Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Maybelline claims this primer can "instantly erase" pores with "instablur technology." You might think there's some sort of high-tech solution at work here, but the blurring effect simply comes from the amount of silicone included in this standard formula. That doesn't make this a bad primer; just one with claims that are a little too overblown!

Those claims aside, Baby Skin has a gel texture that's easy to apply, and it sets to a smooth, satiny finish. It does help minimize the appearance of pores, though they're not going to disappear, no matter how much you use. It works well as a makeup primer, creating a smooth canvas for foundation without making it slide around on your face. One definite positive: it's fragrance-free!

This primer is best for those with dry or normal skin, as it doesn't help control oil or shine. You don't need a primer if you have a good serum with this type of texture, but if you choose to use one, this is a good option – and the price is right, too.

  • Easy to apply, with a smooth, satiny finish.
  • Does help diminish the appearance of pores to a minor degree.
  • Works well under makeup, serving as a smooth canvas for foundation.
  • Claims of instantly erasing pores are exaggerated.

Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearyl Heptanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica Silylate, Propylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Prunus Cerasus Extract / Bitter Cherry Extract.

Brand Overview

Maybelline New York At-A-Glance

Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.

Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.

Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.

Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.

Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybelline’s formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company L’Oreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you money—without sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.

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I'd say I have average-sized pores. They're not a huge problem, but I wanted to try this primer to see if it'd even my face texture overall before applying my foundation. This is very heavy on the skin and is also extremely drying (I have normal skin-dry in winter). When I take off my makeup after using this all day my skin looks and feels parched. This primer does really help foundations blend on top though. Even the toughest to blend melt over the top of this primer. Just not for my dry skin.

Reviewed by
Morgan S.
One more feature about this product

It does leave a creamy, satin texture on the skin just like the review says. However, it makes the skin look perfectly matte all over. Gives a beautiful softness to the skin. I've used it for five months or so and still love it. Side note: I have honestly never seen a real difference in the appearance of my pores while wearing this product alone. With foundation on top it does help to reduce the look of pores a lot.

Reviewed by
Maria R
Just wanted to add

I also wanted to say that I also learned that the benefit version and the maybelline are the only ones worth getting/ using. This is according to youtube.

Reviewed by
Annette D.
Worth every penny

You can buy 5 times for the price of 1 of benefit porefessional. Plus the maybelline option is clear so it's for all skin tones. Whereas the benefit won't work for fair or dark skin tones. Granted the benefit has vitamin E. Which, I'm a big fan of. And maybelline just has an extract.Is vitamin E worth $31.00 ? no! But it's definitely a perk. Honestly, the maybelline one is smaller but not buy much. I saw on youtube comparing the two brands side by side. The face looked the same.

Reviewed by
Annette D.
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