This BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($36 for a 1.35oz bottle at Sephora) is the second primer product I’ve tried in the past couple weeks. I got a teeny tiny sample of this primer with a Sephora purchase — a 0.027 fl. oz packet, just enough for a single use. The first thing I noticed was that the consistency was different than other primers I’ve used — less of a clear plastic-y consistency and more like a leave-in conditioner. It has a very mild scent that goes away almost immediately.
It is advertised as an “oil-control primer that perfects for an all-day matte, smooth complexion while minimizing pores” and instructs you to “warm primer in hands before applying to face”. I rubbed it in between my fingers for 10-12 seconds before applying it all over. My skin tends to be more oily than anything so I hoped this would help. The package mentions that it “can be worn alone or under foundation” and usually I scoff at this but I really did feel like this could be worn by itself. It easily and visibly filled in my pores so I could hardly see them at all — with such a tiny amount I wish I had rationed more of it for my trouble spots (t-zone) because I feel like I could have just covered my more porous spots and applied a tiny bit of cover-up elsewhere and been good to go.
It dries very quickly but it did leave my face feeling very tight, almost like I had applied a mask. While my skin is on the more oily side, I do like a dewy complexion, and this stuff really does take the matte claim very seriously. I found that my regular foundation on its own looked a bit dry and flaky when applied over it. Reading other reviews it seems like it does better when patted onto the face rather than rubbed, so perhaps that was a factor. Ultimately I think I’d consider buying a full-sized version — it would be worth the price to have something that made me feel more confident going out with barely-there makeup. I’d give it a 6/10!