NARS – Pore Refining Primer Review

March 22, 2012 § 2 Comments

Nars Pore Refining Primer

Official Website Discription

This oil-free primer instantly refines the look of pores, regulates shine and mattifies the skin to create an immaculate canvas. … This primer works particularly well with skins concerned with controlling oil and shine. [Read the full description here]

As a makeup lover, I used to always wonder why many makeup brands in North America did not make makeup primer. It was not until past few years that many brands started selling makeup primers. Foundation primers have been popular in Japan since at least 10 years ago (when I moved to Canada) so I am pleased to see many selections in North America now.

Whan I was on the hunt for makeup primer, I tried many many different kinds including ever famous Smashbox Photo Finish. One of my skin concern is visible pores on my cheeks so I thought these silicone primers will be great, but in the end I decided that I do not like them because I don’t like the feeling of filling in the pores. I feel like I am suffocating my skin and it’s not very good for my skin condition.

So when I saw this Nars primer I was very happy. It is not the kind that just makes your skin flat surface by filling the lines and pores with silicone. It is more like giving your skin more moisture so your pores will naturally be less visible. When skin is moisturized, it absorbes the water like a sponge and plumps up resulting pores to be closed.

Here is how the product looks like:

Nars Pore Refining Primer Applied

As you can see, it is a light semi transparent gel cream. Because it is oil-free, it applies super light and feels great on the skin. I think it just feels like a light moisturizer. When applied it looks bit shiny but it dries to semi-matte finish. The website says it contains minerals that absorbs oil to keep skin matte. I have very oily T-zone so I feel like it is not mattifying enough. I like this primer but I think it will work better for people with dry to normal skin. I’ve been using this during the winter but also using Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch on my cheeks and T-zone when I need extra covering. I want to try the other primer from NARS that contains SPF but unfortunately it’s not avalable in Canada.

My final rating: 3.5 – 4 /5


Neutrogena – Moisture Oil-Free SPF 30 Review

March 5, 2012 § Leave a comment


Official Website Description

NEUTROGENA® MOISTURE® Oil-Free SPF 15 combines long-lasting moisturization with effective sun protection.

This non-greasy, dermatologist-tested lotion keeps skin moisturized for 12 hours. Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 sunscreens protect skin from sun’s harmful rays. Sheer formula absorbs quickly into skin leaving it softer and smoother.

*The above description is for the SPF15 version of the product. The SPF30 version seems to be discontinued. (SPF35 version is available in the States)

Originally I was not really interested in this product, but I ended up purchasing it because I had to wash my face at work and needed a moisturizer immediately. It was fairly cheat at price of $12 when I purchased (Sorry I do not have the exact price right now). Also, what intrigued me was the fact it has SPF30 and it is oil-free. I tend to like oil-free products more because I have oily/combination skin. On the back of the bottle it also says “Won’t clog pores, alcohol-free, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free”. I break out easily so all these statements sounded pretty good to me.

So here is how it looks like when applied to skin.


It is a pretty simple white cream. When spread onto skin, it’s slightly greasy looking but applies smoothly and does not feel sticky or anything. It dries to really nice and smooth feel but my T-zone would still look somewhat greasy. It does not feel like it’ll be enough moisture for someone with dry skin but it worked fine for my skin for the most part.

It is really reasonable moisturizer with SPF30 so I kind of liked it in the beginning. However, after few days my skin started breaking out. I don’t really want to call it break out because it wasn’t something major. I just had one or two pimples. Still I didn’t want to continue using this product because I think it is simply not enough moisture for my skin in a long run. A lot of people think if your skin is acne-prone, you have to use something less moisturizing and keep your skin dry. But for me it’s the opposite. I have to keep my skin well moisturized so my skin does not excrete excess oil, which is the cause of my break-out.

Overall, I think it’s not a bad product but it didn’t suit my skin. I think it could be a great product for people with oily skin. Now I use this as body lotion in the morning so I don’t need to put on a sun screen.

My final rating: 2.5/5

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