Kiko Mat Base Corrector Primer – Review

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I have an extremely oily t-zone which up until a few weeks ago I’d just given up with. My oiliness is so bad that even when wearing my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (anyone who wears this knows how drying the formula is) AND powdering it within an inch of my life, it still gets oily by lunchtime.

I’ve never had any luck with mattifying primers in the past with them either just not working or breaking me out. I do love my Hourglass mineral veil primer for special occasions, but in terms of oil control it does nothing for me. I’d been recommended the Mat Base Corrector primer numerous times over the last year and decided to finally drag myself to Kiko to purchase it. At £8.90 for a 25ml tube it’s extremely affordable so I was really excited at the prospect of being oil free on a budget!

I tested this product on and off for around 3 weeks to be able to give a full, honest review.

Packaging: I really like the packaging for this product. It’s an opaque tube with a very small opening that makes it easy to dispense the correct amount of product. There is no air and light exposure making the formula stable.

Formula: The formula for this primer looks promising for oily skin. It’s water based and doesn’t contain any silicone which has been known to break out blemish prone skin. There are a number of oil controlling actives such as the oily absorbing clay magnesium aluminum silicate, propylene glycol and Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract. It also contains antimicrobial ingredients to prevent break-outs such as phenoxyethanol, butylene glycol and oleanolic acid. It doesn’t contain any fragrance or colourant. Unfortunately I’m not a big fan of alcohol in formulas but considering I only wear foundation two or three days a week I’m okay with using a primer with alcohol in it.

Application: This product comes out as a thick clear gel, when I apply it on my skin it doesn’t glide on and leaves a bit of a tacky finish. I find that I have to spend more time applying foundation on top of this primer as it does make foundation drag and catch.Once the product is on my skin looks completely matte and doesn’t look cakey.

Longevity: By the end of my 12 hour day I’d say my skin is around 50% less shiny compared to using foundation alone and remains oil-free for up to 8 hours. There is no oiliness around my cheeks but there is still some shine on my nose and especially above my eyebrows. I didn’t experience any breakouts when using this product either which is great.

Overall I’m quite pleased with this primer, it’s pretty good for everyday use when it’s not too hot or humid outside and keeps my oil at bay for a maximum 8 hours in the T-zone. I don’t think it’ll hold up in the heat of the Summer for my skin personally so the search continues for a really strong oil controlling primer.

Have you tried this primer before? What were your thoughts? Do you have any recommendations for me? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

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15 thoughts on “Kiko Mat Base Corrector Primer – Review

  1. ah i have a similar ish situation. my forehead is the oiliest and my t-zone/nose especialy is quite oily. i’ve been doing lot of shopping for beauty products recently and havent come across a good primer myself, so this is great review! ive never used a kiko product before so iwll have to see if i can get my hands on it!

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  2. Ahh the oily T-zone, chica do I KNOW it! Just like you the make up was basically melted off by lunch 😦 I’ve been using a setting spray and its been helping a ton, do you use any specific setting sprays? 🙂

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    1. Hello Sydney thanks for the follow! I usually use MAC Fix + to set my make-up and it looks amazing for a dewy finish but doesn’t do anything for oil control. I’ve been testing the Urban Decay De-Slick which for me only works well with full coverage matte foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear), I still need to try the All-Nighter from UD too. Have you any recommendations you’ve tried personally? Jay

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      1. I really find using maybelline setting spray and primer has been a life saver for the oiling and sweat. I’m on the hunt right now for some powder though that will assist as well. I will keep you updated though!!

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