Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Primer Glow and Poreless Face Defender review

My husband refuses to read a map or read directions.  It drives me crazy.  But occasionally I am guilty of the same sort of thing with beauty products.  After trying so many, I sometimes think I know what I am doing and plunge right in without checking to see how to use the product properly.  That’s what happened with me and Mally Beauty.  The products I am reviewing today are terrific – when used correctly!!!

Mally Perfect Prep Primer Glow

Mally’s Perfect Prep Primer Glow ($35) is the slightly shimmery version of their regular primer.  Used correctly (ahem!), it makes a perfect canvas for your concealer and foundation by smoothing out pores and wrinkles.  This version is also for brightening your complexion.

inside the jar

This has a fantastic, mousse-like texture that feels terrific on the skin.  My problem was that the texture was so fantastic, I was overzealous and was using waaaaay too much, which overwhelmed my combination skin.  Once I realized I was overdoing it, I cut way back and found this to be a beautiful primer that really does enhance your skin’s radiance.  Those with dry skin will love this; if you have oily skin just be sure to use it sparingly on oilier areas.

This primer has a lot of wonderful ingredients that are fabulous for the skin – but because it’s in a jar, the ingredients lose their stability once the jar is opened and exposed to the air.  It’s such a pity, I really hope that Mally Beauty rethinks this and changes the packaging to a squeeze tube.  A tube design is also much more sanitary.  Use a spatula with the jar so you aren’t dipping your fingers into the primer, possibly contaminating it with bacteria.

I love that this is fragrance-free.  The primer goes on wet, and dries down to a lovely silkiness.

swatched

after smoothing it on

As you can see, it gives a healthy radiance that looks natural.  Despite the minor drawbacks, it’s a wonderful primer that really works well.

Mally Poreless Face Defender

After you apply your makeup, Mally has a truly awesome alternative to blotting powder called Poreless Face Defender ($40).  It’s a silicone-based product that gives skin a matte finish without the chalkiness and dryness that can happen with powder.  The texture solid but silky, and used correctly (ahem!) it smooths pores and gives a non-greasy finish to your skin.

I thought this was like Cle de Peau’s discontinued Translucent Corrector for Pores, which was supposed to be applied before foundation with a swipe and then smoothed out with a dry sponge.  Well, rubbing it in is EXACTLY the wrong way to apply this.  Instead, you need to DAB it on, and you do that after your makeup is applied.  And a little dab will do ya – too much and it just doesn’t work.

If it’s applied correctly, it’s a wonderful alternative to pressed powder.  It keeps the oilies away without looking dry or harsh.  And it’s colorless, so anyone can use this.

it has a lovely, silky texture

It makes pores look smaller, minimizes wrinkles, and really freshens up your makeup throughout the day.

It comes with a sponge that you use to dab on the Poreless Face Defender.

As a compulsive ‘blotter’, this product is a life saver.  I am so glad I took the time to read the directions so I discovered the right way to play with these two products.  They are both impressive, and I have now joined the ranks of the Mallynistas!  – Lisa

*pr samples

Perfect Prep Primer Glow Ingredients:  Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Silica, Polymeyhylsilsesquioxane, Cyclomethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Ceramide-2, Peg-10 Rapseed Sterol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Bismuth Oxychloride, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Butylene Glycol

May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 17 (CI 16035)

Poreless Face Defender Ingredients: Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PCA Dimethicone, Silica.

Comments

  1. I use the Face Defender all the time. It’s one of my favorite products ever.

  2. The primer sounds so great. I agree, wish it was not in a jar. I love when Mally is on TV! She’s really fun to listen to!

  3. Kim Erbacher says:

    Since I hit 40 I’m finding nothing seems to work the same. I’ll give these a try! Thanks!!

  4. Mslly is so much fun to watch. I wonder if she always has that much energy.

  5. Kim, I bought my primer on ebay. Someone was selling the small one from a kit and I’ve still got a ton of it left. I bought my FIRST Poreless Face Defender through a kit on QVC and then bought a regular size one on Beauty.com since I love it so much.
    Marcia

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