I was given some samples of this product and been using it for over a week now. I am very impressed with the results of this product. First of all, it has a soft, silky, luxurious feel to it which glides on the skin so easily. It leaves a silky smooth surface to apply your foundation smoothly and evenly over your skin. I do not have to use a moisturizer with this product as the primer keeps my skin nice and soft. I am quite impressed with how my pores appear to be much less visible when using this product. My skin has never looked clearer since using this primer. Skin oil production seems to be much less since using the primer. I don't know if you would get the same reduction in oiliness if you use a moisturizer along with the primer. I am very happy with the results of this product and feel that it does improve the appearance of my skin by reducing the appearance of pores and evening out my skin tone (slight redness) so that my foundation looks much more even on my skin. I do recommend this product and hope you have the same impressive results as I have. I did use the Cover fx Skin Prep primer and it worked o.k. (price was ridiculous at $46 Canadian) but not as well as the Smashbox Photo Finishing Primer. I much prefer the Smashbox primer over Cover Fx primer.
I have to admit, I love this primer. It does feel kinda greasy on your fingers when you are done but that is what soap and water is for. I find that like some others, it can clog your pores if you dont wash your face really well. But since I dont wear my BE Minerals everyday I dont have to worry about a daily break out or how often I might have a reaction. All in all this is a great product, I was amazed at the staying power it gave my BE. I wasnt expecting it to work or last but it did! so yay for that. I'm not sure if I will buy it again, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. I'm not happy about the damn lid not staying on, I had to put a thick rubberband on it to keep it on. but aside from the lid Its a great product.
I actually love this product! I don't wear any form of liquid foundation, but my HG is Lancomes Duel Finish Powder in Matte Amande III. This primer makes it go on super smooth and it lasts ALL day. I do have to touch up on my nose after a bit, but not like I used to. I use one squirt on my hand and dab a little all over my face then smooth it out. It makes my makeup look absolutely amazing.
I've never tried any kind of face primer before, but I am definately loving this. It is on the expensive side but you don't use much so it lasts FOREVER. When I run out I will definately repurchase!
I am very sorry to report that I am returning this product.
I used to test it everytime I went into Sephora waiting for the day I could finially buy it. I loved the way it made the back of my hand feel, so soft smooth and even.
When I got it home though, the amazing feeling on the back of my hand didnt tranfer onto my face. It left my face feeling damp, and oil-y, and it never completely dried either, so it mixed with my foundation and left it impossible to blend. My make up was sliding around my face all day.
I only used it twice before the breakout started happening as well. I have acne prone skin, but lately I havent been having issues with my skin. This however broke me out like CRAZY
I wanted to like this product, but in the end I cant even pretend to like it
I have oily skin, but found that this does a decent job of keeping things where they are supposed to be. Still need to blot later in the day, but like it overall.
This gives my face a very smooth look, very good for big pores or any acne scars ,
When the MA at Sephora put this on me- I was hooked. It made my skin smooth and the foundation go on seamlessly. So I bought a bottle. I really wanted to like this product but when I tried it at home the greasy feeling of the product bothered me- I should have trusted my instincts and returned the bottle immediately. I don't really think it made my makeup last longer although I was using much less of it. After 2 weeks -the breakouts were just too much for me and I was making me feel "plastic" when I put it on.
I would ask for a sample of Laura Mercier's oil-free primer for those who breakout from this- it might just work better for you.
I got this as a sample and really liked it so went out & bought it. It is so great. My makeup looks so much better. I have a SUPER oily face though so i still need to blot..but it takes longer for my face to get oily. I dunno...I really like this product. It doesn't make me break out but maybe that is because i religiously wash my face and tone and put acne cream on twice a day. who knows! continued >>
Adore this product. It makes my foundation go on so smooth and last so long! It also allows me to use about a third of the foundation I would have to normally.
After first using a sample of this primer I ran out and bought the full size. The primer had a slippery yet dry feel that made my skin (combination) feel super smooth and I felt my foundation just glide on top of it.
Well, a few months later, I was less impressed with the product: I put it on beneath my foundation before a trans-Atlantic flight in the hopes that my makeup would stay fresh longer - big mistake. Halfway through the flight my skin was dry and flaky and only a few hours and tons of moisturizer later did my skin return to normal. Although I realize that the air within airplanes is rather dry and flying is an ordeal for skin, putting on lots of moisturizer helps keep makeup fresh in a way that this pricey primer does not.
In conclusion, this primer did not improve the appearance of my makeup and I find I get superior results with a good (though not expensive) moisturizer.