So, another Nigerian brand. In fact, this is not just another Nigerian brand, it is a top dog. You can't hear anyone listing five worth mentioning Nigerian cosmetic brand and you won't hear house of tara. I have tried a fair share of their products before, so when i saw their store at the jabi lake mall, i just had to go inside... And y'all know we can't go into a makeup store and come out empty handed, so as per norm, I came out with a couple things and amongst them, the mattifying primer... So let's get to it..

Description from site

Another best seller, specially formulated to extend wear of your makeup.

Where to buy

I can speak for Abuja people and say either of their walk in make up studios, the ones i know of are in banex and jabi lake mall.

Or you can buy online directly from their site here




The packaging has got to be my favorite aspect of this product. So sleek, its oozing minimalist vibe, its a clear acrylic bottle with a plastic black cover. The name is written in black and bold fonts on the body of the bottle.

There is also an airless pump, which in my opinion all liquid products in a bottle should posses.. It makes application of the product so much more easier and controls quantity of product used.



It comes in only one shade which is clear and transparent, it is also completely odorless.


The formula of this stuff is quite confusing, it's definitely not silicone based, or water based for that matter, it has a tacky jelly feel to it so i think it's safe to say it's a gel like formula, it's got this really strange feel on my face when applied, but after a while, it just settles and feels normal.


Other stuffs to note

This product apparently is oil free. And mattifying. But is it? Is it really? Well,  i supposed it depends on your skin type. I have got really really oily skin, infact my oiliness(if there is such a thing) is on a 100. I used this primer with my hegai and esther foundation, makeup forever hd foundation and black opal stick foundation, didn't note any difference, i get oily really quick so this primer didn't really do it for me, maybe it's cause i expected too much, i had serious high expectations for this primer because house of tara is one of my favorite brands and it's a Nigerian brand for Nigerian people. I mean, they know how the weather in Nigeria is on an extra, so i expected an extra effort but nonetheless...enough said. 


Will i buy it again? Is it all that you could hope for? 

Me? Probably not. As for the bottle i already had, I'll be using it on cold and rainy days when i don't get super oily super fast.

Check out my foundation review Here.

Note that I've heard wonders about this primer from people with combination to dry skin, so if that's your skin type, then yeah, totally buy this. But if you are like me? Then you want to get something a little bit more.. Um.. Mattifying.


Let's interact...

Have you tried the house of tara primer? Did you love it? What other house of tara products have you tried?


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  • Salmah says:

    Hi chidinma, I have heard of it! I will give it a try and will surely blog my experience once I do, thanks for the recommendation.

  • Chidinma says:

    Hi Salmah, I think you should try the Rimmel primer. It has raved so many bomb reviews especially for we super oily skin beauties

  • Salmah says:

    Yh.. D bottle is bomb... How do u makeup without primer though? Iv never heard of dt.. Lol

  • Daniella says:

    For oily facers like me, matte is a favorite word when it comes to putting anything on my face. I don't even use a primer yet but I should get one soon. I love the bottle and packaging. Is it like a gel?

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  • Salmah says:

    Ash.. The struggle is real, like from highend to drugstore, i am yet to find a primer that actually works for me..

  • Ash says:

    I’m still struggling to find a primer that is truly mattifying and till this point, nothing.
    I actually wanted to buy this primer next. Utnow I guess not.
    Ash |

  • Salmah says:

    Thanks dear.

  • Salmah says:

    Tnx for reading habibat

  • titideyeri says:

    Well, I hardly use make-up. I have an extremely oily face so note to self for the future:
    “don’t get house of Tara primer”
    Lovely post ?

  • Habibat Yusuf says:

    I have never tried any of their products. Nice post and the product really seems great and I’ll love to try it.

  • Salmah says:

    Hy rose. If you got combination to dry skin or u don't gt oily so easily, den u should totally go for it

  • Salmah says:

    There are a lot of tara products i love. Their eyeshadow palettes are bae to me. You should try some of those

  • Salmah says:

    Well in all honesty, dz primer is not the best primer for my skin especially in harsh weather. Maybe when the climate is a bit cooler, i'd whip it out n try again and give another feedback

  • Salmah says:

    Really? I knew it! So many people had good things to say about this primer and i was very sad when mine didn't live up to expectations. I actually have the black up primer. It's the bomb. It's my I'm going to see the president makeup primer. Thanks beth

  • Beth says:

    I've actually tried the house of tara primer and it worked well for me, I love it... But you could try getting black up primer, it's really amazing

  • Paige_kwen says:

    Would love to try it but since you said it still made your face i have oily face too oo

  • Kokobeauty says:

    I havent tried the primer but will love to someday. Havent tried TARA' s products before because am more of ZARON