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The Present

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PhilosophyThe Present
 
4.3

(based on 126 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (103)
  • Easy to apply (97)
  • Lightweight (73)
  • 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 (67), Budget shopper (43)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (55), Medium (46), Deep (6)

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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)

                   
                  1.0

                  not a fan

                  By j

                  from albany

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Philosophy The Present:

                        i wanted to like it based on so many positive reviews but this product does not work for me...i may throw it away as i have tried to use it several times over a period of weeks & with different makeups, bare minerals, chanel, doesnt matter, just smears on my face, dont know why. Ive followed the allotted wait time but still doesnt work. I would wear only alone if i wasnt leaving my house, then i guess its fine, but i wouldnt repurchase.

                        • Skin Tone:
                        • Fair

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