While I didn’t need another primer any time soon, I was tempted to get the Bobbi Brown Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector after I saw that it had released at my local Nordstrom and Sephora. I’m still a big fan of the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer: Smoothing Primer, and I find that both of the primers work in very similar ways. For me, my primary concerns that I want to address are uneven skin tone and pores — so finding a primer that helps with that will be much more useful to me than anything else. This primer is a “lightweight pore perfector with a blend of powders that perfect the skin while skincare actives support improved texture and appearance over time.” I really like this as a primer; but, most of all, I like to wear it after my morning skincare on days I want to skip makeup in general.
I’m not sure if it will really do anything ‘over time,’ but I’ve noticed a great deal of smoothness and oil-control with this primer. That’s why even though I may not need a primer in a tradition sense under foundation, I like to wear it on its own because it perfects my skin in a nice and comfortable way. “Visible pores can be a struggle for any skin, and this new skin perfector will not only blur the complexion, but also primes it for effortless foundation and concealer applications. Formulated with algae extract, glucosamine, and a unique blend of powder, it leaves skin looking smooth, even, and poreless while feeling natural and fresh.” There’s something about the powdery finish that absorbs some oil, I think.
Additionally, this primer is really light in texture — allowing it to spread and blend out easily on the skin. It’s slightly cooling upon contact, but disappears instantly once smoothed out. I like to concentrate this on my nose, cheeks, and my chin. Since my forehead normally doesn’t have issues, I like to leave it alone anyway. This product controls oil well and keeps my skin less of an oily mess. It’s slightly powdery feeling too, but doesn’t dry out or look flaky on the skin.
This is great for under makeup as well, however, I’ve found that it’s best to pair it with powder foundation. Maybe it’s the slightly powdery texture, or maybe it’s that adheres well to the skin. But it creates a smooth surface for the powder foundation to ‘stick’ to. That way it appears that your makeup isn’t powdery upon initial application. Most days when I’m opting for a makeup-free or a really minimal makeup look, this is great to wear as the last step in my routine. It seals off everything and keeps everything smooth and in place — kind of like Spanx! Lol.
Anyways, I recommend this primer. It feels fresh and light and the skin, and blends out easily into a powdery finish. It fills in pores and lines, and the smoothing effect is pretty instant on the skin — which is a plus when you’re going with minimal to no makeup. The primer somehow gives you finished look, even without foundation which I really like. The this tube with a thin opening at the top allows for ease of product control, since you don’t need a whole lot of product. However, so little product comes in the tube. At 0.85 oz. per tube, it’s really not that budget-friendly if you think about it — I was hoping it would be more fair to at least get a full ounce like most products. Even though you don’t need a lot of product to begin with, I think we’re getting screwed with just 0.85 oz at nearly forty bucks.
Retails for $38.00 USD.
Made in Belgium.
Item contains 0.85 oz.