If you've been reading my blog for a while you know I'm all about covering pores! Oh, how I wish there were that one magical product that would erase all traces of them. :)
I purchased this Clé de Peau Beauté Smoothing Base for Pores SPF 22 Sunscreen on impulse at a Shiseido counter at Mitsuwa while I was about to walk out the door! Oh, how typical of me. I didn't even have time to do any research or read any reviews but given the fact that I've had success with all Clé de Peau Beauté products I purchased in the past, I was pretty confident I'd love this one, too. And I did!
It is basically a silicone-based face primer with sunscreen in it. SPF 22 (Octinoxate 2.9%, Titanium Dioxide 5.8%) is pretty good and quite uncommon to see in face primers. It comes in a signature Clé de Peau Beauté packaging – black shiny tube with a screw on cap but Clé de Peau Beauté's cap is not just any cap – it has a top that resembles blue sapphire cabochon jewel – really pretty especially when you turn it around to reflect light. Did anyone ever notice? :)
Advertised as a smoothing base to minimize the appearance of pores and control shine, this product actually does deliver just that. It is off-white in color and the texture feels super light and extra creamy (almost like yoghurt!). It has a strong baby powder scent that lingers briefly but nothing too overpowering. I like to apply it after a moisturizer using the tips of my fingers. I dab a small dot on my forehead, cheeks, and chin and then spread outward. It spreads really easily and sinks in almost instantly leaving my face a completely matte and slightly powdery finish.
This primer provides an excellent base for foundation and BB cream to glide on effortlessly. It keeps my makeup looking fresh and shine-free longer than any primer ever could. Thanks to the oil-absorbing powder in it. Sometimes I even get away with just this primer and a little bit of loose powder or foundation powder on top and I'm good to go. My pores appear diminished and my skin looks soft and smooth without having to pile on a ton of products!
The small downside is it can be a little drying and it tends to leave a white residue on the skin. I don't mind it personally, if anything I think it helps “brighten” and add a touch of radiance to my overall complexion. If it looks too pale for you (and I think it will on skin darker than NC30), just follow with your foundation to neutralize the color.
I'm really glad I purchased this primer. It's uber expensive, yes, but it's worth it in my opinion especially on days that I have little time to put on makeup. I just slap this on real quick and finish with some powder and I can go on about my day worry-free that my face won't become shiny! :)