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?