Ok, so, I’ve never really been a fan of face primers. I’ve tried a few over the years and while I didn’t feel that they were terrible, I also didn’t feel like they really did much in terms of helping my makeup look better or last longer. I know that part of that is because certain primers will work better with certain foundations and I guess I never really found a primer that worked well with the foundations I used. Similar to last week’s review, in which my mother purchased the product and then I tried it, this Maybelline product was first purchased by my mom but then given to me. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have even tried this but I’m glad I did.
My mom had been using a different primer and felt like there wasn’t enough of the product inside the container so she wanted to try another primer. She purchased this Maybelline primer and decided that she liked the formula of the old primer better so she went back to it. The reason why she didn’t care so much for this Maybelline primer is because it didn’t make her skin feel as silky as the other primer. This happens to be one of the reasons why I actually like this primer.
|The picture of the left is without primer while the picture on the right is with primer. |
Hopefully you can tell how it does smooth and blur the skin.
I hate primers that make my skin so smooth that it actually feels slippery. I like a primer that is going to smooth out my skin but also sink in and not feel like it just sits on the surface. If my skin feels slippery then my foundation doesn’t have anything to really adhere to and just ends up sliding around and wearing off much faster. This primer smooths my skin and does indeed blur my imperfections while still feeling lightweight. It doesn’t feel slippery but just soft and smooth. I also noticed that when I used this primer it did help my foundation to look flawless for longer. The foundations I use typically last fairly well but after about 7 hours they can start to break up in certain areas. However, with this primer my foundation looks smooth much longer.
|The primer does have a slight green tint to it but not very much at all.|
The only bad thing about this primer has to do with its claim to control redness. Perhaps it’s just me and I’m expecting too much but I don’t feel like this primer does a great job of controlling redness. To a certain extent it does. If you look at the pictures above (the “before” and “after”) you can tell that my hand looks a bit more red before the primer was applied and after applied it’s a little less red. I guess to be fair, the product does say “control” instead of “eliminate” so I shouldn’t expect all my redness to be gone. It does seem to do fairly well with just helping to even out the skin tone but if you have a lot of acne or scarring then I don’t feel like it does a great job at "controlling" or helping to reduce that sort of redness. Perhaps I just need to find a better product for those problems.
Overall I am pretty happy with this product. If you are looking for a primer that is really going to control redness I guess you can judge for yourself whether you think this would help or not. It does even out skin tone but if you have extreme redness whether from acne or something else, I don’t think I would really recommend this. However, if you are looking for an affordable primer to help blur your imperfections but not feel super slippery then I would definitely recommend checking this out. Once I finish this tube I might actually try the blur + illuminate version instead and see how that works since I feel it would be nice to have some illumination.