Maybelline Baby Skin Review
From the Brand:
Poreless Smooth Skin Perfection! One second to smooth, poreless skin. Get mistake- proof, poreless smooth skin with Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer.
- Poreless Smooth Skin Perfection!
- One Second To Smooth, Poreless Skin
- Visibly Pore Blurring Smooth Skin
Retails for: $6.99
Where to Buy: You know the drill, anywhere drugstore brand makeup is found, but just in case, here's a few of my favorite places to shop: Walgreens.com, Ulta.com, Drugstore.com
My Thoughts: I purchased this foundation primer to see how it would hold up on clients in the photo studio as a cheaper alternative to higher end silicone primers like the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I'd seen some people on YouTube talking about how much they liked it, and for only $6.99 decided to give it a go. I can't use anything with dimethicone (a form of silicone commonly found in primers) on my skin, since I'm allergic, but I tested it out on several clients under my silicone Face Atelier foundations to see how it did on a variety of different skin types.
I wasn't very impressed with this primer, much as I'm usually not too impressed with silicone primers. I really like to buff the foundation over the surface of the skin when I'm working with a liquid and brush, and I never seem to get the perfect finish I want when I'm doing this over a silicone primer. I find that unless you really work it over the surface of the skin and use just the tiniest bit they tend to roll up on the skin and not sit in place when buffing the foundation over. They work great when I'm airbrushing foundation over the surface, as I'm not touching the primer once it's laid down. When applying makeup to someone else, it's kind of weird to sit there and rub their face. But that's just how I am. I prefer a thin primer with an almost serum-like consistency that sinks down into the skin to hydrate and lightly "plump" the skin rather than something that sits over the surface.
That all being said, if you do use just a tiny bit of this and really work it over the surface of the skin, it's a good primer to fill in the pores and create a more even surface for foundation. Just don't try to buff the skin with a flat kabuki style foundation brush. I can make it work with my Face Atelier by using a small dual fiber brush to stipple and then smooth out the foundation lightly without disturbing the primer underneath or even better with a blender sponge. The best option is just to airbrush, but I don't bring that to the photo studio.
I'm not able to comment on how well it works at adding longevity to the makeup, since most of our clients take their makeup off before they leave the studio. (It's boudoir, so 1. It's a heavier look to wear just around town, and 2. It's usually a surprise.) It seems to dull shine just a bit, even under the lights or on warm days. On really oily skins though it's not heavy duty enough to mattify the skin, and I need to powder and use a mattifying spray on top of the makeup.
Final Verdict: It's a decent silicone style primer to have on hand if you can't afford the more expensive prestige brands, but it doesn't live up to my favorites like the Too Faced Primed and Poreless or Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.