Effectively covers large pores, especially on the nose. Light formula is easy to apply, goes on smoothly without balling or clumping. Keeps oily skin matte throughout the day. Stops foundation and concealer from creasing. Pleasant tea tree oil smell.
Formula tends to emphasize dry, flaky patches of skin.
Cooling effect is calming on your skin. Product has a pleasant peach scent. Primer sinks into skin instead of leaving a film of silicone on top of it. Smooths over dry patches without accentuating them and keeps oily sections looking matte for hours.
Pump dispenser on a tube container is not ideal.
Primer effectively locks makeup in place for all-day staying power. Provides a truly matte finish without drying your skin. Velvet-smooth texture wears well under makeup. Easy-to-apply product has a light, pleasant scent.
When worn on its own, primer can leave a white cast.
Primer has a high SPF for added sun protection. Applies smoothly and evenly, effectively blurring large pores and fine lines. Matte finish is long-lasting. Primer keeps makeup locked in place even on oily skin. A little product goes a long way and blends easily.
Works best under liquid foundations, but struggles with powder ones.
Primer’s matte finish helps elevate the look of your foundation and keeps it in place for hours. Product helps to minimize the look of pores and fine lines. Fine-tip dispenser is perfect for giving you as little or as much product as you want. Primer is vegan-friendly.
Thick consistency can be hard to get used to. Remember, a little product goes a long way.
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Mattifying primers are applied under foundation to keep makeup matte and in place for long stretches of time. Additionally, applying primer helps to smooth out fine lines and large pores, giving your skin an even, flawless appearance. You can find both water-based and silicone-based primers. A good rule of thumb is to match your products. For example, a water-based primer would not mix well with an oil-based foundation. More often than not, a little bit of primer goes a long way, so even a smaller bottle will last you. Much like foundation, mattifying primers have a shelf life of roughly one and a half to two years.