Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer

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$33 - 0.8 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:
3/15/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This is a standard primer in terms of its silicone-based formula and silky, lightweight texture that creates a smooth surface prior to makeup application. Its biggest drawbacks (beyond the price) are the inclusion of fragrance and the lack of beneficial ingredients to improve skin and fight signs of aging, especially given that there are numerous alternatives that cost less and are better formulated.

This leaves a smooth matte finish and has a minor “filling” effect on superficial wrinkles and pores, but so do many other silicone-based serums that also provide your skin with the ingredients it needs, such as antioxidants and ingredients that help repair its surface. Knowing this, there’s no compelling reason to consider Mister Mat over the options on our Best Serums list.

Pros:
  • Leaves skin feeling silky and preps it for foundation.
  • Has a minor filling effect on superficial wrinkles and pores.
Cons:
  • Expensive for what amounts to a mediocre formula.
  • Contains fragrance and lacks beneficial anti-aging ingredients.
  • Cannot control oil production as claimed.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Parfum (Fragrance), Silica, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Nigella Sativa, Alumina, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Propylparaben, Sorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Mica

Like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Dior, Givenchy has established a global fashion empire that includes makeup and skin-care products (which are not reviewed at this time). While these French design companies know a great deal about fashion, their venture into makeup is more about style and packaging flamboyance than it is about the products' actual performance; that is, far more form than function.

Givenchy's sleek, chic packaging and designer prices are, for the most part, below par and not worthy of their cost. Adding to the less-than-stellar product selection is the fact that Givenchy products contain noticeable fragrance, which makes them even less desirable, at least for the long-term health of your skin. Fragrance (especially from multiple products worn at the same time) can cause irritation that hurts your skin's healing process and its ability to look and act younger.

Of course, there are some great products in this line, but despite our enthusiasm for them, they offer nothing that hasn't been done just as well (or better) by many other lines, whose prices aren't based on a couture fashion house's reputation. Still, if you're a Givenchy fan or a curious observer, you should know which products are worth your attention and which ones you can gloss over. Givenchy makeup is supposed to have something they refer to as "Prisme," which is meant to describe the prismatic, light-reflecting effect they've added to all of their products. You'll hear a lot from the Givenchy salespeople about the delicate interplay of color and light, but when you cut through the marketing mumbo jumbo, all that these products contain is shine, and it's the same shiny ingredients every other company in the world of makeup is using.

It's important to keep in mind that too much shine will only make the wrinkles you have look worse. While you'll hear that shine reflects light from wrinkles, you can easily dispel that notion by testing a shiny product over your wrinkles, and seeing how the shine makes them stand out, not soften.

Givenchy also carries on about the pigment technology they use, but it isn't unique to their brand. There are many different pigment technologies cosmetic formulators can use, and to one degree or another, all of them are responsible for the improvements we've seen in makeup over the past decade. Lines from L'Oreal to Giorgio Armani, Clinique, and Revlon all use modern pigment technology to create great makeup. In the end, choosing Givenchy is an option, but if you go that route, it's more important than ever (especially for your budget) to know the facts about what you're getting.

Note: The collection of Givenchy makeup reviewed on this site is representative of what's typically seen in U.S. Sephora stores that stock Givenchy.

For more information about Givenchy, call +33 (0) 1 73 02 60 00 or visit www.parfumsgivenchy.com.

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