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.
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?