. Worst primer ever, even drug store ones work better! This made my skin super dry and it emphasized my pores more than anything. For $45 I'd expect something much better. It did nothing to mattify my face either.
ETA: Yes I did try it the way you're supposed to. It just did not work out. :(