Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer

Leslie here! Been a little busy/vacationing lately, so it has been a while! But I am back with a review of a ‘YouTube Made Me Buy It’ product (this is your fault Casey Holmes!)

With summer upon us, we all need to make sure we have proper SPF. The sun AGES you, not to mention the other adverse effects such as sunburn and skin cancer. But finding an SPF for your face when you have oily, sensitive and acne prone skin can be tough. ENTER – Cane + Austin Prime & Protect. 

The Product

Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer with Broad Spectrum SPF 50, 1.5 oz for $56, available at Sephora.


Now, I know. I know! A little bit of sticker shock with this one. But it was VIB sale time, and I was blindly adding things to my cart, and it happened. Ok? It just happened!

The Claims

Suitable for all skin types, this dual purpose broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen in a universal shade that also reduces the appearance of imperfections. It is supposed to even skin tone, reduce redness and shine, hydrate, and protect with SPF 50. SPF FIFTY!! That’s a lot of SPFs.

The sunscreen in this product is due to a mineral sunscreen – zinc oxide. Mineral sunscreens are great for sensitive skin and are less likely to clog pores.

Listed on the package, but not really boasted about anywhere else, is the inclusion of Green Tea, Vitamin C, CO-Q10, and Resveratrol. not sure why they aren’t really played up anywhere else, but are called out on the front – but they are all great antioxidants for your skin!

  • Green Tea – a skin soothing antioxidant that can improve the appearance of sun damaged skin.
  • Vitamin C – a super popular and heavily researched ingredient, this ingredient helps to brighten, restore, and sooth.
  • Co-Q10 – helps improve the appearance of signs of aging, as well as skin soothing.
  • Resveratrol – found in red wine! This ingredient, when applied topically, helps protect the surface from negative environmental influences, as well as minimizing redness.

The Application

This product is tinted (and only comes in the one shade), so I’m not sure how this would work for someone with fairer skin or deeper skin than mine. But the tint really just helps even out my skin tone – redness, imperfections. All that.

Here it is blended out (to the left of the dollop). It has a bit of a warm/yellow tone, but those are the best tones to counteract redness. You can see how it evens out all the weird colors on my hands.


You need WAY less than you think you do- which makes me feel better about the $56 for 1.5 ounces of product. It spreads over the skin really easily- no pilling or patchiness. And it helps to minimize the appearance of my textural irregularities. The finish, however, is not a true matte. It is more of a soft focus, velvety type finish. Which I prefer so it works for me!

The Wear

Makeup applies on top of this BEAUTIFULLY. I had no problems with any foundation I tried, and my skin always looked smooth and healthy. I noticed less oil production throughout the day, and helped my makeup stay near perfect for longer. On my recent beach trip, I wore this alone as my face sunscreen, and it worked great to keep me protected! (I didn’t swim or anything like that though, so I can’t say anything about it’s water resistant-ness)

This SPF did not irritate my skin, cause breakouts, or increase oil production in any way.

The Verdict

Unfortunately – I LOVE this and I never want to be without it. It is the perfect sunscreen for oily, sensitive, acne prone skin. And especially if you are fair/burn easily – it has SPF 50!

It also is the perfect primer, because it really smooths everything out, and neutralizes redness. It is an all in one, use every day, type of product! Even though it is $56, this is one of those Holy Grail products for me. Grab a sample if you can and try it out! I highly recommend this for all skin types.


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