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I purchased this product alongside the Maybelline 'The Eraser' Foundation (also reviewed) because I'd heard that using a primer can really improve the skin's appearance when used in conjuction with foundation. I was admittedly a bit dubious about paying 9.99 for such a tiny jar, but since I had had a row with my husband that morning, I thought I'd hit him where it most hurts: in the wallet.
It was worth the Spanish Inquisition when the bank statement came through: I love this product. The packaging is appealing and looks high-end; the glass jar making it feel substantial and not cheap and cheerful. The jelly-like consistency spreads beautifully on the skin, and you only need a small amount to cover your whole face. It feels amazing, transforming your skin into something beautifully soft to touch. Visually, you won't notice too much difference, but then you apply your foundation and voila! Perfect, radiant, flawless skin, that thanks to this product also doesn't just look fantastic, but it feels fantastic too. I very often find myself unconsciously touching my face after applying make up in the morning. Using this on it's own won't do much other than make your face feel gorgeously smooth, but combine it with foundation and you've got a winner. The tiny amount you use each time makes the jar last a surprisingly long time, though I do tend to look for it when it's on offer; if it wasn't, I'd buy it anyway. I've given this four out of five; it only lost a star because I'd like to see a slightly bigger jar.
Skin Retexturising Primer. Meet the transforming power of primer: skin feels resurfaced. (Boots Website)
I always have trouble when it comes to foundation as no matter what foundation I use it doesn't go on very smoothly and my pores are still visible. I've tried using moisturiser to help, but once the moisturiser has been absorb it still doesn't go on very smoothly. I had heard a lot of good things about primers ( bases for foundations) and so I thought I would give one a try as I had nothing to loose. I'd saw loads of positive reviews about 'Maybelline's The smoother' and decided to invest my money in it.
The packaging is very cute and eye catching. It comes in a little glass pot with a deep plum coloured lid, the bottom of the pot has the Maybelline logo and the name of the product. On the lid it has a label which you can peel back that gives you a couple of lines of information. The colour of the primer itself is a light pink, which looks like jelly. It has quite a smooth greasy feel to it when applying to your face, which you hardly notice.
I really liked this product, and improved how my make-up went on and how brilliant the finished result looked. For once my skin looked flawless and pores nowhere to be seen. It a fantastic product and really does what it says, which happens very rarely. My foundation went on much smoother and I found it easier to blend into my skin. I received a lot of compliments from my friends about how my make-up look. My make-up lasted a lot longer and the texture of my skin look fabulous.
I bought this product in Boots as its the only place I was able to find it. It only comes in one size 7ml (which is a minuscule amount) and costed me £9.99. I was really quite shocked about the price as its such a small pot, I could hardly believe it. The product lasted me about 3 weeks as you need quite a bit to cover your whole face. I'm hoping that they will create a larger pot and decided to lower the price as it is such a fantastic product and has really helped me out.
Overall a lovely product which helped me apply my make-up with ease, giving me an amazing end result and lovely looking skin. I would buy this product again, but I may have to try and use a little less to make it last longer and the prise is so high for the amount you receive, but is worth it due to the quality.
I purchased this skin retexturising primer together with Maybelline's The Eraser Anti-Ageing Foundation (which annoyingly went missing after only one use) as these were marketed on the shelf in Boots together as a step one, step two programme.
Nevertheless it is basically a skin primer and can, of course, be used with any foundation. This usually costs £9.99 but is currently on offer in Boots for £7.99 for a 7ml recyclable pot that has a lifespan of 24 months.
The pot is glass with a thick maroon screw top lid which is very easily unscrewed to allow access to the product which looks almost clear with a very slight pink tinge. It is odourless and almost gel like in look and texture but when you apply it to your skin it is like putting the softest silk on your face and it glides on so smoothly and easily. When I first put it on my fingertips I thought it might feel greasy on but it goes on so smoothly and softly and immediately your skin feels transformed in how it feels to the touch so top marks are given for your skin feeling immediately re-texturised and soft.
So far so good but I do have to say that although this feels fabulous on the skin I can't say I that I notice any discernible difference to the appearance of my skin visually although I don't suffer from very open pores or too deep creases despite the big 40 looming! This may differ from person to person.
Maybelline markets this as an 'innovative formula' in that it retexturises the skin, diminishing the look of pores and providing a smooth base for your foundation to allow easier application and a smoother looking finish whilst also helping your make-up to stay in place longer. This they hope results in more perfect looking skin than if using foundation alone - this way they can get a lot more money out of you!
The Smoother should be applied with the tips of your fingers following moisturising, over the entire face, focussing though particularly on areas where you have more lines, creases or open pores. This primer can be worn alone but its primary use is of course to improve the look of your foundation.
I did find that my foundation equally glided on more smoothly than normal but where I had some dry areas the primer did not prevent a little bit of flaking in those areas which I thought it might prevent but in fairness to Maybelline it doesn't mention that this product combats dryness and the areas in which this happens is where I have some blemishes/recent scarring from a break-out.
Overall, I did feel that this product improved the texture of my skin and helped my foundation go on more smoothly. I did not see much difference in how long my make-up stayed in place but I have always been someone whose make-up seems to melt off after a few hours so I may not be the best judge in this respect!
I would recommend this primer, if only for how fantastic it makes your skin feel to the touch and it does do a satisfactory job in what it is intended for but I wouldn't rave about it and the cost on top of what you spend on your foundation does make this an expensive way to improve the look of your make-up so it really is a matter of preference.
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