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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