Friday 4 September 2015

The Post About Primers

I never used to be into Primers as I didn't really own many. I used to stick to my trusted Porefessional from Benefit and I didn't really use anything else. But quite recently I have a lot more in my collection so I thought I would talk through them all as they all have different purposes and uses. Just warning I do go into a bit of detail!

Benefit Porefessional // £24.50
This is the most expensive out of all the primers in this post and the first primer I actually owned. I own a mini size and a full size of this, and it lasts for so long because you really do not need a lot of product when you use this. I use a tiny pea-sized amount and apply it around my nose and cheek area, and also a bit on my forehead. I like this because it really smooths out the skin and blurs out pores but not drastically, but it has a subtle difference. I'd say this is more suitable for oily skin types and if you have pores, otherwise it doesn't really do much to your skin if you don't have any pores! It does also make your skin have a matte finish so I wouldn't recommend it if you have dry skin. But I do really like this primer and it does smoothen and blur out pores.

Maybelline Baby Skin Warm Apricot // £7.99
One from the drugstore this time, this primer is a lot more different to the Porefessional. The consistency is a lot more liquid and I believe it is water-based, well that's what it says on the Boots website anyway! I really like these primers as they smooth out the skin, hydrate it and provide a nice base for my make-up. I really have noticed my make-up lasting a lot longer with this primer, especially foundation if I am wearing foundation that day. The smell is also quite nice, I think they tried to make it smell like apricots which is nice. I chose the warm apricot shade becuase my skin is a lot more warm toned than pink toned.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser // £8.50
At first I expected this primer to have a velvety consistency like the Porefessional which is silicone based. However the consistency of this primer is a lot different, I believe it is water based like the Maybelline one as it is more runny and liquidy. It has quite a strong smell of Tea Tree which for me I don't mind because I quite like the smell, but if you don't like the smell that could be a problem. My first impression when I used this was how nice it is to blend into the skin, it is very refreshing. I;m not sure if it does too much difference to my pores but like the Benefit primer I'd say it is a subtle difference! And this primer does make my makeup last longer which is always good. The finish is quite matte so I'd recommend it for oily to normal skin types.

Benefit That Gal Primer // £24.50
I don't own the full size of this just a mini which came in a set. But this primer is a lot different to the ones I usually use as it hasn't got a matte finish and is more of a brightening and glowy primer. I love using this when I want my skin to have a dewy finish and to be glowing. It is really natural and really brightening which I love. If you are looking for a primer with these characteristics then I recommend you check this one out!

The Body Shop Instablur Primer // £14
I've talked about this quite a lot on my blog recently but that's because it's so amazing! I'd say it is very similar to the Porefessional in the finish and consistency of it. It is very thick and silicone based and has a matte finish. So it is more suitable for oily skin types. Whenever I use this it really does make my skin stay matte for longer and keeps my makeup from sliding or melting away. This is probably my favourite primer out of all the ones I own and I would definitely repurchase it!

What are your favourite primers?


  1. I definitely want to try The Body Shop Instablur. I've used the Tea Tree one and really noticed no difference with it! I have Porefessional as well and like that it makes me pores small but it doesn't increase the longevity of my makeup, which is what I'm looking for now!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

    1. I really like the Maybelline one for making my makeup last longer! xx

  2. I tend to use the original Baby Skin primer for days when I'm working as it helps to keep my foundation in place all day. I'm really interested by the Instablur thought, so that may have to be my next purchase! x

    Jordan Alice

    1. It's definitely a winner, you should try it out! x

  3. i don't really trust primers that much. Ive used must of these ones and none of them worked for me. Ive given up :(

    Aine Oh

  4. i really want to try the benefit porefessional and the body shop instablur! x

  5. I use a moisturiser. Nivea express hydration - it leaves my skin soft and fresh feeling all day.

    Jenn |

  6. Great Post! I have actually nominated you for a tag, it is on this url
    Grace xx

  7. I suck at primers, I always forget to use one and I don't have many either aha , I had the Benfit one before which was amazing but at the moment my favorite is Olay Hydration + Flawless Blur :)


  8. Thank you! I haven't tried any hydrating primers because my skin is more on the oily side! xx