• A little goes a long way
  • Nice consistency, makes skin feel satiny soft
  • Reasonable oil-control
  • Easy application
  • Can be mixed with mineral foundation


  • Can be a little drying with regular use
  • Pore minimizing ability is not the best
  • Not the perfect all-day primer for oily skin - but still pretty good

Full Review

After reading a number of online reviews of Too Faced Primed and Poreless Foundation Primer, I was curious. I am new to foundation primers and so the concept of putting something else on my skin before my foundation but after my moisturizer meant that I was skeptical of the benefits.

When I started using Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation, I had read many articles that suggested a good quality foundation primer was essential for even application. So I gave it a try. My skin is pale/sallow in tone, and, being in my late thirties, I have a few fine lines and open pores. My skin tends towards oiliness, particularly around the T-zone.

The Too Faced Primed and Poreless Foundation Primer came packaged in a sleek, pastel pink tube, which makes application really easy and means you'll get every last drop. At $30, it's not cheap, but it does what it's supposed to – pretty much, at least.

It claims to contain retinol, although I'm not sure if there's enough in this product to really make a difference. It glides on out of the tube and the pale matt pink color disappears instantly on your skin – (this was good for me, as I was worried it would look mask-like).

Once applied, it makes my skin feel satin-soft. It's really lovely in terms of consistency and feels really lightweight on my skin. However, I do find regular use can make my skin dry in places. As for the pore-minimizing claims – well, I'm not convinced my pores look any smaller than before use, but perhaps that's just me.

It certainly helps to give a good base for applying mineral powder foundation, but I think a heavy powder or liquid could result in streaking. Having oily skin, this doesn't keep my skin perfectly matte all day, but it certainly helps. I also struggle to touch-up over this, as once it's been applied and I've applied my foundation, trying to re-apply my mineral foundation seems to give patchy results.

In Closing

While I'm certainly convinced by the need for a good foundation primer, I'm not certain that Too Faced Primed and Poreless Foundation Primer is my ideal solution. But, having tried a few other alternatives, i've still not found anything better. I think if you had dry or normal skin, you'd see much better results.