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The Present

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PhilosophyThe Present
 
4.3

(based on 128 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (104)
  • Easy to apply (99)
  • Lightweight (74)
  • Long-lasting (71)
  • Blends well (58)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Causes breakouts (4)

Best Uses

  • Sensitive skin (40)
  • Light to medium coverage (37)
  • Normal skin (36)
  • Mature skin (33)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (32)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (69), Budget shopper (43)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (56), Medium (47), Deep (6)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Leaves your skin a little white

By Annie Kay

from Chicago, IL

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Long-Lasting
  • Matte Finish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin

    Comments about Philosophy The Present:

    I've noticed that this primer leaves my skin looking like I've just dusted it with a white powder that won't come off. I use bare minerals foundation over it, and the white film can get a little hard to cover in some spots. It's not a bad primer, especially considering the amount of product you get for the price, but I'll be switching back to Lorac's oil free option next time.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Does What It's Supposed to Do

    By Em

    from Sparkle City, SC

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Apply
    • Goes On Smoothly
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Full Coverage

      Comments about Philosophy The Present:

      I like this product. I was using Bare Minerals primer, but I noticed that Philosophy's version is less expensive and decided to give it a try. For me, the Present covers better and is less oily. It keeps my makeup in place all day long.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Wow! Makeup looks great and stays put!!

      By RitaMac

      from Rochester, NY

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Goes On Smoothly
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Full Coverage
        • Light To Medium Coverage
        • Normal Skin

        Comments about Philosophy The Present:

        I have dry skin and this product makes my skin look and feel like it did 20 years ago. My foundation has never looked so good! One suggestion, wait 2-3 minutes after you apply the primer before you apply your foundation.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        4.0

        A Great Present

        By HR Jacki

        from Millville, NJ

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Blends Well
        • Easy To Apply
        • Goes On Smoothly
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Normal Skin

          Comments about Philosophy The Present:

          Does what it says it does!

          • Skin Tone:
          • Medium

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Lalalove this!

          By Makeup snob

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply
          • Long-Lasting
          • Minimizes pores

          Cons

          • Bad Smell

          Best Uses

          • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
          • Dry Skin
          • Full Coverage
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Philosophy The Present:

          I typically apply before my foundation but it can be used alone. I have red undertones and it definitely takes away a lot of the redness. I also have very large pores and it conceals them perfectly!

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Not As Good as Supernatural

          By Ashley

          from Everett, WA

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Pros

          • Blends Well
          • Easy To Apply
          • Goes On Smoothly
          • Lightweight
          • Noncomodegenic

          Cons

          • Doesn't Stay On

          Best Uses

          • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
          • Dry Skin
          • Normal Skin
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Philosophy The Present:

          This is a great primer. I have tried several primers and with my oily skin, they were a huge disappointment. I usually use Supernatural Primer, but Ulta was out of it. She recommended this one to me instead since they had it in stock. It did not keep my makeup on as well as Supernatural. I ended up returning it in order to pick up my go to primer.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          BEST PRIMER

          By hmk

          from Bellevue, wa

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply
          • Goes On Smoothly
          • Lightweight
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Philosophy The Present:

              This is the greatest primer on the market, and I've tried them all. Give it a shot, Philosophy is a successful skincare line for a reason!

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The best primer on the market!

              By Jess

              from Lexington,ky

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Makes Pores Invisible
              • Makeup Stays Flawless

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Philosophy The Present:

                  I really like how it keeps my makeup flawless all day!
                  Makes pores virtually disappear.
                  Can be a little drying.

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Deep

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Formula changed?

                  By Existentialfeline

                  from Savannah, GA

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Apply
                  • Goes On Smoothly

                  Cons

                  • Accentuated Creases
                  • Caused A Crepe-y Look
                  • Other Product Settles In
                  • To Fine Lines

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Philosophy The Present:

                    So, I'd been a loyal user of the Present for about 3 years. Back when it came in a clear bottle. I was worried that the formula changed when I ran out and went to pick up a new bottle because the packaging was different. I think the formula did change, and not for the better. I tested the last little bit of the old bottle vs. the new bottle side by side and there is a definite difference.

                    The old bottle I had always gave me a flawless foundation primer and my makeup never moved even if I was using cheapy drug store foundations.

                    The new bottle caused any products I used to settle into fine lines, creases and gave the under of my eye a very crepe-y appearance. Caused foundation to appear flakey/made my skin look very dry. Caused my long-wear products to not last very long at all. Any glittery products seem like they were magnetically attracted to fine lines/creases and I'm not even 30!

                    Ended up returning it. Disappointed that one of my go-to's no longer works for me.

                    If it works for you, it's a great buy. The first, and last, bottle I bought of it lasted a very long time. A little bit goes a very long way.

                     
                    5.0

                    great primer

                    By Jen

                    from colorado springs, co

                    About Me Brand Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Apply
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Noncomodegenic

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin

                      Comments about Philosophy The Present:

                      I use this as a primer and it is great! It's a bit sticky to apply, but I can easily overlook that b/c it helps my makeup last all day. I use it with all sorts of foundations: bare minerals, revlon whipped, tarte amazonian clay.

                      • Skin Tone:
                      • Fair

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