A Trio of Drugstore Primers

Drugstore Primers

Drugstore Primers

Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday! For the longest time, the only primer I owed was the Benefit Porefessional, and I rarely used it. It’s a great primer, but I really only used it I wore powder foundations, as they tend to settle into the pores around my nose.

Recently, I noticed that some of my makeup was starting to settle into my new “we’re 30 now” fine lines, I decided that maybe it was time to investigate primers a little more. I  started with a few drugstore primers, as they’re more affordable and always on sale somewhere. I picked up the Garnier 5 Second Blur, the L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher and the L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer. I used each of these primers in conjunction with my regular makeup routine for a couple weeks to see how they worked.

Garnier 5 Second Blur – This is the most lightweight of the 3 primers, and definitely my favourite for of the bunch. It’s got a very lightweight, almost gel texture. It creates a smooth base for makeup, and helps to even out the texture of my skin without feeling heavy or thick. While it obviously doesn’t eliminate my wrinkles, it does seem to stop my foundation from settling into them. It does contain silicone, however it doesn’t feel overly “siliconey” or like it will clog my pores. This one also did a great job at increasing the wear time of my foundation.

L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher – This is the primer that I would call a drugstore dupe for Benefit’s Porefessional. It has a very similar look and feel, slight silicone feel and a skin tone shade. It’s slightly thicker than the 5 Second Blur, however it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. Like the Porefessional, I find for me that this works well to target specific areas of pores versus using over the whole face. While I didn’t find that it increased the wear time of my foundation, it did a great job at keeping the foundation from settling into my fine lines.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer – Of the 3 primers, this is my least favourite. Unlike the other two, which have a more gel texture this one is a liquid. It’s quite white and has an illuminating shimmer, however it feels incredibly “siliconey”. I tend to use light to medium coverage foundation for everyday use, and find this too thick and heavy for my daily routine. It works better for me when I’m wearing more of full coverage foundation. Saying that, it definitely extend the wear of my foundation and kept it from settling into my fine lines.

Drugstore Primers Swatched

Primers Swatched L-R: Garnier 5 Second Blur, L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher, L’Oreal Magic Lumi

Since trialling these primers, I’ve definitely become a convert. I like that they prolong the wear of my foundation and keep it from settling into my pesky fine lines. I’m currently using the Garnier 5 Second Blur, of the 3 I find it works best on an everyday basis, though the L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher has replaced Benefit Porefessional as my go to primer for when I’m wearing powder foundations.

Do you use primers on a regular basis? What are your favourites?



My Makeup Bag Favourites

My Favs2

L to R: DiorSkin Nude BB Creme, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow, Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Roller, Real Technique Buffing Brush, Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara, Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector and Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler.

Hi Everyone!

So I thought that as my first post I would share with you some of my favourite products. I was originally going to go with my top 5, but then I couldn’t pick just 5 products and tools. So I decided to pick 5 products and 2 tools (not the most elegant name…but I digress). These are the products and tools that I continually find myself going back to, despite having a ton of products to chose from.

Dior Skin Nude BB Cream (shade 002) – This is my go to product for my skin. It creates a flawless airbrushed look to my skin and provides coverage similar to a light foundation. It wears great, and makes my dry skin look dewy without looking oily. I usually wear shade 002, though I in the winter I usually mix it with shade 001 as it tends to be slightly too dark on my pale skin.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow (in No Pressure!) – I’ve been using Benefit’s Cream Shadow since they were first introduced, they’re a great long wearing cream shadow. The shade ‘No Pressure’ is my favourite, it’s great as both as a base and on its own. I usually wear it on its own, on my top lid and then smudge out along my bottom lashes. It wears great, and lasts all day with no primer.

Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Roller (Light) – This is the best product that I have found that can lighten the area under my eye, without sinking into my newly discovered fine lines (yay for being 30 :|). The coverage is quite light, so I’m not sure how well it would do for someone that had very dark circles, but it works perfectly for the shadows under my eyes.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush – This is my favourite brush. It makes applying foundation effortless. It has synthetic bristles, so it doesn’t absorb any of the product and distributes it nicely across the skin. I can’t say enough good things about this brush. Its also great for buffing cream blush onto the skin.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara – I tend to gravitate towards waterproof mascara for a couple of reasons; 1) I rub my eyes a lot and 2) Despite having normal to dry, very dehydrated skin, my eyelids are oily and cause any non waterproof mascara to smudge and run. After 8 hours of work wearing non waterproof mascara, I look like a racoon. Maybelline waterproof mascaras are my favourite, they hold a curl wonderfully and don’t smudge. The brush on this mascara is great, it’s a big fluffy fibre brush that doesn’t leave clumps.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (02) - This is a gloss/balm that really does what it says, it’s a glossy pink ‘your lips but better.’ It’s very moisturizing, it makes your lips glossy but not glittery.

So there you have it! My favourite products. Are any of your favourites on this list? What are the 5 products you couldn’t live without?

Thanks for reading!