The Sample: Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender (Review, Swatches & Photos)

5 Oct

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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: and QVC

»»Recommended for: all skin types–particularly those with oily skin and/or enlarged pores

»»Overall Rating: A-


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

26 Responses to “The Sample: Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Beauty by Linde October 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I always love mattifying products like this. I have húge pores and there aren’t many products that can get them to look smaller. Maybe this’d be a nice one to try :)

    • becca October 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

      It’s actually a pretty cool product and it makes your skin feel SUPER soft and smooth! If you can get a hold of this, then I highly recommend doing so! :)

  2. Emi at Project Swatch October 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    This is a great review, so detailed and thoughtful! It sounds like a good product to have around for special occasions if you have oily skin, but not really worth it the rest of the time.

    • becca October 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

      I agree Emi. I like it A LOT, but I just feel like it’s a little too much trouble. It takes longer to apply and you would have to wash or replace the sponge often. I’d rather just stick with my powders. :/

  3. Sunny October 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Hmm I might still prefer loose powder, just because as you said, it’s easier to use. With a sponge and silicone, I have to be careful about not moving my foundation around! Glad to hear it does control the oil though!

    • becca October 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Agreed! I like it but I probably won’t repurchase. It’s nice though–and it DOES make your skin feel amazing and look nice and matte!

  4. fairytalesandcoffee October 6, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    Yup – this looks interesting. I generally don’t like using mattifying/shine stopping products ontop of my makeup because I feel it looks sludgy because I do use so many serums and iotion before foundation.

    • becca October 6, 2012 at 2:10 am #

      I really don’t think this will make your makeup look bad at all no matter what products you use beforehand–it’s REALLY very light and creates a really even, velvety finish. Even when I ran my finger back and forth along the surface of the product, there was NO product building up on it or clumping at all. I couldn’t SEE anything or even really feel anything. The only way I could tell there was product on my finger was because my fingerprints were smoothed out/filled in! It’s really good, I swear! :) But I do understand that many people aren’t interested because it DOES take longer to apply than a powder would. But still, I like it a lot and definitely recommend it!

  5. Amelia (La Femme Éclectique) October 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    This sounds brilliant! I almost always have a problem with shininess facially. Perhaps it’s besides the point but I really do like the packaging – it’s lovely and minimalistic. I know what you mean re finishing powders being easier to apply in general, that’s what I’m used to :) xx

    • becca October 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

      I WILL say this: powders may be easier to apply, but the Poreless Face Defender makes your skin feel BETTER–softer, smoother, and more velvety! :D

  6. Liz October 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Great review, wifey! Very thorough and informative.

    I was big on this sort of stuff about five years ago when I absolutely detested my oily skin and wanted to eliminate all traces of shine. Since then, I’ve decided to be happy with what I have and just blot as frequently as possible and forget about being too perfect. I like the sound of this product but using it does seem like a hassle and I’m also not enamoured of re-dipping the sponge into the giant pan of emollient product.

    Clinique has a pore perfector that acts similarly as a mattifier and gives a similar effect. It comes in a tube and is much cheaper, too.

    • becca October 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

      Thank you my dearest! :D

      I know what you mean. When I was younger, I was aaaaall about erasing ANY evidence of shine on my face. I was constantly blotting and powdering and the result was really flat, powdery skin :/ Nowadays, I do set my foundation with powder but I never touch up with it. I only use blotting sheets and I don’t ever touch the tops of my cheeks–just the T-zone and jawline. It doesn’t make your skin flat or matte, but just natural and normal-looking. I like it a lot more!

      I think I did try the Clinique one many years ago. I don’t remember if I liked it or not, so maybe I will give that one a try again. Thanks wifey!

  7. Christine@BrazenBeauty October 7, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    I really, really like this product and have been using it for about a year. I purposefully bought the sample size with a kit because of the sponge problem– in the sample size it comes with a sponge that fits inside the packaging. It barely looks like I’ve touched the product because you need so very little, so I am thinkin’ the sample size is going to last a while. SO, I started using this ALL the time. At first I LOVED it. But over time, I realized that I don’t love the feel of the stuff on my skin. I don’t mind the way powder feels, and of course blotting paper is a one touch deal. But this stuff– while it leaves an amazing shine-free non-cakey look can FEEL cakey to me. I am more back to blotting papers now, although I do still carry this in my purse in case I have a real shine emergency.

    • becca October 7, 2012 at 7:13 am #

      Oh I didn’t realize their was a sample size–I wouldn’t mind having that around for shine emergencies! While I haven’t experienced/felt any caking myself, I do see how that might happen if you are only using this to remove shine throughout the day. While it’s super liight on the skin and you can’t see it, after reapplying it once I could still “feel” it, and I never get that with my powders.

  8. Lily October 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    This is the first time I hear about this brand. I don’t think it’s available here, but I’m tempted to try because of your review, even though it’s a bit of a hassle :-)

    • becca October 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      This was my first experience with the brand and I’m pleased so far. I’ve heard a lot of good things about some of their products! and I must say, the more I use this stuff, the more I love it. I still stand by my statement that it’s not quite as easy to use as powder–and I still HATE the idea or double dipping the sponge–but the finish is just sooo beautiful. It really is a great product! If you can get a hold of it, I highly recommend it!

  9. Tina @ My Highest Self October 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    This is a great review! I totally agree I do not like the idea of using that sponge but this sounds like it works really well. I have super oily skin and would love to give this a try with some disposable sponges. The product almost looks like a solid version of something like a Smashbox face primer!

    • becca October 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

      It does work really well! I find that the more I use it, the more I love this stuff! Sure, it may not be as easy to use, but it really does keep my face sooo smooth and matte! Try it if you can, Tina! :D

  10. Beauty Box October 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    It’s so weird that a primer goes on top of your makeup…maybe it’s just a play on words and I would still consider this a finishing powder – a pore-decimating one at that…

    I had to laugh when you talked about Mally who bans powder from her kit but has a couple of powder products in her line. I think it depends on which powder you use and how aged your skin has become. MAC MSF is one of those powders that don’t make your skin look crepey or “crunchy”….

    • Beauty Box October 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

      Sorry I didn’t mean finishing powder b/c I know this product is not a powder…doh… finishing product… fingers went too fast…

      • becca October 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

        Hi BB!

        The reason I call this a primer that goes over your makeup is because not only does it set makeup and mattify like powder but it also smooths imperfections and fills out pores like a primer. It’s really great stuff!

        I agree with you on powder. It’s like those with more mature skin wearing a very thick, matte powder–that doesn’t work. A fine illuminating powder would be better. I like my powder and I think there’s a time and a place for it.

  11. Amanda October 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I love this stuff! It seems so weird because it’s so hard and it really doesn’t look like anything is going on the sponge but you see the results immediately! It really does take down the shine a ton. I have either an older or smaller one than this cause my sponge is thinner and fits in an underneath compartment. Mine is round too. I like to keep mine in my purse for shine touchups throughout the day.

    • becca October 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

      Maybe you have a smaller size that came with a kit? A reader above mentioned she has a smaller one where the sponge fits inside the compact too. I’m jealous! :P

      Isn’t it cool though? It really does look like nothing on the sponge but it works CRAZY well at mattifying! I really like it but I only use it at home before I go out–I don’t take it with me

  12. Joyce (bronzerbunny) October 15, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    i agree about the sponge floating around, ew! But it is cute! and yay that it works! I mean really just yay that the whole product is working for you! :)

    • becca October 15, 2012 at 6:34 am #

      Haha thanks Joyce. I do like it a lot I just can’t/won’t ever tote it around with me, which is too bad. But it’s nice!

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