Let’s talk primers!
First off, what is a primer?! If you have no clue what a face primer is, don’t feel too bad because a lot of people have no idea. Even I only found out about them after doing tons of research and watching youtube videos on how to make foundation last longer. So basically, a primer is like a base for your foundation. You apply this after you moisturize your face, and before you apply any foundation, powder, or product to your face. Primers ensure that your foundation will last longer than what it usually might, especially if you have oily skin. I have oily skin myself, and I know what it’s like to try and find a foundation that isn’t melting off your face within 4 hours of application. Before you go and buy really expensive foundations multiple times that end up having about the same staying power as your other foundations try a primer.
A few reasons why you should try a primer -
- It creates a layer between your moisturizer and foundation so that your foundation has something to stick to.
- Perfects your pores, fills in fine lines, and reduces redness on your face depending on what types of primers you use
- Definitely a great product for people with oily skin, it will help you get longer staying power with your foundations
- Prevents your T-zone from becoming too oily fast, to an extent (always remember to powder your face after foundation if you tend to get extra oily in the T-Zone)
So now that we have that out of the way, here’s the primers that I’ve tried, love, and repurchased many times. I have primers from drugstores all the way to higher end ones. Before you go out and buy any primers, please make sure you aren’t allergic to Silicone based products because most primers do have some Silicone in it.
Primers in the picture from left to right -
- Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
- Hard Candy Ultra Light Primer
- Hard Candy Skin Illuminating Primer
- Loreal Studio Secrets Anti Redness Primer
- Benefit That Gal Primer
- Loreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
My Smashbox primer is the most expensive of my list, and I normally try to use this only if I know I’m going somewhere to an event or a big night out where I will be taking pictures or standing outside for a long time. This primer is worth every penny that it costs because it is by far the best primer I have ever used. Every time I use this primer and my Revlon Colorstay foundation I get at least 12-16 hours of wear and only having to touch up my face about once. This is and I think forever will be my top recommendation for a primer, and they do have other types for specific reasons. If you have a lot redness, they make one for that, they also have a Luminizing one. I would suggest going to your local Sephora or Ulta, and looking at the different types before buying.
My second favorite would really be a close tie between Benefit’s “That Gal” & Loreal’s “Magic Perfecting Base.” They both seem to make my foundation stay on the same amount of time, about 8-10 hours with a few touch ups. If you want a good primer from the drugstore I would definitely recommend this Loreal one. The Benefit primer is a pink color and it has a twistable bottom that dispenses the product at the top. I wouldn’t really recommend the Benefit primer to someone who has really dry,flaky skin because this primer will only highlight your flaky skin even more. It’s not moisturizing, but the Loreal one on the other hand I think would work fine for dry skin. It does feel moisturizing when applied.
If you have a lot of redness on your skin, or if your skin tends to get a bit red during the winter months as mine does then the Loreal Anti Redness primer is the perfect primer for you. I only apply this primer where I have actual redness, not all over my face. i.e. around my nose or on my cheeks at times. This primer can really give an ashy effect to your face if you apply this on any spot that you don’t have any redness because it is a green color, and green is usually used to counteract redness.
The Hard Candy primers are both the most inexpensive primers on my list. They can only be found at Walmart, as Walmart is the only place that carries this line of products. If you have never tried any primers and would like to try them out and see how they feel on your face I would suggest you buy these primers before spending any big money on the expensive brands. These are my everyday use primers and they work great for the price that they are. The Ultra Light (white tube) primer is clear like the Smashbox Photo Finish primer and I use this one more often than the Illuminating primer. The Illuminating (purple tube) primer is kind of like a shimmery primer and it gives your skin a glowy look when applied. I really would try this on the back of your hand before getting it because you may not like the shimmer that comes in this primer. I use this primer on days when I feel my face is looking a bit dull and needs some life.
All in all, I would recommend any of these primers depending on the persons individual skin issues. The Hard Candy primers are a definite must try, and the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is my HG Primer. I have been wanting to try the Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion- Pore Perfecting, but I’m trying to hold out until I finish some of these other primers I already have.
Let me know if you guys have tried any of these primers, and how they have worked out for you! If you have anymore questions feel free to ask me, and I will try my best to answer them! & if any of you have tried the Urban Decay Primer PLEASE let me know what you think of it! I would greatly appreciate it!