Monday, 9 March 2015

Optimal Primers

Hi beauts,

First things first. Did anyone get the Transformers reference in the title? Optimus Prime - optimal primers? Yes? No? Ok just my geeky side popping out to say hello then! Haha

On to the topic at hand! Today I wanted to share my current primers. As I've already touched on primers in my make up essentials post You'll know that I only started using them in this last year or so. Early 2014 anyway.

The years are going by fast and whilst I can't complain about deep wrinkles yet, I'm definately noticing expression lines (I clearly smile far too much haha) and also visible pores (sounds lovely)

I feel like primers are the undercoat of make up. They literally prepare your face for product and add longevity to your make up. I'm so into them now, I couldn't imagine not using one.

Choosing a primer that's suitable for your needs and skin type is the same as choosing a foundation. You need to look at what you want from it. Settle fine lines, cover large pores, counteract redness. All things to take into account.

My skin type is sensitive/combination. I have dry/flakey patches (working on it) yet my eyelids and nose love to get oily and melt my make up! Curse you skin! 

Anyway contrary skin aside, these are my current primers :)

Makeup Academy Pro-Base £4

This was my first primer. I'd heard good things and I wanted to get a feel of how my make up would sit whilst using one without breaking the bank if I hated it.
This is a nice primer. Sinks into the skin and leaves a smooth finish. I had to do a few touch ups but lasted a good 4 hours. On experimenting with other primers I feel this one is more suited to younger skin that just needs a smooth base.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer £29

This is a gel like formula. Not the greatest smell but it does leave a good base for your foundation. 
My make up sits better on my skin and lasts throughout the day.
My only vice is that it doesn't stop the oil buildup on my nose, so I do need to keep powder on hand to dab when needed.
Overall a good primer but it's a pricey one.

Benefit Porefessional £24.50

As hinted by the title this is a great primer to reduce the appearance of large pores.
The feel of this product is amazing. It's like velvet on the skin. I love this one.
My make up set beautifully and I noticed an improvement in my pores around the nose area.
Another bonus was this didn't allow the oil to build up on my nose and melt my foundation! 
Very happy with this primer. Yes it's not cheap but it's well worth the investment. The old saying 'a little goes a long way' is very true in this case.

Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Poreless Primer £29.50

This is a primer I actually bought for my mum. Mally Beauty is an American brand designed by make up artist to the stars Mally Roncal
In the UK (where I'm from) you can buy her range from QVC. On watching the beauty channel I saw her eye gel advertised and thought 'oooh, mum would love that' but when trying to buy it, I could only get a set (cost me £42) which included the eye gel, eye primer and face primer.
Guys I'm so glad I got to try this product. It's literally like velvet air on your face. It's a mousse like texture and it's fabulous!
It's got the soft feel like the Benefit porefessional but three times better.
My make up lasted throughout the day. It didn't keep my nose oil free like the benefit one unfortunately but it was only the tip so not too bad.
I do think this is better on maturer skin as my mum's make up looks brilliant on top of this and lasts all day.

So those are my current primers. The Benefit one is my winner for making my make up last, as I feel it works better for my skin type but I still love how the Mally one feels, plus I think it's cute packaging.

Have you tried any of these? Any reccomendations? Let me know :D

Much Love,

Bex x


  1. Really want to try the Laura Mercier primer! Great post :)

    Kirsty |

    1. Thank you! :D

      Yes it's a good primer. Maybe try a Laura Mercier counter for a sample? You can get foundation ones, why not primers. It's how I tried the benefit one :)

      Bex x


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