Today, I will be reviewing the Banila Co. Prime Primer in Matte which I got from my Althea Beauty Box. Banila Co. is popularly known for their primers, I found out about them back when one of my favorite bias, Jessica Jung was their brand ambassador. I’m just new to using a primer but I will blog my honest opinion about it.
The Banila Co. Prime Primer has 5 variants that can address a specific skin type. I chose the Prime Primer in Matte which is for oily skin. The box doesn’t have any english text so I just got the description from the Althea Korea Philippines website:
“Clean, satin-finish formula that minimizes the appearance of shine, pores and fine lines, and creates a smooth, uniform canvas for flawless makeup application. Recommended for those with large pores and uneven skin surface.”
It claims to help minimize the pores and provide a smooth-satin finish while reducing sebum so makeup can easily adhere to the skin with its clear and silky texture. Recommended for people with large pores and uneven skin tone.
Onto the product! The packaging imo looks elegant. I love how the bottle is in mint since it’s one of my favorite colors. It has a pump that comes with a cap which is useful and very hygenic. It’s also convenient to take it anywhere but I hate how loose the cap is though, I think I prefer the cap from the old version.
As you can see from the photo above, The product has a gel like texture and after spreading, it becomes clear and transparent. I did notice that it had white clumps after I spread it maybe because I applied too much. I would apply a pea-sized amount of this because I learned that after several applications, a small amount of this product can go a long way. I focus the application more on my T-zone since it’s where I get oilies and sweat a lot on the nose (ew, right).
Once I applied it, I noticed that it blurred out my pores and made my skin a lot smoother but it’s not mattifying. I had a pimple on my cheek and it definitely blurred it out a little. After that, I applied the Loreal True Match Liquid Foundation then set it with the Loreal Mat Magique BB Veil. I have tried and tested this numerous times in the hot and humid weather especially the time when we had to walk in the heat while the sun was shining down on me. I can say that oil control is up to five hours then I had to blot a little and touch up my foundation. It did make my makeup last HOWEVER since the product is too oily and silky, my Loreal True Match Liquid Foundation decided to slide down my oily and sweaty nose then ruin the Canmake blush I had on. I have a really oily T-zone, so it started mixing with the foundation and blusher which looked like a sweaty mess. My makeup didn’t adhere to this that much. I guess this product just isn’t for the Philippine weather.
Here is after having a total makeover. Thoughts?