To be honest, I’ve only known about makeup primers recently. Before, the common makeup routine I knew was cleanser-moisturizer-foundation-concealer-powder-and so on. But then a face primer and eyelid primer popped up and now my face is going to be four layers eveytime I apply makeup.
Truth be told, primers are still not that popular and widely manufactured. Most face primers are expensive and only few are sold widely here in the Philippines. With my financial status, I couldn’t afford those Shu Uemura, Smashbox, Rimmel, Revlon, etc. face primers. I can’t even find a seller here in Baguio City. I have to buy it online.
A little bit of a background here to readers who still don’t have much knowledge of primers. Face primers are used to “minimize” pores, “hide” acne scars, soften fine lines, and make makeup adhere to the skin better. Usually, it is used before applying foundation. Hence, it is called “primer.” Primers also help prevent clogging caused by makeup deposits. Some primers can also function as moisturizer. Others have mattifying components. You can use it on your t-zone to minimize large pores and at the same time control oiliness.
I have encountered the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier before, I frequently see this in Watsons and SM Department Store. However, I only learned about what this product does when I watched Say Artillero’s review of the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier in YouTube. None in the packaging says it’s a primer so I was doubtful at first. Originally, this was sold at around Php 69 only, however it increased to Php 89. Maybe a lot of people started buying it after learning that it could be used as a primer.
The QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier is made in Korea, as stated in the packaging. There are other QuickFX products too like the Tinted Moisturizer and Eye Cream. I bought the tinted moisturizer as an alternative for foundation and I’m going to make a review of it too. Now, let’s proceed to my review of the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier.
As a moisturizer. It says on the packaging that the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier is “a light moisturizer…” So I tried applying it after cleaning my face, without putting on any moisturizer. I have combination skin that can be extreme sometimes – a very oily t-zone and very dry cheeks. What I expected from this product is the same result when I use my Myra Facial Moisturizer, however when I used it the result was different. No dryness was visible upon application, however when I applied my foundation dry patches started to show up. A few hours later, my foundation became blotchy on my cheeks because of the dryness. I tried applying the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier on top of the blotched foundation, however it only made it worse because the foundation clumped and I could not spread it. Anyway, the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier is not an alternative for moisturizer based on my experience.
As a primer. This is the first and only product I have used as a primer. I cannot afford the other primers because they are expensive and I have to pay for shipping fee because no one sells here in Baguio City. So, I would share my experience with this primer based on my own opinion and not in comparison with what a primer should be.
First of all, it does not cover my large pores and other imperfections. I have large pores on my nose, nose bridge, and under my eyes. Even if I put a generous amount over these areas nothing happens. However, it does give a flawless coverage on my cheeks and forehead. I have watched a lot of videos where they use a pea-size amount of QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier for the whole face. In my case, however, a pea-size amount of the product is not enough. It depends on what foundation I will use, how heavy my makeup will be, and how long I will wear my makeup.
One thing I am sure about this product is that it helps make my makeup last longer, however it does not prevent smudging and transferring of the foundation. The reason I could think of is that it controls the production of oil in my t-zone hence the makeup is not disturbed. Once my face become oily, my makeup starts to melt and smudge around. However, the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier helps prevent my makeup from melting and smudging for an extra hour, or it depends on the wheather and other circumstances. When I’m only using tinted moisturizer, my t-zone does not oil up until 2 hours after application. With foundation, it can last up to three to four hours.
As to hiding acne without drying them, I’m not really sure because I don’t have acne. When I do have one or two zits on my face that appear out of nowhere, I avoid using makeup or any product on my face that could worsen it so I have not tried using QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier to treat acne.
These are the most important things I have noticed about the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier so far. This, I repeat, is based on my experience. It may be good on some and might not be good on others. We have different skin types and also have different reactions to a specific product. I suggest though that you read a lot of reviews and ask from other people their own experience before buying any makeup product so that it won’t be a waste in the end.