In my review for The Face Shop’s Oil-Free Sun Cream a month ago, I said I’m not easily swayed by pretty packaging.
I lied. One look at the packaging of Etude House’s Goodbye Pore Ever Primer Stick and I gave in to my alter ego that loves all things bright, cute and fun. I fell especially hard since it’s a product that promises to keep my face oil-free.
A taste for the cute and the whimsical
Etude House is consistently one of YesStyle’ bestselling brands, and arguably one of the easiest on the eyes. The giddy teenager in every woman is bound to fall in love with Etude House’s impressive catalog of beauty and skincare products, not to mention their fanciful packaging and playful names. I know I did.
Retailing for US$20, the Goodbye Pore Ever Primer Stick (I love the wordplay!) weighs all of 4.5 grams but is smartly designed to catch your eye with the predominantly pastel color palette. Both the box and the tube come in a nice minty blue-green color, with added visual elements in yellow and pink. The box is also cleverly cut to resemble the profile of a woman’s face. How’s that for a come-on?
Primed for perfection, or at least smaller pores
The information on the box states that the “solid stick primer masks pores to subdue sebum and improve makeup coverage.” This tells me that constant usage may not necessarily shrink my pores but will at least tame my skin’s sebaceous glands and camouflage shine-prone areas long enough for my makeup to get me through the day.
Dimethicone and silica are the first two ingredients listed. Dimethicone is the primary ingredient in most makeup primers as its main function is to create a smoother surface. As a rule, I did a 24-hour skin patch test before using the primer. If you have sensitive skin or are easily prone to breakouts, always test the product first.
The primer is quite easy to apply: just twist and the stick pops out. I’ve been using the stick for over a week (hence the blunt tip) and it’s a breeze to use. Instead of directly applying the primer on my skin, however, I use my fingertips to transfer it to the T-zone, with some extra touches under my eye area, prior to applying concealer and powder. It goes on clear and has no noticeable scent.
There are several downsides to having the primer in stick form:
• You risk contaminating the rest of the product if you directly apply the stick to your skin.
• There isn’t enough information in English.
• Due to the size, it’s really only suitable for quick retouches and won’t provide extensive coverage unless you apply A LOT.
• It’s difficult to use it all up as you have to scoop out the product when you get down to the bottom of the tube.
Since it’s in stick form, and not in the liquid form that I’m used to, I wasn’t really expecting its “sebum-subduing” powers to last that long. After three hours, there was a slight sheen on my nose and forehead. On average, I found myself reapplying the primer at least twice a day.
On the upside, it really did make my oil-prone areas more matte and smooth, and applying concealer and powder was a snap every time. The Goodbye Pore Ever Primer Stick‘s small size makes it so convenient to carry around, even if you have the smallest of purses. Very travel-friendly and handy for touch-ups, it’s small enough to even tuck into your jean pocket.
The YesStyle Beauty Lab Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★