Kiko Matte Face Base Primer REVIEW

by - October 15, 2018

My relationship with primers is... complicated. I started using a primer many years ago when I went to The Body Shop to buy one product and left with four or five. And one of them was a primer. I didn't love it (mostly because of the smell that never left throughout the day). And after that, I never really tried to look for any other primers, not because I didn't feel the need to use one but because I knew that once I opened that door I wouldn't be able to close it. I knew that when I started to use a primer I wouldn't want to not use it and that was another expense I didn't want. When that The Body Shop primer finished, I didn't use any other but recently I felt the need to find one because I'd wear makeup all day and it wouldn't last as long as I'd like. And it HAD to last. So I went looking for primers and when I noticed Kiko had a "4 for 2" sale, I thought it'd be a good opportunity to get a primer (I also got a lipstick, a lip liner, and a single eyeshadow).

At first, the consistency of the primer seemed promising. Its gel texture makes it seem like the kind of primer that will make your makeup stick to your face and last a long time. I focused it more on my T-zone and on the sides of my nose but I also tried to blend a bit of it on the rest of my face since I also have a bit of texture on my cheeks from acne scars.

Another thing I noticed was that I had either applied too little product or it dried extremely quickly. After a couple of times where I tested the quantity theory, I realized it just dried really quickly. I don't know enough about primers to know if that's a good thing or not but to me it seems like it could be a negative since it sinking into the skin so quickly will go against my first impression of it making my makeup stick to my face. I was expecting the primer to be more "silicone-y" and not so lightweight but I hadn't given up on it yet.

About two hours after having applied it I noticed something unusual. When I use the foundation that I was using at the time it usually sinks into the skin and becomes really natural looking while still having a medium to full coverage, that's one of the things I liked about it. But with this primer, the foundation was just sitting on my skin. If I happened to accidentally touch my face, the foundation would come off and that's not normal. I tested it out a few more times and the same thing would happen. The foundation would also settle into my fine lines which it had never done before.

My usual foundation is a mattifying one, just like the primer, so I decided to try it out with a dewier foundation and see how it worked. It ended up looking really good, my pores were invisible, my skin was smooth, it looked perfect. It didn't look matte, which is what the primer promised but overall it looked pretty great. This foundation specifically was extremely dewy so I feel like even the most matte primer wouldn't really survive anyways.

(Why does my hand look so crusty? I swear I use a hand cream every day)

Final thoughts, it's a good primer for dewy foundations, it makes your skin look amazing but since it's a mattifying primer I don't really understand why it doesn't work paired with a mattifying foundation. I also wished it didn't dry so quickly because then maybe it'd look nice underneath a matte base. Although I wouldn't recommend it for people with dry skin, it seems like it could dry out your skin. I think it's perfect for people with normal skin types that don't really need moisture but also don't need a mattifying product and only want something to hide the pores and smooth out the texture without being either super dewy or super matte.

I hope you're having a great day,
Marta Ribeiro xx

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  1. This sounds pretty good for my oily skin, I rarely use dewy foundations though, but great review! Thank you for sharing x

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