The past month I’ve been focusing on skin care treatments that help with pores. While sadly you cannot change the size of your pores (they’re genetic) you can alter the appearance of them. I’ve found that using a combination of face masks and pore-filling primers can help dramatically with large pores. I’ve recently tested out the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, however, it was only a sample size and I didn’t have room in my budget to buy the full-size version. So naturally, I went to Pinterest to search for a primer dupe. I came across Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, and at $7 for a bottle, I had to try it out. So I’m here to share my experience with you and tell you if you should dupe or don’t!
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer review
Applying this primer is definitely one of my favorite parts of my daily makeup routine. I layered it under my foundation after applying moisturizer. I let the primer sink into my skin while I do my eye routine, and then apply my foundation. I’ve found that using a light layer of this primer helps reduce the size of my pores dramatically and it also helps control oil throughout the day. I’ve only tested this primer with liquid and gel foundations, but would have loved to test it out with a powder to see how the formulas mix.
ingredients CYCLOPENTASILOXANE , DIMETHICONE , DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER , TRISILOXANE , SILICA , DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER , ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE , RETINYL PALMITATE , TOCOPHERYL ACETATE , CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED EXTRACT , PROPYLENE GLYCOL , WATER\AQUA\EAU , VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED EXTRACT , COLA ACUMINATA (KOLA) SEED EXTRACT , CAMELLIA OLEIFERA LEAF EXTRACT
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser review
Although the name isn’t that appealing to me, it’s definitely a great primer option. I use the Baby Skin in the exact same routine as the Smashbox primer. While the appearance, texture, and pore filling capabilities are nearly identical, the major difference I found was in the consistency of the product. I found that warming a pea size amount of the primer in my hand before applying helps with the spreadability (not sure if it’s a word but I’m going with it).
ingredients DIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, STEARYL HEPTANOATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SILICA SILYLATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, PRUNUS CERASUS EXTRACT / BITTER CHERRY EXTRACT
Above I’ve highlighted the ingredients the two primers have in common. Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, and Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer are “flexible silicon polymers” and have various applications in cosmetic products. According to CosmeticsInfo.com, these dimethicone ingredients can act as viscosity increasing agents for nonaqueous products, dispersing agents, and emulsion stabilizers. These ingredients are insoluble in water, which most likely contributes to its use in each product (only Smashbox’s contains water, but it is in very low concentrations).
Overall, as much as I loved the Smashbox primer, as a dupe, the Maybelline primer is cheaper and works just as well and I’d definitely consider this a valid dupe product. Pinterest, you’ve done it again.
Do you have a favorite primer? Have you ever tried out a Pinterest dupe? I’d love to hear any comments and questions below!