I took a little time off this month from posting during my vacation to visit my sister and family in Arizona. You can read more on that life change here! Thanks for showing grace as things were a bit quieter at Darling Little Life. I’m back with a quick post on an often under appreciated and overlooked skin care product: Primer.
I recently ran out of my favorite drugstore primer, Revlon Photoready Primer. When I got to the grocery store, it was all out! I picked up a product that looked promising and tested it out for a couple weeks. Then, (just for you, Darling Reader!) I decided to try one more of a different brand and share my findings by comparing the three!
But first, why primer?
Think of your face as a canvas. You’re going to want a smooth and even base before you apply your makeup. This is where primer comes in.
Primer helps smooth fine lines, minimize pores, evens out skin tone, and makes your makeup last longer.
Depending on the kind you get, it can have other features like brighten your skin or create a matte look by absorbing excess oil.
Personally, I look for a primer that helps my makeup last and minimizes pores. The Primers I’m reviewing are similar in price- about $10-$15.
- L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Primer (matte)– This was a super lightweight product that had the feeling of a face lotion. It claims to be longwear. I think it helped some, but my makeup didn’t last as long compared to my other primer. It also claimed to be mattifying, but I didn’t really notice that it made a difference. I don’t have any real complaints about this other than the fact that I just couldn’t really tell a huge difference between wearing it and not wearing it. This had some good reviews when I checked it for writing this post, so maybe it just wasn’t right for me. Try this out if you’re looking for something lightweight!
- NYX Pore Filler– I personally wasn’t a fan of the texture of this product. It almost seemed like a mousse cream. Because it just seemed so heavy I pretty much opted to only wear it on my nose and cheeks where I struggle with large pores. I do think that it helped some with smoothing/minimizing my pores. However, because it was so thick I was paranoid about it clogging my pores. I was surprised at how many good reviews there was for this product, but several had the same complaint that I did (heavy, weird texture). Give this a try if you want some heavy duty filler.
- Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer– (P.S. It normally runs about $13, but I found it for about $7 at target and linked it for you above!) This is my go-to primer. Trying the other two products confirmed just how good this stuff really is. It’s thick and creamy but not heavy. A little bit goes a long way and It makes your skin feel like silk. It help with minimizing pores (there is one that is specifically pore reducing but I don’t like it as much). The biggest thing I notice about this product is that it really makes my makeup last longer. I’ve stuck with this one for the last year or two and won’t be switching again anytime soon.
In case you’re wondering how to wear it, primer should be worn after your skin care products (such face lotion, acne spot treatment, wrinkle cream, etc.) and before your makeup. The best way to apply is using your hands like you would your face lotion. (Brushes won’t work great with primers.).