I was so excited when I got this primer. This is the Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, and it was quite possibly one of the most popular products of 2014 (or thereabouts) on Youtube. It was supposed to the be IT primer for oily skin, and I’ve only just realised I never actually got around to doing a review on it.
A targeted oil-control primer that perfects and minimizes pores for mattified skin that lasts up to 12 hours.
Go beyond extending makeup wear to address the root cause of why your makeup moves. This formula specifically targets oil-prone areas and acts as liquid blotting paper to leave your skin fresh and matte all day. Use alone, before, or after foundation to control excess oil, while minimizing the appearance of pores. Feel free to use throughout the day to touch up areas of concern
This product eliminates excess oil for long-lasting matte skin. The formula is sweat- and humidity-resistant and free of silicone, oil, alcohol, and fragrance.
(taken from the Becca website)
I did share my thoughts on it about a year ago on my Instagram
The Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (Sheesh, what a mouthful) When I bought this, it was honestly my holy grail product, but as time went by, it got harder to use. Update: I find that this tends to dry and flake under my foundation sometimes, and generally makes it look a hot mess. I am hoping that the use of setting sprays will fix that, Also after a few hours, I still get seriously shiny, but it's nothing that blotting doesn't fix At this price point I expected more, honestly. #Becca #primer #beauty
Now you guys know I love Becca ‘s highlighters, but they did a very unimpressive job with this primer.
First of all, even before I started having issues with it, there was nothing liquid about this primer. It is relatively thick for a primer, and it dries to a visible white layer on my dark skin. Also, because of how thick and tacky it is, I don’t see how you can apply it OVER makeup as a way to refresh and mattify your makeup, without messing up the makeup you’re already wearing. It also certainly didn’t keep me oil free for 12 hours, but it was okay for those first few months, and once I applied liquid foundation the previously mentioned white cast would go away, back then.
Fast forward to a few months later, and the primer became difficult to blend into the skin. It would just sit on top of my skin, looking patchy and flaky. It would leave white patches and actual little solid flakes on my face, which was obvious and visible even beneath my liquid foundation. And I tried all the different methods of application people suggested. I rubbed, patted, etc, etc. Nothing made it look nice. I stopped reaching for it, and I ended up throwing it away.
I really wanted to love this, but it just didn’t work out for me. I felt like it made some big claims it didn’t quite live up to initially, and after a few months it became damn near impossible to use.
I wouldn’t recommend this to a friend, but if you do want to try it, buy the mini size, that way you’re more likely to use up quite a bit of it before it gets difficult to use.
Personally, I’m kind of over mattifying primers. I’ve never quite found one that lives up to its claims. I still use a primer as a layer that protects my skin and gives the makeup something to adhere to, and I still use a pore-filling primer for my pores when the foundation of the day calls for it. But when it comes to oil control, I find that a good foundation, proper use of powder, and a good skincare regimen (especially regular use of clay masks) do a whole lot more for me than primers do.
Have you tried this primer? What was your experience? What’s your favourite mattifying primer?