Not too long ago, BECCAintroduced their Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. I am always on the hunt for something that will disguise my pores, as well as something to keep oil at bay. This sounded perfect, so of course I had to try it!

I had never tried anything from BECCA before, but have heard wonderful things about the company. It is an Australian brand, but has recently been gaining popularity in the US as well. According to BECCA’s website, “neither BECCA, nor any company contracted to BECCA, conducts tests on animals.” This silicone-free primer claims to control oil and mattify the skin, while minimizing pores for at least 8 hours. Quite the claim! Can BECCA’s Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector live up to its’ promises? Let’s find out!

The first thing I noticed about this primer is the texture. It is quite different from other pore-filling primers I have tried. It does not have that typical silicone-slippery feel to it, probably because the BECCA Primer does not contain silicones (good news for many prone to breakouts!). It is almost more of a thick, dense, clear gel. It’s a difficult texture to describe. It is definitely thick – so thick in fact, that it takes a bit of effort to squeeze the tube and get a dollop of product onto your hand. Somehow it still spreads over the skin without feeling spackled-on or heavy. It is actually easiest to pat the Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector into the skin, which also helps to fill the pores (without clogging them) and to sop up oil. It takes maybe a pea-sized amount to cover my whole face – a bit more than silicone primers, but still a very small amount. Immediately, my skin looks less shiny and there is a slight cooling sensation on application. Score one for the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector!

BECCA’s Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector –
about enough to prime each quadrant of my face

Given the unusual texture of the Ever-Matte Primer, I had no idea what to expect when applying foundation over it. Well, my expectations were surpassed! I tend to have slight dry spots here and there to which foundation almost always clings. Not so much with the BECCA Primer underneath the foundation! I have used both powder and liquid foundations over this Primer, and neither gives me much trouble in terms of sticking to, or emphasizing dryness.

As for shine, say goodbye! This primer really does keep me from getting shiny throughout the day. I may have a tiny bit more oil by the end of the day, but nothing major and not as much as with other primers I have used. That’s not to say that my complexion looks devoid of any natural glow either. The Ever-Matte Perfector under my foundations creates a nice, healthy looking complexion, regardless of which foundation I choose. It keeps my skin looking natural all day – not too shiny, not too matte.

As far as pores go, I have no complaints! I have pores that are on the larger side (they used to be non-existant!), and I struggle with primers and foundations that emphasize the giant holes on my face instead of disguising them. The BECCA Primer actually doesseem to make a noticeable difference in the appearance of my pores. They are still there, but they look softer and more diffused. Foundation does not settle into the pores as with so many other primers – or none at all – and I’m left with the appearance of an improved texture to my skin. The oil-controlling abilities of the Primer help keep my pores from cropping up mid-day as well! This is by far the best primer I have found for helping to  camouflage and “fill” pores, while not clogging them and causing breakouts! J

BECCA has made a wonderful Primer for anyone with combination to oily skin types, and perhaps even those with drier skins as well! Not only can this Perfector be used alone or under your foundation, it can be used over it for touch-ups and  it can be used as an eye primer as well! Though the thick formula takes some getting used to, and it can be a little difficult to get out of the tube, the formula does what it claims…and more! It keeps my skin matte, it reduces the look of my pores and it lasts all day! My foundation glides over the Primer easily without emphasizing imperfections and really does create a “perfected” canvas for applying makeup. I love the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector and would definitely recommend it to anyone hoping to control oil, minimize pores and imperfections, prolong the wear of their foundation, or is just looking for something to create a great canvas for other products!
Ingredients: Water, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Propylene Glycol,
Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Enantia
Chlorantha Bark Extract, & Oleanolic Acid

The BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector retails for $36 for a 1.35 fl oz / 40mL squeeze bottle/tube. It can be found at Sephora and on BeccaCosmetics.com.


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