I remember in high school how I just put my makeup on from time to time without a primer. I never even heard of a primer in high school. Now in the beauty world, before putting on foundation, primer is the first step to actually beginning your beauty routine. Ha!
But with good primers being so pricey, how do you choose? It can be so overwhelming. Ugh! I remember my walk into Ulta to look for a really good primer. I had no idea what to get. One person said you don’t want a silicone based, another said, silicone primers are good for a flawless make-up application and so on. So what do I do? Well, the answer is simple, try an assortment of them to see which ones suits you best.
Now, I must say, I am still searching for some good primers but here are the ones I’ve tried and my thoughts on each one.
Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation – I L♥VE this primer and this one is actually by far the best one I have tried. So what do I like about it? Well, I love that it’s pigmented so it gives my skin a beautiful, nice glow and I also love how smooth it goes on to my skin and blends out my pores. Out of all the primers I have tried so far, this one is by far the absolute BEST and my favorite. I’m shocked that I don’t hear about it as much.
Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer – I got this because I heard Dani from “Coffee Break with Dani” on Youtube rave about this product. She said it was good for people with oily skin and wearing this will make your makeup last practically all day without worrying that you’re going to be shiny. The product itself claims to give you a 12 hour wear time so that’s pretty impressive.
However, I think I may have to try this out a little bit more. I do believe the long wearing claims it advertises because when I wear this my makeup does seem to last pretty much all day but I’m not so sure if it holds back the oiliness. 😦 My skin lately seems to have changed. I used to always have dry skin now it seems like it’s oily and unfortunately, when I wear this, after a few hours my face looks like an oil slick. 😥 I really do like this primer for the long wear it gives me so I’m going to give it a few more tries and really pay attention to see if it holds the oil back or not and will post another review.
Wet & Wild Photo Focus Primer – I wasn’t impressed with this primer. It was “OK” but it truly didn’t perform well. To me, it wasn’t long lasting.
Pixi by Petra Flawless Primer – Another one of my favorite primers – hands down. ♥ One reason I like this primer is because it’s water based. Plus, the ingredient list are full of natural and good for the skin anti-aging ingredients that also work to keep the face from getting shiny. This primer is moisturizing, nourishing, anti-aging and it goes well with all of my foundations. I l♥ve this primer and it will always be a repurchase.
Catrice Prime & Fine – Not for me. I did not like this at all and again was disappointed in this primer’s performance. I don’t feel like it gave me a good base to apply foundation.
Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime – Not bad. If I had to pick a favorite drugstore find that’s reasonable, this would be it. On the days I didn’t wear my Bare Minerals primer, I would reach for this and wasn’t disappointed. A great drugstore primer at an affordable price.
And that about wraps up our prime-time session. If there are some drugstore primers or non drugstore, as well, that you like and feel like you can’t be without. Please let me know so I can give them a try.
Ciao for now friends. 😉