While I usually use a primer with an SPF, I bought this one because I was in a wedding where flash photography was used. Anything with an SPF can make you look even more washed out. I ended up really liking this stuff! The price is good too, since it lasts a long time. Compared to Smashbox and other comparable products it's a huge bargain. The most important thing with this, is to give it enough time to melt into your skin before you apply your foundation. I give it at least 5 minutes. A tube would be better than a jar, though.
This is the first primer I've used, and was initially very impressed with it's colour corrective performance. My make up lasts all day with it on, and the main reason I'm somewhat torn about this product is because I think it's causing my skin to break out each time I use it. I mainly blame this on the packaging, which would probably be better in a tube. Not sure I'd purchase again as it's quite expensive for a drug store brand and I'd quite like to shop around!
ADORE! I use this over my dry patches/eczema on my cheeks so the colour goes on even.......works like a dream and I notice my blush stays on longer as well. Its a little hard to apply foundation over this though...slides off.
I bought this product because it was the only face primer that is sold in drugstores and is near a price range I can afford. I have no complaints at all about his primer! It actually does all it is supposed to do. Fills in pores and acne scars ( I have a few of both) it leaves my skin silky smooth after I apply it. I have sensitive skin so if I put this on with concealer and foundation, I'll break out slightly but I don't blame it really on the product. This is a must have for any one with problem pores or skin because it WORKS! Great price too. Basic essential for us makeup lovers =)
I honestly like this primer. I have combination and acne prone skin. It definitely blurred out my Large pores and my acne scarring. It's best use when I use liquid foundation on days when I wanted extra coverage but I don't use this primer on a daily basis as I prefer using mineral foundation. But definitely I would purchase it again just because it is better than high end primers that I've tried and the price is reasonable.
I would buy again if money was no object. But realistically I will not be buying again any time soon! I like the jar b/c it's cute. I use a q-tip to scoop some out and a cotton ball to smooth on face. Works like Monistat anti-chafing gel, but a bit more matte and veveltly.
I plan to squeeze the monistat gel in this jar when this runs out b/c I hate looking at that stupid monistat tube when putting on my makeup or having it for all to see in the plastic bag when going through security when flying. All you need to do is use a q-tip to get some out. Viola!
I do like it a lot, but I'm on a budget, so will not be purchasing again until I am out of grad school!
Update: was at Sephora and I swear this stuff seems the same at the Smashbox correcting primer.
LOVE this product! I have tried many others and this is the best I have found. My pores are minimized, my skin feels smooth and my foundation has never gone on this easily before. The last primer I tried was from Gosh and it was so greasy, awful. I don't mind the pot because I really love the consistency of this product. You don't need much it goes a long way. If you dont want to put your fingers in get a spatula!
I was a little skeptical about trying this primer, but I'm so glad I did! For reference, the only other primers I've used are Rimmel's Fix & Perfect, and Monistat Anti-Chafing Relief Powder Gel (definitely give this one a try if you're looking for an inexpensive primer).
First off, the Monistat gel provided excellent results but broke me out like none other - I've been using this L'oreal primer for about two weeks and it hasn't broken me out at all! Not only does it not break me out but it really does smooth out any pore imperfections that I might have. The texture is very light and lovely, and I agree with the other reviewers that a little goes a long way.I don't know how it does this because there's not really a color corrector in it, but the product sort of muffles my redness and uneven skintone, it's amazing.
I let it set for a bit and notice that it does dry out my skin a little, even with my oily skintone I have a few small patches on my cheeks. At first this bothered me but I've noticed that my face actually looks better as the day goes on, which has never ever happened to me with makeup before. I'm using the L'oreal Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced liquid makeup, so I don't know if it's the primer or the makeup but with both of them combined I have a HG quality face routine.
There's a definite mattifying effect with this primer, which is good for my oily skin but I can't imagine it would work too well with drier types. It does make my foundation a little harder to blend but I really think the results are worth it because it lasts all day. Yes, the price is a little steep for such a small amount of product, but I barely use any of it each day and I can see it lasting a long time.
I would definitely recommend this as an alternative to the Monistat gel, or for anyone looking for a good DS primer. I am so happy that I tried this product. :)
I'm pretty sure this is a great product if you have oily skin; I found it incredibly drying. The oil-controlling properties made my face look matte and washed-out after applying just a dab. And it was useless as a primer for foundation. My concealer just slid right off.
I wasn't too convinced this product would do anything so I tried putting some on just half my face. I definitely saw a difference. It makes your skin even and matte-looking. It definitely helps control oil.
At first it made my skin feel soo soft. It is, however, a little drying after it's been on for a while.
I feel I don't need foundation when I use this product.
Like others have said - less is definitely more.