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’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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.