I’ve never been able to pull off the ‘dewy skin’ look (another reason to wish I was more like Millie Mackintosh); any trace of shine on my face just makes me look oily, for some reason, so I’m all about keeping my skin make up as matte as possible. Matte foundation and mattifying powders never quite held all day, for me, though, and although I fell in love, hard, with Sephora’s Anti-Shine foundation primer (here), frequent trips to Paris are unfortunately not in my budget, and I ended up having to find a more easily-accessible alternative.
A few months ago, whilst taking advantage of my local ‘student shopping night’ in The Body Shop (read: buying all the body butter I could carry for the 20% discount), I came across this little treasure – ‘Matte It’ skin primer – and haven’t looked at another since. Hourly powder touch-ups (and the horrible ‘cakey’ look they tend to lead to) are a thing of the past, and I only ever need to manage my t-zone once or twice a day, tops, even with the least matte foundations. It smooths over the pores and creates the most even base of any primer I’ve used, and although the £12 price tag did make me hesitate a little, at first, a tiny dot goes a long way, so it lasts ages.
I can’t recommend it enough for anyone who favours a matte look, whether your skin’s oily or just has a natural shine to it – it’s incredible!
The Body Shop ‘Matte It’ Skin Primer has a retail price of £12, and is available from The Body Shop Stores nationwide, or on their website, here.