Apr 25, 2014

all about primers


Hello Beauty Friends!

I hope you enjoyed my skincare week last week!  If you missed it, here are the links:
 

Today I wanted to share with you my current rotation of primers!

If you don't already wear a primer, it is basically a foundation for your foundation (if that makes sense).  A primer seals in your moisturizer and preps your skin for foundation by filling in any little crevices and lines so that you get a smoother finish and longer lasting result from your foundation.

There are MANY different primers out there - your perfect primer will depend on your skin type and your foundation type as well as what kind of finish you like to have.

I have combination skin with dry areas and areas that get oily mid-day.  I also have very sensitive skin.  I wear a full coverage foundation for work every day (either Lancôme Teint Idole or Bobbi Brown Long Wear).


Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects Redness
$29 Cdn from Sephora

This is a lightweight oil-free primer that offers a little colour-correcting benefit for redness.  I tend to have redness around my nose and chin - so I find this is helpful for that.  I like that it goes on very easily and doesn't clog my pores or feel heavy.  My foundation applies evenly over it.  The only issue I have is if I use a couple of heavy serums or moisturizer and don't let them dry properly.  Then this will "ball" on top and I have to wipe it off.  Otherwise this is one of my go-to primers and I love it.  You can see this tube is almost empty.


Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
$35 Cdn at Sephora

This is one of my newer primers that I've been using for a couple of months.  I have really been liking Clarins products for my skin recently and so I bought this based on lots of beauty blog recommendations.  It is much thicker in consistency that my Clinique primers and feels like a thick moisturizer when applied.  It melts into skin giving a lovely semi-matte finish to your skin.  It doesn't feel thick or greasy and I've never had it "ball up" on me.  It even looks nice on it's own and gives a great weekend skin finish without foundation as well.  I like this one a lot!


Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer
$29 Cdn at Sephora

This is probably my most used primer this month.  I bought it when I finished my colour correcting one.  It feels so lightweight!  It has a slight sheen to it on application and you can see it blurring any imperfections.  It feels like a very light moisturizer and absorbs nicely.  It plays nice with my serums and moisturizers which I love!  For my skin, the Clinique primers are probably my favourite - I have liked them all.


Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector
$24 Cdn at Sephora

This is a really interesting product.  It's advertised as a pore minimizer and designed for use on your nose and chin to blur pores.  There are lots of these types of products out right now.  It has a light tint to it so is a bit of a concealer as well.  BUT I find that it works beautifully as a primer if you apply lightly all over your face.  It is very similar to Benefit POREfessional in texture and finish but just a little bit lighter in consistency.

Some days I'll wear two primers - one for all over, like the Clinique Superprimer, and then one for my nose & chin which need a little more prep, like this Clinique Pore Refining Solutions or Benefit POREfessional.

I hope this helps give you some ideas if you are hunting for a primer!  I'd love to hear what primers you've tried and like?

Sarah
xx

4 comments:

  1. ive been reading up on some of the clinique new primers. they seem promising but nothing really is jumping out to me to buy them. still, sometimes i get redness too and it would be nice to have something ot counter act that. i know smashbox does something for that as well but i haven't tried it out yet.
    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. I've used the Smashbox primers. I find the regular is a bit thick for me - too slick for my combination skin. The light version - and the green tinted redness solutions one - are both very nice for combination and oily skin. I have to say that the Clinique ones are great though.

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  2. I have oily skin and have struggled in this department. I have yet to find that magical primer! I will definitely check these out the next time i am at Sephora.

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    1. Definitely good options for skin that tends to be oily! Also check out the Smashbox primer - the light version.

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