Jan 182014

NARS Pore Perfecter1

NARS is adding to its Pro-Prime line, which has already brought us some lovely facial primers and a highly effective eye primer. New to the line is NARS Pro-Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector ($28/0.05 oz.). Do you have large pores on your cheeks that prevent you from wearing shimmery blushes?  Well, now you don’t. This small tube acts as a “magic wand” to provide a smooth, pore-less finish. With a bit of time, this product also minimizes very fine lines.

NARS Pore Perfecter2

According to NARS, this new “targeted primer features an advanced, lightweight formula that smoothes and preps skin in a single stroke, creating the ideal canvas for makeup application.

Line and pore-filling microspheres with hyaluronic acid instantly smooth and provide a gentle plumping effect to fine lines

Spherical Line Smoothing Powder visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles to create a seamless look. The spherical shape and innovative optical technology reflect light evenly to brighten the dark areas within wrinkles

The angular stick format provides artistic precision and convenience for touch-ups, while the non-greasy formula absorbs oil and mattes out shine without drying the skin.

Vitamins A, C and E help provide antioxidant protection. Dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested.”

Notice, although the effect of this primer is temporary, there are some anti-oxidants also provides some skin-care benefits. This product has a highly effective, magic wand quality against pores. Now you see them, now you don’t. The pore-elminating effect is immediateMy one request is to increase the size of the tube, because after I saw how wonderful this made my skin look I sort of wanted to use it over my entire body. I sort of wanted to take a bath in it, actually. However, to help manage your expectations, the tube is small–about the same size as a NARS Pure Matte Lipstick.

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Here is a comparison of two images on which I used the product on my arm. Both images are the same, but with one I’ve outlined the area where the primer is applied (no photoshopping):

Before and after nars pore perfector

Another with the same format. These are the same unretouched image, but one has the area marked where the NARS Pore Perfector has been used:

NARS Pore Perfector before and after 3 NARS also intends this product to be a line-filler. As you can see from these images, the tiny lines on my hand are arm are, in fact, softened and in some cases erased. As you might expect, this does not eliminate deep creases and expression lines, for which you would typically go to a dermatologist for an injectable or surgery. Also, the results for fine lines take a bit more time to appear–I would give it a full minute, or even five minutes, for the product to warm and work. I tried to do a little experiment on the bottom part of some fingers to show you. I’m not sure how successful this experiment is, but I thought it best to post it.

nars before and after

 Overall, I applaud NARS for the pore-reducing and line-softening properties of this effective primer. NARS Pore Perfector is another well-formulated, workhorse product from this innovative line.

NARS Cosmetics sent this product to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup).

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  15 Responses to “NARS Pro-Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector Review and Comparisons”

  1. woah, this looks good! Thanks for sharing amy!

  2. Great detailed review.

  3. Wow, They need to sell this in the same tube as their multiples! Amazing! How long do the effects last?

  4. Wow really cool! Gotta get this!

  5. Those are some compelling swatch photos! Can you compare this to Clarins Instant Smooth Touch? This looks better, more effective but as I have a tub of the Clarins which I don’t use very often I am curious to know my results would be better with the Nars.

    Thanks very much!

    • I’m sorry, I don’t have Clarins. Perhaps see if you can find a department store that carries both, and do an on-counter test? I’d love to know your results!

  6. This looks excellent, but I’m a bit confused as to how to use it. What did you find to be the best way to apply/use this? Straight out of the tube? Did you need to blend with fingers or a brush? It looks quite small to apply all over the face–would you suggest pairing this with another primer and only using this to target problem areas?

    • I would use this to target certain areas. I’ve been following this tip from Nars’ website–>
      “Blend Instant Line & Pore Perfector with concealer on the back of your hand and use Cream Blending Brush #12 to apply to pores and lines for smoothing with bit of coverage.” –Jake Broullard, Lead Makeup Stylist

      It sounds like it wouldn’t mix well, but it actually does. I’ve also tried this with MAC’s Pro Longwear concealer and it works well too. Let it settle in before applying foundation, etc.

      I’ve also used it applied directly to the cheeks. If you are getting a “line” of demarcation between the primed and unprimed areas, buff the edges with a brush (even an eyeshadow brush can work, because you want control). I haven’t had the line problem, though

  7. Hi Amy, great review and pics. Thank you for that. I’ve a question: I’ve been looking for the ingredients for the primer and couldn’t find anything. Do you have them maybe? I’d be very grateful for any help! Thanks in advance, Anneri

    • Hi Anneri, I don’t and I’m sorry about that. We get the sample products without the boxes (for good reasons). However, Sephora.com does post the ingredient lists for all products that they sell (there’s a tab for it, you have to click on that tab specifically). Sephora doesn’t have this up quite yet, but I would expect it in the next week or two. If you can’t get to a store to see the box in person, Sephora should have it soon.

      • Hi Amy,

        thanks – that’s a good tip! I’m not from the US, but it’s good to know that Sephora has ingredient lists on its website. Thank you for letting me know!

  8. my foundation crease on my mouth area where i smile did you think that would work for me?or what i should do because i hate it and i dont know what to do.

    • No, I think you might look at other foundations perhaps. Some more emollient and pigment-packed formulas will move better with your skin.

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