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the present

makeup primer & oil-free mattifier


  • philosophy, the present make-up primer


Item No. present-clear-makeup
$20.00 $30.00
size| 2 oz.
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leave skin with an airbrushed finish when you use our oil-free makeup primer.

what it does

this multitasking formula feels lightweight and functions as a foundation primer, colourless skin perfector, skin barrier protector and oil-free moisturizer.

  • helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores
  • natural antibacterial benefits

how to use

apply to face, allowing 2 minutes setting time prior to makeup application.

when to use: day

key ingredients

see full ingredient list

philosophy: do you crave airbrushed skin? do your wrinkles and pores deserve to appear minimized? are you searching for a new foundation? then we have a present for you.
philosophy: do you crave airbrushed skin? do your wrinkles and pores deserve to appear minimized? are you searching for a new foundation? then we have a present for you.

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the present is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 224.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really is a gift! I've been using the present for years and cannot fathom my life without it. I use it daily under foundation, or by itself if I'm not wearing makeup.
Date published: 2019-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish I had purchased about 4 or 5 of them! I purchased this product when it was being discontinued,(I thought). I paid $5 each for it. I bought two because I had never used it but, I trust Philosophy's quality (even though they have changed the formula on some of my favs "not a fan of that") and for $5 a pop what could I lose? Whooo! this stuff is GOOOOOODDD! I used it under foundation first. Just make sure it's completely dry before applying your foundation. Then, I tried it without foundation and I was blown away. My skin literally looked airbrushed, fresh, like I was wearing makeup and I'm 52 years old. I love this stuff. Glad its not gone away but, bummed it's $30 freakin dollars. Sadly, will be purchasing again. Have only worn foundation maybe twice since using this on my skin!
Date published: 2019-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it First off the smell is amazing, so subtle but sweet. It’s a little thick which worried me at first but you just use a very small amount and it works great!
Date published: 2019-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I love this under my makeup or even alone. It makes my skin feel soft and smooth. Only takes a very small amount for your whole face.
Date published: 2019-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice finish Does give my face a nice matte finish and gives me a good canvas for face tint.
Date published: 2019-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this primer I have used this primer since it came out and have tried others in the past and none live up to this one. I cannot believe this is being discontinued. I Hope someone reconsiders ... it would be a shame to have this product gone....
Date published: 2019-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from light cover not heavy; nice for summer for just a little coverage
Date published: 2019-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Product I have been using this product for about 10yrs & I cannot say enough about how wonderful it is & how it has changed my skin ever since I tried it!! I’m really really hoping that they are not discontinuing it because I don’t know what I will do or my skin will do without it!!
Date published: 2019-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing product! This stuff is out of this world. It is a step in between moisturizer and foundation or in my case I wear it straight after moisturizer on a daily basis. It makes my face look flawless and creates an even tone.
Date published: 2019-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a primer that's a bridge between skincare and makeup I've been using The Present for about 4 years now. I'm very sensitive to typical primer ingredients such as silica, which this product does not have. It doesn't create a perfect base for makeup application (probably because there's no silica), especially if you tend to wear full-coverage/heavy stuff. But since I only use a light mineral powder, this stuff work great, and it can be worn with or without makeup. I have oily skin, and this does a nice job of mattifying without being super mattified - but be warned this is NOT a mattifying primer so don't buy it thinking it as such - it just makes my skin look.. better. It smells like lavender and I feel like it's more about of my skincare routine than my makeup routine, which makes me like it all the more. Philosophy - please always sell this product!!! LOVE IT.
Date published: 2019-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from smooth leaves my face with a smooth, matte finish. i love it!
Date published: 2019-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Quality For someone who has extremely dry and sensitive skin, I have fallen IN LOVE with this primer! It keeps my face soft, moisturized and feeling fresh throughout the day. After trying many a primers, this one takes the cake. My only complaint- I forgot to make my rewards account after I made this purchase! Lost those points, but I know I will be making up for it FAST because I cannot get enough of this primer and will now be trying a lot more philosophy products!
Date published: 2019-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect This primer is wonderful. I have tried a few different ones and they are sticky, makes my skin feel oily but The Present is wonderful, my skin stays soft and feels great.
Date published: 2019-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from makeup Primer wonder This primer has made makeup application smoother and my makeup never fades, even after a 12 hour day! Would definitely recommend this product!
Date published: 2019-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic find This is one of my every day products. Used as a base layer under make-up it creates a smooth finish to help avoid creases or visible pores. In winter I will use it over a daily moisturizer w/sunscreen to help prevent dryness or wind chaffe. Most often I will wear it alone as a product to smooth and matte skin surface. It is wonderful.
Date published: 2019-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My always This is my "foundation regimine." Love this product and gives just enough coverage to even out all the lines when I don't have time or want to do the full on "face paint."
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Put on Makeup Without It! I feel naked if I don't put this on before applying makeup. This product makes all the difference in how my makeup sets and appears/lasts all day. I love this product, and it leaves my skin feeling soft and protected. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product Love this product!! I used it for my daughter’s wedding under my foundation and my makeup looked great all day. Hides fine lines.
Date published: 2018-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Present is a Gift:) I recently purchased The Present and used it for the first time. Although I have been a Philosophy Devotee for a long time, this product is new for me. I love it. I have oily skin and anything that creates a matte finish is my friend. You can wear this without makeup or you can use it to create a pallet for your foundation. Either way, I definitely suggest that you give yourself the gift of a smooth and flawless face. Love It!!
Date published: 2018-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for oil free primer I've used the Present off and on for years. It is my go-to beach item since i don't wear makeup at the beach and it gives a nice finish like i put powder on when it dries. I also use it as a primer in the summer when it's more humid and it helps my t-zone appear much less oily through the day.
Date published: 2018-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best primer I have been using the Present for quite a few years and it has never failed me. It goes on smoothly and I let it set for a few minutes before I apply my foundation. My makeup stays perfect all day, so please, never stop making this product.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Miracle Primer! I have very congested oily skin and I’m amazed at how versatile this product is! It triples as a 1). Moisturizer 2). Makeup Primer 3). I guess due to the antimicrobial ingredients, it seems to even clear my face. I’ll definitely buy be purchasing it again and again!
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great I have been using this product for years & have never found a make up primer that I love more. Great to use as a primer under make-up, or on your skin alone for some extra hydration.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big difference This product is great. It truly does make a difference when you use it underneath your make up application. Totally helps with the setting process and does prevent oil from coming back throughout the day. I'm a fan!
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clear Makeup I like to be able to put something on my face that doesn’t have color in it, it has a clear powder-smooth finish that blurs facial skin flaws.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this primer! This was the first primer I have used. After I finished the tube, I decided to try other primers just to see if there was anything better. Nope! There isn't! I went back to The Present and will plan to stick with this primer only! Other primers that claim to take redness away don't really do that. I have slight redness to my cheeks and found The Present is the only one that actually makes the redness subside. Also, other primers I have tried will make my face slightly oily by the end of the day. The Present does not make my skin oily and keeps my makeup stay put after a long day. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love When you first put this on it feels greasy. After letting it dry, my face is completely matte and oil free. Keeps the oil from coming back and allows my makeup to go on smoothly. I use this product everyday after moisturizing.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have I'm 42 with noticeable sun damage around my eyes, and lines around my mouth. I tried this just based on reviews...I can't go a day without it! A marked difference between using "The Present" as your makeup primer & any other primer. You'll be stunned! Takes years off your appearance, and we all need that! I've been very pleased! I put on all serums, moisturizers 1st, wait about a min, then put on "The Present", wait about 1.5 min. The longer I wait, the more foundation I have to use to apply it evenly, smoothly. May be foundation I use, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra (matte finish). I love it!
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABZOLWUETELY THE BEST! I've been using this product for YEARS and always say if I had to run out ot the house, after saving my family and pets...I would grab "The Present"! This really is a gift for your "look" and people compliment me on the flawless nature of my skin and I just smile...knowing it is RX Retin A and always "The Present"...treat yourself daily!! :)
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have primer I have been using this product for years & have never found a make up primer that I love more. Great to use as a primer under make-up, or on your skin alone for some extra hydration.
Date published: 2018-05-16
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