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The Present

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PhilosophyThe Present
 
4.3

(based on 129 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (105)
  • Easy to apply (100)
  • Lightweight (75)
  • Long-lasting (71)
  • Blends well (59)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Sensitive skin (40)
  • Light to medium coverage (37)
  • Normal skin (37)
  • Mature skin (34)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (32)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (69), Budget shopper (44)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (56), Medium (48), Deep (6)

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5.0

Improves skin appearance

By Vic

from Florida

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dry Skin
    • Mature Skin
    • Normal Skin

    Comments about Philosophy The Present:

    can be used as a clear makeup or helps my very mature skin adsorb my make-up much better.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium

    (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.

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                      • Q:

                        Could this be used as a primer?
                        Asked on 11/20/2014 by BeautifulAngel from Fort Wayne, Indiana

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                          A:

                          the present is an oil-free makeup primer that instantly camouflages the appearance of large pores and uneven skin texture, for an airbrushed appearance.

                          Answered on 11/25/2014 by brand expert from philosophy
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