Best Of The Month | The Best Mattifying Primer For Oily Skin EVER!!!

Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer

I saw the price tag and said no. I saw the reviews and said no because I’ve seen similar glowing reviews about the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector which did nothing for me except dry out my skin and for someone with oily skin, dry skin only means excessive oil production which is what happened with this primer.

I’ve tried many other primers at the drugstore and high-end and had the same result. The oil starts to break through within the hour of application. I’d given up on finding a primer that would be able to control my oil production. Milk of Magnesia has been the only product to date which has been able to control my oil production but I don’t use MOM often as I only like to use it for special occasions.

But for day-to-day, I still want a primer that can keep my oily skin under control and as I said, I’d given up on finding one until I happened to run across Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer and I’m glad I took a chance on it despite the price ($56) and my past disappointments with mattifying primers.

This primer is the and I don’t remember the last time I used the term Is this term even still in use? Either way, it is the perfect term to describe this primer and it deserves the three exclamation points in the title.

Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer reviewCane + Austin Mattifying Primer review

I’ve never heard of Cane + Austin before I ran across this primer. I wonder if it’s a new brand because it certainly seems newish to Sephora and a few other places.

Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer Review


This flattering primer evens skintone, reduces redness and shine, delivers gentle hydration, and protects the skin with broad-spectrum SPF 50.


Cane + Austin Mattifying Primer ingredientsCane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer ingredients

Skincare benefits

Unlike MOM, not only is it an effective mattifying primer but it contains sunscreen as well as great skin care ingredients (besides sunscreen) such as vitamin C, green tea, co-q10, resveratrol (way at the bottom though), ceramides, etc, which have too many skin care benefits to mention here which you should look up if you aren’t aware.

I was a little worried about the vitamin C because though I love this antioxidant and wish it was a bigger part of my skin care regimen, my skin doesn’t seem to like it from other vitamin C serums and creams I’ve tried. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is the first ingredient on the inactive ingredient list. Sunscreen is always the only active ingredient when a product claims to contain SPF.

Thank goodness my skin hasn’t reacted negatively to the vitamin C in this Cane+Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer as I don’t know what I would have done after I saw how great this primer worked.


This contains SPF 50 which is the highest I’ve ever used in any product. I usually stick to an SPF of between 15 and 30 because my melanin makes anything higher unnecessary. Another thing I was worried about was that this contains 16.2% of Zinc Oxide.

I prefer physical sunscreens such as zinc oxide but they are notorious especially zinc oxide for leaving a ghost-like white cast which even shows through makeup and ruins makeup.

This Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer is beige colored and I think that helped tone down the white cast that the zinc oxide would have given. But despite this containing zinc oxide and being beige colored, most of it disappeared into my very dark skin as you shall see later when I wore this primer alone.

It does leave a very slight white cast as you can see below but part of that is also because I can be a bit heavy-handed with anything containing sunscreen (more is always better than less,) but nothing even close to being ghost like. With my dark skin I can wear it alone which is amazing for something containing zinc oxide.

cane + austin mattifying primer swatches

cane + austin prime & protect mattifying primer swatches

After (I applied a lot of product and could probably rub it some more)

I’m also glad that it contains sunscreen because I don’t need a separate sunscreen or to use a moisturizer which contains sunscreen with my favorite being the CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM which I use during the day which doesn’t contain sunscreen.

Pore Minimizing

While this does not sell itself as a pore minimizer, it did seem to slightly blur my very large pores. It worked just the same as the Benefit POREfessional and Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. While the pore minimizing effects were nothing to write home about with my large pores, I would think that if you have small to medium-sized pores, this primer should give you all the blurring you need.

But I’m still in search of a pore minimizer for large pores. But as I said unlike the POREfessional and Becca Primers, this does not sell itself as a pore minimizer.

Oil Control

This Cane + Austin Mattifying Primer so impressed me with its oil control capabilities. When I applied this, it did not leave my face matte especially my T-zone so that I didn’t think that it would work the first time that I used it because I was expecting the finish to be as matte as the Becca Primer. It looks and applies more like the Benefit POREfessional. It is also very easy to spread. You can also apply as much as you want without it balling up or acting funny like the Becca Primer.

My face is not left dry which I was thankful for because that’s one of the things I hated about the Becca Primer.

With just the primer on top of my moisturizer - no visible white cast

With just the primer on top of my moisturizer – no terribly visible white cast. I put a light dusting of powder on my t-zone after this to completely mattify my face


After seven hours

After seven hours with no blotting at all – very slight shine mainly on my nose. My face DOES NOT normally look like this after seven hours. The oil is usually out of control way before the seven hour mark.

As you can see, you can wear this alone if you want even if you have dark skin but when I want my face completely matte, I will lightly dab some powder on my t-zone after applying this primer which I did above. Below is how my face looked after applying powder at the seven hour mark. This primer is perfect for “no makeup” makeup days.

Light dusting of powder on my t-zone at the seven hour mark

Light dusting of powder on my t-zone at the seven hour mark

After seven hours my face would normally be slick with oil. After 10+ hours I can usually feel the oil on my face and when I look in the mirror, all I see is usually oil. With this primer on, I can still feel the oil on my face after 10+ hours but when I look in the mirror I’m just amazed at how little oil has broken through.

Do keep in mind that it doesn’t completely eliminate the oil especially if you are excessively oily like me. A little oil will break through as the hours go by especially on my nose but nothing compared to how much would break through without this primer. Only about 10% of my oil breaks through after several hours when I use this primer which is simply amazing. All I need to do is very lightly dab with tissue or apply powder to my nose.

This Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer seems to act as a barrier unlike any other primer I’ve tried because as I said, after many hours, I can literally “feel” the oil on my face but when I look in the mirror, there’s very little oil on my face.

If your face is not as excessively oily as mine, this primer should leave you completely oil free all day (and night).

It also withstands humidity and sweating with the latter being a big issue for me especially during the summer.

Makeup Application

While this primer is great for days when I don’t want to bother with foundation and my complete makeup routine like above, it also works great under makeup. My makeup applies flawlessly over this primer and stays in play all day and night.


The only con abut this Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer is that it costs $56 for 1.5 oz but you actually only need very little even for someone as heavy-handed as I am. But when you consider the ingredients, the $56 makes sense. Not only is this a primer but it’s also a sunscreen and antioxidant rich skincare cream.


This Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer is perfect for those who have tried most oil control primers on the market and they haven’t worked like me. If Becca, Black Radiance, NYX, Rimmel, etc, mattifying primers work for you, you probably don’t need this especially since it’s much more expensive than these primers. But for those who are still searching for an effective mattifying primer, the $56 will be money well spent on this primer.

This is not only a best product for August but also possibly for the year so yes, I highly recommend it and will gladly pay the $56. I don’t have to depend on MOM anymore for oil control. I can use this for day-to-day as well as special occasions.

Where to buy

While it keeps selling out, it’s now back at  Sephora for $56. You may also be able to find it on eBay at various prices and also at Macy’s.

Rating: 9.8/10


8 thoughts on “Best Of The Month | The Best Mattifying Primer For Oily Skin EVER!!!

  1. Bukola says:

    If you have very oily skin, you shouldn’t be using an emollient rich moisturizer like the Cetaphil moisturizing lotion pm. It’s a lotion suitable for dry skin. You should try a hydrating gel moisturizer instead. They’re awesome! And in case you don’t already, you might want to try a ph balanced cleanser such as Cerave foaming facial cleanser or Clean & Clear essentials foaming facial for sensitive skin.
    It wouldn’t take away your oiliness but it will definitely reduce it. A lot. Just some friendly suggestions.

    • Lydia says:

      I’ve done it all. I prefer rich moisturizers and oils. I’ve found those work best for my oily skin. Great suggestions though for someone still trying to figure it out.

    • Lydia says:

      Really? That’s very interesting Angelyn. Never heard anyone mention that about zinc oxide. Learned something new.

  2. Smartypants McChemist says:

    Heya, just an fyi that the inactive ingredients on this product are listed in alphabetical order, not in descending order of concentration. So ascorbic acid isn’t what we would traditionally think of as the “first ingredient” in this case (if it was, that tube would prob cost a few hundo instead of $56). The first ingredient concentration-wise is almost always going to be water in a product containing water. xo

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