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on 6/14/2008 12:54:00 PM
More reviews by ristastic
Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I love this product and haven't had any problems with it. It does say in the directions to moisturize first, so that is probably key, and make sure to wait and let your skin absorb the moisturizer before applying the make up base on top. Also you only need a little bit, as other reviews have mentioned.I use a sunscreen then the make up base on my T-zone, then Boots No7 True Identity Foundation on top. The True Identity Foundation has a lovely silky mousse texture which goes on smoothly and easily over the make up base, no streaking or clumping. The coverage is pretty light, which might not suit everyone, but I like that it is natural-looking.I have very oily skin and have never even been able to wear foundation before, as it just slides right off in an hour or two, so this product is a life-saver for me. My only quibble with it is that it doesn't save me from having to blot every few hours, but that is probably impossible anyway! It really helps at least keep my oil under control, which is great. Plus it's cheap! I'm on my second tube and will definitely buy it again.Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that I also use it as an eye-shadow primer on my eyelids. It works better for me than other primers designed specifically for eye-shadow, maybe because my eyelids are oily as well (who knew one could have oily eyelids?!).
on 5/1/2008 8:35:00 AM
More reviews by NarcissaM
Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
The No 7 range must just suit my skin well somehow because this is the second product that is getting bad reviews here while becoming my HG. I can produce oil slicks with the best of 'em but this has completely cleared up my problem. Not just while wearing it, I rarely use it now anymore but it seems to have just stabilised my oil balance completely. You do have to be careful when applying under foundation and just use the tiniest little bit. Together with the Make Up Forever Matte velvet + I'm now for the first time oil-free (famous last words, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts).
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 4/26/2008 9:54:00 AM
More reviews by Sesheta
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
I got this primer ages ago to try and stop my face shining like an oil slick when I wore foundation to work. As other posters have commented it can be a bit of a nightmare to use with liquid foundations, resulting in a patchy and gloopy finish.So it was sitting at the bottom of my makeup box until I recently converted to mineral foundations. I use Everyday Minerals in Ivory with the Sunlight finishing powder on top and for normal days it's fine, I just make sure I bring some blotting papers in my bag for lunchtime touchups.The other day though I was going out staight out after work and wanted my makeup to have some extra staying power so I dug out the primer. My moisturiser had already sunk in when I applied it and I left a good ten minutes for the primer to settle before applying the rest of my makeup (no hardship, I just went and had my breakfast).It worked like a dream. The makeup stayed firmly in place and looked absolutely flawless all day, no hint of a shine. I did reapply some powder before I went out but mainly to change the finish rather than any need for maintenance. Even at the end of the night it looked great and wasn't shiny...now that's what I call a primer!I'm definately going to repurchase this when it runs out (which is going to be a lot sooner now I've found it's strength)
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 4/10/2008 5:33:00 PM
More reviews by Brunneria
Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm
Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium
It didn't seem to do anything except make me notice how oily my skin was. Gave up after 3 days, I think.
on 3/11/2008 12:58:00 AM
More reviews by KingTaco
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
I am ridiculously oily, so I tried this product to control my t-zone. It's pretty bad under foundation; it seeps into pores and makes my foundation look cakey.On its own, it's nice at controlling my oily spots and it evens out my complexion. I won't buy it again because I hardly ever go without foundation, so the day I do use it are far and few between.
on 1/25/2008 3:38:00 PM
More reviews by crazyfrog13
Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium
I have a pretty oily skin and a little dab of this on my T-zone works great. It's not a miracle worker but it does help keep the oilies at bay (usually my face is an oil slick within a couple of hours of putting on my makeup). I use fewer blotting papers throughout the day when I wear this. As others have mentioned, it does have a grainy texture, but I find it's not a problem as long as a I blend it well; my foundation/powder smooth right over top of it like there's nothing there. The price is decent (about $10 CA at SDM) and a little goes a long way, so one bottle will probably last me quite a while. I will mostly likely repurchase.
on 1/13/2008 7:46:00 AM
More reviews by rosarose
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Red, Other, Other
This product is only good if you don't want to wear makeup over it. It makes foundation cakey and patchy and the texture is horrible to apply. It does work at keeping you matte but you can't wear any makeup over it which defeats the object of it being a primer!
on 12/16/2007 4:22:00 PM
More reviews by jadkin
Skin: Acne-prone, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
i bought this on sale at SDM for $10. tiny bottle, but easy to squeeze and you can control how much comes out. you smooth it on your face and it almost has a grainy feel to it, but it mattifies your skin pretty much instantly. i use BE mineral foundation with MAC skinfinish powder on top and i have had no problems with this... it keeps my makeup looking fresh into the afternoon, and i have an oil-pump for a face! hasn't broken my sensitive skin out at all.
on 11/8/2007 2:47:00 AM
More reviews by amieko
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
At first, I absolutely hated this product. I was expecting that smooth, velvety texture of a Smashbox primer but instead, when I tried to spread it on my face, it balled up and looked like a flakey white residue. Ick. As mentioned in previous reviews, application is key. I moisturized and applied it in a light patting motion with my ring finger to blend it in and let it dry before applying foundation. I was amazed--I've tried many kinds of primers and t-zone mattifiers and nothing has come close to Boots. Normally after using the Smashbox primer I would have to blot my t-zone 3-4 times during the work day. With this product, my t-zone was decent for a good 8 hours with no blotting. However, I do miss the smooth finish that primers like Smashbox and Mac Prep & Prime gave my face so I wouldn't buy this if you're looking for a base to give your foundation a good finish. If you're looking for something concentrated on your t-zone to control oil, this product is a good bet for the price.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 10/23/2007 1:13:00 AM
More reviews by ccope4
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
I bought this on a whim since it was only $10 at Target. thanks to the review below, I have found a way to use it that works...by waiting until my moisturizer is completely set in (wait about 10 mins) and then just lightly dabbing/patting it in the t-zone, not rubbing or smearing it. I am sure I will repurchase this again as I notice I am much less oily when I use this.
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