I've always been one of those people who uses primers because they're supposed to extend the longevity of your makeup. And with oily skin, anything that might help I'm going to use. But I've never felt like one primer stood out over another...or that by using one, I saw a significant difference in finish or longevity of my makeup. The hype of Benefit's Porefessional or Smashbox's Photo Finish never produced the results for me that people were flaunting all over the internet. Not to say they don't work (my mom loves Porefessional), they just weren't wow on my combo/oily skin. (This is a perfect example of making sure you find the product that works best of YOU!) So when I finally came across a primer that made me see it's full potential, I knew I had to write a review on it.
Sephora did it again to me, converting me to an amazing product, when they provided me with a sample of Dr. Brandt's Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer. The first time I used this, I felt like one of those girls on the CoverGirl truBLEND commercials where she swipes the foundation across her cheek, you see some sparkles, and magically her entire face is flawless. Hahaha...
Let's start with the consistency. This primer is sooooo smooth. They define it as velvety, and that's exactly how it is. Have you ever rubbed velvet on your skin? I know you have! To say the least it's a very luxurious start to my makeup routine. I was thrilled to see that this product was transparently non-transparent...or more specifically that it wasn't white out of the tube. The primer appears to have a slight tint to it, but instantly disappears when applied to the skin not leaving that white haze I've experienced with so many primers. I haven't had any issues with it affecting my foundation color in any way.
Dr. Brandt claims that this product absorbs excess oil, minimizes pores, blurs fine lines and is resistant to sweat and humidity. I can attest to all of these claims except the blurs fine lines as I don't (yet) have any. Knock on wood. But based on how true the other claims seem to be, I can't imagine it to be false! I was most impressed by how well it minimized my pores and kept my oiliness at bay. Like I mentioned above, this product turned me from a user to a believer.
So what makes this product unique and straight up wonderful? The secret is in the ingredients...ok, I had to say it. But it's true!...This primer is actually a dual product, primer + treatment. With tea tree fighting bacteria that can harvest in the skin, and powder flax seed extract to absorb and reduce oil production by balancing your skins pH levels, you'll see results with and without makeup on!
For instant results, this product also has microspheres. Yep! Uh huh. Huh? What are microspheres you say? Microspheres are a microscopic polymer mineral powder that is perfectly spherical instead of irregular. So how does this benefit you? When these spheres are opaque, the spherical surface scatters light. This means discoloration, uneven skin tone, fine lines and pores will appear to have faded, due to optically reducing contrast on the skin. Science at it's best :)
If you look at the pictures to the right, you can see just how well this product works. This is my naked skin, no makeup applied yet. My pores are largest on the upper parts of my cheeks, so I felt that would yield the best results. To the left is the right side of my face without primer. To the right is the left side of my face with primer. My pores are "blurred", thus making them look smaller. My skin generally looks smoother and more even.
After testing this product out with all of my foundations, I can say with complete confidence that this primer increased the longevity of my makeup. On average, I can get between six to eight hours of wear in before the ugly oil beast begins to rear its head (foundation finish being the main variable). It does claim to work patted on top of makeup as a touch up, but I have not yet tested this claim.
So, if you're like me and just haven't had the best results with primers or are simply in the market for a new primer, I strongly recommend you try out Dr. Brandt's Pores No More Refiner Primer. I'd love to hear what you think!