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The Present

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PhilosophyThe Present
 
4.3

(based on 127 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (104)
  • Easy to apply (98)
  • Lightweight (74)
  • Long-lasting (70)
  • 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 (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (68), Budget shopper (43)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (56), Medium (46), Deep (6)

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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
     
    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
         
        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

        (0 of 1 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
             
            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 3 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
                     
                    5.0

                    Love!

                    By Rachel

                    from Manchester

                    Comments about Philosophy The Present:

                    I am currently using the clear days ahead complete regimen along with bareminerals foundation. I used to use the bareminerals primer but it gave me hideous bumps all over my forehead. I switched to this primer and I already love the way it feels and allows my minerals to have an even more matte finish. I have oily skin and this is seriously the best primer I've used yet! (20 years old, mild acne)

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