April 5, 2011

Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Poreless Primer Review



Hate silicone primers? Look away! Look away now! I was tempted over to the dark side recently and indulged in Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer.

Let me tell you, that Mally, she knows how to sell beauty, girl can sell me snow on a hot Summer day! She made the primer sound oh so amazing that suddenly my poreless face was in need of it.

Good stuff?


A silicone primer that diffuses the look of fine lines and pores while offering a base for your foundation.

OMG nooo! This is awful stuff for folks that that hate the feel of primers such as Smashbox Photo Finish, heys, I’m one of those people.

Here’s the deal, it’s def an uncomfortable wear if you have drier skin or just don’t like the feel of a velvety silicone primer. The product is considerably thicker and creamier compared to other primers like it. It feels heavy but it smooths on rather nicely and leaves behind a powder-y, velvet finish. If you have oily skin, larger pores, or fine lines on your face it’ll easily soften these areas and even fill them in some cases due to its thickness.

However, if you’re drier with smaller pores or no pores, it’ll probably pill (roll off in tiny balls) and create a patchy effect. I can see this easily mattifying my skin in the Summer but not so much in the colder weather.

Word to the wise, oily skin users will adore it however those with drier skin or those who hate on silicone primers will absolutely detest it.

It comes in a pot which is kinda an interesting way to apply it as you can touch the product and smooth on rather easily with this packaging however ideally most folks would prefer a squeeze or pump bottle of some sort to avoid bacteria.

At $35 for 1 oz it’s actually more than Smashbox’s version but I feel like this will last longer due to the thickness of the product as a little goes a long way!

  • Oily skin types in need of a mattifying finish.
  • Those with larger pores or fine lines that need to be blurred and filled.
  • Those seeking a thick primer to prep for makeup.

  • Dry skin types.
  • Those with smaller pores or no fine lines (if you don’t have imperfections that need filling this isn’t for you).
  • Those who do not like silicone primers!

Personally it made me itchy as hell (most silicone primers do) however I can easily see it becoming a super staple for those who generally enjoy silicone primers. The extra thicker texture lays down a nice matte finish for makeup and actually, it does extend my foundation wear by a few extra hours.

It’s not for everyone that much is a given but those who already enjoy silicone primers should check this one out, it’ll probably easily become a love.

Anyone try it?


Do share ’em!

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  • Susan

    I thought this primer was just ok. I much prefer LG Spackle. I am one of those who cannot stand the feel of Smashbox Photofinish. Mally’s does feel similar to Photofinish to me but Mally’s feels a bit wetter and I can tolerate the texture better. Mally’s has an offputting smell to me. I would not repurchase.

    • the Muse

      I like LG Spackle myself but that’s a whole other product Susan ;-D very moisturizing when compared to Perfect Prep ;-D Me either, very very uncomfortable for me. Didn’t get the smell but def felt the texture was a bit better than Photofinish, thicker and creamier…but still can’t get me on board, no likey the silicone :-/

      • Susan

        I had high expectations for this primer since it came from Mally and I have had a lot of luck with her products. I ordered her new foundation on advanced order and cannot wait to get it!

          • Susan

            Muse I believe it is actually a powder that can be applied wet or dry. It is the Poreless Perfection Foundation.

  • JenJ

    I think we’re QVC twins lol. Got this in the large size on auto delivery and used it on various foundations that I have. I like it. I have oily skin and have had success with the silicone based primers. Mally can sell me just about anything. I haven’t had a lot of success with her color products. I have her eyeliners. Don’t care for her mascara.

    • the Muse

      hehe Jen ;-D freaking qvc does me in every time ;-D really?! I love her color cosmetics!!!!!!! I wanna kinda sorta try out her perfume ;D!

  • Lorraine ER

    This looks like it might be similar to the L’oreal Studio Secrets Perfecting Base in the jar..? I would love to hear from someone who has tried them both. There’s no place local that sells Mally or I’d check it out myself. I like the L’oreal because I see better results with it than with any of the pore perfectors I tried from Sephora (including TooFaced, Benefit, Urban Decay) but if I could find something that works even better that would be nice ;D My pores are a big issue for me.

    • the Muse

      I like the L’Oreal one too Lorraine, this runs much thicker and creamier, L’Oreal’s version is a bit thicker and less creamy, more dense.

  • Maggie

    I hate the feel of Smashbox Photofinish too. Muse, what are your recommendations for silicone-free primers? For reference, I’m combo skin, not much pore issue, but just want to make my foundation smoother and last longer and transfer less. (really embarrassing when it gets all over your touchscreen phone, lol).

  • katrosado

    I haven’t tried this line of makeup yet but just wanted to say that I now know who Malley is because you have corrupted me in my old age Muse and I will flip to QVC daily LOL 😀

  • Makedonka

    I also can not stand SB photo-finish but got reeled in on this one with Mally’s primer+eye cream trio kit. The texture gives me hibbidyjibidies and although I do have combo skin my problem is the feel I have on my hands when spreading this! But I see in my mind Mally spreading it gently over Mary Beth Roe’s face and going “it locks in the moisture so you can wear it at night over your cream!” and I go on applying … 😀 so I doubt I will finish the jar but I know I won’t repurchase for sure. Same goes for the eye primer which is same stuff just packed in smaller cute pink jar (gotta love her colors!)

    • the Muse

      lol damn that mally makedonka ;-D I swear she can sell me anything!

  • Ruthless

    I have super oily skin and I found this slid into an utter mess I really do not recommend this to anyone with oily skin. You’re better off with ClearFX primer (Cover FX brand) it is very good for oily skin.

    I hated this primer, and wish I’d returned it

  • Cherie Henderson

    Thank you so much for the validation! I was totally sold on this stuff when I saw it on QVC. However, I don’t like it at all. I am 46 years old and it makes my skin feel dry and it is so matte that my skin looks older and patchy like you said. I’m sending this stuff back. I was using Amazing Cosmetics primer and it worked well but I was running out so I tried the Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer. I am going back to the Amazing Cosmetics Anti Aging Face Primer.

  • Sheila Johnson

    I LOVE this but the key for me was to use next to none. This is where the jar works better than a tube. I barely touch 2 fingertips to the top of the product. One finger for each side of the face…and I have a big face. I have used about 10 primers of all types and I use a small fraction of what I did of the others. When I first tried it like the others, I hated it. Now I won’t use anything else.