Catrice Prime and Fine Pore Refining and Anti-Shine Base

After going through reviews on affordable primers, I decided to get the Catrice Prime and Fine – Pore Refining and Anti-Shine Base because it is liked by oily skin girls and accessible. I also felt the need to support a brand that doesn’t seem talked about much locally.


From the Catrice EU website:

“The ideal preparation for shine-free looks. The Pore Refining And Anti-Shine Base minimizes unwanted shine and visibly refines your pores. The ultra-light formula also improves the durability of foundation. A true beauty perfectionist. Dermatologically tested.”

  • Minimizes unwanted shine
  • Visibly refines the pores
  • Makes foundation last longer

As of writing, it has a rating of 4 out of 5 stars with 265 raters. My only expectation is for it to keep my face shine-free for at least 6 hours.


This primer is not silicone-based.

Aqua, Caprylic Triglyceride, Propanediol, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, C10-18 Triglycerides, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Pectin, Carbomer, Lecithin, Ethylhexyglycerin, Ceteth-20, Xanthan Gum, Steareth-20, Peg-75 Stearate, Sodium Peg-4 Pei-6 Phosphonate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

Availability and Price

Catrice is available in SM Department Stores at Php499 only (for a tube of 30ml).


The Catrice Prime and Fine – Pore Refining and Anti-Shine Base comes in a plastic white tube with black twist cap. The tube makes it easy to control how much to use. Consistency of the primer is light like lotion.

I used the Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation to test the primer with.

Freshly applied Catrice Prime and Fine Pore Refining and Anti-Shine Base under Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation
My face got oily after only a few hours, but it didn’t get oilier than this.

Here’s how the primer performed:

  • Finish is semi-matte.
  • Reduced the appearance of pores, but for only about a couple of hours.
  • Makes foundation last and prevents it from building up especially where my glasses rest.
  • Kept my face shine-free for three to four hours only, but my face didn’t get any oilier.
  • Didn’t notice my foundation pill.
  • Made my face feel smooth that made foundation application better.

This is probably my third time to use the primer. It reminded me that I wasn’t pleased with the oil control and that it barely reduces appearance of pores. Even though it sounds good that it didn’t make my face oilier, I didn’t like getting oily after just a few hours. That being the case, I won’t repurchase.

I guess others might still want to try the primer as keeping my face from getting any oilier does sort of mean “minimize shine.” 🙂

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