[Warning! This post contains closeup pictures of legit blackheads—i.e., little bumps and dots cluttered together. These are my blackheads, but even I think it looks gross. >.< Proceed with caution! It may make you cringe…or even make you want to send me pore strips! Though in my defense, it's not as bad in real life...The camera zoom just makes it look worse~]
Brand: Tony Moly
Name: Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm
Actual Weight: 96.1g
Price on ibuybeauti.com: $15.00 (click here)
Here's the box it comes in:
If you like to read ingredients:
And here is the actual container:
[ Widest Circumference: 20.5cm | Height: 8.7cm ]
Don't be fooled! Notice that the balm only occupies the bottom third of the container. The rest is all air~
And here is the top of the unique container~
It's designed so that the top part can detach, thereby transforming the container into a plant pot once you’re finished. Now, I’m clumsy. I found the shape hard to grip with my small hands, so I dropped it and the top came off and now it's just a big hole. Not a big deal, but fellow clumsies, be careful!
Delicious, delicious lemons~~ ^3^
If I touch it while it's in the tub, it feels like a soft and spongy paste, almost a bit moist/damp too. Does it look soft and spongy?
(FYI: The balm separated like this after a few weeks. ^^)
It's a little clumpy when you first scoop it out:
Once I blend it out completely, it “disintegrates” into a veneer of soft and smoothness.
Moisturizingness: I find that it feels a little moisturizing on my skin, especially if I use more. As a consequence, it doesn’t have as strong of a mattifying effect as some primers. (See Moisturizing Effect and Oil Control.)
Primer alone, without BB Cream:
If I put a thin layer over my nose, it glides on to create a smooth, slippery canvas. See how my nose looks a little blurred in the after photos? It's not blurry, as you can still see my peach fuzz. It's the primer's smooth canvas:
It smooths most of my unevenness, but it's not enough to completely fill in my deep holes (like the ones circled.)
BB Cream Application:
And here are the closeups:
With BB Cream: no primer vs. primer
So yes, it does help! But not completely~ Here are some extra details that may not be clear from the photos:
BB Cream clings onto my dry skin, sinking into my pores and holes, and exposing every uneven flake, blackhead bump. Overall, it looks very uneven and bumpy.
It looks slightly more even overall, but it doesn’t completely cover all the flakes or protruding heads. You can still see little blackhead bumps, especially as time goes on. (See those two bumps on the right hand side of the picture above?)
Going back to the “moisturizing” aspect of the formula... I find that if apply a little too much primer, the moisture in the formula interferes with the primer's ability to adhere to my skin. (Dry stuff sorta just sits there, but moist stuff can still spread out, right?) So if I apply too much primer, my BB Cream will actually smear and then clump with the primer. As a result, I am frugal with how much primer I use (another reason I can’t completely fill in my holes.)
Oil Control: Next to none for me. It’s not a mattifying silicon formula, so I still get oil beads all the same.
I think it’s a decent silicon pore cover. Average, perhaps? But for using on my own skin, I wasn’t suuuper wowed. It gives me some improvement, but I need more! More
Thank you to ibuybeauti.com for letting me experience this adorable primer! ^_^ It's going to make such a cute flower pot~!
And thank you everyone else for not commenting about my blackheads/skin, heh heh~ I know it's gross...but I did it for the review!!!!