I, like most women, have a love-hate relationship with my skin. For the most part, I'm blessed with favourable genes. Unless I screw it up (and by screw it up I mean sleep with my makeup on or am haphazard with my sunscreen application), acne is a myth and sun spots are manageable considering how much time I spend under the sun. Where it fails me is in the pore department. They rise with me and they're usually very friendly — they want to see and be seen, you know? Also, I can usually fry an egg on my nose by noon. That's how oily my skin can be, a condition no match to the best primers in the market.
Or is it? No Fenty Beauty product has disappointed me yet, a fact the Pro Filt'r Mattifying Primer manages to uphold. If anything, I'm an even bigger fan of the brand because of it. The formula is very light, and very liquid, though it dried swiftly to leave me with a smooth, matte complexion, ready for foundation. I first tried it with the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (also new). These two must be the most hardworking face makeup I've tried, maybe since forever. My face was practically one dimensional by the time I patted on my favourite Clé De Peau Beauté Translucent Loose Powder — that's how mattifying the products are.
Typically, I have to blot my face twice a day if I'm going to work and to dinner, which means that I need to get rid of excess grease once every six hours so my makeup doesn't slip and slide by the 12th hour. If I go to a kopitiam for lunch, I may have to blot three times. With the primer, I blotted a total of zero times. And yeah I had fish noodle soup for lunch at a hawker centre. By 10pm, my makeup had not moved a stitch. My blush, which is usually gone by this time is still flushed and fresh. Skeptical, I tried the primer again for a few days (with other liquid foundations) and similarly, my skin, particularly my nose, remained matte for far, far longer than usual. My only gripe is that by the evening, my pores started to show a little again and I can't blend more foundation over it or the primer will coagulate. 9/10.