I got this primer when it was brand new so it was pretty expensive when I bought it. This primer goes on amazing, leaves your skin looking poreless, matte (but not dry) and airbrushed. But this is where the good news stops. After about an hour my face looks like someone could cook pankcakes on it. SO GREASY! I really want to love this but I just can't. No amount of powder could stop the oil spill that happens on my face. I still use it because it was a lot of money but I only use it on my cheeks, to make them look dewy (this is the only thing that this is good for). BUT it doesn't break me out! Maybe I have just been lucky. Oh well. I won't buy this product again.
I was intending to buy nyx HD primer when it was out of stock in the local store so i decided i ll try this for me it is one of the nest primers ever
Very tiny amount goes long way
Practical packaging as a tube or pump will not dispese the product with this texture properly
Hodes pores fine lines eleminates shine amf keeps makeup for up to 8 to 10 hours
Packaging is not exactly hygeinic
Not easily blended for someone not used to the texture
U have to weite for awhile b4 applying it over th moisturiser
And not suitable for younger age groups
This isnt a bad primer, but its not the best one either. It really does smooth out my skin and prep it for foundation, but it feels like it never "dries" all the way. I recommend using this with a long wearing foundation, I tried it with a lightweight foundation and my face felt tacky all day.
It seems to give foundation a good staying power. But has anyone else noticed that when you initially put it on, it seems to turn your face pale and a bit chalky-looking?
This doesn't work for me, I cannot make it work either. It was very hard for me to blind in and felt like there was no benefit.
First of all - I absolutely agree with all the other older ladies (being one myself, and damned proud of it!) that all you younger ladies should probably give this product a pass. Not that primers aren't useful for everyone to bind makeup to your skin (once you've found the right one) but women with smooth young skin just aren't going to see the benefits of this like we do. I've rarely been so impressed with a product that can sometimes seem so superfluous. That is, until you find the one that really works for you - then it quickly begins to take on a "can't live without it" aura. Anyway - apply this correctly. Apply moisturizer (with sunblock, DUH!) and let it sink in for 10 minutes or so. Then dot this on LIGHTLY and pat - DON"T rub - onto desired spots. For me, that's my chin, around my mouth, the sides of my nose, my "I want" lines ( between my brows) and the tiniest bit on lines on my forehead. Then let THAT sit for 5 minutes or so, before applying whatever makeup you choose. I have experimented, and I think this primer works best with iny amount of liquid foundation or concealer, but that's just a personal dislike of powder foundations, since
I have some lines and wrinkles for them to settle in, and I just don't think powder formulas are very flattering on older skin as a rule.
If you have patience when applying this, and layer carefully, I believe you'll be impressed. Makeup wears all day, colors stay vibrant and don't seem to fade, and while I don't have oily issues, I also NEVER get dry, flaky, cakey spots throughout the day, which is huge.
At the end of the day - take this off properly! I think that's a BIG reason why women in general get turned off by primers, because they break out or end up dull and congested, and I firmly believe that's because they're not removing this well enough. Think about it - it's meant to last all day and bind other products to your skin, so it stands to reason that just regular soap and water ain't gonna cut it (no pun intended!). I use a mixture of half pure castor oil and half pure sunflower oil that I mix myself. I apply it to my face and massage all over for at least 1-2 minutes, then remove with a warm washcloth and lots of water. If it's winter, or I just feel dry (from Retin A and other product use) I may call it good, and then apply nighttime moisturizer. Otherwise, then I wash with Glytone mild gel wash (another staple) and THEN apply just nighttime moisturizer or mix it with Retin A (3-5 nights per week) which keeps my skin bright and exfoliated, but not parched and dry. Sounds like a tedious amount of hassle, I know, but I have smooth, clear skin with practically no issues. All in all - I think this is an awesome product. It just takes a willingness to experiment to see what methods of application ( and most importantly, REMOVAL) work best for you. I've tried lots of different ones, and I mostly prefer department store brands, so this one is a happy departure for me. It may seem expensive for a drugstore item but really, come on! Compared to Smashbox? Which is probably the most hyped (overhyped?) primer out there. Compared to pretty much any department store brand? I really, REALLY like this - try it, you might, too.
Oh and BTW - you're damn skippy, I'll be buying this again!
I have got to say that this primer truly impresses me, especially for a drugstore primer. It's soft, velvety, it feels like silicone but doesn't break me out, it fills in my pores, really helps smooth out any dry skin I have so my foundation doesn't enhance it, and overall helps the complexion of my face. It tones down redness, and really makes my skin feel like velvet. It definitely prolongs my foundation (I already wear a long wearing foundation) and it makes it look more natural cause it def makes my pores smaller.I've purchased this 4 times already. I'm currently finishing up my Sheer Cover Primer but when that's done I'm def buying this again. Just be careful because if you put too much it kind of like crumbles off? I don't know it's hard to explain, a little goes a long way. I find that patting it in instead of straight rubbing helps prevent that.
Overall I think it's a great product for it's value. I use primers to fill my pores. They are kinda big, and honestly I didn't find any primer that actually could make them disappear. I've tried so many primers, including Smashbox, Too Faced, Clarins- I must say: They all do Pretty much the same job. So why paying so much money for a primer? That is why I recommend using L'oreal's- if they all give the same effect, than why not going for the one which costs less?
This primer has a creamy-silicony texture, it spreads easily and smoothly, fills my pores nicely (but not perfectly), and makes a great foundation base.
I didn't LOVE the jar, for I prefer products in tubes.
I would definitely buy this again!
I bought this primer because after I read the good reviews on MUA. Anyways, I was using this for about 3 months or so. It gives you an immediate matte appearance upon your application. But it didn't last long. I guess I had a high expectation from this product. I guess it is good for normal/combo skin but it is nonetheless a good add-on product before you apply your make up to keep your skin matte for a couple of hours.
The only other primer I've tried is Hard Candy Sheer Envy Skin Perfecting Primer, which I found to have a sort of lumpy texture. In comparison, the Magic Perfecting Base is very smooth. I find it works very well as an eye primer, when I don't apply too thick of a layer. I have also used it to "stick down" my brows in a pinch, and it primes brows well to hold brow colour. It's sort of expensive to me as a broke college student- I paid $14 at Shoppers Drug Mart here in Canada- probably slightly less at Wal-Mart. But after having been disappointed by the cheaper Hard Candy primer, I would buy this again rather than try something else that might disappoint me. There is the issue of contamination because it comes in a jar, and I am guilty of applying it with my fingers, though I always wash my hands with antibacterial soap before doing my makeup.