Product Review: Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer, US$30.00
Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer, US$30.00

I first tried this primer on the back of my hand last year at a Sephora store, and I really liked the finish. So when I ran out of my Sofina Primavista and Tarte primers, I bought Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer at Sephora. In Canada this is a bit more expensive even though our dollar is near parity – CAD$38, it’s definitely not cheap, and I had high hopes for it!

The product contains and feels like silicone, but is a lot less thick than the gunky and gooey Tarte clean slate™ poreless 12-hr perfecting primer (same price). With the Tarte primer, I felt like my skin couldn’t breathe at all; worst of all, it did nothing to extend the wear of foundation or powder or control the shine on my forehead (I don’t even have oily skin). Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer has a medium thick texture, and looks tinted like a nude tone, but turns completely colorless once you apply. It gives your skin a very nice, natural finish that is neither matte nor dewy; it is just perfect.

As for extending the wear of foundation or powder, it certainly does a much better job than Tarte. But it is not great if you have oilier skin though; I still need to blot come noon, a few hours after I apply under my base makeup. It doesn’t completely mattify the skin so if you have oily skin, this may not be the end solution for you to control the excess sebum.

Although it contains skin improving ingredients like camellia oil, retinol and mulberry extract, I didn’t notice any visible improvement on my skin from using it, and it has been more than 2 months. Not that I was expecting any makeup product to actually do that, but it claims to, so I have to be honest. The nude tone does neutralize any minor redness in your skin, which is not bad.

The feel of this primer is good, but it is not perfect. It does create, albeit temporarily and rather instantly, a great, smooth canvas for makeup, but it doesn’t smooth the lines or the pores. In the end, it’s still a typical silicone primer. For the price, I had expected better. Will I repurchase? No…not that it’s bad, it’s just that I am sure there are plenty more primers out there to try which are potentially better than this one.

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2 comments on Product Review: Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

  1. LL
    April 18, 2013 at 12:44 am (4 years ago)

    Hi! I am long-time subscriber of your blog.

    Just thought I would share: I actually bought the Too Faced Primed Poreless Pure for sensitive skin version. I disliked that it felt obviously like silicone and your descriptions above can also be applied to this version of primer. I have very sensitive skin, and I have been using it for two days without any breakouts. I am glad it does the job, but I really wanted to be able to use Korres Pomegranate Primer. However, it did not work as well compared to silicone primers.

    • Joseibi
      April 24, 2013 at 8:58 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks LL! 🙂
      I did find a cheap version of the Too Faced primer – I live in Toronto and at Shoppers Drugmart there is a brand called GOSH from Denmark I think and this brand has silicone based primers around CAD$16 and it does exactly the same thing, more than half the price of Too Faced if anyone wants to give those a try. I will post the review soon…


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