After hearing great things about this new Garnier release from Grace of Allthatslap I was curious to try it out. I have previously reviewed a pore minimising primer in the aptly named porefessional and I wanted to see if the high street alternative worked in a similar way. Having loads of primers in my collection to finish I couldn't justify purchasing so I just tried it out in store like a weirdo (taking budget blogging to a whole other level) and these are my initial thoughts. This costs £12.99 for 30ml.
It comes in squeezy tube packaging which is useful as there is no issue with a pump that can't reach the last dregs of product and it's travel friendly (although quite big).
It comes out as a light pink almost mousse like texture. I wasn't actually going to review this based on one use but I found it hard to find before and after photos online (other than this great post by Ree from reallyree) so I thought of this as a social service. I kid of course. I have quite visible pores on my nose so below is what this primer did for me.
|Eeeek why I subject myself to this for all to see is beyond me but it just seems so incomplete without it. I think it's obvious which is before and after right? Also, why I didn't remove my glasses is beyond me.|
Really weird photo but as I no longer put my face on my blog I had to do some serious cropping. In real life, I found it made a huge difference. It reduced the shine instantly, the silica filled in the pores making them less visible and made it seem and feel smoother.
After I got home, I realised I have begun using the porefessional for the sake of it and just add a teeny bit on my nose before foundation. However, it is a lot more effective if I stop being tight and just add a decent amount. I've decided even when I don't wear foundation (which is a rarity anyway) this spring/summer I will remember to apply it to my nose and chin because it really makes a difference in making my skin look better without coverage.
In short, I think the Garnier did a fantastic job and once my porefessional samples are done with (I still have a lot to get through) I will just buy the cheaper option.
Have you given this primer a go?
Till next time...Toodles! :)
PS Be honest do you find it weird I based a whole review on just one use in the shop? If you think it can't be accurate as a result please do tell me. I was hoping the photographic evidence would justify the post but all the same your opinion determines whether I do another one.