I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for nearly a week! I accidentally (and stupidly) downloaded a virus onto my desktop (twas a dirty, dirty trick!)… and my husband ended up having to completely wipe my computer. Le sigh. I guess I won’t be downloading anything ever again.
Today I wanted to talk to you about my favorite face primers that I rotate through. They are each good primers, ranging from drugstore products to higher end products. Nearly each morning I choose something different, because I think it’s fun to change it up… but I only use the primers that actually work for me. I have no shame in returning cosmetics if they don’t work, and I’ve returned my fair share of primers. Below are the primers that made it past the cut and work well for my skin type (combo with very dry patches, and really sensitive skin).
BareMinerals Prime Time $24.00: I received this as a sample in a BareMinerals ‘starter kit’ of sorts, and it’s a generous sample, too! I wouldn’t say this fills in my pores that nicely, but it helps control oil production throughout the day and keeps my makeup from sliding all day. I really love this one because it has a silicone-y consistency, yet it is really thin and dries quickly on my skin. I know a lot of people don’t like the silicone feeling, but if you do, try this one out!
NYX Angel Veil $16.00: NYX has a ton of primers which I’m itching to buy up and try, but I opted for this one because “Angel Veil” sounds so lovely, doesn’t it? This primer feels like velvet when applied to your skin. This is also a thin formula and sets up quickly. This one doesn’t fill in my pores as much as I’d like it to, but it does a better job of it than the BareMinerals primer. My only qualm with this one is that it’s not great for my dry skin during winter months, as it tends to kick up my flaky skin (shouldn’t it not be doing that, as a primer?). This keeps my makeup in place all day, though, and keeps my T-zone from becoming oily, so all in all, this is a good primer.
Maybelline Baby Skin $6.99: This is one of my most used primers, especially during winter months. This is a rather thick formula and has that slick, silicone-y consistency which I love. I think this is a great one for people with dry skin as it feels rather hydrating, really smooths out dry/flaky skin, and helps to fill in pores. This one does not keep my T-zone oil free all day long, but it’s nothing a little blotting can’t fix. For the price, this is a great primer.
Benefit’s Porefessional $31.00: This is the most expensive primer I own, but admittedly the best. This doesn’t have a silicone-y feel, but it feels like silk, has a thin consistency, and sets up quickly. Better yet, it actually fills in my pores, and keeps my T-zone oil free all day, and my makeup looks flawless up until it’s time to wash my face. If you have large, open pores, this is the one primer that makes good on their promise of filling in pores and making them less visible. Bottom line- if you’re looking for a primer to fill in pores and keep oil at bay, purchase this one. You can get a smaller size which is far less expensive if you just want to try it out, which is what I did. I guarantee you’ll end up buying the larger size once you finish that bottle up!
Have you tried any of these primers? Which is your favorite primer?