Primers - LOVE Them. As an oily combo skinned gal - primers are the saving grace of my make up routine. Personally, there is no point wearing makeup without primer because it just melts away within a few short hours. Primers are an essential part of the makeup routine not just to have a base for my foundation to stick on , but there are great ones on the market that deal with sensitive skin, color correction and a whole plateral of skin concerns. Over the years, I have used countless primers from different brands and at varying price points. When it comes to primers - I want a product that will give me a full day (8 to 12 hour) wear from my makeup with minimal touchups. With that in mind, here is a roundup of the primers that stood out to me the most and I will consider repurchasing again.
Pros. Last all day, very affordable. To be honest with you, I am not sure why I bother trying other primers. This one gets the job done and it does exactly what it says on the tin - it stays matte until you are ready to take off your makeup.
Cons. It feels heavy on the skin sometimes depending on the foundation you are wearing and the downside of last all day type beauty products is that you cannot slack off on taking off your makeup, if not, you invite breakouts.
Pro. This is the primer I am currently using. I don't have major skin discoloration issues, so I cannot speak to how well it works for that, but as an everyday primer, it is fab. It is lightweight, and it keeps product in place for hours. Now, I am an oily combo gal, so I always expect some shine through, which started after about 4.5 hours wear in the nose area (which is where I tend to get shiny), a little dab off with blot cloth and all was back to normal. I have been told that it works best with the Revlon photoready foundation. I am yet to give that a try. I will report back when I have experimented.
Cons. For a drugstore product, it is on the higher end of the pricing. Besides that, I don't see much of a downside to this product, it does exactly what is says on the tin.
Pro. It does what it says on tin - controls shine all day. I start to notice shine through in the nose region about five hours in, but a little dab with blotting paper and everything is back to normal. I typically get 10 to 12 hours wear from my makeup when I use this primer and It did not break me out (like some long lasting products tend to do).
Cons. For a drug store product - a $14 price point is sometimes hard to swallow.
Pro. This primer is great stuff. It is very lightweight. It does not result in breakout and it keeps everything in place for hours. The only shine through I noticed was in the nose area which is where I typically ooze shine and that was after five hours wear. Once I dabbed off with a blothing paper, my face was as good as new. My favorite part about this primer - it is oil free (I know, all oily gals - cheer)
Con. At $36 for a full size (1 oz) version , I consider it pricey.
Pro. This is seriously great stuff. I wore this to a July 4th bbq with Texas temp tipping close to 100 degrees and being in the elements all day, my make was still on point. I had to blot the t-zone area after about seven hours, but even with that my makeup was still set and there was no need to retouch. Like I said , seriously great stuff and good one to have for very long days with no time to touch up the face.
Con. A 1.0 fl tube has a $40 price tag (I know, yikes !!!). Thank goodness for Hautelook. If you get lucky and are able to grab one when it makes an appearance on Hautelook at deeply discounted price - you should grab one to try out.
Have you tried any of these ? Do you have any primer favorites, share below.