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Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

What it is:A makeup primer scientifically formulated to achieve the look of flawless skin without makeup.What it does:This one-of-a-kind makeup primer was scientifically formulated to wear alone or under bronzers and foundation powders for a look of flawless skin without makeup. Vitamins A & C, mulberry extract, and a powerful dose of Retinol virtually banish pores while tired skin is left hydrated, firmer, and detoxified. Primed & Poreless creates the perfect canvas to allow powders, bronzers, and foundations to slide seamlessly on the skin-delivering a flawless and perfectly blended look that stay in place all day. Skin appears brighter, fresher, and younger.What else you need to know:It looks great on any skintone! The nude tone becomes invisible once applied.
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How long does one bottle last?
If I used a nickel size amount every single day, just like it says, how long will this bottle last me? Does this product ever expire?
asked 6 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Edmonton, AB)
on Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
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answer 1
A loooong time, LOL. I use about a pea sized amount every single day on my nose, cheeks & chin. It lasts me about a year!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
sunshine38
(Saint Petersburg, FL)
answer 2
Personally, I never use more than about a pea sized amount, and it works fantastically. A nickel size amount seems really excessive!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
amairs
(Des Moines, IA)
answer 3
a nickel?! i use about half a dime-size for my whole T-zone, and this lasted me about 4 months.
answered 6 years ago
makeupjunkie490
answer 4
I never use a nickel - sized amount - I have found that a pea-sized amount is plenty. So I have a feeling it will last you for a long time (at least a couple of months, if not longer).
answered 6 years ago
lovetocolor
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
A bottle will last, per your nickle sized amount daily usage, for roughly 3 months.

It does expire, 6 months after you open it and start using it.
answered 6 years ago
T1ff4ny
answer 6
I only need to use a little larger than a pea-sized amount everyday. It lasts me about 4 months. I just opened a new tube this morning!
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
hellocalliekitty
(Fort Myers)
answer 7
I use less than the size of a nickel! I use about the size of a medium-large pea. A nickel sized amount would be too much for me. I first tried the sample size, I got it in one of the Too Faced kits and it lasted me a few months. The full size bottle will probably last me around 6 months, if not more. Definitely worth the money!
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
weeitsashley
(Houston, TX)
Question
application?
With any primer, my powder foundation would always smear and my makeup would be caked up or balled up. Do I need a specific primer for powder foundation or is my application technique off?
asked 5 years ago
olivy
(OC, Ca)
on Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
7 answers
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answer 1
DITTO! Unfortunately, most silicone based primers will do this if the right steps aren't taken.
I have found that when it comes to "silicone" based primers....."less is more"
I am pretty sure that you aren't waiting between products enough and are just putting too much on.
Plus, I believe that it also matters what type of moisturizer you wear under it.
Here's what I have found that works for me:
I do not use a moisturizer that is heavy, has a lot of ingredients or a bunch of anti-aging stuff(Save them for night time, after exfoliating and toning.Your body actually regenerates/fixes itself while you sleep. So, creams/serums with anti-aging stuff will work better then anyways)
Plus I do not use a moisturizer, that already has some silicone in it. Too much silicones will "ball/pill up! (though, for faster application and on light makeup days, I also like to only wear a silicone based moisturizer or serum,under my foundation,and it works pretty decent too :)
Also, I put my moisturizer on right after the shower or face routine. That is when our pores are open and therefore, they will really ready to drink it up faster.
Then I do my routine with my body lotion and add stuff to my wet hair.
After that, it should be soaked in and I add a "pea sized" amount of my primer.
Find something to do in your routine, for about 5 minutes and then apply your foundation. Do not rub it in too much. But, of course you can blend it in pretty good:)
I know it all sounds like a lot.
But since you already probably already do all of this..... its just a matter of planning your routine a lil' different. ;) I hope it works for you too!
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
mrsleonidas
(Indy, IN)
answer 2
Actually it sounds like you need a different foundation. Personally I prefer liquid and cream, as the good ones tend to sit on top of pores, instead of sinking into them like powder does, but if you're intent on using powder, then I'd suggest using Estee Lauder's Double Wear. It's a bit pricey but worth it.
By the way, this primer is AMAZING!!!
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
shiloh2169
answer 3
with this primer a little goes a long way. try different little applications of it, until you get accustomed to how much you really want to use. if you do too much, it won't work as well under powder. just go easy on the amount.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
judygee1
(new york, new york)
answer 4
I would suggest waiting a minute before applying powder on-top of either a primer or moisturizer. If you apply the powder while your skin is still moist it could clump or turn out uneven.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
thefirstnoel
(WI)
answer 5
This primer would deff help for your powder because it leaves your skin very smooth and silky, so the powder foundation would apply better. Also, in application of the powder foundation, be sure to moisturize first, and always end in a downward swipe because powder foundations can cause the tiny hairs on your face to be SUPER noticable if your powder upwards(in the opposite direction of hair growth) hope this helps, xxx!
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
juliagrace97
(Staten Island, New York)
answer 6
I use this primer along with Bare Escentuals makeup. All of their makeup is in powder form ie. foundation, blush, eye etc. It could be your moisturizer that is causing the "ball up" of skin.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
cynnymn
(New Fairfield, CT)
answer 7
My mineral powder goes on beautifully smooth with this primer. I have actually only been using this on my t-zone and inner cheek/nose area and have had absolutely no smearing or caking. I think you'd be very pleased.
answered 5 years ago
mm34mom
(Tulsa, OK)
Question
The perfect primer for my skin tone
I saw there are two different primers by Too Faced. I am dark brown, so I was wondering if there are different primers for different skin tones, or can I just use any primer (either bronze or the pink one)?
I will really appreciate any help.
Thank you.
asked 5 years ago
Anonymous
(Boynton Beach, FL)
on Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
7 answers
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answer 1
I use the pink tube and the product goes on completely invisible. It is a tan color but is invisible when applied.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
knwalker1
(New York, NY)
answer 2
It depends on what kind of finish you're looking for. The bronze color is intended to give you a sunkissed look underneath your foundation. The nude color is just a regular primer (but still amazing!) Both absorb into your skin and give you a flawless complexion.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
shiloh2169
answer 3
I would go with the pink tube since you are already dark. Dont think the bronze one would be the best. The bronze one does add a good amount of color. The pink tube is also a bronze color but not as harsh. Its a fabulous product. Go for the pink tube you will not regret the purchase.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
msemae
(San Luis Obispo, CA)
answer 4
I don't think it matter for both become invisible after being applied.
The only thing is, the bronzer one gives you a bit more of a sun kissed
glow than the other one. Nothing too exaggerated either, just a bit of shimmer and a helping glow.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
scotchcorduroy
(New York, NY)
answer 5
The original is translucent and doesn't leave behind a color, the bronze version does provide a tint to the skin. If you have medium-dark skin tone the bronze would be a good fit for everyday use.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
thefirstnoel
(WI)
answer 6
You should go with the pink bottled one.
The one in the bronze packaging is to help increase your tan and make you appear more "sunkissed" during summer or whenever your working on your tan.
The pink one is a beige color, but it completely blends away and its colorless. Ive used this on my darker skinned best friends and on my super pale mom, and its perfect for every skintone!
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
juliagrace97
(Staten Island, New York)
answer 7
The pink primer is suppose to work with any skin tone because it's invisible once on the skin so I think it will be fine.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
amirataher
(Edmond OK)
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Primer and tinted moisturizer
I have deep brown african american skin, I prefer tinted moisturizers over foundation along with a light concealer. Can I use a primer like this with tinted moisturizer and which do i apply first. And can anyone recommend a good concealer, I always end up with reversed racoon eyes in pictures.
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
msfancy
(Atlanta, ga)
on Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
6 answers
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answer 1
You should apply your primer first (it will dry FAST) then go ahead with your tinted moisturizer. I think you will not be disappointed. It works great, also for the concealer try applying the concealer (liquid type, not stick) all around the eye and make sure you get the inner corners, then set it with a dust of powder, make sure you do right after you apply it, try to use a smaller brush (Bobbi Brown makes a super one with concealer brush on one end and small powder concealer brush on other) and really set the concealer. Then, go on with the rest of your face application. Hope this helps!
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
cosmetichoe
(College Station, Texas)
answer 2
I use this primer with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer on top and it's a great combination.

For eyes, I use Cle de Peau Beaute undereye concealer (not available at Sephora)
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
brookealanna
(Boston, MA)
answer 3
hmmm... I feel like this primer almost takes the place of a moisturizer, and I have actually used it instead many times. I used a liquid foundation on top of "Primed and Poreless", and felt like it may have been a little too moisturizing, if you get what I mean? So, I'm not sure if tinted moisturizer would work so well with this, but if I were to use the two together, definitely the primer first, then tinted moisturizer.

I'd just like to mention that if you aren't looking for real coverage (as you are just using tinted moisturizer) you may like how this looks on its own. It just gives you a nice healthy glow, but without crazy shine. And I'm pretty certain it will work equally as well on both fair and deep tones.

Hope this helped!
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
alex9621
answer 4
Primed and Poreless Face Primer has 2 different primer tone colors and I would recommend Kat Von D's concealer's. They are absolutely the highest quality and they are the creamest and last all day long. They are called Tattoo Concealers, but they also can be used as regular concealers, look thru the shade boxes because they are super close to the real thing in the tubes. I am on my 2nd tube already. I don't want to ever run out. I love it.
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answered 5 years, 6 months ago
cindivice
(WI)
answer 5
yes I do.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
desade
(New York)
answer 6
Well it would be good with a tinted moisterizer if you want sheer coverage, if you don't need much coverage on your face then this is definitely a good idea. This is the best primer I have used and it makes your face look more even and pores look smaller. Put on the primer before the moisterizer.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
clarin12
(New York, NY)
Question
how to apply
Is it best to apply this with a sponge or fingertips?
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
astacyi
(san diego, ca)
on Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
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answer 1
I use my fingertips - the better to feel where you've been smoothed.
:)
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
missbonner
(Fort Fun, Colorado)
answer 2
I only use my fingertips, that way the product won't abdorb.into a sponge, and you'll have a better feel when you applying to where u still to apply.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
luvincoco
(Washington state)
answer 3
I just apply with my fingertips. It's fast and easy!
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
catholicgirl
(Lloydminster, AB)
answer 4
I'm not sure what is best but I use my fingers and it looks great.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
lvse4a
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
I find fingers work best... you use less product as the sponge can absorb it. Pat a light layer on and repeat in areas your pores are larger. Voila!
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
jairay78
(Toronto, ON)
answer 6
apply with your fingures
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
desade
(New York)
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good for really oily skin?
my skin is super oily. it's like an oil slick. i use bareminerals matte foundation but i need a good primer for than will keep my make up on all day. is this a good one for that? if not, do you have any suggestions for what primer would be good to control shine and keep makeup on oily skin? thanks
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
kylaura14
(Lexington, KY)
on Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
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answer 1
No, I wouldn't use this primer for very oily skin.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
pfannny
(Palm Desert, CA)
answer 2
I would say it probably isn't good for oily skin as I also have oily skin and it gets pretty shiny as the day progresses. Nowhere on the packaging does it say that it's oil-free so if you're concerned with the staying power of your makeup in relation to a combination of your oily skin and this primer, it probably isn't for you.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
lindsayeileen
(Texas)
answer 3
I personally have oily skin and this product is a miracle. It doesn't make you greasy at all!
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
queencute559
answer 4
I have oily skin as well and I do love this primer. Just remember to apply a light layer of powder after your total face application to set your look otherwise oil will set in quicker.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
cosmetichoe
(College Station, Texas)
answer 5
I have combination skin, with a super oily T-zone, like I carry blotting pads...it's especially worse in the summer. I started using this primer 4 days ago and have had 3 women from work ask me what I am using. I also use the Too Faced liquid foundation over the primer and set with bare minerals matte powder. The foundation is oil free and the matte powder controls oil as well. Now I can add bronzer for a little shine without the oil sheen! Not to mention the primer feels amazing when applied and has retinol in it!
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
brandinicholle
(OKC, OK)
answer 6
NO!! It broke my skin out pretty bad. If you read other reviews (ratings low to high), you'll see many others had the same problem. Especially if your skin is already oily.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
spedgirl
(Fresno, CA)
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Can this be used with an SPF moisturizer?
I always make sure to use an SPF moisturizer underneath my foundation. Can this be used with one? ...and if so, which goes on first? The moisturizer or the primer?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
irismarie
(San Diego, CA)
on Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
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answer 1
I use this product AFTER my moisturizer, but wait a few minutes in between products. It's very lightweight and non-drying.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(Houston, Texas)
answer 2
I always use a moisturizer underneath this primer and find that the primer still lasts just as long and so does my make up. Moisturize, then prime.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
littemissginger
answer 3
I apply a lightweight moisturizer (I like the aveeno positively radiant moisturizer spf 30) before I apply this primer. I let the primer sit on my skin probably about 5 minutes before I apply my foundation.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
kelly41983
(Seattle, WA)
answer 4
I personally apply my SPF moisturizer before applying this primer & then my foundation; it seems to work well for me.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
mariah2180
(Sunrise, FL)
answer 5
I put on primer, moisturizer, spf and then foundation. Sounds like a lot but I have dry skin so need to us separate moisturizer and spf.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
muckky
answer 6
Yes, you can use this with SPF moisturizer (or any moisturizer you like). Apply the moisturizer first, wait a few minutes to let it sink into your skin, and then apply the primer. If you wanted to skip a step, Too Faced's new bronzing primer is SPF 20. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml%3B$sessionid$W4FVRNDDVXA2GCV0KSGBPIQ;jsessionid=W4FVRNDDVXA2GCV0KSGBPIQ?id=P283910&categoryId=A47
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
mgl7
(Indianapolis, IN)
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Can you use it as eyeshadow primer?
Just wondering if you can use this on eyelids to keep eyeshadow in place?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
caaaanada
(Vancouver, BC)
on Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
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answer 1
I have before, but I don't know how well it works because I always use something else over it. I know that I like the Primed & Poreless better than the Shadow Insurance, though. I'm an Urban Decay Primer Potion fan.
answered 5 years ago
2cute
(Saint Petersburg, FL)
answer 2
I wouldn't. I would use something that is specifically made for the eyes. You have to be very careful ... your eyes are very sensitive with very delicate skin. I use Urban Decay primer for the eyes .... in the purple tube. It works great.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
shopgalal
(Birmingham, AL)
answer 3
I haven't tried using this primer for my eyes, but I have tried to use other face primers to do just that. I would NOT recommend it at all. It did nothing with the one I used, while the other only made my eyelid oiler. You could also end up irritating the skin around your eye as it is more sensitive due to the fact that the skin is thinner. Though some primers claim to be oil-free and the majority provide a matifying effect on your face, most people don't realize that your eyelids tend to become oiler than the rest of the face. I'd suggest using a primer meant for the eyes or a concealer, like a stick concealer. A cream/liquid conealer may just make your eyelids oiler too.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
mari87
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 4
I wouldn't recommend using this or any other face primer as your eye shadow primer because they are not formulated for around the eye area. This is an excellent primer and truly does what it says, but it may be a little heavy of a formula for your eyes. However, I would recommend Too Face's shadow insurace primer for the eyes. This is one of the best on the market in my opinon. I have oily skin and this primer doesn't crease and keeps my eyeshadow lasting throughout the day. A tube of this will last you for months because you only need a dab for each eye, so it is defintely worth the investment to have this primer for your eyes and keep using the primed and poreless for your face. I think you will be happy with the results of using this products together to keep you makeup looking fresh. Have fun and good luck!
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
makupluva
(Cape Coral, FL)
answer 5
I assume it would work just as well. Personally I use the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer for my eyes & this one for my face.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
mariah2180
(Sunrise, FL)
answer 6
yes
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
lhwilley
(Grand Rapids, MI)
Question
pore coverage
i have really large pores & the last primer i used not only clumped up, flaked & broke my face out but it did nothing for my pores at all. so i'm wondering if this will actually do what it says & banish my pores??
asked 5 years, 2 months ago
tlsw
(shreveport la)
on Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
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answer 1
My personal experience with this primer have not been great. It makes my makeup look a tad streaky and cakey and patchy (it isn't my foundation, I've used other primers/ alone and it works great). It did not hide my pores at all. However, every person is different so make sure to get a sample of this product before spending 30 bucks on it. Hope i helped (:
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
gigiovanna123
(Fort Lauderdale, Fl)
answer 2
does nothing to hide/shrink or otherwise help with pores
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
dante1
(boca raton,fl)
answer 3
This product worked miracles with my pores, but will do little to nothing to correct skin tone or hide blemishes on its own. Very lightweight product and finishes very smoothly. THERE IS NO MOISTURIZER IN THIS PRODUCT, so be sure to moisturize before applying to avoid dry patches.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
dentalgirl2010
answer 4
Yes! I have very large pores and it really helps diminish my pores, eliminate shine, and just give my skin an overall even finish that makes my powder look better! I highly recommend!
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(Houston, Texas)
answer 5
Try Smasbox or Tarte primers.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
meme55
(NYC, NY)
answer 6
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answered 5 years, 2 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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What other products can I use with it, witout it being TOO much?
I have oily skin, I use Murad Oil-Control Mattifier & on some days I use Murad Clarifyong toner WITH the mattifier. Would it be okay to use the toner, mattifier, and primer, then foundation ? Or is that just clumping everything on? I only have a sample and when I use it I wanna use it the right way so I can see if it works for me.
asked 5 years, 2 months ago
angeladigz
(Philly, PA)
on Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
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answer 1
I have oily skin too and when I applied the primer it actually gave me a matte appearance so I would maybe not use your mattifier with it. You'd have to try it and see what works best but I think with your mattifier it might be too much. This definitely helped control my shine throughout the day and all I used underneath it was a moisturizer.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
lijahsmommy
(VA)
answer 2
just be careful about how much you use of any of your products. all you need of this primer is just a bit of it. a little goes a long way. experiment a bit with your sample as to how little to use that works for you. you'll also find that you're using less of your foundation because this makes the application of foundation glide on smoothly so you don't need as much to cover. have fun with it!
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
judygee1
(new york, new york)
answer 3
You can use a toner, mattifier and foundation at the same time. The toner helps to clear out pores and balance the P.H level of your skin, the mattifier will help control oil throughout the day and the primer will help your foundation last longer. Don't forget mattifiers don't have to applied over the entire face instead you can use it just where you need it like in the T zone.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
thefirstnoel
(WI)
answer 4
You can totally use it with your other things. A toner basically gets the last bit of gunk off of your skin before application. I use it and a moisturizer as well as my 2Faced P & P and it is not heavy at all.
answered 5 years ago
2cute
(Saint Petersburg, FL)
answer 5
I also have a sample and I was told in the store that a little of the product goes a long way. With that said using a toner, doesn't do much to hurt your overall makeup look and is often suggested to use before applying any moisterizer or makeup. The first time I used this, I toned as normal after washing my face, then used a color-correcting primer, then this primer and finally my foundation. I have acne-prone skin and it wasn't aggrevated by all the layering and actually my makeup stayed for hours and my skintone looked VERY even.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
mari87
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 6
Hi angeladigz. The primer can be used along with the mattifier. Wait about 10 minutes after applying toner and mattifier, then apply a thin layer of primer evenly to face. If too much primer is applied it can start to ball up. Wait a couple minutes after applying the primer, then apply foundation. Hope that helps!
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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