Primers. I love the concept, a product that improves the texture of your skin, or provides dewiness and shine or makes your foundation last all day. But I struggled to find a primer that delivered on its promises to the point where I would take the extra few minutes to apply it before foundation. So I’ve made it a point to try out some new ones and see if I could find some goodies. Here are the ones I’m happy to make a judgement on so far.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
This was a sample I received when I bought the full-sized Photo Finish Primer Oil. Now, if you haven’t felt the consistency of this primer then I’m about to do a terrible job explaining it to you. It’s like a powdery gel. Does that make sense? The NYX Angel Veil Primer has the same consistency. It’s as though the product isn’t “clear”, and has been mixed with powder. It’s common with oil-free primers and the sensation is just not for me.
That being said, you feel it for the few seconds you apply it, and after that don’t think about it again. And even with the weird consistency (maybe even because of it), the product gives beautiful results. My foundation applies smoothly and doesn’t separate or slide around. I can definitely notice a difference in terms of how long my makeup lasts too, so I would recommend this for occasions where your makeup has to last all day.
Catrice Prime and Fine Pore-refining Base
… I just don’t like this. I really can’t put my finger on why, and it’s not a BAD primer, it’s just a product I don’t reach for and wouldn’t repurchase. It’s scentless and applies smoothly and doesn’t cause separation of my foundation but I don’t notice any tangible difference otherwise. I really don’t like feeling like I’ve purchased a product that does nothing, so unfortunately this isn’t a winning primer for me.
Catrice Light Reflecting Serum Primer
I won’t say too much about this primer, as I recently did a full review on it. The bottom line is that this works really nicely when mixed into your foundation and gives a glowy effect without making you look shiny or sparkly. I have noticed that my foundation separates in certain areas after a while if I wear this with it, but that’s about the only negative thing I have to say about it.
Nivea Men Post Shave Balm
If you have been following any international Youtubers for a while, you’ll remember that this was ALL the rage a few years back (2015 if I’m not mistaken?). Every single Youtuber was suddenly using this post shave balm as a primer because Nikkie Tutorials (a Dutch Youtuber) had accidentally discovered it while using her boyfriend’s balm in place of moisturiser.
The reason why this product works so well as a primer is that when it dries down it leaves a tacky feeling on your face, this causes your foundation to adhere to it quite well. I’m not that into primers to be honest, but I will say that I really enjoyed this! I have sensitive, dry skin, so to use a product that acts as an effective moisturiser and primer, while not upsetting my skin, is perfect.
What are your holy grail primers? I recently picked up the Essence Fresh and Fit Awake Primer after loving the foundation from the same range. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve tried it, or your suggestions of what you think I should try next.