So today I thought I’d do a little drugstore makeup review for you.
I’m a lover of high end makeup, and I’d say 85% of my makeup is high end, however I equally own some great drugstore products so I’m trying to actually trial less expensive products, and see how they fare.
One of the drugstore products that I picked up a couple of weeks ago, was the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser which is a ‘lightweight primer’ and says to give you ‘smooth, poreless looking skin’.
It’s extremely inexpensive; it’s £7.99, which is very reasonable for a primer. The tube isn’t huge, but due to it being pretty cheap, it’s one of those things that won’t break the bank if you have to replace it every 6 weeks or so.
So how have I found it?
Well, let’s start with the texture. As you can see from the second picture, it’s a clear, gel like texture, and it’s very soft and smooth on the skin. However, I find it a bit too slippery. I like a primer that sinks into the skin and gives me a firm, smooth base to work with, but with this, it sits on the skin, and although it’s very smooth, it’s extremely wet and slippery, and it doesn’t sink in at all.
I always apply a primer with my fingers, and due to the texture, I feel I need to run and wash my hands immediately after because I won’t be able to apply any makeup due to my hands feeling so greasy.
I think it does make the skin look reasonably smooth, however not as much so as other primers I’ve experienced in the past. It’s pore refining feature is also not something I would sing any praises about, neither is the finish it gives the skin.
I like a primer to have multiple features; I like it to keep my makeup on, as well as making it look a lot smoother and more flawless.
As far as primers go, this definitely isn’t one that I have found to give a flawless base. I have found Smashbox and MAC’s Prep & Prime Base Visage to be a lot better, along with Hourglass’s Veil Mineral Primer.
In terms of keeping my makeup on, yes it did; I didn’t go particularly patchy throughout the day as I would without wearing a primer, so that’s definitely an added benefit, but I feel like my foundation looked a bit dull sitting on top of this particular primer.
Would I buy this again? No, I wouldn’t, but simply because I like a HD-effect in regards to skin, I like a healthy looking glow and bright complexion, and I feel this primer didn’t work with the other products I use on my face.
However, if you go to school, and wear a light foundation or BB cream, and you prefer to go for drugstore products, then I would say give it a go. It keeps the product on, and if you don’t want a full face of makeup look due to where you are, then a basic primer like this would be good to trial. If it doesn’t work for you, then you haven’t wasted a lot of money.
Also, I have heard people sing this primer’s praises, including makeup artists, so maybe it just didn’t work well with my skin, or the other products that I use alongside it. When Maybelline created this primer, they would’ve tested it with a Maybelline foundation to make sure it worked, not a Makeup Forever foundation and an Urban Decay concealer and a Laura Mercier powder – if you wear Maybelline foundation then I’d definitely say to give it a go, just to see if it works well with a same brand foundation.
I hope you found this review helpful, and I’ll speak to you all soon!
All my love BGP xx