I’ve been using primers on and off for a while now. My first primer was actually purchased in Korea at an Innisfree some 6 or 7 years ago. Innisfree wasn’t as popular around that time but that’s where I got started on Korean skincare. It’s nice to see how it’s really exploded in recent years.
I’m currently the owner of three different primers: the Goodbye Pore Ever Essence Primer by Etude House, Face it Velvet Skin Primer by The Face Shop and the No-Sebum Primer from Innisfree. I will review the other two in the future but for today I will be focusing on the No-Sebum Mineral Primer. If the name looks familiar, it’s because I also reviewed another product but in a powder form. I spoke quite favorably of the No-Sebum Mineral Powder and I have to say, I also think highly of this primer.
Primers are applied after moisturizer and before foundation or BB cream. Once you apply it to your skin, it leaves a silky finish thus enabling your makeup to glide on evenly and easily. I’ve noticed that with the cooperative work of this primer and the No-Sebum Mineral Powder, I’m blotting a lot less these days. Even after a roasting hot afternoon, my makeup surprisingly & miraculously manages to stay on me.
Primers are great as they essentially create a layer between your skin and your makeup. They help to reduce the appearance of your pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Now for some this may be a bad thing as primers can clog pores and lead to breakouts if it’s not properly removed. Therefore, always make sure to wash your face with a good foam cleanser. I have a two step process that I follow religiously. I always remove my makeup with a cleansing oil or lately my Tony Moly Relaxing Aqua Sherbet Cleanser and follow up with a foam cleanser (currently, Etude House Baking Powder B.B Deep Cleansing Foam).
Description: The sebum controlling primer smoothly refines pores and fine lines as it presents you with a shine-free complexion.
Directions: After your daily skincare routine, apply an appropriate amount and lightly spread onto areas where excess shine is a concern and gently pat to finish.
Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Primer is made with Jeju natural mineral and natural originated mint. It comes in a small tube. Price wise, it’s cheaper than the Face Shop’s primer and just a slight bit more than Etude House. Do keep in mind though that with primers, you don’t need a whole lot for it to work. If you apply too much primer, your makeup could appear cakey and your skin could look uneven so use it sparingly. It’s also important to wait for the primer to dry before you proceed to apply foundation or BB cream.
While this product will create a smooth canvas for your foundation or BB cream application and keep your oil at bay for some time (really depends on how oily you are), it definitely won’t keep you oil free for many hours without the need of blotting or powdering. I know my oilies well and I know it’s going to take more than a miracle for them to be gone. So as long as a product doesn’t make me oilier than what I already am, I’m content. The No-Sebum Mineral Powder score major points with me as it keeps my makeup in place for a good 6-8 hours.
Here’s the good:
– 6 free (no paraben, talc, artificial coloring, animal derivatives, mineral oil, artificial fragrances).
– effective at holding my makeup in place
– affordable (some might find this price a bit expensive but remember you don’t need that much so this tube will last you for some time)
– a lot of product
And the bad:
– won’t keep you oil free for an extended period of time
I struggled to come up with a con for this primer. It performs pretty well and reaches my expectations so I’m pretty happy with it. If you are using this, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!