Friday, 17 April 2015

In Your Prime: Battle Of The Primers

Primers
Comparison of primers
Maybelline Baby Skin pore eraser primer
Benefit that gal primer
Benefit stay flawless 15 hour primer

Hello Lovelies! I've had a bit of a beauty breakthrough recently. A few years a go when the word primer was on everyones lips (and faces), I purchased a tube of Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Primer. It wasn't anything special and I thought that highlighting the importance of using a primer was just another unnecessary ploy to make you spend money. I've bought various primers on and off since then but I usually forget about them in the end. Ain't nobody got time for that. As the weather is warming up, I've been in a state of panic due to melting makeup and oily/blemished skin. I've dug out some of my old primers to see if I can tackle the issue and I've really liked the results. Read on to see which one was my favourite.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser £7.99
If you've followed my blog for a while, you may remember I reviewed this last year and it didn't go too well. I'm all up for second chances so I gave this another go. If any of you have tried this, you'll know how amazingly smooth Baby Skin feels on the skin. As the name states, as smooth as baby skin. Unfortunately I had the same experience as last time. I woke up with tiny pimples in clusters (sorry if it's tmi but it's true). I know a lot of people have experienced this and I'm guessing it's the silicone blocking my already blemish prone skin. I also found it left my skin oily which isn't really what I'm looking for when trying to get my makeup to stay putt. Although there are a lot of people who have had the same experience as me, I know that there are a lot of people who swear by this. If you have dry skin this may be perfect for you as I imagine it will hydrate those dry patches but unfortunately it just isn't for me.

Benefit That Gal Face Brightening Primer £22.50
I actually got this as part of the confessions of a concealaholic kit and totally neglected it. I was all about the concealing and brushed this aside. Recently I found it tucked in my drawer and felt sorry for the little guy. I must admit, I feel like a fool for not giving this a go earlier. I am completely in love. That Gal primer is pink in colour which is perfect for colour correcting those dark patches, marks and scars leaving skin looking more awake. I find that my makeup is going on a lot smoother and I'm able to conceal a whole lot better. At the end of the day my makeup is still looking pretty good. This has made a huge difference to my beauty routine and I 100% recommend it. It's a shame I have That Gal in sample form as I know I'm going to run out soon.

Benefit Stay Flawless Primer £24.50
As you can probably tell, I went through a Benefit phase. My boyfriend actually picked one of these up as a surprise when they were first released and I've repurchased it a few times since. Stay Flawless claims to last 15 hours and is meant to seal your foundation onto your skin like a magnet. I tend to apply this in sections with my foundation as it dries super quick and you have to work fast. Stay Flawless definitely allows my makeup to last all day so if you're looking for a heavy duty primer this may be the one for you. My only issue is that I find it really unhygienic to use as you are rubbing it all over your face. I think I'll probably get more use out of this in the summer as I melt like crazy but I'm considering adding some tea tree oil onto the stick after use to make it a little more hygienic.

I've recently realised the importance of finding the right primer as I had previously written them all off. My overall winner is definitely That Gal primer as it's just a great all rounder although it saddens me a little that primers that tend to work better are the higher end ones. Can anyone recommend a decent drugstore primer that won't cause me to look like a patient from American Horror Story's Briarcliff? If not, I'll definitely be repurchasing That Gal again.

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70 comments:

  1. I really want to try the Benefit That Gal primer, I prefer a brightening primer as i have dull skin! x

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    1. I'd definitely recommend it then, it's so good for brightening my skin up. Plus it smells really nice haha

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  2. Would love to try the Pore Eraser! All seems like great products x

    Florals&Smiles
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    1. Thanks girls. I'd recommend it if you have dry skin

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  3. Well you can try the Smashbox photo finish primer. It is not a drugstore one but here in The Netherland it is only for €13 witch is maybe around 10 pound. Good deal!

    http://simplebitisho.blogspot.nl/

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    1. Wow I never thought of smashbox! Thanks, I'll definitely have a look!

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  4. I really like the last one, great reviews, dear. ^^
    New outfit is online...

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  5. Great review and pictures! I'm not a primer kind of person or maybe I haven't found the right one for me yet. I used to have Benefit Stay Flawless, but I didn't find the right way to use it:)

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    1. Thank you! I felt the exact same until I found one I liked. The stay flawless one is hard to work with, i find it's better doing small sections rather than my whole face otherwise it sets before I've applied my foundation

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  6. Get post and the pictures are lovely:) What camera do you use? I use the baby skin primer a lot and I have dry skin, and like you said it really is perfect for that skin type. Great post, will for sure look at investing in the other primers♥
    FloralsAndCoralsx // Our Blog

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    1. Thank you! I use a Nikon D3200 camera. It's nice to someone who likes it, I guess my skin is just too oily for it!

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  7. I really like the maybelline baby skin! makes your makeup look flawless
    if you want to check out my blog:
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    1. I wish it didn't break me out otherwise it would be amazing!

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  8. I am so bad at not using a primer, but the benefit stay flawless one is started to get my attention after reading this post x
    han // emandhan xo

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    1. I am too, I feel like I've been missing out since I found one I really liked. Thanks for commenting girls

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  9. I feel the same as you about primers for years until i started using 'Bad Gal', which I loved. I then started using Smashbox photo finish and I swear by it, for me it's the best one for miles. They have sample sized ones in SuperDrug (near the tills) so you can try it out before you splurge on a full sized one. I have blemish prone skin and its worked well for me.

    Lucy x
    Yellowicing.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Someone else recommended smashbox, I'm definitely going to look for it now. Thanks for the tip, I love it when you can try a sample sized first!

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  10. I've never used a primer in my life, I always thought a day cream was enough of a primer.. Oops, apparently not! But actually I don't use foundation, just some concealer on my chin (pimple zone :( ). I should try it out, if only for that amazing packaging, he he. Great reviews!

    XO Imke // www.pastellics.com

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    1. I did too, ive only just started to appreciate how good it can be. I'm with you on packaging, it gets me every time haha

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  11. Waw that's a great post ! And great pictures ♥
    I want try all these primers now !!!

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  12. I know you're supposed to use them but I always forget or am in too much of a rush. I invested in a NARS primer years ago and have been really happy with it. Mind you it always expires before I even get through half the bottle because of said laziness. Which happens to be an ugly and expensive habit. I couldn't think of any drug store brands sorry. I have fairly sensitive skin so I tend to stay away from them in general, but if I need to my go to is always Rimmel so I am no help at all.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. I'm the same, I always forget I have things. Rimmel is my go to brand aswell, I wonder if they've updated their primer as I didn't really like it the first time round. Thanks for commenting Sonia!

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  13. Hi beautiful! I love a good primer as much as any other product, it really makes a difference doesn't? I am not sure about drugstore primers though, Laura mercier might be a splurge but it is truely amazing! nice pictures!

    x Josune, Your Beauty Script ❤

    latest post: http://yourbeautyscript.com/

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    1. I can't believe the difference it has made! Ooo I've always wanted to try Laura Mercia, I'll have to check it out. Thanks Hun

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  14. Such a great post! I'd like to try all of these primers :) xoxo

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  15. I had no idea about primers. I didn't even know what they did to be honest! Thank you for the review dear Sophie!

    Dora NEW POST on Bangs Bang | Bloglovin

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    1. Thanks Dora, I didn't either. My makeup is going on much better since using one!

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  16. I love this post! I love primers my favorite is the smashbox.
    kisses from www.vanedresscode.com

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! A few people have recommended the smashbox one, definitely checking it out seeing as everyone loves it

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  17. I love the one from benefit and for daily use the one for maybelline :) Thanks for your post :)

    http://lovelyattitude.com

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    1. No problem, I'm loving the benefit one at the moment

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  18. Lovely post and your pictures look so pretty and colourful :) I have only just started using primer - I really don't know why I haven't considered using one before as it is so essential!
    These are great tips, thanks for sharing <3 xx

    Sammie | sammiephotography.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Sammie! I know, I've seen a huge difference since I started using a primer!

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  19. Great review.
    I have tried maybelline and it's nice on skin
    XO

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    1. Thankyou! I wish it didn't break me out otherwise it would be amazing!

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  20. Great reviews! love the photos <3 Love the that girl Benefit primer <3
    Chloe xx
    http://chloebee1.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. I love the barry M instant pore eraser!! I really want to try the benefit one! x

    ~Thevya
    truelythevs.blogspot.com

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    1. Ooo I haven't tried any Barry m makeup yet!! I'll use that as an excuse to check their range out haha

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  22. Great post! It's unfortunate that the Maybelline baby skin didn't work for you I have had no trouble with it but everyone's skin is different :) I'm pretty keen to try the Benefit stay flawless primer as I haven't really heard to much about it but after reading your review I will pop that baby on my list of things to get :) xo

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    1. It's a shame my skin reacts so easily. I'm glad you like it though! Stay flawless is super long wearing, it's crazy!

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  23. Oh no! No one wants to look like a patient at Briarcliff :( I haven't found a drugstore primer that I'm into yet but I hope you find one to post about soon!

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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    1. Definitely not haha! Ah thanks, I'll let you know if I have any luck!

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  24. Primer is important and I found that thefaceshop provides the best line that fits with what I want (: x

    www.birdieliau.com

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    1. I've never heard of thefaceshop. I'm going to google it now, thanks for the suggestion!

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  25. Great post and pictures! How do you think the Benefit Stay Flawless primer would be on dry skin? My skin is so dry but at the same time foundations don't stay on my skin. So annoying!

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    1. Hi Amanda! I'm not too sure to be honest. I did a quick search for reviews for you and the reviews were quite positive for use on dry skin. One person did advise moisturising first to make blending a little easier. Benefit do little sample pots of it for free so I'm sure they'd let you try it out!

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  26. Have a nice week. ^^
    New outfit is online...

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  27. I don't like any drugstore primers, but I'm not a big primer girl and I'm super picky lol
    RachelShuchatMakeup

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    1. Haha, I think I'm the same. I haven't had much luck on the drugstore front with primers

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  28. I don't know if I want to try the baby skin and risk the pimples or not lol.
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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    1. You never know, you may like it! I'm too oily and it blocked my pores. What skin type are you?

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  29. I am just on a look out for a new primer, so thanks for sharing these reviews! :)


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  30. I've been wanting to try the Benefit 15 hour primer, my makeup is terrible for just melting off in summer so I need something heavy duty haha. Great post. Thanks!

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    1. Give it a go, it's definitely heavy duty! I've been using it the past few days as I've been getting quite oily with the heat. I hope you like it!

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  31. The Stay Matte by Benefit never worked well for me,I found that it would clump up my foundation! Shmashbox has some really good primers :)

    ↠Mondays & Mimosas↞

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    1. Ah that's a shame! I'll definitely check smashbox out as loads of people have recommended it!

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  32. Smashbox Photo Finish is the best primer I've ever used - I have oily skin too and its wonderful!
    I'm posting a review of Photo Finish vs Benefit's Porefessional tomorrow if you're interested :)!

    elizabethfarrant.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ooo that sounds great, if I forget can you send me the link tomorrow please?

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  33. I use the Porefessional by Benefit and I want to try the Maybelline when I'll finish the Benefit one :( but it's terrible your review!! So sad.

    www.aishettina.blogspot.it

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    1. Yea my skin didn't respond too well to it. I know other people swear by it though so maybe it's worth a shot!

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