Sunday, June 08, 2014

REVIEW: Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever Primer Essence

Hey everyone!

Today's review will be about a primer that has quickly made its way to becoming a make-up kit staple - the Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever Primer Essence! I purchased this during my Seoul trip with a recommendation from my very good friend Summer (though she uses the stick version) as a primer for my BB creams.

I admit that after a few misses from Etude House, namely their Precious Mineral BBdation and Precious Mineral BB Compact Bright Fit, I was very skeptical about how this primer would perform and didn't expect anything spectacular.

As most primers do, it claims to minimize pores, allowing your BB cream or foundation to apply better, while also controlling sebum. I purchased the essence version as it is better for dry skin, so those of you with oily skin would be better with the primer stick.


When I first applied this to my skin, I was very glad that though it contained silicone (used for smoothening in most primers and sometimes in foundations), it didn't feel like film on my skin. After letting it absorb into my skin a little bit, I do find that it does make most of my pores look invisible or much smaller than they are, making my skin smooth to the touch. This being said, my BB cream does apply better.


I do like keeping my skin moisturised so I add a pump of my Innisfree Green Tea Moisture Essence and mix it with the primer (a tip I learned from my friend, Alex) since I don't find it moisturising enough on its own. Girls with normal skin would find that this has enough moisture though, but as someone with quite dry skin, I want as much moisture as possible.

I used this under my Fairydrops Candybar BB Cream so I could do a comparison on how much longer it would make my BB cream last. Without a primer, my BB cream lasts about 4 hours maximum before I get quite oily and my skin starts showing. With my Smashbox Photofinish Primer it would last for about the same time but with less oiliness. With this, I find that it lasts a little over 6 hours while still allowing my BB cream to look dewy rather than oily. I would need to blot at this point, though. I would have some of the redness around my nose and chin showing slightly but other than that, my BB cream is still intact.

This retails for 9500 in Seoul (though I bought it for much less because of a sale) which is about ₱428. For 20mL I would say this is reasonably priced compared to mid-range and high-end primers, making it great for everyday use.

This is priced at ₱489 I think at most Etude House branches, though I've only seen it at the Eastwood one. It might also be available at the beauty section of SM Department Stores. You would have to check as not all branches have it in stock.


(+) Prolongs makeup wear
(+) Hygienic packaging
(+) Reasonably priced
(+) Breathable
(+) Not sticky
(-) Could be more moisturizing
(-) Not always available in Etude House

Repurchase? Yes.

Rating: 3.9/5

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