I am a primer/pore reducer FREAK! I absolutely love these products and use them on a daily basis. My main go to’s are “NYX Pore Filler” and “The PoreFessional” by Benefit. (I also really love Smashbox)
I have tried and used several other brands through out my career as a makeup artist such as: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer $36, Hard Candy Sheer Envy primer $10-$30, Tarte Clean Slate Pore-less 12 Hour Perfecting Primer $30, Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More® Pore Refiner $45, Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pure $30, Benefit Cosmetics The PORE-Fessional $31 and NYX $14.00 All of these products are wonderful and work really well for reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines, but can be pricey.
AND THEN…I had a friend of mine suggest I try and review Baby Skin by Maybelline. I had never heard of this brand before as I don’t tend to venture out side of what works best for me. I did agree to try it and put the new Maybelline Baby Skin to the test and have now been using it for a few weeks. I have to say I really love it!
Based on the price ($6.99) I didn’t think it was going to hold up to my expectations of a primer/pore reducer. NYX and Benefit are pretty much top quality for their cost in my opinion. But, I am happy to say that Baby Skin by Maybelline held it’s own and worked just as good if not better than my other top 2 brands. I was actually very shocked and pleasantly surprised at the results this product rendered.
Here are the ingredients for some higher-end primers that have been compared to Baby Skin:
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (retail: $36, 1.0 oz)
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone/ Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Extract, Propylene Glycol, Water (Aqua, Eau), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cola Acuminata Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract.
Benefit The Porefessional (retail: $30, 0.75 oz)
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Titanium Dioxide, (CI 77891), Cyclohexasiloxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Limonene, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, BHT. N° 04932
Comparing both of these products, you can see that the biggest difference with Baby Skin is the absence of Cyclopentasiloxane (a form of silicone) which is the MAIN ingredient in the other two products. So it’s hard to say that Baby Skin is a dead-on dupe for any of the above products, considering that the main ingredient in those products is NOT in Baby Skin. However, if I were pressed to compare it to one product in particular, I would say that it most closely resembles Smashbox Photo Finish Primer when it comes to texture and feel. The Porefessional is also a bit thicker and it’s also scented as well as tinted (although the tint in The Porefessional pretty much disappears after application for me).
This primer is completely transparent (no tint) and even though it looks thick when you squeeze it from the tube, it becomes very thin and easy to spread the moment you apply a little pressure.For me, this product most closely resembles Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in both its physical appearance (both are transparent, fragrance-free and have a thin consistency) and performance. But I think Baby Skin is the closest drugstore primer yet to Smashbox, even closer than Hard Candy Envy or NYX primer.In comparison to Benefit The Porefessional,, they’re quite different in appearance (The Porefessional is tinted, scented and also a bit thicker in texture). I did an experiment the other day where I applied Baby Skin to one half of my face and The Porefessional to the other half. I then applied my foundation, concealer and powder as usual. After eight hours, I asked my husband to carefully look at my face and tell me which side looked better (I didn’t do any touch-ups throughout the day). He said it was obvious that the right side (the side with Baby Skin) looked better and I agreed with him after examining my face in the mirror. My skin just looked softer, smoother and more of my make-up was still intact on the Baby Skin side. Performance-wise, Baby Skin works better for my particular skin.FINAL VERDICT:Overall, this primer definitely helps minimize the appearance of my pores and, true to its claims, it really does “blur” them. It also helps create a smoother base for my foundation, while extending the wear of my foundation by a few hours. If you’re already a fan of silicone-based primers and you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative to Smashbox Photo Finish Primer or Benefit The Porefessional, or NYX, I think you might want to consider this one.
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