This review is once again very divided by product quality vs ethical buying.
From a purely performance based perspective this product is phenomal, especially when you take price into consideration. I paid 11.99$ CAD for it. My pores were smoothed over, and without foundation over my skin I could tell that they looked a little blurred out, and they were certainly less visible. Once foundation was applied, I couldn’t see my pores at all! I should point out that the pores beside my nose and on my nose are always very visible and it has been many, many years since I can say I couldn’t see them.
The product didn’t irritate my skin and my foundation stayed fresh where I applied the primer much better than areas where I hadn’t applied it. (If you want to see for yourself, there is a video below of me trying the product.)
Now we reach the issue of ethical buying. This product does exactly what it says it will, and does so inexpensively. Unfortunately, I learned after using the product that Maybeline is not a cruelty-free company. They do still test on animals. This creates an ethical issue when purchasing their products and supporting them. This can be difficult, as many users of these products are ones we have all used for many years and were staples in our routines for a very long time. I am not one to tell others what to do when it comes to ethics, as I myself don’t believe I understand them well enough to educate anyone else. I do know that it is bad to test on animals, and as I have been looking into drug store cosmetics this week, I realized that a lot of staple companies don’t supply inclusive shades in their cosmetics, test on animals and put potentially dangerous ingredients in their products. This has not been a joyous revelation by any means, and being more informed about these things puts the onus on me as the consumer to research for ethical products instead of purchasing because I like to product, and that leads to only more realizations that lead to radical veganism as almost all companies cause massive destruction in one way or another. In short, ignorance really is bliss.