Beyond 5 stars (mint)
January 28, 2018
I bought this hoping it might be a decent colour correcting primer, but to be honest my expectations weren't that high because my oily skin despises most primers and BB creams.
BUT. I cannot overstate how much I love this product.
Redness correcting: I have a fair amount of redness that usually comes from something that irritates my skin - even drying my face or patting in skincare products can do it - and I also have post inflammatory erythema from old whiteheads. This primer takes out about 80-90% of the redness,
Pores: it smooths over my (incredibly) enlarged pores as well as any 'pore' targeting primer.
As a makeup base: It provides a perfect base for applying cushion foundation/bb - I've tried it with two different bb creams and there was no pilling or disintegration. (although, I only tried cushion application, I can't comment on how it works with applying foundation with a brush).
'Coverage': I have pretty bad skin (pores, redness, PIE, acne) and although I wouldn't go out most places with just this primer on, I'm happy to wear only this to pop to the corner shop or something. I think if you had good skin you could easily get away wearing just this on your skin because of how well it evens out skin tone and hides pores.
Longevity: I have the most incredibly oily skin, and most face makeup lasts about 3 hours before it disintegrates and looks terrible. I found using this primer extended the longevity of my BB cream by about 50%, which is unheard of on my skin
Are there any cons?
Well, I use a quite a lot of product because I have have a fair amount of redness to correct, and when I apply a generous amount it does give a pale cast. That's perfectly fine for me because I am incredibly pale. For someone with skin darker than NC15/20 they might find that they can't use a lot of this primer without foundation over the top because of the cast, but I don't imagine this would be an issue if you used a more normal sized amount than I do! I also find bb cream completely covers any cast, so I wouldn't overly worry about that.
PS: for people who dislike strong fragrances in products, I didn't notice any particular scent with it at all.
All in all, this is definitely my holy grail primer, I have no need to search for another one now (after trying about fifteen other ones!).