I’m not sure why silicones on makeup always have this negative connotation to it. I, for one, associate silicones with boob jobs. But hey, I have sort of a perverted mind so… let’s not get off-topic and let’s keep that between us, okay?
My main issue today, though, is not with silicones or boob jobs but with face primers in general and how I think they’re nothing but a bunch of gimmicky shit that brands use to earn more money from unknowing consumers.
But that’s just me and that aversion (and bitterness) towards face primers can be well attributed to the fact that none—and I mean nothing (except for about two that worked better than the others but still failed terribly as a whole; I’m looking at you Hourglass and Smashbox) in the 7+ years that I have been addicted to makeup—has ever worked on me and my extremely problematic skin.
For a hot minute though, I thought that the The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer would be my answered prayer. I mean, just look at these claims:
First of all, matte and hydrating??? Okay, color me intrigued because a single product that can be both of those things are rare or even close to impossible to find so if this actually ends up being matte and hydrating, then that’s definitely something, isn’t it?
Unfortunately, it performed almost the same way as all the other face primers that I’ve tried before. So this didn’t exactly wow me, you know? And I did expect a lot since it’s from The Ordinary and I absolutely adore and swear by every single skincare product that I’ve tried from that brand.
But you can’t have them all, can you?
This primer didn’t do squat for any of my skin’s issues (extreme oiliness, lots of tiny bumps, huge and visible pores, fine lines, acne and acne scars—some are even pitted, ugh!). Whether I apply it on or not doesn’t make a difference at all.
Although, I did notice that when I used this under a matte-finish concealer (since I no longer use foundation), the very few dry patches that I have on my skin were emphasized immensely—not something that anyone wants.
So on that note, I therefore conclude that while it is matte, it definitely is not hydrating. It also did not blur or reduce the appearance of any of my pores and fine lines. And it sure as hell did not help with the longevity of my face makeup (concealer + powder) so I’m disputing that claim as well.
It’s definitely not a bad product but it just didn’t live up to its claims on me.
Right now, I’m this close to completely boycotting face primers. Seriously.