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Ulta's Matte Face Primer is the secret for a picture perfect look everyday. Contains salicylic acid for smoother, clearer looking complexion, refines pores for even foundation application.
How to Use
Rated 4.29 out of 5 stars
The first few times I used this I was using waaaay too much product, so it didn't work out for me. My makeup was sliding off way faster and I looked twice as shiny!
But then I learned how to use primers correctly. First off, all you need is a teeny tiny bit for it to work! I use a tiny amount and rub it between my fingers to thin it out, then apply to my oily areas. Also, I don't rub it on as if it was a moisturizer, I dab or press it in to the skin. And lastly, I let it sink in to my pores for a few minutes before applying foundation.
This stuff is a real life saver for me, i even prefer it over the too faced primed and poreles primer.
I feel a little torn with this product. I'd give it a 3.5 if I had the option. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. I liked that it goes on very smooth, and I was surprised when the liquid left a powdery, matte feeling under my fingers. I have oily, acne-prone skin, so I like anything that can help reduce my excess shine. It didn't irritate my skin at all, either. As far as "refining pores," I didn't really notice a difference. My pores looked pretty much the same size, and this dries clear, so there was really no coverage to hide pores or redness. This is the first skin primer I've used, so I can't really compare it to anything. I guess it's okay, but I wasn't super excited about the results.
Schnauzer from Dallas, Texas
This primer makes pores look smaller and matte finish is great for oily skin.
JGunn from Athens,GA
I rarely wear makeup, I'm a lipgloss a d go type of woman. For "special events" I will wear a bit more. I have combination skin, this felt great on my skin, I felt like I could use very little foundation, skin looked smooth withiut dryness or settling into any creases I may have.
Mobee from Arkansas
This used to be my go to but I will not be repurchasing now. Something has changed with this formula on my most recent buy, there was a sticker over the words that said "oil free" to now say "no mineral oil" because low and behold there was oil in it. But, the consistency of this new tube is thinner and more "slippy". Before it was more.. dry if that makes any sense at all. My face used to be matte until around 9pm but now gets oily by mid afternoon. Why can't us oily girls get a GOOD PRIMER?!
Bee from Florida
Love this primer. Looked everywhere for a good one and stumbled on this one. Please don't ever change the formula because it's amazing
Grams from Geoegetown Tx
Love this product. I will keep buying it.
DINO from GOODYEAR, AZ
DOES NOT MATTE FACE
MT from Napa, CA
Hated this primer.. went into the trash once I noticed it clogged all my pores.
Hanna from Pennsylvania
Made me look super dry and aged. I won't be repurchasing
Krista from Evansville
I love this primer. It goes on matte.
Ileana from Illinois
I NEVER write reviews but this is the best face primer I have ever used and I've used quite a few from many different high end brands. I have extremely oily acne prone and sensitive skin and this primer works wonders with or without makeup. It's lightweight and keeps my makeup looking smooth all day. It has definitely helped with making my face not look oily throughout the day especially in the summer. I would definitely recommend this primer, plus you can't beat the price for the amount you're getting since a little goes a long way.
Susie Zoo from Los Angeles, CA
I used the smash box version and loved how it kept my makeup flawless all day. Just as good but half the price! Can't beat that.
Mommyluvof4 from Ohio
On an everyday, no primer, my skin looks plump and flawless. Got this as a sample and tried it. Nooooo I looked ten years older. Every single fine line and pores and textures were EXAGGERATED! I looked old. I never use primer and typically look young and smooth. This was awful. Glad I'm wearing a mask at work all day today. Yikes.
KeriB from New Mexico
So glad I found this primer. I had been using the Benefit POREfessional primer but tried this too try and save some money. I couldn't have found a better substitution for it. Love how it covers my pores and makes my foundation glide right on. Plus you cannot beat the price!
Grams from Texas
Easy to travel with this product because it will not spill in my makeup bag
SunnyJ from North Texas
I have very oily skin with large pores. This is one of the few primers that have worked for me, I love the way it makes my foundation look and love how it controls my shine and blurs pores. Will repurchase again!
Haley from Terre haute IN
I think i would like it if I had some
Dawn from Indiana
Goes on easily. Makes my face feel softer. I wear it under powder or by itself as a moisturizer. Love it!
Phiz from OH
use it right before applying foundation. Foundation goes on very smoothly
Diany from IL
It looks matt at first but within three hours I'm super shiny and oily.
Yaya G from Inland i
I got this in a sample and I love it perfect for my skin I'm 39 so is hard to get smooth face after your makeup is done but this work so good.
Good price .
Bella from Seattle, WA
I tried using this on my t-zone because it tends to get really oily, but this didn't help at all. It seemed like my makeup slid off of it and looked patchy, even though I only used a little bit of primer. It also didn't blur my pores at all.
Kun from NY
When it first goes on and you think it's going to be oily and bad, but after you apply foundation and powder it feels smooth and not at all greasy. I've never had my foundation feel like that with any other primer. I don't know if it makes a difference but I do use the ulta full coverage liquid concealer, the ulta effortless effect medium coverage hydrating foundation, and the airspun loose face powder on top of the primer. I also use the nyx matte setting spray.
Netter from Spokane
Foundation applies nicely over primer.
UltaMaven from PA
I am new to the primer scene. I have combination skin, oily T-zone, normal cheeks. This works great for me. I am only trying to even out a few fine wrinkles and a few medium sized pores. This goes on smooth as silk, and is great for my needs. I am only sorry I spent beaucoup bucks on a Clarins primer first! Don't get me wrong, I love the Clarins, but I sure could've saved a bunch of money. I'll say that Clarins is slightly better on the wrinkle front and Ulta is better at the pore minimization. I highly recommend this quality Ulta product.
Kristy K from Tennessee
Wanted to try a mattifying primer so I purchased this to use under foundation to make my finished look appear smooth. Made my foundation look so dry and ashy looking. I could not even wear look out. This probably works well with someone who has super oily skin .