Okay a lil story time. T’was early 2000, when my face was sabotaged by acne. I wanted to hide the flaws badly so I decided to amp up my beauty routine. VMV, MAC and Laura Mercier were my go-to foundations then. While they did give me the camouflage I needed, it was for a very short time, two hours at the most. I was constantly retouching with a pressed powder. My makeup bag can pass for a vanity counter with the amount of cosmetics (powders, blush, etc.) in it. Reason being, nothing lasts on my genetically greasy face.

Fast forward to present-day triviality. If you are still wondering why a makeup won’t even get you thru the fourth hour, maybe you’re missing something in your arsenal. Can I just say that ever since I discovered the wonders of a face primer, my makeup bag was downsized to bare minimum? Save for occasional blotting, I hardly retouch with a pressed powder anymore. #truth

So let’s touch base on the real subject matter- a face primer that I recently tried from Too Faced. Oil-free and sensitive skin, two powerful claims that tickled my fancy. Ready to dissect?

$30, 1 oz, Sephora


Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Nylon-12, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polysorbate 40, Isohexadecane, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Disiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cycloheptasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cyclodextrin, Polysorbate 20, Retinol, BHT, BHA.

Dimethicone is a popular ingredient in face primers because it forms a protective barrier on the skin. It can also fill in lines and pores on the face and helps makeup last longer. Having said that, this Too Faced primer did deliver. My makeup was intact way past eight hours. It’s noteworthy to say that I didn’t have to use a separate pore filler, which is always a great thing!

Now comes the downside. Much as I love that it’s made for oily and sensitive skin, I don’t like the smell. It’s not awfully bad but my picky nose isn’t a fan of the slightly chemical scent. I’m smelling hints of clorox, yeah that’s how I associate the scent. So that breaks the deal for me! Not buying it again.

What’s your favorite face primer?


*purchased this*

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6 thoughts on “Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Face Primer (Oil-Free & Sensitive Skin)

  • I have been wanting to try this, but if it smells bad, then that is a deal breaker for me, too. I have dry skin from acne treatments, so I tend to lean towards my Eve Pearl Priming Moisturizer. It helps prime my face and give my skin just a little bit more moisture, without that greasy feeling. When my skin is not so dry, I use the Bare Minerals face primer or the Estee Lauder Mat primer. I just have too many primers to use right now before I experiment with a brand new one. I might still test out the Too Faced one, just to see if I can tolerate the smell.

    Great blog post.

    Nicole at proudproductjunkie.blogspot.com

    • Thanks for visiting NIcole! If you're quite picky with scent you might not like it. It's not a strong smell though, I'm not just into it. Stay fabulous!

  • I only get oily on my nose but feel like every primer I tried makes it feel more oily. Maybe I will give this a try. I have heard good things about it.

  • Oh no, if it has an unpleasant smell it will not work for me either! How strange for it to even have a scent at all.

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