Here’s one for you guys/gals out there who have a problem with shine! I bring you: Mally’s Evercolor Poreless Face Defender! It’s unique in that it’s a primer…that goes over your makeup. Kinda cool, huh? According to Mally:
“Mally’s Evercolor Poreless Face Defender is the perfect finishing touch for your makeup. This remarkable technology yields an utterly sheer, featherweight product that diffuses the look of pores, minimizes fine lines, and helps protect your makeup so it lasts from morning to night. Face Defender gives you that flawless matte finish without the dry, ashy look of powder. The result is silky smooth skin and longer-lasting makeup. It comes with a unique buffed-edge Japanese sponge.”
Have you guys tried Benefit’s Dr. Feelgood? MAC even has one (the Prep&Prime Skin Smoother). They’re all basically the same thing. It’s a solid silicone-based (actually, it’s pretty much just pure silicone) product that you apply with a sponge (or brush, if you so choose) that is meant to erase shine and mattify the skin, leaving a soft-focus, “airbrushed” finish to the skin. It also leaves your skin feeling smooth and velvety. It’s often referred to as a finishing product and you would use it in place of powder.
Prior to trying this, I admit I was a little skeptical. I knew that it would work, but how much of the shine is really being absorbed by the product and not the sponge? I also used to use Dr. Feelgood and I loved it…for the first couple of weeks. After a while, the product began mingling with my oil (sorry–gross, I know) and caked on the sponge and the surface of the product, forming a dry, crumbly substance that was not at all appealing. This was way back in high school, before I realized that hey, I could actually wash the sponge–or at least buy a new one. Anyway point is, after that, the whole idea of using a mattifying, solid silicone product like this one with a sponge was a huge turn-off for me.
But, this is a beauty blog and I was interested in seeing if the Mally Poreless Face Defender differed in any way from the Benefit one (I haven’t tried the MAC one, so I really can’t compare the two), so I gave it a shot.
The product itself is clear, unlike the one by Benefit (which is a solid off-white color). Mally’s is a little softer in consistency and more bouncy (think solid gel)–Benefit’s is firm and is a balm-type product. Mally’s feels more silky and smooth to the touch. The accompanying latex sponge is much larger and thicker and is triangular in shape. The plastic compact that it comes in on the large side and is a pretty lavender-pink color. It’s nice and weighty and well-made.
To apply, Mally says to “swirl the sponge in the Face Defender and softly pat [the] innovative, sheer formula all over your face. Never swipe or rub as this can move your makeup…use the rounded corners of the sponge to get into all those hard to reach places, such as side of nose and inner corners of your eyes.” When I tried it this way, I have to say it worked beautifully. It created a very soft, velvety matte finish and really did help blur the hugantuous pores I have on my nose and cheeks. I used it in place of finishing powder the first time then I went about my day. After a few hours, the shine began to break through as per usual, so instead of my trusty blotting sheets, I whipped out this baby instead. Again, I used a patting motion with the sponge and sure enough, the shine seemed to disappear like magic. I was still pretty skeptical that it was the product and not the sponge that was doing the work though, so I tested it’s shine-erasing capabilities the next time using a synthetic flat-top brush (mine was the Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Multi-Purpose Brush).
It still worked beautifully. You guys, this stuff is the real deal. It takes away shine, sets your makeup, and creates a nice, flawless finish. It also keeps me matte longer than just using a blotting sheet would–and it keeps me matte a LOT longer than Benefit’s ever did. Still, I don’t know that I would necessarily replace all my powders with this like Mally suggests (she is not a fan of powder and states that “it has been banned from [her] kit” as it “makes us look old, it makes us look crunchy, it makes our fine lines and wrinkles look bigger than they actually are…”. Incidentally, one of the 2 foundations in her product lineup is a powder foundation and she has a translucent finishing powder, but I digress…). I like it, but I cringe every time I re-dip my sponge that has touched my oily face into the product. For this reason I won’t continue to use it to take away shine–I much prefer my blotting sheets for that. I also find that it takes more effort to use this than it does my regular setting powders.
*I skimmed some product off the top to get the swatch you see above. You can see how it completely disappears into my skin in the picture below. I don’t know if you can see this or not, but the area looks a little less shiny than it does in the picture above (though not as drastic as it would look on the face because after all, my arm does not get oily) and also a bit smoother.
I do have a gripe with the sponge, though. Oh I like the sponge itself well enough, but the fact that it’s so large and doesn’t fit inside the compact? That’s a problem. I don’t think anyone would want to have a sponge they use on their face floating around their makeup bag, much less someone with oily, acne-prone skin like myself. I guess it kinda works out though because since I will only be using this to set my makeup from now on, I won’t need to tote it around in my makeup bag.
I do think that the best method of application is with a sponge. That being said, you want to make sure to wash/replace your sponge often, otherwise you’ll just be transferring oil back onto your face and onto the surface of the product every time you reapply. So is this product a must-have? I don’t think so…but it’s a nice option to have, especially for those of you who hate the look/feel of powder or are looking to try something different. I will definitely keep using this, but I don’t think I will be purchasing another when this one runs out.
Pros: creates a smooth matte finish; skin is left soft and velvety; helps set makeup; blurs pores and imperfections; easy to use; is completely clear; keeps my skin matte longer than just using a blotting sheet would
Cons: sponge does not fit inside the compact; takes more effort to use this than a setting powder (at least for me…with powder, I don’t have to carefully blot it all over my face so as not to disturb my foundation–I just swirl and buff and go);
»»Pricing: $40/0.46 oz. (13 g.)
»»Availability: Mallybeauty.com and QVC
»»Recommended for: all skin types–particularly those with oily skin and/or enlarged pores
»»Overall Rating: A-
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