One of my main skin concerns is my large, painfully obvious pores. Apparently those with oily skin are prone to such problem and there really is very little you can do. Obviously keeping enlarged pores clear helps to minimise the problem but eradicating them completely is all but impossible. Luckily there are primers out there that help to "fill in" and optically blur enlarged pores, the newest primer on the block that gets my seal of approval is Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Pore Minimizing.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Pore Minimizing is a light, peach toned and somewhat thick balm like primer. In terms of appearance it does remind me of Benefit's The Porefessional but this has a thicker texture and works so much better. Unlike some primers aimed at concealing visible pores in targeted areas this can be used all over the face should you wish. Yes the the texture is thicker than your typical primer but once worked into the skin it becomes weightless and is completely comfortable to wear.
I know it may seem like I am harping on about the consistency of this product but it really is what sets it apart from other primers - once applied to the skin it quickly transforms from a heavy cream to the a beyond lightweight powder. The skin is silky soft to the touch, pores have a softer appearance as they are somewhat filled as are fine lines and the skin has a gentle matte finish, which allows foundation be it cream, liquid or powder to glide on top. Generally speaking it creates an airbrushed effect that does not clog the pores. It may not surprise you to find out that Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Pore Minimizing is oil free and has been created to control excess oil for up to 8 hours and also to prolong make-up wear in general. As mentioned above I have super oily skin so keeping make-up looking fresh on my face is easier said than done and yet after 8 hours of wear, minus a little excess oil in my t-zone my make-up looked as good as it did when first applied.
Easily one of the best pore filling and oil controlling primers I have tried, if your pores are a problem area then I fully recommend giving this a whirl. Yes it is expensive but the results are great.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Pore Minimizing £28/30ml via Boots - link.
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