Priming Favorites

December 9, 2014

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).

IMG_2672BareMinerals 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?



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  • Reply Agata December 9, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Hi Jenny! When it comes to primers I have to admit I am a little bit of a snob and I like to splurge on them. I did try the Maybelline Baby Skin one and it was ok and I used it on daily basis but not for special occasions. I think Smashbox primers are the best. Hourglass Mineral Veil is amazing too but it’s very pricey. When I was getting my Sephora makeover, the MUA used the Laura Mercier Radiance primer on me and she made me a big sample and I love this one as well. It gives my skin a little bit of glow from within. I really like using two different primers at a time though- one for blurring my pores, the second to add some luminosity to my skin.

    • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Great reply! I am heading to Sephora today to pick up some Laura Mercier products, so I’ll get that primer you mentioned. The Smashbox primers are good, but they irritate my sensitive skin which is so unfortunate. I am jealous of people that can use them! I haven’t tried the Hourglass primers, though I want to… their products are amazing, but so expensive!

      • Reply Agata December 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm

        I understand how Smashbox might not work for you because I have had allergic reaction to their eyeshadows before. The Hourglass primer is also available in a deluxe sample size for $18, you might want to try that or at least ask for a sample at Sephora. It makes your skin feel like silk!

        What else are you going to pick up from Laura Mercier?

        • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

          Ohhh, I’ll see if my Sephora can give me a sample! The Sephora where I live is TINY, and I’m not even sure they have Laura Mercier in store… it is so small they don’t carry much. Anyway- I was wanting to get the Laura Mercier Flawless Fluid foundation as it should be good for my super dry skin at the moment! Hopefully they will have it in store :)

          • Agata December 9, 2014 at 4:07 pm

            I know what you mean. Sephora by me is inside JC Penney and if I want to do any real shopping I need to drive 45 minutes. I love that foundation although to be honest it emphasizes dry skin. That’s a problem I have been having recently, my skin on my forehead’s been super dry and no matter how much I moisturize it, it’s not getting better.

          • Jenny December 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

            The skin on my forehead is also super dry! Well, I went to Sephora and they didn’t have any Laura Mercier :( I ended up purchasing a lightweight and hydrating foundation by Buxom that I’ll try out tomorrow and see how I like. I’ll let you know if it works well with my dry skin!

  • Reply Posh Prime December 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Technology is the worst sometimes! I have never used a primer…I just wear foundation, bronzer and mascara…boring I know. I might have to try some of these out though!

    • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Primer really helps keep your makeup looking fresh all day long. I know it’s an extra step in your routine, but it’s worth it!

  • Reply Ashley December 9, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Oh noooo- I’m so sorry to hear about your computer! What a nightmare, man. But glad you’re back up and running! :)

    The Maybelline primer sounds like a dream- and you’re right, that price is amazing.


    • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 11:53 am

      I’d gone my entire life without ever having a virus on any of my computers… it was bound to happen sooner or later! Haha. Xx

  • Reply Melisa December 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Jenny, love this review. I was using Magic Lumi Primer from L’Oreal, but have to say I preferred Maybelline one. It is such a great product for that price. Wanted to ask you what foundation do you use? I have slightly dry skin, and had a fear share of foundations. I am mixing them a lot. Now using Max Factor miracle touch. Your skin always looks so perfect :) Share some secrets :)Have a great day. Mel

    • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Melisa! Lately I have been using the Rimmel London Match Perfection foundation. It seems to work nicely for my dry skin, but unfortunately it is a little too dark for me, even though I use their lightest shade. The woes of being a pale girl! It is a really nice foundation and it gives flawless coverage- I find myself reaching for it more than my higher end foundations! But I am in need of something lighter. Do you have any recommendations?

  • Reply thevelvetblack December 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I love the Porefessional primer, I wish I could afford to buy it on a more regular basis!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty Blog

    • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      I am with you on that one! I use my Porefessional only a couple times a week so it will last me longer between purchases, haha!

  • Reply Jen December 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Nice picks! I need to try the NYX primer- think my oily skin would like it :) My favourite primer is Laura Mercier’s Oil-Free.

    • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Ohhh! You’re the second person today to tell me about the Laura Mercier one! I can’t wait to try it out.

  • Reply Tara December 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I love Benefits Porefessional…I hate my pores…and the only way for me to camouflage it is by using this product…is it pricey, yes, but it really does the job.

    • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Agreed! It is definitely worth the splurge!

  • Reply Becky Hines December 9, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I love trying out different primers! I have tried some of these primers and my favorite would definitely have to be the Porefessional. Have you ever tried the NARS primer? It works wonders, especially if you have dry skin! Great blog post, xx

    Becky, x

    • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Becky! I have tried a NARS primer but it’s been probably 4 years ago… I don’t remember loving it, so I never repurchased. In fact, I think I used 1/4 of it and ended up tossing it! Maybe they’ve updated their formulas since then, so maybe I’ll ask for some samples at Sephora! ^_^

  • Reply laura mitbrodt December 9, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I have the baby Skin, I love it. I’m not sure if I should put it under my BB Cream

    • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Laura! I think with the BB Cream you can skip the Baby Skin primer since BB Creams have primers built in- however, I sometimes use primers even with a BB Cream, especially on hot & humid days!

  • Reply howdoesdeedoit December 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Only tried the Porefessional from these and it was good but I gave it away to a friend who needed it more than I did. I generally dislike the siliconey ones so don’t use primers in general . I have a few that I go back to though – Graftobians OXYderm moisturizer ( doubles up as primer), Clarins Flashbalm thingy and MAC prep& Prime’s naturally radiant :)

  • Reply Linda Libra Loca December 9, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I never really got around using primers, but I have been eyeing a smashbox one, which is packed with skincare ingredients. Maybe as a treat after christmas, it is quite expensive for something I am not quite sure I will use regularly.
    My skin is prone to breakouts, and I feel like every layer I put on worsens the reaction. I guess I never found the right one.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Reply Sabrina Tan December 9, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Beautiful Blog babe :) I will keep reading :)

    Sabrina |

  • Reply Jessica December 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    YIKES! I’m sorry you got a virus. That is the scariest thing ever. I’m actually embarrassed to say that when I read that part I literally did that GASP! thing out loud… haha viruses suck! I remember I was in college (or high school, I can’t remember) and I was looking up poetry and I got a virus. SO RANDOM, right? When I told my family they were like “yeah… POETRY… sure…” they thought I was looking at the naughty stuff but I WASN’T and I hate how to this day they think I got a virus because i was looking up porn. UGHHHH lol

    Anyways!!!!! I don’t use a primer, but I think I definitely should. I’ll probably check out Maybelline since i like the price tag :D


  • Reply Shireen L. Platt December 9, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I have never used primer and have been curious to try some. So far I haven’t find the need to use any because my makeup stays in place pretty much the whole day due to my dry skin. I am however curious to try a primer just to see if it will make any differences at all. NYX Angel Veil sounds pretty good and it is easily available here, I might pick that up to try.

    Reflection of Sanity | Smashbox Giveaway

    • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      My skin changed from super dry to combo within the past year- before when my skin was dry and I had smaller pores, I didn’t really need a primer either, but I find that primers can help cancel out any redness or discoloration before you put on foundation, which gives you an even more flawless appearance! And depending on the primer, it can give you a luminous glow as well ^_^ The NYX primer is pretty affordable, and they have a ton of primers to choose from, so you’ll probably find something you like!

  • Reply funkyfashion007 December 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I never know what to buy when it comes to make-up. Thanks for these picks! :)

    • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      You’re welcome! I hope this helps ;)

  • Reply Elizabeth Victoria Clark December 9, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I love this post! I am not very well versed when it comes to primers. I love the Benefit one, but I found it so expensive. I really want to try the Maybelline one after reading this! x E

    Elizabeth Victoria Clark

    • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      The Benefit one is a tad bit expensive, but the best- it is at least worth the money! But the Baby Skin is still really good!

  • Reply nueyork December 9, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve been using prime time lately and I love it! I think it’s one of the best I’ve tried.

    • Reply Jenny December 9, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      I enjoy it, too!

  • Reply Nikki December 10, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Ohhh computer troubles! They are the worst. Such a nightmare. Confession – I don’t use a primer. Actually I don’t use a whole lot of anything. I think I might need to try one of your favorites soon!


    • Reply Jenny December 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Hi Nikki! Some professional makeup artists will say primers aren’t really necessary, so if you don’t use a primer it’s no biggie! I think I could probably go without one, but they feel so nice, and the Porefessional really does fill in my pores, so that’s why I continue to use them ^_^

  • Reply Maria December 10, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Hi Jenny! Wonderful selection of primers, I’m always on the hunt for a new one to try. I haven’t tried NYX yet, and your post makes me want to try it. Sorry you had a virus on your computer, but am so happy your back. I enjoy your posts so much! Oh, before I get to mention it, I’ve been using Urban Decay’s Primer Potion in Eden as an under eye primer. I mix it with a little bit of moisturizer, and the cover for my dark circles is stupendous! Someone mentioned that they dab a little under the eye lash line to stop eye shadow from smudging. So, I gave it a whirl as a primer. It really makes my foundation and concealer stick around like no body’s business. And, the color yellowish cover really hides the dark circles and brightens. Definitely not for all over the face like the wonderful selection of primers you have here, but something to try if you have it or get a sample. Hope you have having a wonderful day! XOXO Maria

    • Reply Jenny December 10, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Thank you, Maria, that is brilliant! I actually have UD’s primer potion, and I’m going to try this out tomorrow! I love receiving tips like this!

  • Reply Kiss & Make-up December 10, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I’ve been meaning to try the Benefit Porefessional for sooooooooooooo long now! Why is it taking me so long?! lol :-) Great picks.

    • Reply Jenny December 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Well, it is a tad bit expensive, isn’t it?! I mean, it’s more expensive than the majority of foundations that I own! But it is worth the cost :)

  • Reply Alexandra - Glam O'Clock December 10, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I have been using Benefit Porefessional for almost 1.5 year and I love it. I don’t use primer on a daily basis as I prefer using it for events or if I know I need my makeup to be perfect until late. It’s nice to have some alternative. I am interested in the Baby skin as I occasionally have some dry patches, especially in the Winter.


    • Reply Jenny December 10, 2014 at 11:36 am

      The Baby Skin is really nice for the dry patches. I tend to use the Porefessional on my Tzone only and the other primers on the rest of my face. Right now I use the Baby Skin on the rest of my face since my skin is so dry! It’s a really great price!

  • Reply JennySueMakeup (@JennySueMakeup) December 10, 2014 at 11:25 am

    gotta get that maybelline baby skin then bc my skin is crazy ugly dry!! my fave primer is from too faced cosmetics primed and poreless – been using it for years!!! i do love having a cheaper option though.

    • Reply Jenny December 10, 2014 at 11:37 am

      I like that Too Faced primer, too! I completely forgot about that one, thank you for reminding me! The Baby Skin one definitely worth the money. It’s a decent size product for less than $10, what could be better?!

  • Reply Divya December 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I totally need to get my hands on Porefessional.. would you believe I haven’t tried it yet!?

    • Reply Jenny December 10, 2014 at 11:38 am

      You should try it out! You can get a nice sample at Sephora just to give it a go before buying!

  • Reply Rena Blank December 10, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Lovely post! The Professional is so good! Definitely my favorite high end primer xx Rena Kiss and Make Up- Beauty Blog

  • Reply Feline Creatures December 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Jenny, what a great review! I don’t use primers but given we have similar skin (sensitive with dry patches), I’ll be looking forward to more product reviews that won’t make me absurdly break out! Have a great one love! xo~ Lena

    • Reply Jenny December 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Hi! I’ll have a review up next week of a new foundation that is perfect for our skin type- keep a look out for it!

  • Reply Sunny December 10, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Oh God, I’m so sorry to hear about the computer! That was NOT cool :(

    I think I have tried a sample packet of Porefessional and I did like it. I’ll need to use up my other primers before I think about purchasing it though :)

  • Reply Dagmara (@mummyscorner) December 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I have a combination/oily skin and I really dislike the Maybelline primer, it feels very greasy on my skin. I like the Porefessional but I’m still looking for the perfect primer for me. I’ve heard just good things about the NYX one so I might give it a go :) x
    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Reply Jenny December 11, 2014 at 11:48 am

      I can see where the Baby Skin wouldn’t be favorable for your skin type! It works well for my dry skin areas. The NYX ones would be really great to try out! They have so many to choose from ^_^

  • Reply Floortje December 11, 2014 at 8:28 am

    These primers look great! Love the package as well


  • Reply Simera December 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

    These are great selections. I have an obsession with face primers. I love the Benefit primer and I still swear by the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.

    • Reply Jenny December 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

      I have an obsession, too! Haha. I’ve really been wanting to try the Skindinavia spray primer! That will be my next primer purchase.

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  • Reply Anne-Marie December 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I could just never really get into the porefessional although everyone seems to rave about it! Great review and I love your blog :)

    Anne-Marie Mitchell
    Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger

    • Reply Jenny December 11, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      What’s your favorite primer, then? I’m always down for trying out new primers! And thank you!

  • Reply Renata Burden (@SpeakinBeautyUK) December 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

    My skin is fairly dry so I never felt like I needed primer for my makeup to last ok. However, I’ve been getting more into it recently, especially when I know I’ll be out all day or for a long time. I love Porefessional. The texture and the pore minimising effect is brilliant. Haven’t tried the others yet. :) x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    • Reply Jenny December 12, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      The best part of Porefessional is you only need a pea-sized amount! So a tube should last a long time ^_^

  • Reply Sam (@ThatsFetch) December 13, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever used a primer before, not sure why.. I’m probably just too lazy! I would love to try the Benefit one but like you said, it’s pretty expensive. The Maybelline one sounds like it would be good for me as I have dry skin too. Decisions! :)

  • Reply The Beauty Vanity December 16, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Porefessional is a must for me!!! I’ve noticed a huge difference in how long my makeup lasts compared to using other primers.

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

  • Reply jenn December 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    there was a lot of hype around the porefessional and i mostly ignored it until i got a little sample pot to try and understood why there was all the hype lol. then i kicked myself for not discovering it sooner. i’m using the Estee Lauder mattifying primer right now though. its AWESOME!

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