Hi everyone, today I want to introduce a new series here on BiBB. I am going to start doing “Beauty Quickies” occasionally. A “Beauty Quickie” is a truncated review on a beauty product, like a 60-second review. As you know, my usual reviews are pretty detailed and sometimes a little long, which is great for brand new products with a lot of characteristics to tell you about. However, if there is a product that has been out for a bit, or if there isn’t a whole lot to say then a full review is a little much. So, from now on, I’m going to be doing “Beauty Quickies” for these products to give you a short and sweet mini review with the important facts and my opinion, but with less details. These may happen once a week, or once every two weeks, depending on what products fit the category. Don’t worry though, the bulk of my reviews will still be the full length detailed reviews that you are used to. To start this series off, my first “Beauty Quickie” is going to be the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser primer.
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser is a silicone based primer that many people have compared to the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer or Benefit The Porefessional Primer (which I personally don’t get because they aren’t the same at all). Ingredients-wise, it is pretty similar with one notable exception. There is an absence of Cyclopentasiloxane in Maybelline Baby Skin, but it does have Dimethicone as the main ingredient. I don’t know if that means anything to you. It It didn’t mean a whole lot to me at first, but now that I’ve worn it several times, I’m thinking that missing ingredient may be more important than I originally thought.
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know hat the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is my all-time favorite. It works perfectly for my skin. Unfortunately, it’s pretty over-priced, and I am always in the market for a dupe. That’s why I bought Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser in the first place. I like silicone primers because they fill in my large pores and even out the surface of my skin. Maybelline Baby Skin does do that. The application is somewhat unpleasant because the formula is thick and it pills up as I spread it on. I really hate that, but it does even out as I continue to blend it onto the skin. The main selling point of Maybelline Baby Skin is that it is supposed to blur the look of pores for a smoother, younger appearance. It did not erase my pores, but it did give me a blurred out, soft focus look to the skin. Unfortunately, my skin seems to reject the formula, because I could not get any good wear-time for foundation when I wore this primer. I never have a problem with foundations fading or breaking down on me, but with Maybelline Baby Skin I was losing them only two to four hours in. I find that it sits heavily on my skin and breaks down my makeup. I know that Maybelline Baby Skin is popular, but for me it was a bust.
Here is a pic so that you can see what the product actually looks like. It looks similar to Smashbox Photo Finish Primer or NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer, but it just doesn’t do the job for me. If I did not prefer liquid or cream foundations it may do better. If my skin was good enough to simply top the blurred out effect of Maybelline Baby Skin with a powder foundation, I may love it. As it stands, though, Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser does not work for me and I can’t recommend it.
Thanks for reading my first Beauty Quickie, though this particular post wasn’t as quick as they will be in the future. Let me know your thoughts on the series. I am hoping it will be a good place for things like single lip product reviews, nail polish reviews, or maybe swatches for new LE shades of existing products. Comment below and tell me what you think. 🙂