A Face Primer Phenomenon from SNOE!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I have been a fan of SNOE ever since I first met founder and president of the brand Jen a few years ago. And since then, she has come up with more innovative products that will blow your mind. I believed in her products and the potential they had in growing into one of the country's best cosmetics brand that I even collaborated with SNOE with my very own pressed powder blushes called SABStance.

To be quite honest, I never thought that home grown brands were in capable of producing such quality, competitive products but SNOE has proved me wrong the day I first tried my first SNOE product which was the Poudre Phenomenon.

This primer/pore eraser product is commonly compared with Benefit's Dr. Feel Good primer balm. I haven't made a review on that one yet but I have used that with my clients in the past. I can vouch however that these comparisons do hold water. It does remind me of Dr. Feel Good! Only the Prime Phenomenon has a more jelly texture than a balm.

SNOE Prime Phenomenon 50ml, PhP 999

Does your makeup slide off your face after just a few hours of wear? Then this might be the solution! More after the break.

I have always been a fan of Witch Hazel ever since I discovered it in makeup school in Singapore back in 2007. They used T.N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel to prep the skin to reduce redness, irritation, and excess oils before applying airbrush makeup. Ever since then, I was obsessed with anything with Witch Hazel.
This primer comes in a pot like this which works perfectly fine, but it would have been cooler if it came in a pump bottle instead so that there won't be double dipping happening, and amount of product to be dispensed is more controlled.
So, let's break it down what this primer is. According to their website:
"A skin-perfecting mattifying base that helps keep your makeup in place and refines the appearance of pores while diffusing fine lines and imperfections. The natural fruit and plant-derived extracts deliver vital benefits for sebum control, acne management and skin brightening. 
Control oil production for a shine-free face and minimal touch ups! Be photoready as this perfects skin even up close. One shade fits all."
Bamboo Silk covers the pores without clogging it Witch Hazel extract controls excess sebum and protects against irritation Sage extract helps minimize pore size Purex- DC inhibits acne- producing bacteria, helps calm inflammation and provides antioxidant benefits. Yay! Sounds like something I really need for my ever growing nose. Keep reading and I'll tell you what that is all about.
INGREDIENTS: Cyclopentasiloxane (and) Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Silica, Alcohol (and) Dryopteris Filix-Mas Root Extract (Purex), Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Melaleluca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil
I must say, not all people may like the smell of this product in the beginning but you will get used to it eventually. It definitely smells unique -it's very raw, and you will know that there is no artificial fragrance or perfumes added to the product.
It has a very gelatinous consistency like aloe vera. It has the texture and the finish of a regular primer which is very velvet-y and smooth.
So let me tell you, the reason why I opened this product and reviewed it right away is that because during this pregnancy, my nose has gotten bigger, badder, redder, and the pores on them have enlarged even (waaaah!)

A little background as to why that occurs in pregnancy. Sadly, nose swelling occurs during pregnancy to most women because this can be due to increased estrogen levels, which helps blood flow to the mucous membranes and plumps up your nose as a result. (It shrinks back to its original size after birth though so I thank God for that!)

Anyway, so looking at my red swollen nose, I had to look for a primer that would mask that when I apply makeup on top of it. I had already finished my Pixi Flawless Poreless Face Primer (this is one of my favorite primers by the way) so I had to look for another primer that would do it for me ASAP.

After applying Prime Phenomenon on my entire face, you can see that it has a blurring effect just like The Body Shop's Instablur. The pores on my nose are still very visible but the Prime Phenomenon did give my skin a very smooth finish. It was so smooth that it even tamed my dry patches of skin!
For some reason my skin looks brighter and "blurred" from the gel. The redness of my nose sadly is still red but at least it now has a layer of primer that would mask that when I apply foundation.
I applied Happy Skin's Don't Get Mad, Get Even Hydrating Liquid Foundation in Soft Beige, and then I set my foundation with Canmake Marshmallow Powder Finish Powder. You can see that most of my pores are filled and the redness have vanished!

Since this primer comes in a pot, I had to wing it on how much product I had to get. I ended up using a whole lot but it didn't flake into crumbs like some primers do when you end up with too much. It's extremely spreadable on the skin.
I wore my makeup all day. I left the house at 10:00AM and got home a little before 6:00PM. It took me so much effort not to retouch my face powder but I did retouch my lipstick sometime during the day.

Pardon my red eyes, I'm a little tired hence the vampire eyes. LOL I noticed that my skin was a little dewy but I didn't oil too much. It didn't look like you can fry eggs on my nose, and it's nothing a little Benefit Agent Zero Shine won't fix.

How about you? What is your favorite Face Primer? Do let me know by leaving a comment below, I'd love to hear from you!


  • Can be used as a concealer primer under the eyes or as an eyeshadow primer to make it last longer.
  • Glides on silkily on the skin giving a soft velvet-y finish.
  • Does not flake when you end up with too much product.
  • Does not clump liquid foundation when you put too much primer on the skin.
  • Evens out uneven skin texture.
  • Smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Tames dry skin.
  • Can be used under pressed powder only.
  • Keeps the skin from oiling too much! Won't keep you 100% oil free but it will give the skin a dewy finish instead.
  • Doesn't have an overpowering fragrance, safe for sensitive skin.
  • Can be used by women with mature skin as well.
  • Does not clog pores.
  • Fills in pores well so that foundation can cover them up.
  • Complements all skin tones, color, and type!
  • Does not feel heavy on the skin or oily! Feels very light.
  • Perfect for hot, humid days this summer.
  • Didn't cause my skin any breakouts.
  • Price is not bad for 50ml of product.

  • Keeps the skin matte for a couple of hours but would be needing minimal retouch during the day.
  • Would have been better if the product came in a pump bottle instead.
  • Or maybe include a spatula so that skin won't come in contact with the product to avoid contamination. I always end up using too much because I can't seem to scoop out just the right amount.

  • N/A

Retail Price: PhP 999
Purchased For: Gift from Snoe (Thank You!)
Will I re-purchase? Yes.
Will I recommend it? Yes.


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  1. It can be really hard to find a primer that you love. I am so glad that you were able to! This sounds absolutely fantastic.

  2. I haven't tried any SNOE products, they got cute packaging and clever names. I hope to try this one soon!


  3. i feel you ms sabs! that's my experience during my pregnancy 3 years ago! and that time i use MK Primer it was silicon based and it doesnt have any scent so it is mild for pregnant women. im glad and proud that we have our very own local made product that can beat high-end brands (if cannot beat, at least they can level naman ms sabs)

    i just wish it was cheaper in price so most of us can afford =)

  4. This is the first time I've seen essential oils as ingredients of a primer. I am using the Smashbox primer right now and I like that it doesnt have any scent and like this product is in a clear jelly texture.


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