Monday, 27 March 2017

The Primer Edit

I remember when I discovered primers, I didn't really know what difference it really made to my routine, no they are an absolute staple in my collection. However finding the right primer can be a game changer if you find the one that battles your personal skincare or makeup concern. I'm going to review 5 primers, which are similar and different at the same time! My main concern is oily skin and also large pores, so most of these primers target this skin concern!

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Mattifying Primer (£7.99/30ml) is great value for money, this primer has just finished after a year of use. So in terms of longevity, this was an amazing purchase. This is a silicone based primer, that aims to smooth out skin texture, however it leaves the skin with a slippy texture. It's matte without drying the skin out, so it's also a nice one if you suffer from dry skin too, because it doesn't emphasise any dry flakes! 

The Make Up Forever Step One Mattifying Primer (£13.00/15ml) was a slow burner for me. I didn't understand why everyone loved this because it just sucked up all the moisture from my skin. It has a silicone texture that's lighter on the skin than the L'Oréal primer, so did even out skin-texture without being too heavy. I eventually learned that if I applied this while my skin was oily, this product would clear it up in a second. As I usually apply my make-up straight after my skincare, my skin wasn't oily and so I found this drying. But if my skin was oily then this product was a god-send. So if you guys do get oily at the blink of an eye, or if you like to let your skin-care set before you do your make-up then this is the primer for you. This primer is the definition of matte so bear that in mind. I have the travel version which is the perfect size to test it out! 

Lancôme La Base Pro Primer (£28.50/25ml) is like the L'Oréal primer in that it's silicone in texture, however it's lighter in texture and smooths out the skin without feeling slippy, and leave the skin with a semi-matte finish. I find that I don't need to use too much of this product, because it blends out so much. I have the sample size and I have been enjoying using this and it's on its last legs. This size lasted me a good two weeks, which is pretty impressive. The original La Base Pro comes in a pump applicator which is awesome for getting the correct amount of product out. 

The Benefit POREfessional Primer (£26.00/22ml) is a cult favourite, and I love this too. I like that it is beige in consistency, as it looks as though it is really filling your pores. It's a silicone consistency, that is also smoothing on the skin and is easy to blend out. This also leaves the skin with a semi-matte finish. This product and the Lancôme Primer  are very similar, the difference is the colour of the product and the applicator. 

The only primer in this edit that doesn't fit the pattern of what I normally look for in a primer is the Becca Backlight Priming Filter (£32.00/30ml). This primer is like good healthy radiant skin in a bottle. This primer is just amazing. I think it's a product every girl needs. It's my go-to on special occasions, and I will apply this on top of a silicone primer, so that I've got perfected skin texture, and this just adds the perfect healthy glow. Seriously. This product just makes you look like you are the poster girl for healthy, glowing skin. It's not too glowy that it makes my oily skin look worse, it literally adds radiance in a subtle, natural way. I reserve this for special occasions, since it's only a sample size. But I think once it runs out, I will need to go ahead and purchase the full size version. It's expensive, and I was lucky to sample it but a little goes a long way and the result it gives is worth the price! 

In terms of longevity of all the primers mentioned, I've found that my skin doesn't really differentiate between the primers, whether they are high street or high end. Another thing I wanted to mention was to look for how much product you will be getting for your money, I always write down the price and the amount of product you will be getting for that price. Although I do like investing in a primer, I don't think it's completely necessary, ut because it lasts me so long I like to make sure I am using one that I love!
What primers do you use? Have you tried any that I have mentioned here? If so, I would love to hear your opinion. 


  1. I love primers and always want to try a new one - that Becca one sounds absolutely divine!

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

    1. The Becca one is life! I feel like because I get so oily, I would have never tried it, so i'm lucky that I got it in a set!

  2. I've tried the L'oreal mattifying primer but I grew out of it! I loooved the Porefessional, but after doing some research I discovered the NYX Pore Filler which does the same job and is cheaper :D I absolutely recommend that one! I have a Makeup Forever primer that I am not too impressed with (the hydrating one) so it was more of a miss, but I would try the Mattifying one I think :)

    1. Haha I feel like we have similar taste! I'll try the Nyx one next then! Thanks so much for your thoughts on each product :)

  3. I really want to try the LOREAL primer but I can't find it in my local drugstores, ughh!

    Karolina Žalaitė

    1. That's such a shame! It's really nice and it lasts for so long!


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