Face Primer: the step in my makeup routine I didn't know existed this time last year! So I thought I'd talk a bit about why you might want to try a primer as well as about the primers in my collection.
For me, primer is now an essential part of my makeup routine and I apply it after my moisturiser has 'sunk in', before my foundation goes on. There are a few benefits of using primer:
* Your foundation goes on more smoothly
* Pores and fine lines are blurred, so makeup doesn't settle in them
* Base makeup lasts longer
The cons are obvious: it's another step in your routine and it's another product to pay for. However, I think if you get a good primer they're well worth using. Especially if you're like me and have a good amount of facial shine that makes your makeup practically slide off! I have a fair few in my collection so I'll round up what I thought of them.
I like this one well enough. It's a clear gel formula, I wouldn't really say it has a matte quality so how your base looks depends on the finish of your foundation. It does help my makeup last and I think it does a decent job of reducing the appearance of my pores. This is a good, affordable option to start out with. It isn't my favourite but it works well enough.
Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, £5.99
I'm not a huge fan of this one; it definitely delivers in terms of giving a matte finish, however that's about it! I guess my makeup lasts a little longer than with no primer at all, however it is completely useless at filling in fine lines and pores. If anything the dry texture makes it worse! It applies sort of like a moisturiser before becoming very dry. If your only issue is face shine then give it a go but otherwise I wouldn't bother.
Sleek Control Shine and Prime*, £7.99
This one isn't quite as matte as the Rimmel, however it's a little better in terms of doing the other functions of a primer. This comes out as a dry tinted gel. It's decent but as with Baby Skin, there are just others I would reach for over this.
It took me a while to decide on this one but I'm giving it a cautious thumbs up! I find it hard to apply as the gel formula is so dry it can be hard to get a grip on it - it literally falls off your finger if you aren't careful! Saying that it's really good in terms of reducing the appearance of any lines or pores. It creates a satin-smooth base for your foundation and I definitely think it lengthens my wear-time.
Benefit's The Porefessional, £24.50
My favourite primer! I finally caved and purchased this and I'm so pleased with it. It makes my large pores next to invisible. It has a slight tint and is a dry gel formula but not as dry as the Body Shop one or as hard to work with. I definitely think it increases the wear time of my base as well as just making my skin smoothed out and ready for makeup.
This is another one I really like. It's definitely a little pricey but you get a lot of product and a little goes a long way. It comes out as a clear gel and I just love how perfect it makes your skin feel after applying. It's probably the best at making your makeup last and it's pretty good at smoothing out imperfections too.
I'm yet to find a budget primer that just does it for me, however if you're new to primers I'd recommend the Maybelline Baby Skin as it works fairly well and is very affordable. If you want to graduate to a high-end product I really recommend the Porefessional.
Do you use a primer? Which one do you recommend?