Ok, this product is a good primer. It makes my makeup last all day. The only down side is that it causes me to have blackheads. Its weird because I hardly ever had them. I only get hormonal acne but never blackheads. I have been using this product for about a month now, and will stop using it on a daily basis. Only on special occassions, but definetly not daily.
This is a great primer- evens out my skin, makes me look poreless,decreases oil reduction somewhat, just makes my skin and makeup look perfect.
Unfortunately, used every day, it also makes me break out.
I will save this and use it on special occasions but definitely not for every day.
You want a dirt cheap primer that works better than 90% of what's out there? This is it. Feels silky going on, keeps foundation even, no irritation. I would say its fairly decent at controlling oil, but its not the perfect mattifier. Overall, no complaints here.
After reading glowing reviews on YouTube and MakeupAlley, I had to try this product. And I am pleased to say it works! I have oily skin, but this product does not make me any oilier. I can't say that it leave a matte finish, but it doesn't make me oilier and I'm fine with that.
When I use this product under liquid foundation or my Bare Minerals, my makeup stays on my face all day. It's a must-have for formal events, a night of dancing, or any other events where I am out for long periods of time or will be be dancing the night away.
I finally finished my Smashbox Photofinish and was able to give this a try. My verdict: this stuff kicks Photofinish's butt! It's nearly the same product, but for a fraction of the price, and most of the differences I've found have been for the better. Monistat's gel is truly scentless, takes less time to dry, and has a runnier, more spreadable consistency. I actually prefer Photofinish's texture (and non-hideous packaging), but I definitely don't miss the smell or the price. Monistat is far and away the clear winner here, and I'll keep coming back until I find something even better.
For it's main purpose, this product is great. *ahem*
But as a primer, I would NOT recommend this for acne-prone skin. I tried this primer for the summer and noticed that I started breaking out immediately! If that's not convincing enough, let me say that I experimented by applying on my nose, which almost never breaks out. The "primer" broke my nose out.
Now, it's a chafing relief powder to me, and nothing else...
I wanted to like this product but I have to say I will not be purchasing again for the following reasons:
1. The "primer" did nothing to help my MU go on smoother or stay on longer.
2. It irritated my face (especially in my t-zone)
In fact just thinking about it right now is making my skin itch. I have very sensitive acne prone skin, but this didn't make me break out bad. A few minor blemishes here and there, but I attribute that to my face 'getting used to' the product. But throughout the day I noticed my skin was slightly more red and irritated where I used the product.
I also have really oily skin and this seemed to make it worse. This is why my MU melted off by mid morning. NOT cute. So now I have about half a tube left of stuff that I will not be using or buying again. This might work for dryer skin, but not for skin like mine.
If you have acne prone skin, BEWARE!!!!!
I wanted soooo bad for this to work for me. I was looking for a makeup primer to give me that dewy, flawless, smooth look. I was so excited to hear that I could achieve this with a drugstore product around $5 instead of spending big $$$ on a high end product.I've tried Smashbox's in the past, and don't remember having a bad experience.
When I say that this gave me the WORST ACNE BREAKOUT of my life, I mean it. Ladies, if you are an acne sufferer, RUN FAST away from this product. It made my skin look great for about 1- 2 weeks, and then I had consistent and severe acne breakouts-- red, cystic, hugely inflamed pimples, papules, and pustules...you name it, I had it. They were everywhere-- PIZZA FACE. It was worse in my areas that were bad before I went to a derm---hormonal chin acne, my cheeks, forehead...I had zits EVERYWHERE. My skin wasn't even this bad before I saw a derm. :(
Maybe I'm sensitive to silicones or something, but if you are prone to acne, seriously consider before buying this product. It has taken weeks and weeks to clear the acne and fade the acne scars. My face still looks awful. I have to wear heavy, heavy foundation (Dermablend) on those places where I got breakouts. Not a happy girl.
I'm a little bit on the fence about this product. It goes on like a dream and makes my skin sooooo incredibly soft. The thing is, I'm not sure how well it's controlling my oils. I notice a slight reduction using this product but because I have VERY oily skin I prefer Milk of Magnesia that actually makes a huge difference for my t-zone. For those of you who don't have oily skin I can see why this works really, really well as it does smooth out the skin!
I was really hoping this would make a great primer.. but it felt almost greasy.. and the makeup kind of slid around on my skin instead of staying where it was. It feels nice on your face without makeup.. but it just doesn't work once you try to put something on top of it.