This product really does what it claims to. It's a huge step in my makeup routine, and makes all the difference in the world.
It's very mattifying, and your makeup lasts a really long time with this primer. I stayed over at a friend's place after a party and didn't get a chance to cleanse my face, but in the morning (after my usual blotting off of the oil), my makeup still looked good! It was considerably sheerer and the coverage had kind of faded, but I was surprised to find my foundation hadn't broken down. No splotchy redness peaking through.
It also regulates oil production. My face still gets oily throughout the day but not obscenely so (the way it usually does), and I blot my face A LOT less than usual.
My skin is also extremely congested, and I find this doesn't block my pores at all, which is a huge surprise for me, because white heads tend to break out on my skin like it's a party.
A little also goes a long way. In fact, DO NOT even attempt to apply more in the hopes of an even more matt face, all that does it cause your foundation to cake instantly. Just squeeze out a tiny amount, dot it over a certain area of your face AT A TIME, and rub it in, and repeat until you've done your whole face. It doesn't spread easily, and settles fast, so you have to do this quick.
It's for this reason I don't find this too pricey, even though the tube is pretty small for what you pay. You use so little at a time anyway, so I think this will last me a very long time.
It is a tricky product, with a very specific way of using, so not all will like this. And this product is STRICTLY for those with oily skin. It is very matt, no exaggeration, and is quite drying. I think it will work well for combination skin if applied only on the oily areas. I would recommend this product.
EDIT: Recently changed my foundation to something more matte and suitable for oily skin (Shiseido perfect refining foundation), and found this primer was totally unsuitable for it. Was way too drying, and my foundation went on patchy in certain places, and crumbled after a few hours). However, it did work wonderfully for my Revlon nearly naked foundation and Laura Mercier TM though.
So my rating goes down for this product by a star. Not a versatile product. At all.
I would NOT recommend this as an all over face primer!
This is however great as a mattifying cream for your oily areas! I apply my regular primer all over my face and then on my T-zone I apply the Boots primer and it keeps me oil-free all day! It is amazing! I would recommend this to people with combo to oily skin as only a mattifying cream for specific areas of your face.
Being honest, this is one of the best mattifying creams ever. That being said, this is NOT a primer. This mattifies, but it does not prime. It leaves slight white cast, and also can make the foundation applied directly over it look cakey. I recommend using your normal primer after this, it will smoth out any lines or pores. Other than that, this product is ace :)
It definitely works but the effect does not last as long as I wish it would.
Girsl that hate this for the face please read!
Ok so i really hated this primer on my face...it was horrible...dried up quick and got weird and flaky and not to mention it has ingredients that can make people with acne prone skin break out....
after having it in my drawer for so0o0o0o0o0o long i finally found a use for it!
this may sound weird but i tried it as a eyelash primer and it worked great for me....
i first put on the mascara and then some of this with an extra mascara wand i had laying around...then the mascara on top of this and my eyelashes are crazy thick and big...
now beware and make sure to be careful around the eye...thats why i put the original mascara first so this product wouldnt directly touch my eye....
so far i havent had any bad eye reactions but if anyone knows about a ingredient in this to be harmful for the eyes please let me know asap!
also...it can be used as eyeshadow primer....
so dont feel like the money is completely waste...hope this helped or gave an idea to someone trying to find a use for this primer
I have tried almost all of the primers currently on the market. From Benefit's Porefessional to Becca's Evermatte to NYX's Porefiller. You name it, I've tried it. I keep searching for a holy grail primer because I really need one in order to look good. My face sort of looks like a pizza before I apply make up. It's always greasy, & has both huge pores + acne scarring all over.
Keeping that in mind, here are a few primers I *have* really loved & mentioned in past reviews: Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer & Neutrogena Shine Control Primer. Boots Mattifying MU Base is almost the lovechild of these two, with all of the pros but none of the cons.
I'm really surprised by all the negative reviews on this product. I will admit though, this primes is thick & dries quickly. Thus if you don't find the proper technique to apply it - your make up will look cakey. I had the same problem with my beloved Revlon primer but could never sheer it out due to all the silicone ingredients.
Here is how I use Boots Mattifying MU Base: mix it with foundation & water then apply with a beautyblender sponge. Most primers are applied before foundations to "prime" the skin but this product dries too quickly to be applied seperately. Don't let that sway you away, this technique still serves the desired purpose. The results are amazing coverage, minimized pores, & shine control. It gives a very polished, natural look. I live in the humid south currently & this has kept me matte the longest.
This stuff was terrible. It was very difficult to both apply and blend, which led to me having to use a ton of product to cover my face. As if that weren't reason enough to dislike this product, after applying the primer, it was impossible for me to apply foundation with a normal foundation brush or a stippling brush. Using my fingers worked moderately well, but the only thing that applied my MUFE Mat Velvet+ over top in a semi-normal way was my beauty blender. However, even with the beauty blender, it looked cakey, it looked like my skin was peeling, and there was just nothing attractive about the finish. Although it obviously did mattify my face for the five minutes I had it on, I am returning this product immediately. Would not recommend to anyone!!!
just started using primer under my makeup a few months ago. I have extremely oily skin, especially on my nose and cheeks. I prefer liquid foundation, but the oil on my face would start to cause the makeup to break down and disappear after 4-5 hours. After 6-7 hours, I would have large patches where the makeup had completely disappeared and the redness and small bumps on my face would be clearly visible. Not exactly a self-esteem booster. I was in Sephora getting a sample of a different foundation, and mentioned my issues with foundation to the girl giving me the sample. She suggested using a primer under my makeup. She recommended one from Sephora, but I wasn't willing to shell out $36 for a primer. So I went to Target and looked to see what I could find there. I like the Boots No 7 Beautifully Matte foundation. I found this makeup base for around $10 so I figured I would give it a try.
Honestly, I am really surprised by all the negative reviews about this product. I love it. Other reviewers have stated that it's thick and grainy. I love the texture of this product. It is super silky and smooth. To me, it isn't thick or grainy at all. I wonder if maybe the people who say it was thick and grainy got a tube that was bad or old. It spreads really easily and absorbs and dries quickly. Some reviewers have mentioned the fact that it dries so quickly as a negative. I don't see it that way. In fact, that's one of the things I like most about it. You do have to be careful about using too much. If you use too much, it can cause white patches to show through. But I usually do my face in sections. I squirt enough to cover the length of my index finger. That is enough for my entire face. This primer keeps me matte and my makeup in place over 12 hours. It doesn’t make my skin overly dry, and does not bother my extremely sensitive skin at all. It does what it says. For me, it controls oil and shine very well. You also get a good amount of product for the price. I bought this in mid February 2013, and I am still on my first tube. In fact, it’s only a little over half empty.
On a whim, I recently purchased the Rimmel Fix and Perfect 002 primer. Which did pretty much nothing for me. Before I realized it was doing absolutely nothing, I thought I really liked it. So I threw my Boots Mattifying Base in the garbage. Once I realized the Rimmel wasn’t working for me, I regretted throwing the Boots product away. But fortunately, I was able to rescue it from the garbage before it was taken out. I love this makeup base and will not stray again. I highly recommend this product, and will definitely repurchase when I run out.
EDIT 6/28/13 This primer is not really that great. It does nothing to control oil and shine. MOM works much better. I will be sticking with that instead.
At First I was like Okay this might actually be a good drugstore primer for my super oily skin, but I spoke too soon. It might soak up oil but makes my makeup look a little cakey but the biggest problem is it makes it ball up, it makes anything you put on top of it completely un blendable.
I kinda get the bad reviews for this. Seeing as dries faster than Revlon Colorstay in a Nascar race, I get how this couldn't be everyone's favorite. I however, really like it.
I find that the best way to use this is in a small amount over a small area. I pat it in quickly and let it set. I don't use this as an all-over primer, just the areas where I get oily as the rest of my skin is very dry. I also add one of my favorite primers (either Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro 002 or NYX Photo Perfecting Primer) and it helps smooth out my skin and the Mattifying Make-up Base. This keeps me oil-free for several hours, and when it finally does give out, I'm left with a dewy look, which I like. I'd repurchase, but given how little I use, I don't think I'll have to for awhile.