Based on reviews I’ve read, Urban Decay’s Pore Perfecting Face Primer ($31, Sephora , UrbanDecay.com) used to be a white cream in a tube with a nozzle you had to attach yourself. What I’ve gotten – both in sample form and later in a regular purchased tube – is a light apricot colored cream in a tube with a very narrow nose that lets you squeeze out tiny amounts. And that’s good, because a little goes a long way.
I don’t review primers often because how well they work depends so greatly on your skin type. Most primers do a good job of smoothing your complexion and helping makeup stay on better, longer – but one that works great for me may break you out, or someone with very oily or very dry skin may not be able to use a primer that satisfies lots of other users. I mainly review primers when they have a stand out feature that’s worth mentioning.
Urban Decay’s Pore Perfecting primer is hands down the most mattifying primer I’ve ever used. I wear sunscreen, which is pretty glowy in much the same way very oily skin can be. I put on my sunscreen, wait a minute or two, apply this stuff – and it’s like magic, as one commenter said on YouTube, where you can actually watch this happen.
So that is the standout feature that made me want to review this primer. What about pore perfecting, you rightly ask? The truth is, I don’t know – I’m fortunate enough to have pores that are already small and clear, so I can’t be sure whether this is helping or not. It does improve the longevity of my foundation, though, and it makes my skin feel like velvet. But again, so much depends on your skin type and skin issues versus mine.
If you’re dry, Urban Decay recommends their Brightening Primer (which I’ve also tested in sample form and found it gave my skin a really subtle glow, which was nice). This one is intended more for oily skin. However, I don’t find it drying at all, so if you have dry skin but large pores, it’s still worth a shot – especially since Urban Decay’s Love It Or Leave It guarantee means free shipping on most returns (read here for details) if you can’t get a sample of this first.
In this photo swatch, you can see the color it is. It blends to no color at all on skin, and I don’t believe it would seem to alter color on any skin tone.