As a result of my skin type/condition, I naturally gravitate towards pore covering/ mattifying base makeup and avoid anything that has the word luminous or glow in its name like the plague.
One day, when I was browsing in my local Skinfood store, I stumbled across these:
From left: Skinfood Black Egg Pore Foundation in #1 Light Beige, Black Egg Pore Primer & Black Egg Pore Finish Powder.
A range of products that is targeted to conceal enlarged pores and give you boiled egg like smooth skin (plus with super cute food-like packaging)? These went straight into my shopping basket.
It felt like I was opening a pack of snacks when I tore the outer packaging.
The egg shape product packaging.
From left: Skinfood Black Egg Pore Primer, Black Egg Pore Foundation & Black Egg Pore Finish Powder.
There is also a Black Egg Pore Gel Base in this range but I didn't pick it up because I already have similar products in my stash that I am trying to use up.
SKINFOOD BLACK EGG PORE PRIMER
The description reads:"A pore smoothing primer that immediately turns into a velvety matte texture to effectively conceal enlarged pores and fine wrinkles. Your skin will look as smooth and firm as a freshly hard-boiled egg white".
To use:"Apple a small amount evenly on target areas to smooth out enlarged pores and fine wrinkles. Make sure to smooth the primer following the direction of the pores".
This primer comes with a pump. Although I personally think that one full pump dispenses a little too much product for a single use.
One full pump of the primer.
The Skinfood Black Egg Pore Primer is a fluid clear gel that feels a little greasy when you first smooth it over the skin. This primer takes several minutes to dry down into a velvety finish. Once dried, it is dry to the touch and it does level out the pore ever so slightly to give the skin a smoother surface for foundation. I am not sure if it will do anything for fine wrinkles though.
I think that you need to be very careful with not applying too much of this primer. Firstly, it will feel really heavy and sticky on the skin if you put on a thick layer. Secondly, if you have too much of this primer on the skin, it will bunch up into eraser dust-like bits when you blend foundation on.
Also, I don't find that this primer helps with controlling oil. I do not notice any difference in duration before my skin gets oily when I applied this vs a normal non-mattifying primer (Beaute De Kose Ultimation Makeup Base UV & Laura Mercier Foundation Primer).
This primer has a slight soapy floral scent and you can still smell it for a bit after applying it on the skin.
I find this primer ok. It's nothing magical but it's not one that I hate. It makes the skin smooth and it fills in pores slightly. Since it doesn't really control oil, it wouldn't really prolong the wear of my foundation too much.
SKINFOOD BLACK EGG PORE FOUNDATION
The description reads:"A pore smoothing foundation with a mousse texture that immediately melts on the skin and turns into a velvety matte finish while imparting flawless coverage for enlarged pores and fine wrinkles. Your skin will look as smooth and firm as a freshly hard-boiled egg white".
To use:"Using the enclosed brush, apply an even layer in an upward and outwards motion".
The Skinfood Black Egg Pore Foundation is available in 2 shades: #1 Light Beige and #2 Natural Beige. I purchased this foundation in #1 Light Beige.
What it looks like when you open the top lid. This foundation comes with a little kabuki brush.
The brush clicks into a slot in the container so it will not roll around and make clanky noise if you decide to put it in your makeup bag. It also won't roll around and make the inside of the lids dirty.
If you have been a regular reader of my blog, you probably know my negative sentiments towards mini brushes/applicators that comes with products.
However, I have to say that this mini kabuki that comes with the Black Egg Pore foundation is actually quite good. The bristles are densely packed and very soft, so it blends the foundation out really nicely. It also doesn't feel scratchy or uncomfortable against the skin. In addition, the softness of the bristles means that this brush won't move the skin too much.
Skinfood Black Egg Pore Foundation in #1 Light Beige.
With the Black Egg Pore Foundation. It did a good job of covering up the scar on my arm.
With the Black Egg Pore Foundation. I did not blend the foundation in on the left so you can see the foundation better on the skin. This foundation does not cover redness too well.
The first thing that I want to talk about this foundation is the texture. The description says that it's a mousse texture but I don't agree to that. To me, this foundation has a creamy, butter-esque texture (not saying that it's greasy, just the texture). Once blended onto the skin, this foundation dries down quickly to give a matte finish to the skin (almost like you have powder on).
Since this foundation dries down a lot on the skin, this will absolutely not work on people with dry skin. I think that even those with normal skin will need to ensure that your skin is well moisturised if you want to use this foundation.
Also, you have to be very careful when you apply this foundation. Be sure to buff this foundation on in very very thin layers and you need to work this foundation into the skin well. If you put too much on or you don't blend it in well, you are getting yourself a one-way ticket to Cakeyville.
This foundation has light-medium coverage, so it will be fine for minor discolorations/ imperfections. If you have very prominent spots or redness in the skin, I don't think this foundation will cover those too well. I also don't think that you can build this foundation up much either since it tends to get cakey quite easily. This foundation does cover up pores really well, so it does what it is supposed to do.
This foundation also performed very well in controlling oil. My skin normally get oily after 2 hours of applying makeup but with this foundation, it prolonged the non-oily phase of my skin for another one to one and a half hours. I think that this foundation actually looks best when a bit of shine has peeked through, because I think it is then that this will look the most natural.
This foundation is ok in terms of overall longevity, I typically get 8 hours of presentable wear. I noticed that as my skin start to get oily throughout the day, this foundation tends to melt a little and my pores will start to get more and more visible as the day progresses.
Although there are some downsides to this foundation, I think that this foundation is still a really good one if you have oily skin and visible pores.
Good news to those who do not like fragrance in beauty products, this foundation does not seem to have a noticeable scent.
SKINFOOD BLACK EGG PORE FINISH POWDER
The description reads:"A pore-refining finishing powder in apricot color that improves the appearance of enlarged pores while creating a silky veil for the skin".
To use:"Dust lightly over face with powder puff applicator".
The puff applicator.
When you first open this powder, you need to twist open the bottom to remove the sticker that seals the puff so that the powder can get through.
The powder seeping through the puff.
This powder doesn't have much colour or coverage.
First things first, I HATE THE PACKAGING OF THIS POWDER! I don't think I have ever said I hate something on the blog but I've said it.
Opening the powder is a huge mess because the powder is so finely milled that you will basically set off a small powder explosion the moment you twist open the powder compartment. When you take off the sticker, more powder flies everywhere. If it's only a one time mess, I might let it slide. Instead, the powder compartment does not close tightly, so if you tap the container, the super fine powder can leak out of the compartment. I can only imagine the mess if you decide to put this in your makeup bag!!! (which is what I want to be able to do since powder is something that an oily skin girl needs to reapply rather often).
That is not the only thing, since this powder has an attached puff, every time you want to clean the puff, you have to open the powder compartment and risk a powder explosion all over again. If you are like me and you like to clean your puff after each use, it is an absolute nightmare.
I have since depotted this powder because I really cannot stand the packaging AT ALL!!!
The packaging is such a shame since the actual powder is actually quite good. As I mentioned, the powder is very finely milled so it does not look cakey/powdery/heavy at all on the skin. Although this powder does not have much coverage/colour, the apricot tone actually helps to make the skin looks a bit brighter. Over foundation/ bb cream, this powder makes the skin smooth and silky looking. As the product description claim, this powder can be used to achieve a velvety matte look. Shine control is average (just like some of my no frills loose powders).
Note that this powder also has a soapy floral scent.
To demonstrate how the Skinfood Black Egg Pore primer, foundation and finish powder work, I have a special guest on the blog today.
Meet Ms Orange. Like me, she is troubled by enlarged pores and shiny skin.
Ms Orange with nothing on her skin.
After applying the Skinfood Black Egg Pore Primer. It might not show up too well in the photos but in real life, Ms Orange's skin did not look as shiny and you can see the primer leveling out the pores slightly.
After buffing on the Skinfood Black Egg Pore Foundation in #1 Light Beige. You can see that the coverage is not too heavy since Ms Orange's natural skin colour is still very prominent. However, can you see how matte her skin looks? Her pores are also no longer visible.
Last but not least, after applying the Skinfood Black Egg Pore Finish Powder to get this silky matte skin.
Just in case you want to see what these products look like on human skin, this is what the Skinfood Black Egg Pore Primer, Black Egg Pore Foundation in #1 Light beige & Skinfood Black Egg Pore Finish Powder looks like on me.
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