Friday, 31 March 2017

Battle of the Primers

Shocking confession: I suck at remembering/bothering to use primer. I recently read somewhere that most primers are akin to regular moisturisers and decided to run with that, greasy faced and reckless. With summer creeping up on us and the temperatures rising in Zurich, my face has been getting a wee bit shinier and my makeup has been fading a whole lot faster. So out of obligation rather than choice, I decided it was time to return to my primer stash. I took it as an opportunity to try a few that are new (to me) and compare them to my trusty failsafe options. So without further ado, here's how three held up in my extensive testing (includes: lounging, walking, crying over cute dogs and shopping).

Benefit POREfessional - Helloooo silicon. The main ingredient in pretty much all primers that promise to vanquish those pesky enlarged pores for the day. And do that it does - gone is the texture and in its place, silky smooth skin. Makeup applies beautifully on top of it and it performs well throughout the day. The one thing I noticed, is that it didn't do much to improve my makeup-on-nose situation. My nose is the first place makeup flees from my face, so no changes there, but I think I've given up hope on that front. The issue I unfortunately have with this primer is that it contains silicon, which breaks me out. That pretty much means that whilst I may reach for this now and again, it irritates my skin too much for regular use. If, however, you're not sensitive to silicon and you want something to fill out your pores, this is a great one to try!

MAC Strobe Cream in Goldlite - This is a bit of a favourite and one I've spoken about loads on the blog already. MAC released these in different shades, too, so now you can choose if you'd rather have a pink, peach, gold or silver sheen to your skin. This isn't marketed solely as a primer, but it creates such a gorgeous luminous base under makeup that it's what I like to use it for the most. As I do have combo/oily skin, this works best if I substitute it for my moisturiser (it's hydrating enough as it is) and just apply my makeup over the top of it. My base lasts well and it prevents my makeup from looking too cakey. A little also goes a long way, so this will last you a fair while!

Makeup Forever Step 1 Hydrating Primer* - I got this little mini sample in a holiday set last year and hadn't gotten round to trying it. This isn't quite what I was expecting but I was pleasantly surprised! It feels slightly similar in texture to the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm (what a throwback), in that it's got somewhat more of a gel than a cream feel to it. Although this is hydrating, I was able to wear it over my usual moisturiser without my skin getting too oily. I noticed that this did a really good job at "glueing" my makeup to my skin a bit more. My combo skin means that I'm also prone to dry patches here and again and this didn't seem to emphasise them at all, which is a major plus in my books! All in all, a great new discovery that I think I'll have to purchase the full size of!

Overall, I can't say that there was really one dud in the bunch! Yes, the POREfessional likely won't be one I reach for all that much, but it does what it says on the tin and manages to create a lovely smooth base. Hopefully my foray into primers is one that'll stick, so my makeup doesn't literally melt off my face for the next few months. Do you have any primer recommendations?

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  1. I love Benefit Porefessional for under my eyes, it does a good job at filling in a few of those pesky lines in!

    Alice | alicemaysnell

  2. I've been obsessed with the strobe cream, I want to try some of the different shades they have.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

  3. Love your content and photography! Very nice aesthetic ;)

    Dom |


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