A Different Primer Everyday Of The Week

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.

A Different Primer Everyday Of The Week


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!


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.


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.


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.


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  • Such a good idea Kat! What a great post! I only have one primer in my collection haha <3


    • Thanks Tahana! & Oh my gosh what haha!? Is it absolutely killer that you haven’t needed to try anything else? What is it!? x

  • The L’Oreall Infallible one is one of my favourites I use it so much. Unfortunately the Baby Skin one broke me out which is strange as I barely ever get breakouts.

    • Oh that is super strange! Good that the L’Oreal one works wonderfully for you though 🙂 x

  • I was always wondering how the L’Oréal, Maybelline and Nyx primers works. Great reviews. Thank you for that.

    Michelle Morchella

    • No worries at all Michelle 🙂 Glad you enjoyed my review! Thanks for reading x

  • I’ve not tried any of these as I normally just skip primer, I like the sound of the NYX one though.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

    • Oh wow really!? I feel like I 100% need a primer! I can’t imagine not using one before applying my full face of makeup x

  • Chantalle

    I have to agree with you on Baby Skin. I heard such great things about it but it did absolutely nothing for my skin, and to be honest its performance was rubbish! The L’Oreal one is okay for me but i definitely don’t like the sticky feeling on my skin either. I haven’t ever heard of that Philosophy one and now I am really eager to give it a go, it sounds amazing! Oily skin girls unite! xx

    Chantalle |

    • Hahah, love that. Oily skin girls unite for sure lovely lady! & Yeah stickiniess from makeup is never cute ;P x

  • I didn’t love that NYX one but I passed it along to my sister and she enjoys it.

    I’ve been trying out the Becca primer this week after receiving a sample, and I really like it! Might consider buying 🙂

    Maddie |

    • Oh I am so jealous haha! I wish the Becca one worked for me SO BADLY. x

  • I have oily skin too which sucks. I need to get my hands on that Philosophy primer (might be hard though /sigh). Thanks, Katina!

    Teesh ♥ || Adventures of Cupcake Girl

    • No worries Teesh 🙂 Hope you try it and love it as much as I do x