POREfection Mattifying Face Primer

by Lorac  
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$32 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:
5/16/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This is a good fragrance-free, silicone-based primer, workable for all skin types. It performs well at smoothing the skin's appearance and increasing the overall wear time of foundation.

Although this primer does have a matte finish, it is not mattifying as the name states. To clarify, this primer will not add shine to the skin, but it won't stop shine from peeking through on oily skin. If your skin is slightly oily, you probably won't mind its lack of mattifying ability, but those with oily skin should think twice before buying this.

Note: Although this formula contains salicylic acid, which can be great for skin, the amount in this product is too low for it to have any of the smoothing benefit Lorac mentions. Plus, the pH of this primer is too high for the salicylic acid to exfoliate, so it's wasted here.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Non-irritating.
  • Matte finish feels silky-smooth.
  • Smoothes the appearance of skin, and increases wear time of foundation.
Cons:
  • pH of the product is too high for the salicylic acid to exfoliate skin or help it appear more radiant.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Phenyl Methicone, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, C30-45 Olefin, Salicylic Acid.

This Los Angeles–based independent cosmetics company launched in 1990 and is the brainchild of makeup artist Carol Shaw (Lorac is "Carol" spelled backwards). It is well-publicized that Shaw has a long list of celebrity clients, but then so do all of the other makeup artists who have their own products lines—there are a lot of famous faces that need attention—so that boast is hardly unique. Compared to competitors Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, or Stila, Lorac doesn't offer the same caliber of foundation colors or the array of products, yet most of what's available is impressive. The company holds its own when it comes to blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick. You will find that, for the most part, the older, established products perform better and are more attractive than many of Shaw's latest inventions. In particular, the latest lipstick, lip gloss, concealer, and waterproof mascara are true disappointments. Lorac hasn't done a great job on the innovation and performance side of the business since the last edition of this book, while her competition (particularly Stila and Laura Mercier) continues to consistently impress. There are still plenty of reasons to shop this line, but focus on the long-standing products rather than on what's new.

For more information about Lorac, call (800) 845-0705 or visit www.loraccosmetics.com.

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