Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Perfect Primers?

Perfect make up requires a perfect base. If you have a good base then the rest of your make up will sit so much better, giving you that flawless look that we all crave. I have been few a fair few primers in my quest for flawless makeup so here are my thoughts on some of the ones I have used.

The Revlon Photoready Primer is a product that I was really excited about when it was released but to be honest I found that for me it did, well nothing. It didn't help my foundation or brighten my skin. However I did give the rest of this to my house mate and she seems to be getting on with it fine.

MeMeMe Seventh Heaven Moisturising Facebase I think is massively overlooked. I love this product it has a creamy formula and a slight citrus scent, I also think the packaging is really cure.  The trick with this is that once it’s applied to wait about 5 minutes so that it completely sinks into your skin, you then apply your foundation and voila it sits lovely. It also really helps to keep my foundation in place for the majority of my working day, definitely the best primer I've found on the high street so far.

The Porfessional by Benefit has so many rave reviews  but here comes negative nelly, i'm afraid this product just didn't blow me away. I found that it just made my skin feel really greasy and my make up just slipped off. My skin is combo/oily so maybe I just don’t have the right skin type for it, I think as there was such hype around it that’s why I was so disappointed as I really wanted to love it.

Clarins Instant Smooth has recently taken the beauty blogging world by storm and it really is worth the hype. The product glides over your skin covering redness and filling in pores creating a smooth surface ready for your foundation application and helps it stay in place all day. I can’t get enough of this product at the moment and is a staple in my everyday routine.

What primers do you use? Please let me know if I’m missing out on a great product. Did any of these work for you?


  1. I absolutely agree with you on the Porefessional. It makes my skin feel awful. I use Mac's Matte when I'm after something that'll reduce pore size / keep my skin looking matte (surprisingly! ha). It's cheaper than the Porefessional (£15 I believe). On the whole the I go for a more dewy finish as my skin is quite dry.

    I'm currently longing to dry Laura Mercier's Hydrating primer! x

  2. I've used the Porefessional one and completely agree with you. I can't quite put my finger on what I don't like about it, but it just doesn't look or feel right when I use it. I've tried it with a few different foundations with it. I recently tried the Nivea Express Hydration Primer which I really loved.

    Kelsey xx

  3. OOh now I quite like Pore Professional from BeneFit, though I don't use it all the time xx

  4. I've tried the MeMeMe Facebase too and whilst I wasn't blown away for the price it was completely excellent!

  5. this is quiet interesting i just bought Mac prep and prime and i was debating the benefit one so glad i made that choice :) however would be good to look at the mememe one ! its fairly cheap too isnt it ??

    Great post as always :)

    Alex ox.

  6. I really want to try the Clarins primer, it sounds so good. x

  7. I really fancy trying the clarins it looks fab. I'm actually a fan of the revlon and the Benefit and also Urban decay is amazing! I'm definitely a new follower of your blog: Here's mine if you fancy a peek:
    Rachael xxx

  8. I agree with you on Porefessional! I didn't really get the hype either, it didn't do anything for me! xx

  9. I have The Porefessional and I have dry/sensitive skin and it is great for that! I haven't tried any of the others but I found the Garnier BB one DREADFUL, it peeled off whenever I tried to put make up on it! I do want to give the Clarins one a go.. when I have a wee bit more money though!

    Amy x

  10. Bummer about that Benefit one. I've heard lots of hype but since I also have oily skin, I guess I won't try it. Your review just saved me some major $$$$!! lol

    I have the Shine Killer by NYX for my t-zone and it does seem to make a difference in terms of staying matte longer (not for something crazy like 18 hours, but it does help). I like that it doesn't make me break out like crazy. I tried the L'Oreal Magic primer (I can't remember the whole name, but it was pinkish in the jar) made me break out like CRAZY if I didn't wash my face before bed! Live and learn I guess.

  11. I have never tried a primer - You have temmpted me to do so now!

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  12. I've got the Mememe, Revlon & Benefit out of these. I've given the Mememe to my mum as she didn't use a primer, and I don't really like citrus smells. I actually quite liked the Revlon but haven't really used the Benefit much. I kinda went through a phase of buying them, but always forgetting to use them. So, once I've worked through the Benefit, Revlon, Rimmel and No. 7 I have already stashed, my next must try is the new MUA one, and I'm hoping it's a goodie!

  13. I use Porefessional at the moment but I'm definitely going to check out the MeMeMe one!

    Katie x
    And Katie • Beauty & Lifestyle

  14. I need to start using primers more,I know what you mean about the benefit primer though it didn't blow me away either and i honestly don't think id ever purchase the full size. I've heard the Laura Mercier one is really good so maybe as for a tester, I know I will be next time I call into town :)

    Jessica x


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