Covering All Bases: Primer
Long gone are the days where I had one foundation, one powder and a couple of concealers in my stash. Over the past couple of years, I've decided to broaden my horizons and try a different variety of products because I'm a sucker for blogger hype and just can't resist temptation when it comes to the latest and greatest in the beauty world. As my collection of primer, foundation, concealer and powder has grown considerably, I thought I'd do a little series called 'Covering all bases', which will be an overview of what I have in those makeup drawers of mine in terms of base products.
It naturally made sense to begin this series off with primer as it's what we apply first to the face. It's only been a little over a year since I welcomed primer back into my makeup routine again as I had quite a horrible experience with Benefit's The POREfessional a few years ago when it broke me out like crazy. When I decided I'd give primer another try, Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch was popping up on my Bloglovin' feed and one particular review from Kate and I was sold. I simply wanted something that would help my foundation last longer and not break me out, and this does just that. It's quite a thick consistency, so you only need the smallest amount and the silky texture really helps to smooth the skin. If you're unsure where to start when it comes to primer, I'd say give this one a go first. It's suitable for all skin types and really helped to restore my faith in primers.
I received a sample of the Hourglass N° 28 Primer Serum in a Mecca Cosmetica Beauty Loop sample box (I think you get those when you spend a certain amount there? Oops!) last year and as much as I've become a huge fan of Hourglass products, I'm kind of on the fence with this one. As a serum based primer, I don't particularly enjoy applying something oily before my foundation and perhaps I'm being a little too picky here, but it kind of smells like a cheap man cologne. After expressing my concerns to Katrina, she suggested using it as an under eye primer and I have to say, it works a treat at adding radiance and helping concealer apply smoothly. I'm not sure how well this primer would work for you oilier girls, but for those of you with dry skin, I could see this working a dream. This primer is slowly growing on me, but at the moment, I have others that I much prefer.
The Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder equivalent to primer. The texture is much like a light moisturiser without the filmy silicone feeling and as the name suggests, really helps to brighten the complexion and skin radiate from underneath foundation. Much like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, the radiance and glow it provides the skin is very subdued, but it really does lift the complexion as that dewiness can sometimes be lost when using more heavier coverage foundations. While I don't have much of an issue with foundations wearing on me, this primer really does keep your makeup looking fresh and youthful throughout the day.
The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 is the big daddy of all primers - big on price and big on what it does for your skin. Your pores vanish right before your very eyes and you're left with a smooth, even-toned base ready for foundation. Although I haven't had this primer in my stash for very long, the benefits of this product are noticeable straight away. Throughout the day, I can sometimes get a little oily on my t-zone areas, but this helps to combat that. The texture of Veil Mineral is really light and airy, sort of mousse-like, so it feels just as beautiful on the skin as it looks. If you're after a flawless, Photoshop-esque base, this luxurious primer really is faultless.
I'd really like to try the Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base in the future, but for now, I'm more than well stocked up on the primer front. What's your favourite primer?