Hi everyone! In this post I'm going to review a few products for those of you who struggle with those annoying large pores that seem to grow in size the minute you put on your foundation! (Sorry, this post may be a little long, but I wanted to give you an in-depth review of these products!)
I will be reviewing three "poreless" primers and two "touch-up" products! Here's a look at all of the products that I'll be talking about in this post. Just so you know, all of these primers and touch up products I purchased with my own money, I am not being paid by any of the companies to review them and, of course I have used them for some time before writing this review. I wanted to give you the best possible review I could. When I do reviews you will always get my honest opinion and of course, please keep in mind that these are my experiences and you may have different results. So let's get started shall we? Let's talk about the primers that you would use under your foundation of choice.
First, let's discuss "Poreless" primers in general. Most "poreless" primers contain either Dimethicone or Dimethicone Crosspolymer and/or Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer as their main ingredient(s). In layman's terms...silicone. It is used as a stabilizing or suspending agent or as a thickener. (Although all of these primers have one or both of these as their main ingredients...one of them has an ingredient that may shock you!) All of these primers claim to minimize the appearance of your pores. For those of you not familiar with these types of primers, I recommend to always pat the primer into your problem areas to achieve the best results Do not swipe it or rub it in like you would a regular primer. The goal is the get the primer "packed into" your pores so (just like other primers) it forms a barrier between your skin and your foundation. By patting it in, you are filling your pores with the primer so that your foundation will go on smoother and help your foundation not to exaggerate the size of your pores.
NYX Pore Filler - $12.99 at Ulta Stores or online at www.nyxcosmetics.com for $13.00 for .67 oz of product. The NYX primer has a beige tint when it comes out of the squeeze tube package but, goes on completely clear. The consistency is smooth, but not overly watery. Once patted into the skin it has a very comfortable texture. I find that I can put my foundation on right away without letting the product "set". The package says: "Magical agent that minimizes the look of pores to create a smooth, porcelain doll-like finish to your face. Use as a base, wear it alone, or over makeup". As for their claims of a "porcelain doll-like finish" I beg to differ. While it will reduce the appearance of pores it is not "magical"...your pores will still be visible, although not as prominent. I would also not recommend putting any of these primers OVER foundation. It just looks strange to me. All in all this is a very good "poreless" primer and it is very budget friendly. FYI - there is no SPF in this primer.
Benefit's the POREfessional - $30 at Ulta stores or online at www.benefitcosmetics.com for .75 oz of product. There is no SPF in this product. This primer also is packaged in a squeeze tube and comes out with a beige tint. However, it has a much more watery consistency than the NYX Pore Filler. It goes on translucent with a very smooth consistency but, is a tad bit slippery when first applied. The package says: "PRO balm to minimize the appearance of pores". And it definitely does when patted into problem areas. I like to let it set for a minute or two to dry and kind of "sink into the skin". I feel that my foundation goes on better and with less streaking. It is definitely more pricey than the NYX Pore Filler and do believe it performs in much the same way. But, you may prefer the consistency of this primer and the rave reviews it has received in the past. You can re-apply over your makeup during the day if your pores reappear and bother you. (I don't recommend that though. There are other options for touch ups). All in all, an excellent primer if you are willing to shell out the $30 for it.
Mally Perfect Prep Primer - $35 at www.QVC.com and at www.mallybeauty.com for 1 oz. of product. (Shown above with the Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender which I will discuss next.) This product comes in a glass jar and has a whipped consistency which is very, very smooth and glides on effortlessly. (It also comes in an "illuminating" version which performs the same way, but has a subtle shimmer to it). The main ingredients according to the website are Cyclopentasiloxane, which is a silcone fluid. It also contains Dimethicone and Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer. But, here's the kicker of ingredients... HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL! Huh? I was so surprised to see that on the ingredient list as the third ingredient in the product! I haven't had a problem with getting too oily with this primer but, I think those with extremely oily skin may want to skip it or try a sample if you can get one. I love this primer. It is only a little more expensive than the Benefit primer and you get more product. If your skin can handle the oil that is in this product, I highly recommend it. I find that it performs in much the same way (if not better) than Benefit's POREfessional. However, I do have to to let it "set" for a few minutes before applying my foundation because it is so slippery. I do have an oily T-zone but, I haven't had too many problems with this primer making me oily. It may be because the majority of my foundations are long-wearing matte foundations. But I do need a touch up about 5 hours or so into wearing it if I am wearing a natural finish or demi-matte foundation.
Now, let's talk about some absolutely fantastic touch up products for when you get oily. Since I just talked about the Mally primer, I will discuss the only Mally product I have used for touch ups.
Mally's Evercolor Poreless Face Defender - $40 on www.qvc.com and on www.mallybeauty.com for .46 oz. There is no SPF. This product is unlike any other touch up product I've ever used. It has a clear, gel-like consistency and is used for when you want to touch up your makeup when you get oily or just need to freshen up. The website claims "...utterly sheer, featherweight product that diffuses the look of pores, minimizes fine lines, and helps protect your makeup from morning to night". I can attest to the fact that it DOES minimize pores, but I don't really see too much difference in my fine lines. You use this product by using the sponge provided and swirling it across the product and, using a patting motion, go over any oily spots or pores that have reappeared, or you can use all over the face. It works wonders!!!! It mattifies the skin and completely covers your pores without adding another layer of powder which can leave you with that "cakey" look. This is probably one of the best touch up products I've ever come across. However, there are two drawbacks - one which is minor and one which is MAJOR and is almost a deal-breaker for me. The first is that the product tends to "ball up" and leave little visible bits of product on your face. That is easily remedied by just using a side of the sponge with no product on it to tap it in a little more. The major drawback is the packaging. I absolutely hate it. It used to come with a smaller sponge that was included in the compact with the product. But now, the sponge is absolutely huge! (As you can see in the photo). There is no way that sponge will fit in that compact. The compact measures about 3/4" from top to bottom and the sponge is about 7/8". If you try to place the sponge in the compact and close it...forget it. It just will not work. I even purchased some super slim sponges at Ulta and while they fit in the compact perfectly, it still will not stay closed. (Maybe with a rubber band, but that still lets air get to the product. So...how do you carry this in your purse? You either have to place the sponge in a plastic bag or carry the entire product with the sponge in the original box it came in. Love, love, love the product. Loathe the packaging because it is so impractical. Please Mally...go back to the original packaging!
Last but not least, a powder!
IT Cosmetics Bye By Bye Pores HD Silk Micro Finishing Anti-Aging Powder - Wow! That's a mouthful! $24 at www.itcosmetics.com and at Ulta stores for .23 oz. I love, love, love this powder! It is milled super fine and has a slightly yellowish tint to it, but it does go on translucent. This will absolutely get rid of those unsightly pores! You don't get a ton of product, but if you use it only on your problem areas, it should last a while. (Be advised...Ulta sells out of this stuff all the time. It also comes in the same formula as a bronzer.) The proper way to use this is to take the powder puff provided, get a little product on it and ROLL it while pressing it into the skin. You really don't want to dust this all over your face because it will not really get in there and make your pores disappear. It is not a miracle product and you may still see some of your pores, but believe me, this powder really does make a huge difference. As an added bonus, it is packed with anti-aging ingredients, such as hydro-collagen, silk (and you really CAN feel the silk) and vitamins K, A, C & E. I haven't had this powder for long because Ulta tends to run out of it pretty quickly. I ordered it from the website. And, since I was a new customer I got 20% off my entire order and a free gift just for signing up! I highly recommend this product! One of my faves!
So, there you have it! My review on some poreless primers and touch up products! I hope that this was helpful and that you'll check out some of the products if you haven't already tried them!
- If you struggle with large pores, do not use an overly shimmery highlight as it will only accentuate the size of your pores. Try Wet n Wild's Color Icon bronzer in "Reserve Your Cabana". It will give you a slight glow without making your pores look bigger.
- Another way to minimize pores just by using your foundation is to buff it into your problem areas using light circular motions with a very soft flat topped kabuki brush. The Sigma F80 is perfect for this technique. Be careful not to press too hard as this can cause micro-exfoliation and I don't recommend people with dry skin to use this method unless they've moisturized VERY well.
- If you know you are going to be photographed with flash photography, don't use a foundation with a high SPF. If your foundation contains an SPF, use a slightly colored powder over your entire face. Try Bare Minerals Tinted Mineral Veil. The color is barely detectable and it should (but not always) counter-act the "white face" you'll get with flash photography.
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