I tried something quite new this week and it’s quite obvious from the title of this post. I used A Different Primer Everyday Of The Week. Makeup hoarding is what I do and sticking to the things that I know is something that I live by. As a result, many of my makeup drawers are overflowing. This week, I challenged myself to going through primers. I’ve now figured out what works for me, and what sadly doesn’t.
BACKGROUND INFO + THE TESTING CONDITIONS
As a bit of a background, my skin type is very oily so primers are an essential step. Even though most people with oily skin prefer fully matte primers, I actually don’t mind a bit of a luminous finish once and a while so that’s why there’s a bit of a mix in today’s bunch.
To fairly test out these primers, I wanted to make sure that everything else about my makeup routine was the exact same over the week. For this reason, I also used the exact same skincare regime and wore my complete face of makeup for the same duration of time. Incase you’re curious, the foundation that I used everyday was the bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation. When I’m at work, I don’t have any blotting sheets or translucent powder with me. So, it’s just a sheet of toilet paper which is so #basic, I know. But, that’s real life!
BECCA FIRST LIGHT PRIMING FILTER*
Out of all of the primers in this post, I really wanted this one to work. I’ve heard so many good things about it and the colour is so fascinating! Sadly, my natural oiliniess and this primer aren’t a good match for one another. When I initially applied this primer and my makeup, my skin looked incredible. A few hours in, I knew it was a mistake. My face basically turned into an oil slick and even blotting didn’t help. I was absolutely gutted and still am. I think if you have dry or normal skin, you should give it a shot because it makes the skin look very alive and rejuvinated. But, if you’re someone very oily like myself, I’d suggest getting a sample to try it out first.
PHILOSOPHY TOTAL MATTENESS OIL-FREE, MATTIFYING PORE ERASER*
I’ve actually had this product for such a long time! When I first tried it out, I thought it was pretty good. But, I never found myself gravitating towards it. I’m so glad I decided to do this post because wow, it’s great. The texture of this product is quite interesting. It feels like a cool, watery serum. After applying this product, my face feels quite tacky. Once it dries, my skin feels smooth and I basically can’t feel the stickiness or oiliness from the moisturiser I just previously applied. My makeup wore beautifully throughout the day and although there was some oil that came through, it was gracefully and easily fixed after a blot.
L’OREAL INFALLIBLE MATTIFYING BASE*, MAYBELLINE BABY SKIN*, NYX PHOTO-LOVING PRIMER*
All of these primers have been grouped together because they all worked the exact same on my skin. When I applied these primers, they all felt extremely oily. They made my skin feel slippery and my skin only felt smooth after I really tried to work the product in. A few hours in, the oils came through and blotting didn’t help at all. Something that I found really weird about these foundations is that they all actually made my skin feel quite sticky which is a problem I never have. I personally didn’t really get on with these primers and I wouldn’t go back. Something that’s quite interesting is that I actually enjoyed the L’Oreal one a few months ago. Maybe it’s just because I’ve had the formula for a while, not sure. Anyway, please only take my thoughts with a grain of salt as I know LOTS of people that swear by these. I’m just sad that wasn’t the case for me.
Well, I definitely found a new favourite in the Philosophy Total Matteness Oil-Free, Mattifying Pore Eraser. I’ll be gifting the BECCA primer to a friend of mine that is an MUA. In terms of the L’Oreal, Maybelline and NYX primers, I decided to throw them out because they’ve been in my collection for sometime.
Have you tried any of these primers before?
What’s your current favourite primer?
*Products marked with an asterisk have been provided for editorial consideration. For more information, please read my disclaimer.