Battle of the Primers

Primer is an essential part of my morning makeup routine. Sometimes, if I’m having a good skin day, I tend to use a good moisturising primer and skip foundation instead.

In my quest to find a good primer, I’ve gone through a few – a combination of high end and affordable ones. Here’s a review of the ones I have remaining in my collection.

Benefit That Gal Brightening Primer

Price: A$53

This is a product I purchased on a whim back when I bought the Benetint. The primer comes in a tube with a twist up bottom to push product to the top.

The primer is a pale pink shade and I believe it is meant to counter redness and brighten up the complexion.

I like the twist up feature as you’re limiting the air contact on the product. I don’t like how drying it’s made my skin feel, especially coming into summer. Once applied, it dries down and doesn’t have that gliding effect a lot of primers have. I do find that my foundation skips a bit especially around my cheeks after I use this product and I have to go back with my buffing brush to make sure that I’ve got even coverage. This is one product I’m not reaching for as much as I used to.

Pros: brightens the complexion, twist up bottom

Cons: makes my skin feel dry, foundation skips after application

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer

Price: A$48

I “purchased” this product off the Beauty Heaven Beautorium event at the end of 2015. It had just released then and was really well received by a lot of bloggers and vloggers alike. So, curious as ever, I wanted to check it out for myself.

This primer has a creamy sort of consistency with a slight silicone slip to it. This translates to even application and results in foundation smoothing on quite well. The creamy beige colour of the primer adapts to your skintone when applied to your skin so it doesn’t end up looking too chalky or weird. It works as well as you would expect a primer to (in terms of extending wear time of a foundation and smoothness to the entire look), but because this is a high end brand, I would want some extra skincare features thrown in there, ya know?

Pros: smooths beautifully, foundation wears well

Cons: would love to see more skincare benefits for a high end brand

CoverGirl Outlast All Day Primer

Price: A$14.95

I was sent this product to trial by Beauty Heaven. This one doesn’t stand out for me. It has a smoothing siliconey slip to it when you apply it to your skin, but it doesn’t do much beyond that. Something in the formula didn’t allow the foundation to smooth properly. I wasn’t thoroughly impressed with the lasting power that this primer provides and it’s still in the back of my cupboard.

Pros: affordable, smooths over the skin

Cons: did not gel well with my foundations, made it skip.

The Balm Cosmetics Put a Lid on It eye primer

Price: A$40.50

I purchased this after seeing my beauty guru Lisa Eldridge use it in one of her videos.

This primer is unlike any I’ve used before. It has a gel-like consistency and goes on clear onto the lids.

While the cream eye primers tend to set fast, this one takes a bit of time to do so. It retains that “wetness” a bit too long for my liking. To speed up the setting process, I tend to pat a base eyeshadow all over the lids to set and make sure anything I layer on top doesn’t budge.

Even so, my eyeshadows just seem to pop when layered on top of this base. It just somehow smooths things over and leaves my shadows vividly pigmented and lasts a great deal longer. This is the only base primer I use over my lids and I love it.

Pros: easy to use, a teensy amount goes a long way, cruelty free

Cons: takes some time to settle on the lids, suggest using a base shadow to set the primer

Do you see any favourites in here? What primers do you use? 


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