Thursday 5 September 2013

Primers, primers, primers???

Being an oily skinned lady applying a primer is a fundamental part of my make up routine, but it has to be the right primer. It seems I have searched for years to find the perfect primer, I have read lots of reviews, listened to rave you tube videos and had several recommendations from friends. I have a few I wanted to discuss today, along with a few samples.

Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm
When I received this as a free gift with a magazine I instantly thought Oh I wonder how this compare to Clarins Beauty Flash Balm?? I think its rather different that that actually, the formula is thinner and easier to apply.

Givenchy Mister Radiant
My friend Asma gave me a few goodies off her Givenchy counter to try out and this was one of them. I love an unusual product, something thing a little different, this certainly fits that bill. It has small balls of colour within the primer, as you rub the formula into your skin the balls dispense and provide extra colour. Its like an added bronzer all in one, a fab one for the summer time.

Lancome effet miracle
This was a bit of a disappointment to me, I had this applied in store and loved it. This has not been the case since I have purchased the full sized. I don't know if I am doing something wrong? It just makes my foundation cakey, I have had to remove my base before and start again due to this problem. Any ideas??

Benefit Porefessional
I LOVE this primer and will always have a tube of this in my collection, this is a silicone primer, which I know some people dislike, but it works wonders for my skin. I apply with my fingers, concentrating on my T Zone area. My foundation applies lovely and lasts a good 6-8 hours.

Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer
My dear friend Jen gave me this primer to try as she was not using it. I love Estee Lauder, so I felt super excited to give this a try. The formula feels more like a skin care cream then a primer. I liked how smoothly it applied, I found my foundation blended with ease as well. Thank you Jen xx.

Guerlain Creme Camphrea
I have recently declared my love for this multi use product. I apply with my fingers in a smearing motion, it provides my skin with a matt cover. I do find I need to work quickly with my foundation application as it can dry fast. I will always have a tube of this amazing product in my collection.

Smashbox Photo Finish
I love this primer, it works so well for me. I apply a pea sized amount to my T Zone area with my fingers and my skin it left feeling so smooth and soft. I find my foundation applies with ease after I have applied this step. My foundation does not break up throughout the day either.

Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing
I found the same effects as above but the finished look was a lot more glowing, I feel this would be great to take on holiday with me for that summer glow.

What is your must have primer? Do you complete this step in your daytime routine? I would love to hear what you are using to keep your make up looking fab for the whole day. Even with the use of a primer my make up does not last as long as I would like it to, I would love to development a routine that truly lasts all day.
Jen x


  1. I'm not really into primers as I haven't found one that really works so this post was a great insight!
    Thank you

  2. I really like the Lancome one but find I only need to use a small amount. Also love Stila x


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