I've been using this primer on and off for the past year and have mixed feelings about the product. This light cream goes on smoothly and perfects the skin to a doll-like finish. It turns powedery once applied and it doesn't budge even when it's really hot/humid out. For me, a tiny dot applied to my T-zone will eliminate shine, however I do not prefer to use this on my cheeks as it makes blush/bronzer go on slightly uneven. As an alternative to powder this works great; you can still create a dewy look with this mattifyer. The smell is quite strong, if you're sensitive this might cause a problem. My main gripe with it is I forget to use it (making me wonder if I really need the product!) and when applied all over my face; a strange feeling of suffocation. It's like my skin can't breathe at all and it really bugs me. I guess that feeling comes with any silicone-based product (?)
Overall, this works fine, is very long-lasting and you only need a tiny dot so it's not entirely un-economical. I would probably buy again unless I find something better.
Bought this on sale, even though I wasn't really sure whether I need it or not… :P Regarding similar products, I've only tried Clinique's Pore Minimizer, which I liked. But I think I prefer this YSL one. I don't use it everyday, since my skin isn't super-oily, and I prefer a bit more luminous look. But every now and then, when I'm going out, for example, I apply this under my foundation, for which it provides a lovely smooth canvas. Its oil-controlling abilities are adequate. Plus it smells divinely citrusy. I don't think I'll re-purchase though, because it's not something that I actually need... I don't see that much difference.
I'd never have thought that someday I'd be using a waterless moisturizer mostly comprising of silicones. But I got tube as part of the Dermalogica sensitized skin kit and have been hooked ever since. It's 10 ml (.30 oz) and I've been using it every morning for about a month now and there's still tons left. Seems to last for ages. It's just the perfect base for make-up and my skin stays lovely all day: my skin is moisturized and never seems to become oily. Will definitely purchase the full-size one.
UPDATE 03/2009: Ok, it seems that silicone-based products are yet another thing to add to my no-no-list. They are definitely clogging my pores and causing me painful cystic acne. My skin is feeling so much better now that I've been "off-cone" for a while. :)
This is probably the best primer I have ever used on my skin. I refuse to go out without slapping foundation on because I have quite a lot of acne scars. I use this after moisturising, and it gives a clean, matte look. Makeup glides on effortlessly over this and stays put all day. Before I started using this, I used to use MAC Blot powder to stop shine, but now, I find that using Blot powder over Matt Touch over-dries my skin. Now, I reserve Blot powder for special occasions like running a marathon and chasing rabbits.
The product comes in an slim white tube with a gold cap (reasonably heavy and not flimsy plastic) and gold lettering. The texture of Matt Touch is dry, almost powdery. I squeeze a small amount, warm it between my palms and press it on my face, paying attention to oily areas. The product is scented and has a pleasant, expensive-smelling fragrance. Highly recommended.
A fantastic primer for those with oily skin. I bought this a while ago and forgot about it but I am forever having oily skin issues so I dug it out today. Usually by midday I am looking so shiny and have to use my trusty Blot Powder but today I remain (virtually) shine free! Hooray! You only need a small amount of product on problem areas, I apply it over my moisturiser. I will be using this every day now, especially in the summer months. In terms of a primer it seems like a good product, I don't wear huge amounts of foundation, I bought it more for the mattifying effect and it definitely works.
i have an oily t zone and this is nice to control shine but it doesn't work well as a primer for foundation. i wouldn't buy this again because it's super expensive and smells great but doesn't keep my foundation in place. my hg for foundation primer is smashbox photo finish which controls oil AND keeps all my make up in place all day.
YEAH! i have found my HG oil-control primer!! I have tried MAC, Shiseido, Clarins, Smashbox...and probably more, but I can't remember. This by far beats them all!!! It is a bit higher in price than the others, but I'd rather pay $40 for something that works than $30 for something that doesn't! I go to work at 7am and am usually oily by 11...this keeps the oilies away until around 3pm and even then, its only a small amount of oil...doens't even fill up a whole blot paper. So, using YSL, I blot once around 3pm, then i'm good for the rest of evening. And if I forgot, or didn't have time, to blot, it wouldn't be a big deal b/c the YSL keeps the oilies to minimum. I'm currently experimenting to see if it works best under or over my shiseido sunscreen. I'll post and update when I figure out which method is best.
Is a really good primer for oily skin types. Does contain fragrance be careful with this if you are prone to blemishes. Keeps makeup looking fresh and your skin more matte looking throughout the day/night. Is a great primer mattifyer.
I have the oiliest skin ever and I wanted to find a product that would reduce the shine and oil on my face plus be a good primer for my mineral makeup. This is by far better than I expected. It does exactly what I need. Usually by the end of my 6-7 hour shift of work, I get home and my face is almost dripping with oil lol, but when I use this I swear my face is only a little bit shiny, just a glow, and I can touch my face without my finger slipping off from the oil. It doesnt completely keep my face matt all day long, but I wouldnt expect that from anything, nothing is ever perfect! But this atleast gives me the relief and security of much much less oil and embarrassment! Its gives my skin a smooth surface for my makeup and feels completely natural after the brief initial oily feeling. It comes in a simple tube which makes it easy to squeeze out and is hygenic. It is expensive, but there is a generous amount of product, plus this actually works so its definently worth the money! Im surprised this does not have more reviews and its not more well known- I guess the high end price is to blame. I would recommend this to anyone, oily skin or not.
I am in love with this primer, ive tried every primer you could ever think of, from MUFE. MAC, Laura Mercier, Laura Gellar, Stila, Lorac, Nars, ive even tried the monistat cream, Dermadoctor, and im probably missing a few more. i have the oilest skin and nothing works for me, my skins oily 5 minutes after i put on my makeup. well saturday i was a bridesmaid in a wedding and i put this on, with my MUFE mat foundation. and i couldnt believe my eyes. my makeup stayed flawless from 11 am to 2 am all day being at a wedding. i only touched up once with powder. i dont care how much this costs even if it was a $100 id still buy it because nothing else has worked for me all these years and im glad i finally found it, but its hard to get ur hands on it. I dont know if the SA at the ysl counters dont know wat the product is or if theyre always sold out, but ive never been able to find it anywhere they usually dont know what im talking about when i ask for it and dont have a tester, i hope its not being discontinued. i got a sample of it from sephora thats what im using right now until i run out..
I've upped this in rating as I re-visited it after developing very greasy skin thanks to pregnancy hormones! I need something to help keep my make up on and gave this a whirl again and it did help.
I would say it is only for really oily skins or really oily t-zones.
I wouldn't buy again as I think it is very over priced but then it is H/E
I find Avons Magix Perfector much the same and only £10!
I have been umming & aahing over whether to put this in my swap list.
I've used it a few times now (the one upside being you don't need too much so I can see it lasting a long while - poss downside for me!)
I have oily nose & chin and dry rest of face.
If I use this all over my face, yes, my makeup goes on smooth but it also makes me look whiter! Not good in pictures either with the addition of a flash! But it does nothing to control my shine during the day. I still need to blot just as much so there isn't anything matt about it on me!
Because of the price I have been perservering with it but I really do think this is a lemming for me. I can't use it all over and just to use it to two spots seems an awful waste esp. when it doesn't do the job or me.
I am still on a search for the perfect primer (Avon is next!) but I may give up on this one despite re-living it now and then in hopes it will be okay :0(