As someone who suffers with more than just a little shine and skin problems in general, I have tried countless primers in my makeup wearing career. The result of all these tests & trials - I hate primers. The vast majority of them have thick, silicone-laden and slippery textures that do not agree with my skin at all. Amidst all that I was able to find a couple of primers that I love - they are weightless and make my foundation look and last longer. One of those is the new Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue.
Just in case you are wondering the other is the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (not technically a primer but I'll write more about it another time).
Back to the Matte Rescue. The product is basically a very lightweight, water-based gel that takes care of shine and helps absorb excess surface oil, leaving a natural-looking finish. What I love about the product is that it doesn't feel like a mask on the skin, it sinks in very quickly and leaves the skin fresh and even. I swear, if you touch your skin you can't even feel it's there!
It gives a blurring effect and makes pores visibly less apparent (but wouldn't be as dramatic as the original POREfessional - which I really like). The Matte Rescue has added a good few hours to the lifetime of my foundation, something I have always struggled with. I get a good 7-8 hours of decent looking foundation which seems like a miracle (pre this discovery it was more like 2-3 hours)!
I used to be a very occasional primer wearer as I found most primers clogged up my skin and felt really gross after a little while. Buy ever since I got the Matte Rescue I've been wearing it every day under my foundation and I absolutely love it! It hasn't broken me out or affected the condition of my skin in any way.
If you are not a fan of traditional primers and need a little help in the shine department I highly recommend you try it at one of the Benefit counters.
What is your holy grail foundation primer?