One of my essentials when doing my makeup is primer. I like the way it blurs my pores and evens things out, even when I’m not wearing foundation. And if I am, a good primer will keep it on for hours and keep me from getting shiny and gross halfway through the day.
The first primer I bought was from Clinique, and I have had a love affair with it since. After it ran out, I was interested in trying a few new ones, to ensure that I was using the best product for my skin, and I found several fails along the way, as well as a success or two.
My mom put a bunch of travel-size cosmetics in our stockings last Christmas, and one of them was the Lorac POREfection primer. It has a more liquid consistency than the Clinique one, and comes out clear. It did noticeably blur my pores, but I didn’t notice if it made much difference in the way of keeping my foundation in place. It’s expensive, but I would definitely use this product.
After the sample ran out, I stopped in the e.l.f. Studio downtown and picked up their Poreless Face Primer. It was $6, so the price was fantastic. Unfortunately, this primer didn’t do much except smell. It has a strong scent that I just really didn’t like, and made no difference whatsoever in my foundation or pores. This was a no.
After the e.l.f. fail, I ordered a travel size pack of primer from Ulta: the Benefit Primed and Poreless set. It came with That Gal and the Porefessional, as well as the Stay Don’t Stray eyelid primer (that I ended up loving). I’m a big Benefit fan, so I reallly wanted to try these products, but I wanted to make sure I liked them before I invested in a full size tube of anything. That Gal gives a nice glow under foundation and smooths skin beautifully. It has a scent, but I liked it, it didn’t overpower. In terms of keeping makeup on all day, That Gal didn’t do much. I would definitely consider wearing this for special occasions where I want to look especially healthy and bright, though.
There’s a lot of hype about the Porefessional, and many people swear by it, but I’m not sold. It goes on well and definitely erases pores, but in terms of keeping my skin matte throughout the day, it fails. Today I actually primed my face with my Cargo primer (more on that below) and then put the Porefessional over top and I liked the effect. It’s five hours and two subway rides after application and it’s still on and I’m still matte. But on it’s own, it doesn’t do it for me.
Way back in January, Bridget paid $25 for a $50 credit to Cargo Cosmetics on Rue La La. When it was about the expire and she hadn’t found anything she liked, she passed it on to me and I ordered the Pore Perfecting Primer. It’s extremely similar to my Clinique Superprimer and is a definite keeper. It blurs my pores, is extremely lightweight and keeps me matte and my foundation in place all day. It’s a little more expensive than the Clinique one, so I probably won’t repurchase it, but I definitely love it.
I’m always for trying new makeup, so if anyone has more suggestions for can’t-live-without, do-it-all primers, let me know!