Primer makes my face look nice. My first go at using a foundation primer was at my wedding, when I was assured it would keep my makeup in place for several hours of photos, hugs and cake. It did, but I wasn’t visually overwhelmed with the difference. In fact, I didn’t REALLY buy into it until the weather started heating up. Foundation sat streaky on my shiny cheeks and forehead, and clung to my sunglasses when I took them off.. sheer terror.
That’s when I decided to take a few primers into a head-to-head battle royale. I haven’t declared a winner yet (and I’ve got handfuls of primer samples waiting in my bathroom), but let me introduce you to my current contestants:
- Smells faintly like bubble solution. Could also be considered a con, if you hate bubbles and childhood joys.
- Satiny texture that smooths skin, and makes blending easy
- On the pricier side. $34 for the big guy, $16 for this lipgloss-sized tube.
- Adds a pretty glow to skin
- Smooth texture, easy to brush foundation over it
- Pretty glow is mostly covered up when you layer foundation on top
- “Glow” can easily come off as “greaseball” if you’re naturally oily or sweaty.
- $30 for 1.7 oz
- A bargain – currently on sale for $5 at Sephora
- COMPLETELY matte face after applying – only a “pro” if you’re into that look
- Heavily scented and smells like Axe body spray (in a bad way, if that isn’t clear.)
- Bizarre, sticky-dry texture, like Elmer’s school glue
- Foundation just sits on top – this primer doesn’t allow for blending at all!
- Lightly tinted, so it evens out complexion even before applying foundation
- Feels light, smooth, and non-greasy
- Rather inexpensive indeed – $6.59 on sale at Ulta now
- Tinted primer takes a little more attention to apply evenly (can’t blindly slather it on in the morning like colorless)
- Medium-colored tint works fine on my skin, but would probably be harsh on lighter complexions
For now, my daily go-to’s are MUFE and Rimmel London. Sephora “Tricks of the Trade” is headfirst in the trash can, but I’m going to regret it if I ever need to sop up an oil slick in a hurry.
What about you, ‘net friends? What’s your primer of choice this Memorial Day Weekend?