A good makeup primer is absolutely necessary if you are looking to refine your visible pores, unwanted shine etc. A good primer helps your makeup from melting down and gives a smooth foundation application and makes the makeup stays longer. In today’s post I am reviewing a primer that claims to be mattifying. Read the full review to find out whether this primer lived upto its claims.


Product Description:
Manuka Doctor apirefine Flawless – Advanced Primer
With Purified Bee Venom & UMF18+ Manuka

Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Flawless is an advanced skincare primer with colour correcting properties to reduce redness and minimise the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles for an even looking complexion. This unique formula also controls the production of sebum and oil for a flawless refined complexion. The mousse-like formulation helps to even and smooth the skin’s surface to allow easy application of make up.


  • Mattifying primer for a flawless finish
  • Smooths the appearance of imperfections
  • Controls shine
  • Helps tackle redness
  • Actively helps to reduce the build-up of impurities
  • Refines skin to create a matt-like complexion
  • Age-defying

How to use: For a flawless refined complexion, after moisturising apply to the whole face or to specific areas, such as the T-Zone, to help create a smooth and even finish. For best results, ApiRefine Flawless primer should be used in conjunction with the ApiRefine Targeted Wrinkle Filler and either worn alone or followed by the ApiRefine Radiance Serum. Complete your regime with the Lip Enhancer for fuller, more luscious lips.


Packaging & Price: 37.95 $NZD for 3o ml.

Ingredients: Key Ingredients:
– Salicylic acid, Mahonia Aquifolium Root Extract & Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract actively fight blackheads & spots, prevent blockages of the sebaceous gland & are effective in soothing the skin to help create a smooth & even surface.
– A botanical active based on lentil extract which provides a long lasting biological treatment proven to minimize pores and control excess sebum.

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Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Flawless is described as an advanced skincare primer with colour correcting properties to reduce redness and minimise the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles for an even looking complexion. Also, claim to control the production of sebum and oil for a flawless refined complexion. Like other Manuka Doctor products, Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Flawless contains purified bee-friendly Bee Venom and Manuka Honey which have both been sourced from New Zealand. As you can see from the swatch, it has a bit of color to it. I like to apply it after moisturizing my face. The primer is packaged plastic bottle that has a pump which dispenses the primer.. You juts need one pump for a full face application. I specially target the areas where it tends to get oily, areas such as t-zone, mouth area. This primer is easy to blend and apply. It gets absorbed without making skin greasy. Also, it didn’t irritate my skin. But, For sensitive skin, I recommend doing a patch test before application. Some people are allergic to bee venom.


I definitely agree with the claims that it refines the complexion.  However, I didn’t notice any difference on how my pores look after the primer. It took down redness around the nose etc well. It’s more like a BB cream/cc cream in my opinion than a primer. it gives a radiant glow to your face. My foundation went on nicely on top of this without making the foundation look cakey etc. It helped eliminate the shine. Only thing that I didn’t like about this is it didn’t help much about the pores. Also, I can’t say that it mattified my skin. Skin looked radiant and fresh..but not matte. I have to disagree with that claim.




STOCKIST DETAILS: Manuka Doctor products are available online at The Manuka Doctor concept Store, 1 Quay Street, Auckland City, selected pharmacies and department stores nationwide.  For more information or to locate your nearest stockist please visit the website here  ; Direct link here

Have you tried Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Flawless Primer? Did you like it? What’s your favorite primer at the moment?

** Product send by brand PR. However my review is honest and unbiased as always.


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