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"Clear Makeup" versus Foundation Primer,
I have used Philosophy products for over a year now and am a proponent of their exfoliators and cleansers. I enthusiastically bought The Present after seeing it as a new product at the Nordstrom counter.
The bottle says that it is clear makeup for fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven texture. It can be used three different ways; alone as an oil-free moisturizer for sensitive skin; over oil free moisturizer (such as Hope in a Jar) to create the illusion of airbrushed skin; and under foundation for a smooth finish.
I was after that airbrushed skin, and this product works GREAT if used over moisturizer. It truly does minimize pores and fine lines. If you don't like to wear a lot of makeup, it gives you a very fresh and natural look.
Unfortunately, no matter how diligent your are, sometimes blemishes pop up and you have to use foundation. The Present was not suitable in this function for me. Used under my foundation, my makeup felt cakey, thick, and the foundation did not blend well into this product. It left unsightly foundation streaks that were difficult to correct. I could not hold my MAC foundation responsible, because used alone it does not exhibit any of these qualities.
I would highly reccomend this product as "clear makeup" but not as a foundation primer as indicated on the back of the bottle. If you are looking for a foundation primer, I would reccomend Smashbox's Photo Finish. It is extremely lightweight, blends well with foundation, and the bottle will last forever because you use such small amounts.