NYX Pore Filler Review, Swatches and Photos
I always use primer under my makeup and tend to stick to my favourites but also love to try out other products as you never know, a better product might be sitting on the beauty store shelf and without trying I’ll never know.
I generally like NYX products as they offer good quality at great prices. They often compare very well with higher priced products, so I’m always willing to give this brand a try. I was torn between two of their primers, one called Shine Killer which promised to get rid of my shiny skin and the Pore Killer which, guess what, promised to reduce my pores. I would actually have liked both qualities, but I decided to go for the Pore Killer to see what it was like.
It comes in a small white box and for $16 CND you get 0.67 fl oz. or 20 ml. In the box is a matching tube of primer which promises to “minimize the look of pores to create a smooth, porcelain doll-like finish to my face.” Sounds great, but does it work?
The primer is a silicone based primer, which won’t suit everyone. I personally don’t mind as I have oily skin which fits silicone based products well, but people with dryer skin might not like it so much.
When you squeeze it out of the tube it comes out in fits and starts - well mine did - which meant some of it spurted out and landed in places I didn’t need primer, namely my mirror! A bit of a waste, but once I knew it did this I could compensate the next time I used it. Once out of the tube and on my hand it appeared quite grainy and dry, but once I started to rub it in it felt very smooth and soft.
It disappears quite quickly into the skin and it did give a smoother appearance to the pores on my nose and forehead, but not quite a good as my favourite primer (Too Faced Primed and Poreless). It makes the skin feel very soft and did seem to mattify straight away - but time would tell! The product is peachy tinted, so blends well with the skin and once blended is invisible.
I wore this under Kat Von D Lock It Foundation which I applied with the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge (see my review of that product here). I could definitely see that my pores were minimised and it seemed to work well with the foundation - no pilling etc.
After about four hours I found that my pores were slightly more apparent and my skin was visibly oily, but no more so that with some other primers I have used. I expect nothing less with my oil slick skin, only my Too Faced favourite seems to make any real difference on this front.
So, overall I’m quite impressed with this primer. It is reasonably priced and does reduce the appearance of pores. It says you can wear it over makeup, so maybe dabbing a little on during the day over makeup might be the answer. I personally didn’t try this as once my makeup is done, it’s done and I don’t tend to bother with touch ups. For the price and easy availability I would say, give it a go, you don’t have much to lose. It is a good alternative to some much higher priced primers, but as I mentioned probably better for combination to oily skins due to it being silicone based. It does reduce the look of pores, it does keep oiliness at bay - how long will depend on your skin - and it does keep foundation in place for longer, so all round a good choice. I should also mention that it is fragrance-free, oil-free, talc-free and of course is cruelty-free.