Rated 4.09 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Pretty good product
I first purchased this primer with a tad bit of skepticism. I use it primarily with either Make Up Forever HD Foundation, Estée Lauder Doublewear Foundation, or Loreal True Match LUMI. It makes your face very soft. It does help keep the foundation on, but not all day. It's about an 8 hour stay. It works best for me with the Make Up Forever Foundation. I wouldn't go out and splurge if you're on a budget or have really dry skin. It definitely has a matte finish and makes me feel dryer than my oily/combination skin usually does. As for the pore reduction, I can't really see where that happens. It's also hard to use a small amount. I find myself squeezing several times to cover my main areas. I feel like you have to use a lot to get results. Overall, it's a good primer, but it's not worth $40+
Most Helpful Critical Review Nope, left powder residue, hard to apply!
as a black woman it made my face feel like i had something on it, to me, all primers generally feel clean. Hated the feel to this one, dont like the way it looks - it left a powder on my face that even though i covered with foundation,i still didn't like it! I work in media, i may not try this again:(
Reviewed by 628 customers Must buy
JA from Carson, ca
Perfect on its own or under makeup
Skippy from CO
My skin is very oily and this products keeps the shine away all day!!
Really minimizes my pores!
KareninWA from Silverdale, WA
I've used several different Smashbox primers but THIS one is best for me because it makes my enlarged pores simply disappear. I'm amazed every time I use it. And a little goes a long way.
Not for me.
Tinker from Snellville, GA
I wanted to like this product but I just couldn't. It leaves a white cast on my face and you can tell.
Desert island pick
CardiganHoarder from Wisconsin
For a quick and easy makeup day I use this and mascara. I concentrate the primer on my nose and cheeks and it really makes me look fresh, awake and smooth without covering my freckles. It lasts a long time, a little goes a long way and it plays nice with other products. I no longer use foundation, just this and spot concealer as needed.
Glad I just bought the trial size.
Lynn123 from AR
I bought this with the oil-free Smashbox foundation. I put on half my face before putting on the foundation. I patted like they said. The side with the primer looked like I was flaking, the other side looked fine. It did get 3 stars because it does blur imperfection's and looked good until I added makeup. I will try it with sunscreen for the pool.
Babydoll from GA - Georgia
Would give Zero Stars if it were an option
Gracie from Alabama
I do not recommend this at all! I use the Smashbox foundation and though this primer would correspond well with the foundation of the same brand to hide my ridiculously large pores. However my foundation did not go on smoothly over this primer AT ALL! I would not recommend this product to literally anyone. Complete waste of money.
Great cover up of pores.
Jenn from WA
Goes on smooth and does a great job of filling in the pores.
Would not buy again
Ramos from Rhode island
expected more for the price. Left dry flakiness all over my face
Nagini from Jacksonville, FL
This stuff is amazing. I got it in a sample size from a friend and I was shocked with how well this works. The best thing about it is that it doesn't clog your pores. It feels like a silk layer over your skin😍. I have super sensitive skin and this is the only primer I will use!
Need Full Product!
Deb the Swagger from New Haven, CT
I use this product after moisturizing first and I can literally see it work! My makeup looked amazing after application!!
The best primer!!
ssams70 from NC
I love this primer! I have oily skin with large pores and it really smoothed out my skin and made my pores look smaller. It makes my makeup go on easy, stays on and looks fantastic. I had to buy the small travel size because of course they were out of the large one.
This primer didn't work for me at all
Sarai from San Diego
I am so glad I didn't spend the almost $40 on this. I always wear my bare minerals foundation and love it. Decided to try this primer out and it made my foundation move and come off when applied concealer, my blush, and my bronzer. It made my makeup look so bad, my skin so dry! I thought it would be more like the dr brant pores no more primer. I'd give it zero stars but that's not an option.
gramas from seminole, fl.
It covers well and its velvety smooth
REW from DC
it's a great primer but I just can't get over the fact that it smells like corn chips or Doritos.
yes it does it's job and it doesn't very well but the smell is just so bizarre.
Don't need foundation
Makeupislife from Austin
This is so great! It smooths fine lines and pores and leaves a soft, velvet, matte finish. Most of the time I just use this and nothing else but there are times when I want a full coverage face and then I top it with a setting powder and blush.
Sue from San Diego CA
I love it
Overall does it's job
Riss from Philadelphia
My skin definitely became poreless and felt smoother to the touch, but I noticed splotchiness with powder contour, and dry/flakiness elsewhere after sitting on the face for a bit. Also, I'm not sure if the product was old or if that is just the formula, but it was slightly think and chunky, and I wasted quite a lot from the product straight not clinging to the brush or face and falling to the floor.
DOES THE OPPOSITE
Gia from Sacramento, CA
This primer is almost the worst I've ever tried. I gave this the benefit of the doubt, but I soon realized it was making my makeup around my nose look SO CAKEY. And I know it was the primer because my makeup was not doing that before using this. During the day I would blot and look at my skin and the area that it claims to cover - large pores - looked SUPER cakey and pores looked big and gross. I would not recommend, especially for oily skin.
Best primer for large pores
Lisa Marie Tuscaloosa, AL from Tuscaloosa, AL
I have large pores and this is the only product that reduces the visibility of them! I highly recommend!!
I love the feel of this primer on my skin!
Sugar from Ohio
I use it before my makeup where I have a lot of pores. It smooths out my skin.
Not my favorite
Ally from Boca Raton Fl
This really did not do much
Original is better
midwesterngirl from Illinois
I tried the original which worked well, but didn't seem to control my oil as well as I wanted, so I decided to try this because it's oil free. Big mistake. My face gets so oily using this. I have to constantly blot my face during the day. I'm going back to the original.
I would buy again
Mesa from Mississippi
Morning before makeup