The flash is a bit distracting here, so here is a picture from Sephora’s website:
⋆ W H A T ? ⋆
A lightweight, water-resistant gel-primer that helps keep skin matte while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and pores. – SEPHORA.COM
⋆ C L A I M S ⋆
This lightweight, mattifying gel-primer minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores. It also facilitates blending and extends your foundation while preventing and healing acne blemishes, all the while providing an instant mattifying effect, leaving skin texture looking flawless. This clinically tested primer is vegan and free of parabens, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil, and talc. – SEPHORA.COM
⋆ A D D I T I O N A L I N F O ⋆
The secret to Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment is its ingredients. Willowbark extract, naturally containing salicylic acid, provides gentle exfoliation to clarify the skin and reduce sebum buildup and support the body’s natural cell renewal process. Ancient African Tree Bark Extract reduces pore size, shine, sebum, and inflammatory acne while a natural fruit acid complex of bilberry, sugar maple, lemon, sugar cane, and orange alpha-hydroxy acids gently exfoliates and supports the body’s natural cell renewal process to unclog pores and allow drainage. Vitamins F, C, and E protect the skin, soothe inflammation, and reduce redness while protecting against premature skin aging. Ancient African tree bark extract derived from the chamomile plant reduces redness and inflammation. Vitamin F esters, Squalene, and Hyaluronic Acid nourish and moisturize the skin. Please note that this product was formerly known as ClearPrep FX. – SEPHORA.COM
⋆ M Y T H O U G H T S ⋆
Minimizing fine lines and pores
I don’t really have fine lines to worry about, nor do I have very large pores, so I’m not able to really offer up any real critique or praise about how this primer performs in that aspect.
Despite the formula being a gel, I did not find that this primer helped with blending. It didn’t hinder it, but it did not help my *concealer* in my case (since I don’t wear foundation) blend out any differently than when I did not use this. Since I do not use foundation, I may not be able to give as accurate of a review, but for what I need, and what I do with my face makeup, this did not necessarily help with my blending. After using this for about a month and a half (I’ve been using it since I got it here), I’d say I prefer my E.L.F. Face Primer for facilitating blending.
I can say I probably get another hour or two (now since weather in NY is painfully cold) of good wear from my face makeup before my oils start to come through. When the weather isn’t cold enough to freeze my makeup into place, I think it still gives me an extra hour of wear.
Preventing and Healing Blemishes
I haven’t gotten any new breakouts, but then again my skin isn’t prone to breakouts so I can’t say that this is playing a part in that. I don’t have blemishes on my face either, nor have I had any bad ones that have needed healing for me to judge how well that aspect of this primer, despite using it for almost a month and a half.
Providing Instant Mattifying Effect
This I can attest to. I do think that my skin appears slightly more matte after I apply this primer to my skin. This is whether I apply it right after my serum after washing my face, or after being bare faced for a few hours.
O V E R A L L
I don’t think I would repurchase this primer, not because I hate it, but because I don’t think it’s doing anything to help my skin. The anti-acne stuff is nice, but I don’t usually deal with acne as an issue, so I can’t see the benefits of this primer for that. As a primer, it doesn’t necessarily help with the longevity of the wear of my face makeup, so there’s that too. My face doesn’t stay significantly more matte with this than it does without primer, or using a different one.
All in all, I give it (for me) a 5/10.
*Note: I did start to see some oils peek through after 8 hours. It’s also hard for me to judge these things extremely accurately at this time of year because the oils subside once I step into the cold, and I was outside quite a bit today.
I hope this was slightly helpful! Let me know your thoughts, as well as any primer recommendations 🙂