You know how some products you really want to love because they’ve been hyped up as a dupe for some other more expensive product but it turns out that is just not working for you? Well, that was exactly the case with me and Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser when I received it as a gift from my cousin on my birthday.
This past August my cousin surprised me with a bag full of goodies for my birthday that included two Lorac Pro palettes (which by the way, I almost fainted when I saw those and yes I will do a future post about them) the Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser was right at the bottom bag. As soon as I saw the teal blue squeeze tube with the pink lettering at the bottom of the gift bag I got so extra excited. It was like the cherry on top of an already perfect gift. Not to mention that the moment it came out on the market I’ve been wanting to try it since many reviewed it as a “dupe” for Benefit’s POREfessional. But during that time I was still living in New York and it was very difficult to find it at the drugstores I went to. So you can say I was really really excited to finally have it on hand.
Anyways, when it was time to use it I had no issues opening the tube (which by the way, how cute is it? I’m just a sucker for cute packaging and this product had that cute thing going for it). I did have to utilize my mouth for a little assistance in opening it but that’s just because I don’t have a good grip in my hands. (You know how that goes sometimes, just don’t tell your dentist. LOL). After opening it was rather easy to take the product out with a light squeeze on the tube since it’s not made out of a hard plastic. With my hand resting on the vanity table, I squeezed a little penny size and placed it in little dots on my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. My initial reaction was that it felt greasy. I mean I’ve used Prime Time from bareMinerals on my combination skin before and in some ways it had the same texture since both are silicone based, but to me this was more on the greasy side.
After I applied it on my problem areas I went ahead and applied my foundation. This was the part I didn’t like at all unfortunately. As I used a flat head synthetic brush to apply my foundation I felt it sliding on my face and the foundation itself actually breaking apart. Even the concealer looked crackly when I applied it, and girl let me tell ya, that’s not a good look. I did fixed it with a lot of blending and translucent powder after but as the day went on my face was an oily mess and that’s a big no-no for me. I must say this wasn’t my first and last time using it. I went online and read a couple of reviews on it and one said to give it time to settle in before applying foundation. Like 10 minutes or so and I did just that, even though that’s way too long of a time for me to wait for a primer to settle but I still wanted to make this product work for me. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Sure, it helped a little bit with the foundation settling better but it didn’t do much regarding minimizing the pores or not making you look like an oil slick midday. I felt a little disappointed about it because not only do I love Maybelline products, but primers are not that cheap, especially good primers and this one was just the right price range for me. Too bad it didn’t agree much with my face.I really wanted to love it.
But hey, everyone’s face is different so unlike me, it might actually work for you and you might just end up loving it! If that’s case, you lucky lady you! 🙂