In my life as a beauty lover and editor, I've tried myriad matte primers and foundations in my quest for shine-free skin. However, the natural state of my face is fat and practically reflective; having experienced acne on and off for over half my life at this point, it's something I've more or less come to terms with. However, since I recently moved to Miami, things have gotten considerably… sweatier. As such, I had to up my game – and Peace Out's Instant Pore Perfector is how I did just that.
The beloved social media brand is best known for its transparent pimple stickers, but don't sleep on other favorites like TikTok's famous retinol eye stick and, my favorite, acne serum. . Her latest launch, Instant Pore Perfector, is another can't-miss. It not only aims to create a smooth canvas for makeup, but also to improve your skin over time. Before, I had the innovative product tested in sunny Florida.
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After applying my morning skincare and sunscreen, I applied a pea-sized amount of Peace Out Instant Pore Perfector, which was a light greenish beige color. The product is meant to minimize large pores and reduce redness, which I tend to get around my T-zone. It had a dry, silky texture that glided on my skin like butter. Once applied, it disappeared into my olive complexion without a trace, leaving behind a softer, smoother surface that was perfect for foundation and concealer (or nothing!). Unlike other mattifying primers, it didn't completely make my skin shine free. Instead, my face looked subtly more even, and my smoothest areas — forehead, nose, chin — were only slightly toned down. In other words, Instant Pore Perfector did exactly what it claimed to do, without taking away any trace of my skin's natural glow. (It's silicone-free, so it doesn't work like some of the more slippery clear primers on the market.) Plus, I liked that I could reapply it throughout the day to gently refresh and mattify mid-day oiliness.
With ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and malic acid (a milder AHA derived from apples), the product hydrates and brightens like legitimate skincare, while delivering immediate visible payoff (that's i.e. lightly filtered skin). For $28, it's not super expensive, but it's not a cheap thrill either. The tube is small (0.8 ounces of product), and again, if you want a product to completely remove shine, this isn't it. However, considering the added skincare ingredients and gentle formulation, I will say Instant Pore Perfector has become a great addition to my daily skincare routine and makeup prep. Peace, smooth forehead and hello, luminous skin.
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