Sephora Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer - Clear
Sep 21, 2012
Review by Dusty Nichols
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Smooth/soft skin, use with/without make-up, parabens free
Cons:Pricey, can leave my face feeling greasy
The Bottom Line:
Smooths out imperfections and allows make-up to go on smoother but it does leave skin feeling greasy and looking shiny after a few hours.
I'd been using Sephora Correcting Smoothing Primer for a few years but they stopped making it so I had to find something else. I turned to my daughter for help and she suggested Sephora Ultra Smoothing Primer. She was using it with great results. Before buying my first bottle, I tried a sample of hers and loved the way my skin felt after applying it so I headed over to Sephora and paid $15 for 0.5 fl oz bottle. It comes in luminous and clear. I chose the clear color.
Recommend this product?
Contains moisturizing and smoothing properties, it hides and softens imperfections and provides Vitamins E & A (antioxidants).
I'll apply a little more than a pea size of clear, thick primer on my face and gently rub it in until it's all absorbed. I can immediately feel how soft my skin is. It goes on dry and silky so I don't have to wait for the primer to dry before putting my make-up on. I have combination skin - oily around my nose and forehead and dry elsewhere. Also, I have mature skin so many products just don't work for me. This one does for a "brief time." It's not as good as Sephora's Correcting Smoothing Primer but when you can't have what you prefer and like, you have to settle for what you can get (for awhile).
It's round, has a pump for dispensing and you can see the primer through the clear plastic. One pump produces more than enough primer for your face but you may want to experiment to get the exact amount you need. I noticed that the black top that goes over the pump and the black bottom combined are actually larger than the amount of the primer in the bottle. Maybe I'm paying more (or half & half) for extra's than I am on the product? 0.5 fl oz isn't a lot but I think it'll last me quite awhile since I don't wear make-up every day.
I have some dry patches on the right side of my face and under my right eye. Moisturizing alone does not soften them enough for foundation so I "have" to use a primer to pave the way for foundation to smooth over the patches and not leave them so obvious to the naked eye. I'm seeing a doctor about those patches next week and hope he can do something about them.
I've found Sephora's Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer to be a good product but not a great one. My make-up becomes oily after 4-5 hours and I don't use a lot of foundation when I apply it. I'm not a big make-up person. I only apply it when I'm going somewhere special and I never use it when I'm home all day. I hate the greasy feeling on my face and having to apply more powder to get rid of the shine. I've tried using less primer and this does help some but if I'm gone all day and I have make-up on, at some point, I have a serious case of shine and have to do a touch up. This can sometimes leave my face feeling heavy and caked and reaching for a wet towelette to remove all my make-up.
I'd rather go bare than have skin feeling and looking icky.
For a "few hours," on my skin, it's a good primer but it gradually changes my skin to oily and shiny and I don't like that. Sephora stopped making an excellent product that didn't require touch-up's, didn't leave my skin feeling greasy or shiny or changed the texture of my skin. They removed that product from the market and gave us second best. I shall keep whining until I find the perfect replacement. In the meantime, I'll use their Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer knowing I can only wear it for brief periods.
It's not totally wasted, though, as it does have some benefits which is why I'm giving it 3 stars and recommending it. Smooths dry patches, goes on soft and silky, make-up is applied easier and quicker, doesn't break my skin out, doesn't feel heavy on my skin but on the downside, it is pricey and after a few hours, my skin is oily and shiny, something I never had before with my old primer.
We all have different types of skin so this primer may do an excellent job on yours but if you're happy with the primer you're already using, I'd stick with it and pass on the Sephoara Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer.
Cyclopentasiloxane,Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate,Nylon-12, Aqua (Water), Sorbitan Laurate, Tristearin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactic Acid,Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide,Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.
ddustyrose September 21, 2012
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