Monday, 17 March 2014

Testing, Testing, 123; Drugstore Primers.

Personally, I don't like to spend a whole lot of money on a primer. It's something that you don't really notice at a glance, and to be brutally honest it doesn't really do all that much. So, I completely and utterly grudge paying over the odds. That's not to say I don't have my favourites and I really adore Benefit's Porefessional and Smashbox Photo Finish, but being a student I just can't commit to spending over £20 on something so 'invisible'. 

Over the past few weeks I have been raiding my primer collection to find out what drugstore primers are actually any good, and whether or not its worth actually paying more money for a high end primer.

This is a rather new addition to my collection, and I really thought I would love this product as 'blogger hype' led me to believe it was a seriously good dupe for The Porefessional. But in all honesty I don't find it anywhere near as good as my beloved Porefessional. It does smooth out my skin and creates a lovely velvety base on which to apply my make up, and yes, I'm fairly sure it does increase the longevity of my face products, however; it does very little to diminish the appearance of large pores and fine lines. I think that the name 'pore eraser' is a little bit too ambitious. Plus the fact you get so little means it doesn't last all that long. 

Rating: 2.5/5

This is one of those products that I have a real love/hate relationship with. Sometimes it looks great and really does what I want it to and other times it just doesn't. I think this primer is dependent on what make up you are wearing. I find it works best with heavier coverage foundations as it really gives your face more depth and dare I say it, makes you 'glow'. For something that does so little I have actually started to really love this product recently and have been mixing it with my Mac Studio Fix Foundation to get the best of both worlds. This is a really great product if your skin is lacking in radiance; one of my pet peeves when it comes to my skin.  I find it light and moisturizing on my skin and it seems to give me a lovely 'fresh faced' look. I still think it is a little expensive for a drugstore product as you don't get very much, but I do love it!


Nip+ Fab Sheer Make-up Fix, £14.95. (Apologies for the lack of link for I cannot find this anywhere online.)

Admittedly this is the one product out of them all that I am really struggling to write about. Thing is, I'm not at all that sure what to say. Do I like this product? I suppose so, yes. So why is it so hard for me to write about it?! I think the reason for this is that I feel as though this product comes under the 'skincare' category due to its moisturizing properties, and the fact it has very little effect on my make up overall. It does keep my make up fresh and I believe since the ingredients contain hydraluronic acid it does keep my skin hydrated. I'm not sure it actually makes my make up last any longer though and I definitely think I get a little oilier than usual.

See full review - link

 Rating: 2/5, but i love it as a skincare product.

Lastly, and my favourite of the bunch is Rimmel's matte offering. I bought this primer due to the name as I struggle with an oily T zone and I don't really like wearing matte foundations as I feel as though they make my face too one dimensional. I found the texture of this rather strange as its quite creamy, but I instantly noticed that it diminished the appearance of fine lines and imperfections, and that's before I even put my make up on. All in all it helped keep my make up on all day and I stayed relatively shine free (powdering half way through the day). 

Rating 4/5.

What are everyone elses feelings towards primers? drugstore or high end? or do any of you think they are unnecessary?



  1. A fab post, and I 100% agree with you about the Baby Skin. Its not as good as some people have made out!

    Sian | Sian Marie Beauty

    1. I know!! Its mainly the name that is misleading though, you'd think that pore eraser would mean it diminishes the appearance of pores surely?! Haha oh well.


  2. Quite glad I haven't bought the Bourjois Happy Light primer now, I was considering it the other day and I wasn't sure.. Did you find it smells kind of like baby oil? :S

    Ellie xx |

  3. The Baby Skin really broke me out x


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