Primers: some people are believers, others can’t be fussed. I don’t prime on a daily basis, but when I go all out with a “real” foundation (as opposed to a BB cream or powder foundation), I bust the primers out as well. Since I have combination skin, I’ve always used separate primers for my T-zone and cheeks. This makes me the prime candidate (see what I did there?) for testing out both *Dior Pore Minimizer and *Dior Glow Maximizer!
Both Dior Pore Minimizer and Glow Maximizer come with a pump. I find the pump very easy to work with, as I never end up with more product than what I intend to use. Both formulas are very subtly scented.
Dior Pore Minimizer is a primer that “mattifies and refines the skin, minimizes pores and smooths fine lines immediately upon application.” It can also be used throughout the day for touch-ups.
Dior Pore Minimizer is great for oilier skin types and/or enlarged pores if you bear the following tips in mind:
1. Start with properly moisturized skin. If you put Dior Pore Minimizer on poorly-hydrated skin, it could settle into pores and accentuate dry patches. That is never flattering.
2. Start with as little product as possible. Any excess could quickly ball up and look flaky. I also suggest that you use it in target areas instead of all over the face.
3. Avoid using liquid-to-powder foundations on top (for example, Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet) and dose setting powder carefully. Dior Pore Minimizer is very effective, so piling other products with oil-controlling properties on top could be too much. With that said, I do have great experience layering it over Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner. If I combine these two underneath Guerlain Tenue de Perfection, I’d barely have to blot at the end of the day!
Before you ask, I actually can’t say if I prefer Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner or Dior Pore Minimizer. Truth be told, I have found a place for both. Dior Pore Minimizer is better at delivering a smooth, poreless surface, but Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner functions as a moisturizer. Since they layer well together, I will most probably continue to use both!
Dior Glow Maximizer is a glow-enhancing primer. There are several ways of using this. You can mix a drop in your foundation, use a thin layer all over your face (like a regular primer) or where you need some brightening action, or as a liquid highlighter on top of your foundation. I personally prefer to mix a drop in my foundation for my cheeks. I have tried to apply a thin layer on my cheeks prior to foundation. It worked (and it wasn’t over the top), but I still prefer the subtle result of mixing it with my foundation.
While Dior Glow Maximizer might seem a little scary when you first pump it out (a shimmery champagne pink), I have truly enjoyed adding it to the foundation for my cheeks! The result is subtle, yet noticeable. You wouldn’t see shimmer in this case, but you will notice that your skin seems more smooth, radiant, and youthful! I normally don’t have problems with foundation fading on my cheeks, so I can’t really testify as to whether it helps foundation stay put for longer. In any case, it does look great at the end of the day!
Here you see Dior Glow Maximizer/Pore Minimizer lightly spread out:
Dior Glow Maximizer/Pore Minimizer blended out:
I used to be all about mattifying products, but I have come to the realization that combination skin requires different treatments, both in terms of skincare and base products. If I attempt to mattify my whole face, it will suck the life out of it. The best thing to do is to be matte and glowy in the right places, and Dior delivers!
What are some of your favorite primers? Also, ladies/gents with combination skin: how do you cope? Do you also go through the trouble of using two sets of products, or do you make do?