Looking back on this beauty series I probably should have started with primers since that is the first thing I put on my face when I’m going to do my makeup. But oh well live and learn right?
Again, I will only recommend what I have tried and what has not been discontinued.
When I was first getting into makeup I needed something that would mattify my oil so I bought this. It didn’t keep me matte all day but it was a good primer especially for the price. What I love most about this primer was the consistency and the way it felt on the skin. I recommend this for beginners since it won’t break the bank.
This primer was one of the first drugstore primers to come out that was for pores. Some say this was a dupe (cheaper alternative) for the Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Face Primer. Again, I personally don’t have an issue with pores and so I gave this one to a friend and she loved it. It has a blurring effect and also not expensive. If you struggle with pores this may help you.
NYX Professional Makeup
I couldn’t do a favorite primer post without mentioning this primer. This is a silicone-based primer which feels like silk on the skin and gives you a soft canvas to apply your foundation to. This helps me with smoothness for my textured skin. I use this primer everywhere on my face except my T-zone area.
I’ve heard that this is a dupe for the famous Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer which I got a sample of and it made me look like an oily mess. I won’t say that the Hourglass Primer isn’t a good primer (it’s everyone’s favorite) I just don’t think I used it enough to have an opinion.
$32.00 (also comes in a travel size for $15.00)
Next up is this primer. This primer is infused with coconut water and a probiotic-based ingredient to help hydrate skin. I use this more as a moisturizer before adding another primer. I like using this after a long night out. I love the feeling of this on my skin because it hydrates, smoothes, and brightens skin for a dewy, healthy looking finish.
$36.00 (also comes in a travel size for $15.00)
This was my first high-end mattifying primer. I was so happy to finally get this because it was all anyone could talk about. When I say this primer mattifys it MATTIFYS. It can leave your skin feeling as if you had a mask on. I really like this primer but you have to know how to use it. The correct way is to work it into sections and pat it into the skin, otherwise it starts to ball up and you can see it through your foundation. This is the most mattifying primer I have ever used.
Make Up For Ever
$37.00 (also comes in a travel size for $17.00)
This was is my favorite mattifying primer because it’s more comfortable on the skin than the Becca primer. I put this on my T-zone and it reduces the shine and keeps me matte for a long time. I love the way it also smooths my skin and it’s lightweight consistency.
$36.00 (also comes in a travel size for $16.00)
This is currently my favorite primer. I think this primer can work on all skin types. This keeps my oils under control and smooths my skin (all in one). It leaves my skin looking flawless under any foundation I use. It is lightweight and oil free. This primer has vitamin A and E, peptides and even antioxidants. I just LOVE this one. Highly recommend it.
This was my very first high-end primer so it will always hold a special place in my heart. I use the yellow one (there is also a pink one). I love using this when I am using a powder foundation because it gives the powder a glow look from within. I think this primer would be nice for dry skin too.
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these and if you have any new recommendations for me to try.
Also remember that for the higher-end ones you can always go to Sephora and get a free sample before purchasing the full size.
Stay tuned for the next beauty product in the series.