THE PRODUCT: The primer is suitable for normal and oily skin and helps to create a smooth base for foundation. It has been designed to deter shine and help make-up last longer. The primer smoothes the skin as well giving it a nice matte appearance that looks nice and natural. The primer comes in a clear tube, although the tube does have a silver strip across the top. The screw on lid to the tube is clear and it clearly states on the front of the tube what the product is. This primer is a gel like formula which some people may find a little strange when using the product for the first time.The primer is a nice size so fits easily into my make-up bag and the lid stays securely on so that the product doesn't spill out once it’s in my make-up bag.
PRICE/AVAILABILITY: I purchased the primer from my local store for £12.00 which is the price of a 25ml tube.
USING THE PRODUCT: The primer itself is clear and is like a gel as it dispenses from the tube. The primer has a silky smooth texture to it and it feels very smooth as I applied it to my face. I found the primer very easy to apply and I also found that a little goes a long way so if you are using a lot more than a pea-sized amount then I think you are using way too much of the product. I spent a good few minutes applying the primer to my face ensuring I had used it all over, although not on the eyelids as I use a lid primer. The primer felt nice and light on my skin and didn't leave it feeling heavy. The primer doesn't smell of anything. I always wait for another 5 minutes before applying any make-up which gives the primer time to settle onto your skin. When feeling my face just before applying make-up I was impressed at how smooth it felt.
RESULTS: I applied my foundation as normal and I found that the primer helped to give a nice matte finish to my skin whereas if I hadn't used the primer my skin wouldn't have looked so matte. I applied my make up in the morning and it stayed looking great all morning, afternoon and into the evening as well before taking my make-up off. During the day I definitely didn't need to re-apply any of my make-up and it still looked great when checking on it in the afternoon. My make-up hadn't even become patchy, although I did need to apply a little loose powder to my chin as it was starting to look a little shiny. I have heard a few people say that this product makes no different to their make-up but it did for me and I found that it works really well to help make up last longer.
My make up always seems to slide off my skin no matter how many products I use to try and keep it under control - I re apply my powder a couple of times throughout the day just to cover up the shine. For Christmas I wanted the body shop matte it as they had 50% off so it was cheap enough. I haven't tried many primers but thought I would give this one a go to see if it would help and as its matte it's supposed to help with oily skin. I apply this to my face and leave it for about 5 minutes before I apply my foundation. I apply a decent amount to the back of my hand and apply this with a real techniques buffing brush in circular motions and ensure my full face is covered. It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth even though it's more like a gel before you apply. I do find my make up lasts a few hours longer when I've used this product but not overall not the best. I don't think I would buy it in the future.
Being somewhat a make-up junkie, I have tried many products simply because I cannot resist buying something new when I see it. On one of my regular trips into The Body Shop there was an offer where if I spent so much I got a free gift of up to £12; and it so happened that I decided on this trip to choose The Body Shop's Skin Primer - Matte It.
I did not choose this primer for the fact it claims to matt the skin as I do not personally suffer with oily skin; mine is more dry and sensitive. Had I seen at the time they also offer a Primer called 'Moisture It' I may have picked this up instead (but I am never the less over the moon with my 'Matte It' primer).
The primer itself comes in, to be brutally honest, a pretty cheap looking tube. It is made of soft squeezy plastic, is clear with some silver detailing, and has basic black writing on it. There is the usual Body Shop sticker on the reverse (lift for ingredients) and a silver twist on/off lid. The lid is very secure though, and having used it quite a lot, the bottle is not actually made of anything which could be cheap as it has not split or damaged at all (this was a worry of mine) and the lid has not cracked or broken either.
The primer itself is a clear gel. It is dispensed through a pin hole in the end of the tube, and it does not gunk up or block the tube at all. It feels extremely silky in the hands, and my goodness does a little go a long way! I definitely dispensed too much product the first time I used it; a pea sized amount (if that!) is more than ample for application all over the face and jaw line. It has no scent at all. This is brilliant for my sensitive skin! It also sits on the skin beautifully without any sticky feeling or heaviness, and to touch the skin following application it genuinely feels like silk. It is a stunning feeling primer. (The silky and luxurious feel on my skin is actually akin to my Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch which is £26!)
After applying the primer I chose to wear my Clarins Skin Illusion liquid foundation. I was a little concerned that the liquid may streak or slip with the primer being so soft and silky, but I had no issues in application. I have tried applying this foundation over it with both a brush and sponge (both stippling and smoothing the foundation on) and have not once had any issues with streaking or slipping. I also tested the primer with my Revlon Perfect Match cream compact foundation, applied with a sponge, and again had no issues.
When wearing this primer all day I found it to be very comfortable. My skin did not appear to dry out, and my foundation certainly stayed in place. I had no flaky build up; no orange patches; no wear around the face; and I was very happy to look in the mirror in the evening and still see a fresh made up face looking back at me. I am confident in saying that this primer certainly keeps make up in place.
As well as using this primer on my face/jawline, I also use it as an eye shadow and liner primer. I was advised in the shop that this could be safely used on my eyes, and I have found that it works very well. Again, there is no sliding or wearing off of the products and I find there is very little, if any, creasing of colour by the end of the day (though if using my MAC or Body Shop shadows there is no creasing at all). There are no issues in the application around the eyes either, as with the product being very gentle and not scented there is no aggravation.
As for the matt effect the primer claims to give; it is a little difficult for me to fully review. I can indeed state that when I am wearing this I do not see any shine. I can see a very clear difference in applying my make up with/without my primer and I definitely have more soft and silky looking skin with this under my foundation. As I do not really suffer with very greasy skin though, I cannot say that it will 100% matt your skin if you do suffer with this problem. I will say, however, go into a Body Shop store and ask them to try it on you! I think it will work if only going by the excellent reputation of the company and their products (and the fact that all the other factors discussed in this review are so positive). I cannot see that a product which works so well in all the other areas I have discussed could fail in the area which it is meant to be specialised.
This primer comes in a 25ml tube and costs, at full price, £12. There are always offers and promotions in The Body Shop though so I am sure you can get it on offer! The primer lasts 12 months, and to be honest, I am pleased it has such a long life as a little really does go a long way. It is without any doubt, value for money.
Overall I cannot recommend this enough. The only downside I can think of is the fact the packaging looks a little cheap. This is the only downsides though, and I think that speaks for itself really.
It is available both in store and online (if you are in Doncaster, nip into the store, they are super friendly!)
If you are interested (for application purposes) the foundation brushes I used for the review are: MAC's number 187 and 190 brushes.
The sponge I used with my Clarins liquid was a Cosmopolitan Beauty Blender sponge.
The sponge with the Revlon Compact was the standard square sponge enclosed with the compact itself.
Skin Primer - Matte It
I am new to the world of primers, until recently I had been convinced that primers were simply not for my skin type, I have oily/combination skin and I was not convinced that another layer of makeup on my skin would help my foundation stay in place. I had a voucher to use for The Body Shop so I popped in to buy a tea tree product that I use from there and got speaking to a member of staff about some of their products. Part of the way through the conversation I moved near a mirror on the make up stand and moaned about the fact that my foundation had slipped off my face yet again. I find that shopping seems to be a awful conditions for my skin, the constant change from heat in the stores to the cold outside at this time of year seems to be a trigger. The sales assistant asked me what sort of primer I was using before my foundation to which I must have looked like a rabbit caught in headlights and responded that I had oily skin. The assistant assured me that a primer was indeed suitable for oily skin and that they made one especially designed to keep the skin matte and help hold foundation in place.
Now as many ladies here know we are so often promised great things from these products only to be let down when we get them home, as such when my mind is set there really is little anyone can do to persuade me I am wrong especially when it comes to parting with my hard earned cash. The bodyshop was to win this day and purely because they offer samples to try. The sales assistant went to a small basket by the wall and returning with a small clear pot squeezed a good amount of the primer into the pot before handing it to me to try.
The primer is sold in a nice small clear tube, not dissimilar to a tube of toothpaste. The tube has a black plastic lid.
The primer itself is a very thick clear gel that feels quite slimy, when I first squeezed it onto my finger to blend into my skin I was still convinced that this was going to turn my forehead into an oil slick even faster than it normally occurs and I would be left saying "I told you so!"
The gel blends in quite nicely and the slimy feeling very quickly soaks into the skin leaving no residue. I then found that I could apply my foundation with no adverse effects of the extra layer underneath it. Ok, The Body Shop was winning so far but surely after an hour in town I would need to be reapplying my foundation as usual, wouldn't I?
I went about my usual day and within 2 hours my forehead was a little shiny, I had to apply a little powder but it was not as bad as usual. Unfortunately within 4 hours it really was greasy and felt awful. This product did hold the foundation in place longer than it normally stays however it did not keep my skin matte and I still needed several applications of powder.
Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Polysilicone-11 (Film Former), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Cyclopentasiloxane (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Cyclohexasiloxane (Chelating Agent), Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent).
This product is available from The Bodyshop for £12 or online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk
The tube contains 25ml of primer.
The performance of this product is not outstanding, however it does keep my foundation in place better and I have noticed that it does help even out my foundation a little when I have a few spots. I did go and buy a full tube of this product when I had a voucher for the store again and only had to pay a few pounds for it but I am not sure I would want to pay £12 for it. I do use this every day but I do apply it before a long day or anight out to help keep my make up looking better for longer. It's not a product I would say I would rush to buy but it has it's place in my make up routine and I will replace it when it is finished. I will also add that this product has not been the cause of any increase in breakouts on my skin.
I would give this 4 out of 5 stars simply because I have not noticed any improvement in the matteness of my skin.
As I often have long days at uni or placement, even reapplying powder or blotting doesn't keep my makeup looking fresh all day, so I find I need to use a primer too. I decided to try this primer because I've read good reviews about it and I've always trusted the Bodyshop's products. The primer is currently priced at £12 but I'm sure it was £11 the last time I bought it so the price could have recently increased. The price seems pretty expensive, but little does go a long way.
The packaging is a clear plastic tube with a silver plastic twist-off lid. The front of the tube reveals the brand and name of product and the amount you get (25ml), whilst the back displays a sticker with information such as the ingredients on. The plastic of the tube is quite flexible which means that it's easy to squeeze all the product out when your'e running low, although when the product is new it's probably best to squeeze slowly and carefully from the bottom because it can shoot out. I've accidently made it shoot out everywhere before.
The product feels nice and smooth to apply. It makes my skin feel very silky and soft. I find it best to apply after allowing my moisturiser to soak in for a few minutes. I then also leave it a couple of minutes before applying foundation because sometimes it gets too slippery and causes my foundation to gather in places. This can also happen if you apply too much of the primer. Only a tiny amount needs to be applied. If I've applied it correctly, my foundation does feel a lot better on my face. I also find that my foundation gives better coverage when I use this because all the bumpy bites are smoothed out.
My foundation does last longer when I use this. It also stays matte for longer too. If I don't use this when the weather is cold, my foundation sometimes flakes away, even though I have oily skin, but this primer prevents it from happening. It also helps to prevent oxidation of my foundation. If I don't use this, sometimes my foundation goes a bit orangey due to it reacting with the air, but the primer helps to prevent this. I would definitely recommend this product as it does exactly what it states - Banishes shine, smooths and helps makeup to stay in place.
It's called "matte it primer" supposedly to help oily/combination skin types to prevent excess shine buildup throughout the day, which put me off when buying it because i have dry skin.
Oh how i was pleased when i tried it! For £11.00 it's well worth it. You only need a pea sized amount every time and it goes such a long way as the light, silky texture just glides all over your face.
I get flaky skin on my forehead as i suffer from eczema and this makes a fantastic base for my foundation to sit on without flaking the skin through the day.
Before this i would just moisturise, apply my foundation and powder then give or take 3-4 hours my skin would be flaking already. I work long 10 hour shifts and this has helped wonders!
Now i apply moisturiser, primer, foundation and powder and i can see a real improvement.
It controls my occasional blemish by making them smoother, it helps combat my dry, flaky patches of skin and really increases the time my make up stays on my skin.
One of my make up books state that a Primer is an essential piece of kit, they are not wrong!
I would recommend this to anyone, whatever your skin type as it helps smooth your skin ready for foundation and you can really notice a difference throughout the day.
The only tiny criticism i have is the size of the tube, could be more generous and give a bit more for the money but other than that a great product.
Also, not tested on animals! Yey!
I have combination oily skin, not much imperfections to cover but I find it irritating when in the middle of the day, looking at the mirror and my face was covered in shine and my makeup just went off cause I don't wear much makeup or heavy foundation to begin with. I often use very light-weight and sheer foundation so it's hard to keep it on all day with the oiliness of my skin. I just browsed around and thought this product was an interesting one so I bought it.
The product comes in a clear tube and currently retails at 10 pounds (25ml). I know it's not cheap but the quality is what matters to me.
The primer itself is a clear gel, which you use to apply after moisturiser and right before applying your foundation. It claims to help your make-up stay in place for longer.
The active ingredients are:
Aloe Vera - Is renowned for its incredible soothing, hydrating and moisturising properties - perfect for sensitive skin.
Camomile Extract - Is known for its calming benefits.
An Oil control formula - Provides a matt finish and helps to keep the complextion free from excess oil throghout the day.
So how is the result?
It doesn't do much for a primer to be honest. It doesn't really prime my skin or give it an extra boost as other primers often do (like Benefit That Gal and such) but I didn't expect much from a clear gel anyway. It gave me a matte finish after applying and the foundation does go a little bit smoother on top of it, but nothing much.
However, it makes the foundation stay longer. In the evening when I get home, my make up still stays on and my face doesn't look half as shiny as it normally does. So I am pleased.
So it's not exactly a primer but it does what I need so I think it was a good buy. It lasts for ages cause you only need a very tiny amount every time.
Give it a go if you are sick of shiny face.
Body Shop Skin Primer
I am a big fan of the body shop as you could probably tell from my previous reviews (I have quite a lot of body shop stuff). I have been looking for a solution to my oily/combination skin for a while and I do have the boots skin clear lotion which does make my skin more matte, But I also wanted a primer instead. I found this and It seemed to tick all of the boxes, it is by a good brand, it matifies the skin and it is made with some natural ingredients too!
I have been using this product for about a week now and I like it. It comes in a clear tube which is good as you can see the product and you can also see how much of the product you have used. But it would be more hygienic if it was in a pump dispenser container instead. But overall the packaging looks really good, it is simple and sleek and looks more expensive than it was.
It is clear, so that you can use it what ever you skin tone is and it will not change the colour of your skin or foundation. It is a primer and these are used to make your skin look flawless (or near to flawless) and this one says that it makes the skin smooth and prevents excess oil through out the day.
The product contains:
*Aloe vera - soothing and hydrating
*Camomile extract - calming
*Oil control formula - prevents excess oil and matifies
For me this product did work really well on my forehead and on the rest of my face - except my nose. It kept the oil slide at bay on my fore head, chin and cheeks, where I don't get as oily, but on my nose where It can get quite shiny it didn't work as well. It worked for a while but only for a few hours, which is a bit disappointing.
Overall it has a really nice gel like consistency, it does not really have a scent to it, it applies really well, it absorbs quickly, it keeps my foundation on longer, it keeps oil at bay - but not really on my nose.
I bought it from a body shop store and I looked at it on the website before hand and it says on their site that it it £10 (but you do only need the smallest amount of product so it lasts a while). But in the store it was £9.50, which was a little confusing but it is 50p cheaper than I thought it was so Im not going to complain!
*Clear - suits all skin tones
*suitable for sensitive skin
*applies easily and absorbs easily
*leaves my skin smooth, soft and a good base for make up
*Keeps oil away in areas where only a small amount of oil is produced (chin, forehead)
*Makes my foundation last longer
*contains some natural ingredients
*Good high quality brand
*Not very expensive
*Did not keep the oil away for very long on my nose
*Container that the product is in, would be more hygienic if it was in a pump dispenser bottle
Thank you for reading my review
I don't generally have very oily skin, but in the warm weather my skin starts to shine terribly after a couple of hours at work or in bars and clubs on nights out. When I'm on a night out I'm quite happy to just keep popping to the loo to powder my face, but I can't really do that at work! This in mind I decided to try to find something to keep my skin matte all through the day, and that's when I bought the body shop's Matte It primer. It costs £10 for a 25ml tube.
It comes in a nice clear plastic tube so you can always see how much is left, and the packaging, though quite plain, looks very high quality. It has a screw off lid which fastens nice and tightly for keeping in a makeup bag. The tube is a neat little size so it should fit nicely into most makeup bags or even a handbag if you want to keep it with you.
The primer is a transparent gel which feels really smooth and silky. The texture is really light and when applied to the skin you can barely feel it going on. There is no noticeable scent to it, not like some foundations and primers which stink really bad.
Once on, the primer leaves the skin looking completely matte, and feeling oil-free and smooth. You don't need to use much at all as it spreads so easily over the skin, a little goes a really long way. My skin still feels clean and not clogged or coated at all, and I really can't tell that the primer's on my skin.
My foundation goes on really smoothly over the top of this, and it really does it's job of keeping the shine at bay throughout a whole night out when I wear it with foundation, which lasts all night with the primer underneath. I usually use this on it's own instead of under foundation as I don't wear makeup to work, and it does a great job for the first few hours. After a few hours my nose starts to shine quite a bit, but the rest of my face stays completely matte for the whole day, which is a vast improvement on my usual oil-slicky t-zone.
I really think this is a great product which works really well even though it isn't perfect. £10 could seem quite expensive for such a small tube, but it lasts for ages as you only need to use such a small amount, and I really believe it's worth it.
I have combination skin and I love the matte look. Mattifying foundation works, but I hate needing to re-apply on a warm day. I've been using this product for years as a touch up to my make up and also worn alone over moisturised skin.
The product is clear and has a very thick consistency. If you've ever used neutrogena concentrated hand cream it's like that, if not that description wont help much. When applying, a very little goes a long way. An amount the size of a lentil will cover your whole face, and it's very easy to spread along bare skin. When applying over make-up I rub a little onto the undersides of the fingers of both hands then pat on over my foundation. When it is in a thin layer on your face it won't rub off, despite being easy to rub/pat on.
Instantly, the shine in your face disappears and since the light is not reflecting in a uniform way any skin flaws are less obvious. It also makes slight discolouration, such as mild blemishes, less obvious and your skin look more uniform in colour (that's not to suggest it will blend in a birthmark etc!)
It used to be called "Matt it face and lips" and was marketed as a multi use mattifying lotion instead of a primer but it's really the same product re-labelled in the "primer revolution" where companies want you to layer your face with not just their foundation and powder but an under-layer also, thereby tripling their sales. I can also assume that the body shop intend to produce more primers since this is labelled 02. While this angers me, the product itself is flawless so gets 5*.
Current price is £10.
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.