Following on from the drugstore base collection I posted about nearly two months ago now I thought it was about time I did a primer collection post. I have been collecting them slowly but surely for a while now, some I love, some not so much.
First up is the Garnier Perfect Blur. This is a primer designed to unify the complexion, and create an optical effect. This is a product I loved the idea of: "smoothing perfecting primer" and "optical effect," but unfortunately I just can't stand the texture. I found it literally goes everywhere, squirts out the end and then falls off my face if I don't blend it in within about a second. I did keep trying this one in the hope I would still love the results, but unfortunately this wasn't the case. I found that, yes it did smooth over my pores, but this wasn't a lasting result, and not only that, my makeup seemed to literally slide off my face when using - not exactly what I expect from a primer.
However, the next primer in my collection is definitely a product I love. The No 7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty enhancer is an extremely light primer which is comparable to Benefit's Porefessional . It is described as a "lighter-than-air skin perfector" which "enhances skin radiance and minimises pores." I actually agree with all the products claims of this primer, which is something I found astounding. It leaves my skin looking flawless, and ensures my makeup lasts all day. I can definitely see myself repurchasing this after I've worked my way through my little collection.
The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer was the first high-end purchase I ever made after hearing rave reviews about the product. The one above is a miniature but I have gone through a full size one of these, and would definitely purchase this one again. It is an oil-free silicone formula that instantly mattifies the complexion, and reduces pore sizes. It always ensures my makeup lasts all day, and you can't feel the product on your skin in the slightest. Writing about it makes me want to pick the product up again.
Ahh, the Kiehl's Micro-blur Skin Perfector is my most recent purchase. I spoke about this in literally my last post so I won't say too much, but so far so good. It is designed to decrease the size of pores, and smooth over the skin complexion. Once again, the product does exactly what it says and is designed to do. It has a slight apricoty scent to it which I really quite like - it feels like it is refreshing the skin. The product is lightweight, and its effects last all day.
Next is the Clinique Colour Correct Redness Superprimer. As I am sure you might be able to guess from the title of the product, I brought this one specifically to help cover any redness on my face. This product does an amazing job at doing just that. It also unifies my skin, and feels slightly moisturising on my skin. It is heavier in texture to some of the other primers I have mentioned, but that really isn't noticable once blended into the skin. I love this product, and I am at the stage of trying to squeeze out the non-existent product out of the tube.
L'Oreal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer is a base that injects light into your skin. When squeezed out you come across a really light feeling, white fluid. Applied to the face this white liquid turns into a subtle all over highlight. It provides a lovely finish, and the light particles are still visible after foundation has been applied. The only thing I'm not sure on is it's actual primer abilities. I found it didn't make my makeup much longer than it would without me wearing one at all, a vast difference to what I'm used to. This is by no means my favourite primer, I'm not sure I would repurchase but I do love the illuminating effect it provides.
The Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer is the primer that got me into using primers originally. It claims 5 in 1 results; to smoothe, resurface, brighten, mattify and protect. I have mixed feelings on this product. Back when I first tried it I found it did everything it claimed, but recently I repurchased for the purpose of this post and I am unsure of it. It feels too thick in texture to really do anything for my skin but I am not sure why, as I did used to absolutely love this product. The formula comes out as a white liquid that is slightly lighter than your average moisturiser, but feels more like a moisuriser than a primer. If you are looking for your first primer, this could be the one, but I now feel there are better options on the market.
Lastly The Body Shop Instablur* is a primer that also has five perfecting actions. These include; shine controlling, reducing the appearance of pores, blemish hiding, complexion unifying and makeup extending. The texture reminds me of the first primer I mentioned, the Garnier Perfect Blur, but unlike the Garnier version the packaging doesn't seem to shoot the product everywhere. I love the way you can see instant results with this product, but after trying it constantly for a few weeks I do really like the product, but prefer using it without makeup, as I believe this enhances the product.
So what do I think overall? I believe a primer is an essential for foundations, but isn't necessarily for BB or CC creams as they are multi-purpose products. Currently my favourites would have to be the No 7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty Enhancer and the Kiehl's Micro-blur Skin Perfector. I love how they do exactly what they say they do, and that they do keep my makeup on all day. The Clinique Colour Correct Redness Superprimer is the next one on my list as it really does help conceal any redness.
What are you favourtie primers? Have you tried any of these primers?