Milk of Magnesia as Primer

3.9

188 reviews

71% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.3

Price: $

Package Quality: 3.3

Price: $

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I have EXTREMELY oily skin and have heard of using this as primer for a while now, but finally got the courage to throw it in with an Amazon order to try. I use a cotton ball to apply and find that works really well (I swipe on my forehead but use a patting motions for my large-pore areas like my nose and inner cheeks close to the nose). I have a packaging gripe -- I bought the 12-ounce Phillips bottle, and I wish the top opening was smaller. I have to wipe the cotton ball off the top of the cap after I shake it instead of just holding the cotton ball over the opening, like any other toner I've ever used. That makes it more of a pain to apply, but using a cotton pad might help with that problem. Overall though, this works great at preventing oil buildup over my 10 hour work days where I don't get many opportunities to powder. I use it every day and have had no issues with breakouts on my sensitive skin. Sometimes it can leave whitish marks where it wasn't blended thoroughly, but I wear Biore UV Perfect powder-finish sunscreen over it, and blending in the SS on the white marks helps to blend it in. I think anything wet/moisture would help to fix that. Lastly, the entire product's basis is leaving a film on your face to prevent oil, so I would highly recommend using a scrub on days you're removing this -- I use Freeman's Charcoal Black Sugar scrub daily -- to make sure it is all off. Will purchase again, unless I experience terrible breakouts!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.



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Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

Totally works as a primer but can make your foundation look super cakey too.

What I did was apply an-oil free moisturizer, a very thin layer of MOM, a pore minimizing primer (as MOM doesn't really cover pores) and then 1/2 of my usual amt of foundation and lastly a light dust of mattifying powder over my t-zone.

Also, you need to know how much to use. One day I applied too much and I ended up looking horribly cakey. Another time I applied too little and I was oily by noon. So apply sparingly but it should leave a bit of white cast on the face. Oh, pls shake the bottle 1st before pouring out.

But honestly i'm not sure if I want to repurchase. I find that MOM alters the finish/texture of my foundation. I look like I have a full on thick makeup. So I've been avoiding full coverage foundations like MAC Pro Longwear or Estee Lauder when applying this.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Deep Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

AMAZING! I used to have extremely oily skin and whenever I would wear makeup with a primer I still had to blot my face multiple times a day . I use this as a primer and I am matte all day! Perfect for gals with oily skin like me !


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

works better than most so called name brand

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This is not a primer to use every day, as overuse can result in a pH shift in your skin, which you do not want. Use this 3x per week, maximum, just to be safe. Also, make sure to patch test to check for irritation.
That being said, I find that when I use MoM as a primer under my foundation, it helps lock my makeup on all day, without separating or settling into pores. I've got quite an oily skin, and until discovering this (thanks Wayne Goss!), I had trouble keeping my foundation looking fresh for more than an hour.
I use a small amount and lightly spread it over my entire face (avoiding my undereye area) with a cotton pad. I don't use enough to leave a white film. When this sinks in, it should be totally clear. After applying, I give it a moment to dry, and then I apply my foundation. For me, this works best with my Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation for an all-day fresh look.
Make sure to get the plain, unflavored MoM. I found mine in the digestive aid section of Target for about a buck. Huge bottle, too. This should last me a while, or at least until the expiry date.
If you've got an oily skin and have trouble keeping your foundation from looking greasy and separated by the day's end, this may be the ticket for you, provided you take heed and do not overuse it. (I did overuse it my first week, and HOOBOY, it was a bad breakout that ensued!)

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Sensitive, Medium Brown, Warm

Hair: Other, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This product is dangerous for your skin. According to the pH system, your skin is more acidic than alkaline. Milk of Magnesia is HIGHLY ALKALINE, and in turn, is destroying your skin in the long run. DO NOT USE THIS ON YOUR FACE OR BODY!!!!!!! Please ladies, the last thing you need to be worrying about is skin issues, it's better to be oily than wrinkly and spotted.

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

By far the only product that has helped keep my face matte. My nose is stubborn of course. It'll be oily no matter what precaution I use. Unfortunately, this product broke me out. Thank goodness for my retin-a because my face is back to normal. I don't think using MOM everyday is good for the skin- at least in my case. I rather have oily skin than zits on my face. Nonetheless, it really helps in keeping the face matte.

However...

EXCELLENT REMEDY FOR CANKER SORES!!! APPLY WITH A Q-TIP AND PAIN BE GONE! AWESOME! GLAD I FOUND A GOOD USE FOR THIS!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

IF YOU HAVE TRIED ALMOST EVERY MATTIFYING PRIMER AND NOTHING WORKS, LOOK NO FURTHER!

Having worked in the industry for a while and having no luck with any store bought primer for oily skin, this product has changed my cosmetics life! I have never written a review for anything but I am so absolutely amazed with this product I feel like the whole world should know.

I have super oily, sensitive, and acne prone skin but have to wear makeup from morning to night going from school to work with full coverage, full face, all the time. I have tried many mattifying primers (mac, Becca, Cover Fx, Chanel, Smashbox, Dior, Too faced, benefit, etc), all of which have never been able to control my oil and hold my makeup in place without giving me some sort of adverse skin reaction (dryness, itching, peeling etc.) until i tried this bad boy.

I had heard about using this product in the past from other MUAs I work with but I was afraid of getting the breakouts that many had experienced after using it.I finally tried it, I have been using it for just over 3 weeks now and I am never ever going back! With any other primer my makeup eventually starts to break up and separate after about the 4th hour of wear and continues to slide of my face throughout the rest of my day with my repeated blotting and touch ups!!! (super annoying!)

Because I was afraid of getting a breakout from over drying my skin, which this product defiantly does, I ended up purchasing the mint flavoured one, which having sucrose as an ingredient not found in the original formula, does not completely dry out my skin or give me a fully matte look right away. Instead of turning white like many over drying primers, this one stays moist and keeps my face from looking super dry and crusty at the end of my sometimes 16 hour days.

I make sure to prep my skin fully with a few drops of argan oil and some laura mercier radiance primer (yessss you read that correctly, even though Im extremely oily!) to avoid over drying and thus removing the possibility of my skin over producing oil to compensate which could lead to pimples. then I apply this product all over my face with a flat foundation brush that i use only for primer in a very light layer all over so my face is moist but not drenched. (These specifics may seem a bit extreme but again I didn't want to take any chances with my skin). Then I apply my many layers of makeup and voila!-My face remains perfect all day long! Once I get home I make sure to give my skin the attention it needs again for using something not meant to be used in this way by making sure to exfoliate regularly, cleanse properly (deep clean), fully remove makeup (wipes + eye makeup remover), and most importantly moisturize!


3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

No.... unfortunately no. It does almost nothing for me. It doesn't make my skin any less oily than if I don't use it. Sadly this just doesn't work for me..... wish it did !


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I got a travel size of Milk of Magnesia some years ago, when I first got into makeup primers, because it seemed a good and cheap product to try to make my skin more matte in the summer. As I was just getting into foundation primers, this seemed a wonderful alternative to pricier products laden with chemicals. Sadly, this didn't work for me. It kept my t-zone matte for a very short time but at the cost of looking like a ghost. It just didn't work.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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