Dr. Brandt Pores no More Pore Refining Primer Review+Swatches

 Dr. Brandt's Pores no More Pore Refinin Primer is a "cult favorite" because its a "quick fix for flawless, photo-ready skin. It is the miracle base to create the prefect skin canvas for long lasting makeup and well preserved skin. This velvety formula absorbs excess oil, minimizes pores, blurs fine lines, and is resistant to sweat and humidity. Prime, touch-up, and treat, while perfecting your makeup." This foundation primer contains 30ml (1 fl oz) and costs $45. I received a sample of the Pores no More Pore Refining Primer in an Ipsy Bag. Dr. Brandt does not test on animals. This face primer was made in the USA. Dr. Brandt products are available through the brand's website, and at Ulta and Sephora.

 The Pores no More Pore Refining Primer comes in a grey tube. My sample is in a squeeze tube, but I believe the full size has a pump dispenser. The Dr. Brandt logo and product name are printed on the front the tube. A brief description and directions can be found on the back of the recyclable tube.
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Honestly, I was expecting Dr. Brandt's Pores no More to be a basic, clear, silicone primer - and it turned out to be nearly the opposite of that. The Pores no More Pore Refining Primer has a soft, airy, whipped mousse texture. Equally unexpected was the light, yellowy flesh toned tine. Dr. Brandt's primer applies nicely and it's effects are immediately visible. The flesh toned tint, though a little too dark on my very fair complexion, really helps to mask redness. The moussey texture helps to fill pores and sits atop fine lines. Pores no More is quite mattifying, helping to control oil, and keep foundation in place longer. Unlike many face primers, Dr. Brandt's Pores no More Pore Refining Primer does not break me out or block my pores. That doesn't mean its great for the skin though. Despite being marketed and developed by dermatologists, this face primer contains damaging and unnecessary ingredients like lavender oil. This primer has a medicinal, mentholated scent to it, and a slight tingle upon application. This is most likely caused by the included tea tree oil, an ingredient helpful for acne prone complexions, but it may be too much for sensitive skin.
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Dr. Brandt's Pores no More Pore Refining Primer is good for masking redness, fine lines, and pores, all while keeping oil at bay. I think this is a good primer, but it definitely isn't for everyone. Dry skin and sensitive skin will certainly want to skip the Pores no More Primer. This primer is quite pricey, I can't blame you if you're wondering if there's a more affordable alternative..and I think there is. While not a dupe by any means, NYX Angel Veil Primer is similar in texture and function. I wouldn't purchase a full size if Dr. Brandt's Pores no More Pore Refining Primer, but I'll use up my sample for sure. If you have oily, acne prone skin with visible pores, this primer may be worth picking up. 

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Lauryl Peg/ppg-18/18 Methicone, Peg/ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Magnesium Silicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Dimethicone/vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Linum Usitatissimum (linseed) Seed Extract, Dimethyl Oxobenzo Dioxasilane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Oil, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Silica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891), Iron Oxides (ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)

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