My approach to primer is similar to eye cream: If I remember- great. If not- it’s not the end of the world.

I have always used primer for special occasions when I need my makeup to go the whole day.

However recently, I’ve noticed that my collection of primers has unconsciously increased and I’ve been reaching to them more frequently before I apply my day-to-day makeup so I thought I would share them here and what I think of them.

Milk Makeup Blur Stick. I bought this a year and a half ago in Sephora in NYC (before Milk made its way to the UK). It’s in a roll up stick form so can be applied directly on to the face without fingers/brushes. It promises smooth skin, blurred imperfections and invisible pores and it does a pretty good job. It has a light lemon smell and is very mattifying so great for skin prone to oiliness and is paraben-free, silicone-free and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). It lasts a long time but I’m not sure how long it stays in date for so may not be able to use it for much longer. Would I repurchase? Yes, the packaging makes it great for travel and I like the mattifying effect. For the amount of time it lasts, the £30.50 price tag is great value for money.

Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer. I got this as part of a luxury gift box so didn’t specifically purchase this product. Hourglass Cosmetics has had a lot of great press, especially their Glow Palettes so I was excited to try this. This is a white cream that goes on skin transparently and leaves a smooth, powdery finish. It is oil-free and apparently REPELS water so serious staying power. It also has SPF15 so offers a little bit of sun protection without leaving any white finish. It feels a lot drier compared to the Milk Makeup so I would definitely recommend for those days (or nights) when you want your makeup so go the distance. Would I repurchase? Full size this product is £49 which is just a little more than I would spend for a primer but the travel size is £17 which is nice and compact and great if you’re not going to use every day.

Primark Beauty x Alex Steinherr Pollution Solution Daily Skin Starter. From £50 to £5, this is a great beauty budget buy. It has lactic acid, peach flower extract and lychee and to be honest not too much else (including zero fragrance and vegan friendly). It’s a transparent gel that feels fresh and sinks into the skin quickly. It recommends wearing a sunscreen because of the AHA so make sure you’re putting this on beforehand. It has less of a mattifying/powder finish so I’m not sure how long-lasting your makeup will be. Would I repurchase? From a price perspective, yes, but in order to keep my makeup on, I prefer something with a little more grip.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance. This was gifted in the #5daysofvogue beauty gift bag to celebrate the reformulation of Laura Mercier’s most cult products: the primer and the tinted moisturiser. The primer is a creamy, water-based gel that has a pearl tint to it which gives an illuminized finish. This is great if you’re looking for glow and a dewy finish and have normal, combination and even sensitive skin. Oily skins need not fret as it’s not going to block pores but don’t expect a matte finish. Would I repurchase? I would prefer the tinted moisturiser over the primer as I like this finish to have a little colour for an everyday look. If I’m using primer I prefer something more smooth.

Would love to know what other people are using and what they recommend!


2 thoughts on “Primers

  1. Yay! Love primers! I use them instead of tinted moisturizers and foundations. My fav has been Nars Radiance primer which is super lightweight and leaves the skin looking dewey. Want to try the Milk one now!

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