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on 7/14/2016 5:03:00 AM
More reviews by tropico
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
I used to use this religiously for 2 years and only a few days ago, squeezing the very last of it out of the 2nd tube, I realized that this stuff causes me to break out (giving me small white bumps on my cheek and nose area)! I am so disappointed because generally it's a nice drugstore primer with a reasonable price. It made certain foundations look way better on my skin, also helped them last a little longer. The consistency is thick which makes a little go a long way. I'd say try this if you have combo skin that's not prone to break outs.
on 6/28/2016 4:20:00 PM
More reviews by decophile
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
My skin and foundation turn a bit gooey in the humid summertime months. I tried switching foundations but then stumbled on a better solution - a matte primer! WHOA - made all the difference! This foundation keeps my foundation matte and my face shine-free all day. I apply it after skin care products and sunscreen but before makeup.PROSmatte finishlong-wearingreasonably pricedCONSdrying
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on 6/27/2016 7:58:00 PM
More reviews by dmc283
Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I have combo skin with a really oily t-zone. Most people say their skin is *really* oily but it's not actually oily at all so I'll describe what mine is like - I have shine on my face after not even an hour of wearing a regular foundation (not mattifying). Without anything on my face, I'll probably get a little shiny after 30 min to 1 hour. With a mattifying foundation, I get shiny after 2 hours (giorgio armani lasting silk foundation). ok onto the review..I LOVE THIS PRIMER! It's a thick (but NOT greasy) lotion-like consistency. it can leave a white cast if you don't rub it in all the way but that's easy to control.It controls oil really well. I know there is probably another primer out there that is better than this one so that's the reason for the 4 stars and because it doesn't do anything for pores. Normally I wear la roche posay anthelios mineral 50 ultralight sunscreen fluid which has some silicones in it that help with oil too so with this lotion and just the primer, I'll start to show some shine (but don't need to blot yet) after 4 1/2 to 5 hours! With the la roche sunscreen and the primer AND my giorgio armani lasting silk foundation, I can get 5 - 6 hours easily :).I really like the lotion texture of the primer vs other thick gel like ones. It absorbs fast and does not pill. I've tried with other foundations too. Price isn't really a big deal for me - I would shell out a small fortune just to not have to deal with shine but the fact that this is cheap is another plus! I use a small pea-sized amount btw and just dab and rub it into my t-zone.In comparison to other primers:I have tried SO many different primers. Sephora is so awesome about samples. I went in a few times and grabbed all the "good" ones - I've tried becca ever-matte poreless, smashbox, hourglass mineral veil, givenchy mister mat, coverfx - the acne one which actually made me break out funny enough, MUFE, benefit porefessional, tarte 12-hr amazonian, laura mercier radiance, diorskin, bobbi brown, etc. I have tried other drugstore ones too: sonia kashuk mattifying primer (liked at first - thought it was close to HG but then it stopped working after a week), neutrogena shine control (barely tried - it was grainy).There are still some that I would still like to try- two faced, dr brandt, and peter thomas roth.But for your reference, I'll rate these and how they stack up to the rimmel. Btw, I tested all of these multiple times, with different foundations, AND always did a half face test - ie right side of face with primer, other side without)My rating - just based on their oil-controlling abilities alone (best first):-becca ever-matte-hourglass-givenchythe rest are irrelevant.Becca ever-matte is SO great - could be HG but it dried out my face and pilled with my armani foundation.Hourglass made me break out :( Tried this one twice and only the side of my face with the primer would break out. But it was really good at controlling oil.Givenchy might be tied with hourglass but not quite as good as becca ever-matte. But I liked the texture of the givenchy the most and it smoothed my pores. The reason I didnt end up buying it though is because I felt like it wasn't the best primer ever since I know becca is better and although I liked the texture more than the others, it wasn't my fav feeling on my face.I would say the rimmel is tied with the hourglass mineral veil primer! The rimmel isn't as good as becca - becca is really something else, but it's definitely close! And the rimmel stay matte doesn't dry out my skin which is why I love it so much!So there you have it, sorry it's long but hope it helped someone!
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 6/27/2016 1:27:00 PM
More reviews by Marieification
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
Not only did this not work at keeping me matte, but it actively made my foundation application worse. My foundation looked much better on bare skin than over this primer. I returned it.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 6/15/2016 10:24:00 AM
More reviews by Sumisu
Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I have very oily skin and I live in Florida, so finding a mattifying primer that actually WORKS has been extremely difficult for me. I've tried dozens of them, and most don't anything, some work for an hour or so, etc. etc.I bought this one during a desperate dash thru CVS, tossing everything & anything that claimed to mattify in my basket--this is the only product that I didn't return. I actually bought 3 more.It's a strange product, thick, greasy cream, but it mattifies my face and it's CHEAP. Unfortunately, it does not cover my huge pores, but I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that nothing out there can both cover pores (without clogging them & causing heinous breakouts) and keep the oil slick at bay. I can't say how well this stuff works under foundation because it's too damn humid here to wear any, but it works beautifully over all of my sunscreens & BB creams. I wait about 15-20 minutes for my sunscreen to absorb, then smear a layer of this all over my face & PAT IT IN. It looks really greasy for about 10 minutes, then, magically, my face is matte! And it stays matte for at least 5 or 6 hours. I've had various degrees of success using powders over this, but if you add a powder, you really have to make sure that you've patted the primer in & it's completely dry...otherwise you will end up having to wash your face & start all over again. Is this a HG item for me? No, but I will continue to buy it until someone comes out with a product that both mattifies & covers my pores.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 6/8/2016 11:19:00 PM
More reviews by katerinavlaas
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine
This primer I would suggest for those who don't have really oily areas. I think its great initially and on its own, however, my nose (my most oily area) gets shiny in the same time as if i weren't to use it. I suspect it even makes my nose oilier faster...Anyhow, there's a lot of product and a little goes a long way, you can really see it mattify fast on the skin and reduce shine. It does have a white cast for me, and I'm medium to light skin so take that into account if you have a deeper skin tone and are planning to use this with a sheer foundation or BB cream etc.
on 6/2/2016 2:47:00 PM
More reviews by joleneg
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
I have dry skin except my t-zone. My nose tends to get very oily no matter what I do. This primer works great for a few hours (2-4), and my makeup went on beautifully over top. But after that my nose is a shiny beacon againð. I love it but I wish it was long lasting.
on 5/17/2016 12:43:00 PM
More reviews by wobblycat
Skin: Oily, Medium Brown, Not Sure
So I bought this primer after reading reviews here on MUA and finally decided to go out and buy it. I have oily skin and my only problem areas are in my t-zone and forehead. The packaging is great, easy squeeze tube and easy to control how much you want. The primer itself feels like a thick lotion, a bit greasy until you blend it into the skin. Once blended, this product automatically covered up any oil on my face, leaving me completely matte. I would say this primer kept me matte for about 3-4 hours before I could feel my face begin to become oily again. The bottle claims that it can be worn underneath or above makeup and I've tried both, either way it has the same effect on me. I usually only wear makeup on the weekends and I'm usually doing something that causes me to sweat and become more oil prone, unfortunately the majority of the time I feel like I didn't even put primer on, as I usually look like an oil well by the end of the day. This primer works for removing oil immediately but does not keep me oil free all day. Wouldn't repurchase :/
on 5/13/2016 7:56:00 PM
More reviews by Heymacarena
Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
This product is the best. I apply with my fingers all over my face and eye lids for an all over matte finish. I use it under foundation or by itself and it looks flawless either way. I once used it with rimmel stay matte foundation and a finishing powder and I went swimming and it stayed on and it still looked matte. I have repurchased this 3 times and will continue doing so until I die.
on 5/7/2016 10:17:00 AM
More reviews by Brootneexo
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I had been using MAC's matte primer gel for the longest time because it was the best primer I had ever used, I replaced it whenever I ran out for quite sometime. I am trying to save money so I can move, and when I ran out of my usual MAC matte primer, I didn't have an extra $22 to replace it. I was looking for a really, really good drugstore version of a matte primer so I read reviews on makeup alley and other make up sites. This one had mixed reviews for sure. I went to target to pick this up, but I was hesitant because of the packaging, plus, I've never really used rimmel products before. I didn't expect much from this primer at all and I must say, it definitely surpassed my expectations for sure. This keeps me matte for at least 6 or 7 hours, and even when I need to blot and powder again, there's hardly any oil on my blotting papers. When I was using MAC matte primer, it needed to touch up and blot a lot more, and my blotting sheets were covered in oil. This is definitely my new HG primer. It even works as a nice eyeshadow primer for those of you who oily eyelids like me. The consistency of this primer is unlike any I have seen, it looks like a white lotion. It is thick, which makes it a tad harder to blend throughout my whole face, but after using it for a few days, I found its better to run the bottle under hot water before you use it, it blends out like a dream when I do that. Other than the consistency and the packaging, I have no complaints, especially since it out performs the $22 version I had been using for the longest time. If you have oily skin, I would definitely recommend this for you. My foundation looks amazing when I use this primer. I am very satisfied with this purchase. I will keep buying this for as long as they make it .
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