If you, like me, are of the oily skinned persuasion and enjoy wearing makeup, you’ve probably been looking for the perfect under foundation primer for ages. I’m betting us oily folks have all had the same experiences with each pricey or not so pricey primer we’ve bought, tried and maybe even returned. They all seem nice at first but that’s just a clever facade. A few hours of wear later you happen to glance in a mirror, only to let out a horrified gasp at the astonishing vision in front of you. Your face, which had started the day looking smooth and refined, now looked like someone could fry an egg on your forehead and nose. Not only were you extra greasy, but your makeup had separated or cracked and was completely gone in some spots. How does that even happen when you’ve not touched it? It’s as if the makeup just evaporated into thin air. *thinking emoji*
Thankfully I’ve found something that works for me, and hopefully for you too. It’s a primer by Becca called the Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector™, and it is hands down the best primer I’ve ever tried for my oily, acne prone skin type. Read on for the ingredients, application tips and more.
Here’s what the people at Becca have to say about their product:
“Go beyond extending makeup wear to address the root cause of why your makeup moves. This formula specifically targets oil-prone areas and acts as liquid blotting paper to leave your skin fresh and matte all day. Use alone, before, or after foundation to control excess oil, while minimizing the appearance of pores. Feel free to use throughout the day to touch up areas of concern.”
Sephora’s Ever-Matte page has this to say as well:
“This product eliminates excess oil for long-lasting matte skin. The formula is sweat- and humidity-resistant and free of silicone, oil, alcohol, and fragrance.”
The Becca site also says that this product is perfect for all skin types, but especially oily skin. I beg to differ on that “all skin types” claim and I’ll explain why further below.
Water, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid.
The active ingredient would be magnesium aluminum silicate, which is a naturally occurring mineral derived from refined and purified clay that is used primarily as a thickener in cosmetics and beauty products.
From my research over the past year or so, I’ve realized that the problem I was having with my previous primers is that they contained dimethicone. From EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database:
Dimethicone (also called polymethylsiloxane) is a silicon-based polymer used as a lubricant and conditioning agent.
Function(s): Antifoaming Agent; Skin-Conditioning Agent – Occlusive; Skin Protectant; EMOLLIENT; SKIN CONDITIONING; SKIN PROTECTING
From Truth In Aging:
One of the most widely used ingredients in cosmetics, dimethicone works as an anti-foaming agent, skin protectant and skin & hair conditioner- it prevents water loss by forming a hydrating barrier on the skin. Like most silicones, this ingredient has a unique fluidity that makes it easily spreadable. When applied to the skin, its known for creating a subtle gloss that feels smooth and silky to touch. It also acts a mild water repellent by forming a protective barrier on the skin, and can fill in fine lines/wrinkles on the face, giving it a temporary “plump” look.
If you read cosmetics and haircare labels, you’ll notice that lots of products contain dimethicone or some other type of silicone. While a glossy, silky to the touch, water repellent, skin plumping barrier might sound lovely on paper, in reality it’s not that great for many oily skinned people precisely because of those characteristics. I’ve learned that the reason my face felt gross and looked particularly greasy/oily is because of the silicones, and that I should stay away from any daytime products with dimethicone (or other types of silicones) particularly primers and moisturizers. Since then, my makeup game has been transformed.
Becca’s how-to video:
I’ve been using the Ever-Matte for about four to five years now, and I’ve learned a few things throughout that time. In the beginning I struggled with using it, and never thought to check anywhere for application instructions. It seems as if primer application should be self-explanatory, but I’ve noticed others have had the same issues with it that I had.
While the video above gives you a quick rundown, it is slightly misleading because it doesn’t inform you of some of the drawbacks of this primer.
I’ve learned that the most effective way to apply is to squeeze out about a penny to a nickel-sized amount onto the top of your hand or into your palms. I’ve done both and have found that either way works well for me.
Next, rub it lightly with your finger(s) or between your palms to warm it up, then apply to your
greasy problem areas. I like to use it as an all over face primer, so I apply it all over my face and jawline, but not under my eyes (too drying).
The trick is NOT to rub it into your face, but to pat it on. Once you start rubbing you create this highly visible beige-colored, streaky, dry as hell looking paste-like texture that is only removable by water or makeup wipe. Don’t even bother trying to cover it with makeup, because it is not a good look, believe me.
Once you’ve patted the product on, you need to be ready right away with your preferred method of foundation or powder application, because once this product has fully dried it creates an ashy looking film that is, once again, really hard to remove without washing your face and starting over. This film will continue to look ashy/dry under makeup and is especially drying if you placed for too long on your eyelids (definitely try not to get it on your eyebrows or hairline). If you’re not as quick with your base makeup application, I recommend dividing your face into quadrants and doing each area one at a time.
NT = No Thanks | PM = Possibly Maybe | RP = Repurchase | HG = Holy Grail
If applied correctly, the Ever-Matte leaves me with a matte but not overly flat look that stays put for hours and does not break me out. Is it sweat and humidity-resistant, as claimed? I’ll say this: if you’ perspire excessively in the face, or if it’s extremely humid, then not completely. However, most people should be able to wear this for 5-8 hours with minimal (if any) touch ups. I typically do not experience any separating of my foundation or powder, especially if I’ve used a moisturizer and foundation without silicones or with very little silicones.
As for Becca’s claims that this is a product for every skin type? I probably wouldn’t try this if I were on the drier side. In fact, I’ve let Lori and her desert dry skin know not to even bother buying it because I know she’d regret it.
At first look, this product seems very expensive for a primer (but certainly not the most expensive out there). $36 for 1.5 oz seems pretty steep, especially if you’re on a budget. It’s actually not at all, since each 1.5 0z tube lasts me a little over a year with 5 days a week application, if not more. That, coupled with all its other benefits, makes the Ever-Matte more than worth it to me.