Product Review: Pupa Professionals Smoothing Foundation Primer

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Name: Professionals Smoothing Foundation Primer
Brand: Pupa
Size: 15ml
Price: €15,00

From Pupa’s website:
Perfects the complexion by filling in and attenuating small wrinkles.
Makes skin matt and silkier looking.
Use on its own for a smooth, matt finish. Use before your makeup to enhance application and stay-on power.

What I liked:
– airbrushing effect
– temporarily reduces the appearances of small fine lines and wrinkles
– makes makeup last longer
– prepares skin for makeup
– silky texture
– matte, but not dull, finish
– the packaging

What I didn’t like:
– if you don’t like silicone-based primers, this is not for you

Pupa Professionals Smoothing Foundation Primer is available in two sizes: 15ml (€15,00) and 30ml (€28,10). I don’t consider primers (apart from eyeshadow primers, of course!) to be a necessity as I’m rarely out of the house all day and only use them for special occasions. That’s why I decided to get the mini-sized version, which is cheaper and also more travel-friendly.

The sleek and elegant glass bottle is slanted and see-through so you can see exactly how much product is left in it. It comes with a pump that only releases the right amount of product you need so none gets wasted.

The primer itself is transparent in color and has such a smooth and silky texture that I actually enjoy applying it on my skin! It goes on easily and absorbs quickly into the skin, laving it super soft and ready for makeup.

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It delivers an airbrushing effect, making pores look smaller and reducing the appearance of fine lines and small wrinkles, thanks to the silicones (like Cyclopentasiloxane, which also helps other thicker silicones to deliver and disperse) that temporarily fill them in. Silicones also create a protective barrier on the skin and give it a soft, silky feeling. The finish is matte but skin doesn’t look dull.

The primer makes foundation go on more easily and evenly and not only it helps makeup last longer but I noticed it’s quite good at controlling oil as well. My t-zone doesn’t get shiny for several hours when I wear this.

Apart from the silicones, one of the main ingredients present in the formula is Tocopheryl Acetate, a form of Vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties. It also acts as a skin conditioning agent by restoring suppleness and enhancing the appearance of dry skin.

Overall, I love this primer. It has a silky texture that prepares skin for makeup as well as helping it last longer. It leaves skin soft and smooth and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and other small imperfections, but the effects are only temporary.

Rating: 4/5

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  1. beautifulwithbrains says

    Tavia: this works really well and I think it’s cheaper than Lancome and MUFE so you should give it a try, you won’t be disappointed :)

    Dao: I agree with you. One of the reasons why I don’t use primers that much is that we already layer so many products (moisturizer/sunscreen/foundation/powder/etc.) on our skin, I’m scared to add one more all the time will make me breakout. But for special occasions they’re perfect and very handy. Otherwise, I don’t think they’re necessary.

  2. beautifulwithbrains says

    Jamilla, you’re welcome. I’m not too fond of silicone-based primers either but since I don’t wear it often I don’t mind.

  3. beautifulwithbrains says

    Karen: hi. I think the bottle is very pretty too. And it is fragrance-free :)

    Shuu: you’re welcome. I don’t mind to wear silicone-based primers every now and then but if I wore them often, I’d rather get a silicone-free one too :)

  4. Tina says

    Hey, I just wanted to ask if getting the Pupa Professionals BB cream + Primer will have the same effect as this one? Which do you advise me to get?

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Tina, I haven’t tried that one yet, but from the reviews I’ve read, they work pretty much the same. The main difference is the BB Cream is, obviously, tinted so it can even out the skintone and cover redness and small imperfections. The primer alone will help to smooth out skin and help reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, but not redness or blemishes. So, it just depends on how much coverage you need.

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