I tested Rouge Bunny Rouge Metamorphoses Mattifying Primer ($68.57) for a few weeks before I wrote this review. Given the ingredients, I considered this product to border on skincare, so I wanted to give my skin a chance to react, if it was going to do so. Happily, it did not.
This primer (29 ml/about an ounce) comes out of a pump dispenser in a thick, white splooge. At first I worried that it would be heavy and greasy, but it practically melted under my touch and blended away quickly to transparent nothing.
Despite what it might look like in my photos, this primer has a featherweight texture, and unlike some other primers, it does not ball up and leave little bumps of silicone over the skin. I used Metamorphoses Mattifying Primer as intended--a moisturizer/primer hybrid (over Baltic Collagen Face and Neck Gel), and a couple times I wore it on its own to see if it would improve the appearance of my skin tone. The primer served well as a skin moisturizer in that is smoothed over my pores and let my makeup glide on easily, but it did not actually add any moisture, despite containing oils. It also did NOT make my partly oily skin look oily. In fact, it did exactly what it was supposed to do, provide a satiny matte canvas without dulling the complexion.
I tested the primer under Missha BB Cream, but I most often wore it under my favorite foundation, Jane Iredale PurePressed Base. The primer definitely improved the appearance of my foundation's finish, making it look like a second skin. It gave my skin a velvety-matte glow (which seems like a juxtaposition) that kept shine at bay all day. My skin tone looked more even and luminous without looking shiny. I did not use a blotting tissue the entire time I tested this product.
After one month of use, I am happy to say that this primer has caused no breakouts, and I have no milia, which silicone-based primers often give me, especially around my eyes.
Metamorphoses Mattifying Primer contains soothing active ingredients, such as allantoin and meadowfoam seed oil. It also contains Vitamin E to fight free radicals and other antioxidant and anti-aging properties. I do not get that dreaded, tight egg-white finish that some primers leave. In fact I don't feel anything on my skin at all. The primer is weightless.
The ingredients list is relatively short, but for those of you sensitive to parabens, this product does contain them.
I never understood the popularity of skin primers until I tried this one by Rouge Bunny Rouge. Not only did it do a stellar job on my face, I also performed surprisingly well over my lips and eyelids, where it kept my eyeshadow clear and true and kept my lip product in place without feathering or bleeding. After coming across the below video, I experimented with adding a tiny bit of primer on top of one of my most shimmery lipsticks (Laura Mercier Amaretto). It provided a beautiful velvet-matte finish, but I prefer a glossier finish, so I won't waste another precious drop of precious primer doing that..
Bottom line: Fantastic! Three thumbs up. (I keep an extra thumb in my pocket for my most enthusiastic reviews). This product is not cheap, but I absolutely will replace it when I run out, staple that it has become. This is the first truly multipurpose primer I have ever used, and it blows everything else I have tried--Tarte, NARS, Chanel, Pur Minerals, Smashbox, CARGO, MAC, BeneFit, Laura Mercier, Laura Geller, Monistat Chafing Gel (yes, I admit it), and more--out of the water.
All photos mine
This product was sent to me by Rouge Bunny Rouge PR for consideration