Monday, 20 July 2009

To Prime or Not to Prime?...that is the question!

Hey girlies!
The question of the day is about makeup you use them religiously or think they are a waste of time/money? I have been using primers for a couple of years now and I have found that they give me a smoother, more even base to apply makeup onto. I also find they make my makeup last alot longer and reduce shine on my T-Zone. The best choice of primer for reducing shine are the colourless, oil-free formulas. I find they also make it easier for me to blend my foundation into my skin.

I've heard alot of bloggers on here don't use primers as they don't like the 'oily' feeling it gives their skin, a sensation which could be caused be the silicon in them. I personally haven't experienced any kind of oily feeling from the primers that I use but I have dry skin so that's possibly why they work for me. You also have to remember not to use too much of the product (one pump or half a pea sized amount is more than enough for the whole face). I always apply mine after moisturiser.

I would be interested to know if anyone with oily skin uses them and how they make it work for them?

There are alot of options now when it comes to primers. For example, MAC do a spray version that 'sets' your makeup once applied which I am yet to try (Pixiewoo use this in some of their vids on YouTube). I have tried the Smashbox and Laura Mercier primers and I wasn't that fond of them but as with everything you apply on your face, it depends on your skin type. I also like to use illuminating products as a primer when I want a really dewy look or to add a bit of colour. My favourite primers are:

1) YSL Matte Touch - for a shine free, smooth and even complexion

2) Lancome La Base pro - for lasting power and easy blending

3) Mac Strobe Liquid - for a gorgeous dewy that enhances your complexion
4) Virgin Vie Skin Dew Primer - for an ethereal, soft pink glow
5) The Body Shop Tinted Glow Enhancer in no.2 - for an overall golden glow to the face

In my opinion, I like the extra bit of insurance a primer gives you to ensure that your makeup stays in place, especially when the weather starts to heat up (which ain't that often in Scotland but it does SOMETIMES happen, once in a blue moon). I have a huge collection of primers and illuminators and I wouldn't be without them. They make my skin look flawless and for that, I salute them!
What are your opinions on primers and which ones are your favourites?


  1. I love GOSH's primer. I think it's about £13 and it's lasted me ages! xx

  2. I have to agree that I couldn't be without a primer now. I don't care what anyone says they make my makeup last longer which can only be a good thing.

    I am from Scotland also (Glasgow yuck!) so as you said we don't really get the weather but when we do it tends to be that horrid humid heat that makes your face just slide off. Couple this with my oily skin and it is just a nightmare!

    I am currently using Illamasqua Matt Primer which is working really well for me (I have a review of it on my blog if anyone wants more info) It is a cream primer so not silicone based (I have the Smashbox Silicone Primer which I like also) so it works well on my skin.

    Sorry I appear to be stuck in a makeup induced ramble now!



  3. I have never tried a primer but I like the idea of them and would like to give one a go. x

  4. I have an oily t-zone, so i use No7 Shine Free Makeup Base its about £10 and it doesnt contain silicone and i think it works really well. :) x

  5. I never prime, even no oily ones just clog my skin and it feels horrible! xxx

  6. I am ashamed to admit that I didn't even know what they were til recently so I've never used one. Am eager to try though! x

  7. I really don't think that primers make that much difference to how long the foundation lasts but they can def make a difference to how they apply and help to even the tone and fill pores. L'oreal's new professional secrets range has an amazing one!xx

  8. I really like MACS Strobe Cream but dont use it everyday, It depends what make-up im wearing.

  9. I find the primers from GOSH and Smashbox both work well. I just started using primers and bases for my eye shadows like this past year and I don't know how I got along without it!

  10. I use Benefits Dr feel good as a primer and I have combination-oily skin,I find it helps reduce shine and makes me pores less visible.Im not too sure if it increases foundation staying power,I haven`t noticed anything amazing.Im thinking of trying the smashbox primer but Im not sure if its best left to dry skin types.


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