In celebration of The Estee Edit opening a new flagship store on Carnaby Street, today I’m going to be reviewing my absolute favourite from their range – the Pore Vanishing Stick. I know bloggers love to throw around words like holy grail and game changer, but honestly, this product is both.
Sadly I inherited orange peel skin (thanks mum) and to make matters worse I suffered from acne for 10 years so I have icepick scarring. I’m really self conscious of it so I’m always on the look out for something which will help hide these imperfections away. I have heard rave reviews so I picked one up last week in Selfridges and couldn’t wait to give it a go. It’s slightly different from a usual primer because you can use it under your makeup as well as after it. It can even be used without makeup.
The primer comes in a chubby stick with a dual core. The centre is a nude colour whilst the outer core is a white opaque colour. The inner part is supposed to be a universal colour to suits all skin tones *apparently* (see pic below).
Since it’s on a stick, it’s so easy to apply and it transferred straight on to my skin effortlessly. I did find that I had to press down on to my skin quite a bit and use a generous amount to get the desired result but when I did, I was in awe at how well it had ironed out my imperfections.
At the rate I was using it, I don’t think the stick will last me very long and priced at £21, it’s not exactly cheap. It is however the best primer I’ve ever used so it’s swings and roundabouts really. I rarely get shiny but sometimes my nose gets a little oily when I’m wearing full coverage foundation the whole day. I decided to test the pore vanishing stick over my makeup this week as I was at a wedding and had a full face of slap on. It turns out this primer controls shine really well when worn under makeup but works for touch ups too. It’s definitely so much easier to use on the go than a translucent powder.
The one size fits all coloured centre bugs me. It’s not inclusive for darker skinned girls. I’d love to see whether it made a difference to women who were both darker and lighter than the core of the stick or whether it just applies on opaque and is more of a gimmick.
The other thing I would say to be wary of is that when using this product as a primer, you have to use it over your entire face. The reason being is that you will otherwise be left with patchy foundation by the end of the day. I’m not sure what the reasoning behind this is but it’s happened to both me and my sister when we only used it on certain areas.