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?



  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.
    A Beautiful Zen

    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.

  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.

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