I know it's been a hot minute since I've written a review, but I really just HAD TO for this product. In case you didn't read the title (it happens), we're talking about a face primer from Innisfree (an affordable Korean brand) today (and no i'm not being paid to say any of this).
Now the official description of what this stuff does, is a little unicorns and mermaids (if you know what I mean). Apparently it both smoothes out AND 'cleanses' uneven pores and bumps to create a 'clear skin texture' before you go over it with makeup. 'Mint and minerals' control oil production and the moisture balance of the skin, while 'Jeju green persimmon extracts' tighten wide pores and create 'healthier skin'.
Say what now? Are there any clinical studies behind these claims? can a primer really clean and create healthier skin all while priming the face for makeup? I don't know. Then again, i'm no scientist. I'd be interested to hear from some though. If you know if any of these claims can be substantiated, please let me know.
Up next: some incredibly closeup shots of my face (ugh).
So this is the area beside my nose, first thing in the morning after washing my face, but without anything on it. Pores and oil control are my two problems in this area, and are what I expect primers to help deal with.
Directly after application, this is what the skin looks like. No, I haven't gotten into the face-shaving habit. The pores are filled in and the skin looks refined.
I figured I would include a shot of what it looks like after foundation and powder application(well, a Garnier BB cream application but you get the drift).
This BB cream isn't my favourite, and I don't know why I used it tbh. The skin actually looks better without the foundation and powder then with.
After 5 hours (during which time I was walking out in the sun, it was about 32-35 degrees Celsius (about 95 degrees Fahrenheit) all day, I was sweating .. it was not a cute situation.
The pores are still refined, but the skin is shiny and oily.
After blotting at the 5 hours mark (you could blot of touch up with some powder to take down the shine).
Shine-free but not flat matte either.
After 8 hours of wear, in both natural and tungsten light:
The pores are extremely visible, the skin is shiny. Kind of what I expected after 8 hours. The BB cream had broken down completely, and there was no powder left either.
So those are the results (I would never subject y'all to such extreme closeups but for this kind of review). What do I think?
It performs similarly to the Sleek primer, and to the Porefessional by Benefit here in the tropics, and here it costs far far less than both (in fact it is half the price of the Sleek primer, itself a drugstore product). I'm not sure about it creating healthier skin, but looking at it purely from a 'mattifying primer' standpoint, it performs well. In fact, my favourite way to apply it is to just pat it into areas of large pores (mostly t-zone and cheeks in my case), and then use a mattifying powder over-top (the one from Astor is brilliant). No foundation or BB cream required.
Anyway, let me know what you guys thought if you've tried this primer, and if you've tried other great products from the Innisfree line, I would LOVE to hear about them.