The dreaded moment when your makeup runs out comes around far too quickly for me, so when I saw that I was running dangerously low on my Porefessional primer, instead of going out and purchasing more I decided to have a scout around and try something new.
I’d never tried anything from Becca before but what drew me to this primer is the fact it’s silicone free. When I was having some difficulties with my foundation as it was going patchy (a problem I’ve now resolved with adequate moisturising) and sliding off, I thought it might be to do with the combination of primer and foundation as there is a theory that a silicone primer and water based foundation don’t mix very well.
When first applied it’s immediately tightening which is a bit of a weird sensation. It takes a little longer to dry down than maybe other primers, but not an excessive length of time. It then leaves your skin feeling so smooth and looks like you’ve just applied a lovely blurring face powder. What you’re left with is quite matte skin ready for foundation, and the good thing is it doesn’t pill either which sometimes happens with the Porefessional primer. It also definitely extended the life of my foundation by a good few hours keeping the shine at bay for longer.
The only drawback to this primer is that it’s not the easiest to work with. This isn’t your bog standard squeeze a load out and rub it over your face (am I the only one that does that??)
It recommends you squeeze a small amount onto your fingers, warm the product up and then pat on to the areas and to be honest that’s the easiest way to do it. It’s bloody difficult to squeeze out in the first place and then it’s so thick and sticky that once you pat it on there’s no rubbing it around. It’s stuck, like glue. If you’re quick enough to get it onto your face to rub it around, you’ll end up with suspicious white areas that settle in the fine lines in your skin, so you’re best off patting.
Yes this primer seems a little on the expensive side at £28 for 40ml, but Benefit’s Porefessional is £24.50 for only 22ml and you really only can use a little bit at a time, so I think this will last much much longer.
All in all, I really like this primer. Yes it can be a bit of a nightmare to work with at first but it’s benefits outweigh it’s only drawback. It’s great for smoothing skin and pores but is silicone free and wont react with your foundation and it’s lovely and mattifying for hours so I definitely will be repurchasing.
Becca Ever Matte Poreless Primer can be purchased for £28 from Space NK