There are a few products I love to test out more than others when it comes to beauty. Lipstick (obvs), mascara (you should see my obscene collection), eyeshadow, concealer and – from time to time – primer. Because I use the same foundation all the time, I can easily tell if a primer works well for me and whether it’s worth hanging onto. I’ve been trying to use up the primers in my collection before buying new ones but with my stash quickly diminishing I went a little mad with buying new ones.
Before I get into my little haul, I should really tell you a little more about my skin. Recently my skin has been on the drier side so I’ve been looking for hydrating products. I also don’t like silicone-based primers. Whilst the pores around my nose are pretty big, I just don’t like the slippery feel it gives. This means to get my foundation to stick, and not sink into my pores, I look for products with a high amount of glycerin. Remember the hype around the Nivea Post-Shave Balm a few years ago? It contains a lot of glycerin, and that’s why it works. I still use it as a primer to this day! Side note: look at that post for the high quality photos I took two years ago – they’re a corker.
So now you know what I usually go for in a primer, I can tell you about which ones I’ve picked up and why. Primer is a pretty expensive product, but with it essentially being skincare, you can see why it’s marketed at a higher price point. I do personally spend a little more money on primer, which you’ll see from the primers I’ve picked up recently.
When I was in London at the start of the money on one of my two show days (this particular time it was Pippin and Eugenius), I took a trip down Carnaby Street to visit the Too Faced UK flagship store. I’m still unsure how I feel about Too Faced’s ethics, but I feel like I can’t buy from Lime Crime and Gerard Cosmetics but not buy from Too Faced so for now, I’m still going to purchase their products. Since the Too Faced HangoveRx Replenishing Face Primer launched, I’ve been eager to try it but it is on the slightly pricier side. Well I threw caution to the wind and dropped almost £30 on it, and I have to say it’s one of the most hydrating primers I’ve used to date. I don’t want to jinx it in this early stage, but I may have discovered a new favourite!
Another primer I’ve had my eye on for quite some time is the Becca Backlight Priming Filter. This is a favourite of so many bloggers, but until recently I was all about the matte finish and didn’t see any reason for me to buy a glowy primer. Since my skin has gone on the drier side, I find that mattifying my face is a bad move so I’ve started going for much more hydrating products. When Cult Beauty offered a travel size of the Becca Backlight Priming Filter, worth £15, as a gift with purchase I made a tiny Becca purchase in order to get this for free (the Opal On The Go kit was my tiny purchase, in case you’re wondering). I’m yet to test this out, but keep your eyes peeled on my social media for my thoughts in the coming weeks.
Another travel size primer I’ve found myself now owning is the Cover FX Illuminating Primer. This came in the Cover FX Illuminating Prime & Set Kit that I picked up in my most recent Beauty Bay haul, and I’ve been really enjoying using this towards the outside of my face in combination with the final primer I’m going to talk about in this post. This is a brilliant primer, and really makes your makeup last all day, whilst also keeping your skin looking illuminated and hydrated. This one is getting a big thumbs up from me.
The final primer I picked up is the NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer. Remember how I said I don’t like silicone-based primers? Well, this is one and it was a bit of a mistake. I was struggling to find the ingredients but saw swatches so I knew it came out like a cream. It wasn’t until I test it out myself that I found this cream really is skin perfecting, by filling in your pores. It’s not a slippery as the likes of Benefit Porefessional and Smashbox Photofinish, but it’s definitely a little more slidey that I’d usually go for. That said, I’ve really liked using this around my nose where my pores are largest whilst using the Cover FX Illuminating Primer on the rest of my face. I’m not sure I’d repurchase it, but it’s working for me at the moment.
All of these primers are cruelty free which is a real win, and I can’t wait to play with them a little more. I think it’s safe to say I won’t need to buy any for quite some time too!