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THE BIG FAT PRIMER EDIT


Remember the long post about my primer collection last year? Well that was one of my most popular posts, so I thought I'd do an updated version since my collection has grown significantly. I'll start with the most pricey products and tell you all about each one so you'll know what to go and buy, i'll try to keep it as simple as possible, use this as a primer buying guide if you wish. Grab a cuppa, it's going to be a long one...


Hourglass Mineral Veil - £52.00
The price is very off putting, I know, but trust me it's worth it. This is my second bottle of this primer, and I would not of paid so much money for it AGAIN if it wasn't amazing. I know some of you hate this term, but it really is my Holy Grail primer. So, what's got me splurging on this?
  • Thin, lightweight undetectable feel on the skin
  • Helps with redness and dull skin 
  • Keeps make up in place all day long
  • A little goes a long way
  • Makes the skin a perfect, smooth canvas for any foundation
  • Minimizes Pores
  • Improves skins appearance 
  • Non drying
  • No fragrance
This primer works amazingly with my normal-dry skin, if you have really oily skin however, suggest you do avoid this, it will not mattify.

Le Blanc De Chanel - £31.00
This isn't actually advertised as a primer, but a 'multi use illuminating base,' but for me, it's a primer, and a good one. This product is for you if you have dull skin and you need some radiance and a little more glow.
Texture wise, this may just be my favourite, it's a white, water like liquid that spreads evenly and easily over my skin and creates a super smooth, soft glowing base. It adds a little hydration to my skin and generally evens tone. This definitley must contain some skin loving ingredients too, because after I take my make up off at the end of the day and I've been rocking this, my skins appearance improves. This primer has a subtle but gorgeous scent. 

Marc Jacobs Under(Cover) Coconut Face Primer - £30.00
I'm stuck in the middle with this one, I'm not quite sure if it irritates my skin a little or I'm just being really paranoid. We all know how much I love it's matching foundation, and the two together work really well, but this alone sometimes just doesn't feel right.
Obviously this is great for dry skin, it's infused with Coconut water to keep your skin hydrated and radiant all day long (and it does that,) but for me it doesn't do anything for pores or skins texture. I experience a weird tingling/stinging sensation on my face when I apply this, I'll keep trying! Of course, I can't really ignore the packaging of this, how bloody sexy.

Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer - £29.00
The name says it all really, this is one for you girls with dry skin. It doesn't do anything for pores or redness, but it's still a hero. I always use this in combination with another primer, or before applying a high coverage foundation to prevent it looking cakey or my face turning into the Sahara. It definitely helps my make up look better and last better, and paired with a thick, pore targeting primer it works a treat. Obviously stay away from this if you're oily.

Too Faced Hangover X - £27.00
The newest to my collection, I very recently reviewed this alongside the Born This Way foundation, you can read the full review here.
Over all, it's super refreshing and pretty hydrating, it really wakes up the skin and gives it a little glow boost. It leaves a silky base for foundation and I love the packaging and disguised pump dispenser. This is going to work brilliantly with normal, dry or combination skin.

Kat Von D Lock It Featherweight Primer - $35.00 at Sephora - £25.00+ shipping/tax
As the name suggests, this primer is very lightweight and feels like nothing extra has been added to the skin, it's fast absorbing and quite hydrating. It doesn't do much for pores or uneven skin tone, nor does it seem to benefit my skin after wear. I'm a bit 'meh' about this.

Nars Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer - £26.00
I bought this purely because of it's name, I live for pore erasing primers and this claimed to be it. I've had another NARS radiance primer in the past and I really enjoyed using it- I love the subtle scent of these primers. I also love the texture and consistency of the formula, it leaves my skin feeling like bouncy silk and definitley adds some correcting magic. It isn't the best for shrinking pores but it's okay, unlike the rest it isn't very hydrating so it might work for oily skin too, (but it does work fine on my dry skin.)

Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer - £27.00
I reviewed this fully quite a long time ago, but you can read the post here. This I can definitley recommend to you oily skin sufferers, but you can make this work if you're dry like me too. This primer has a very thick consistency, it leaves the skin feeling like a little bouncy velvet cushion and pores pretty much disappear completely. I love this when I mix it with my Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer as mentioned above, I apply that first and then add this on top. Alternatively, I can soak my Beauty Blender in Vitamin E Face Mist from The Body Shop and use a hydrating foundation. This would easily be my holy grail primer if it was more suitable for my skin type, but I can make it work!

The Body Shop Instablur - £14.00
Hate hate hate this. I hate to hate it because I love the Body Shop and everything I buy, but this isn't for me or my skin type. If you're oily, it may be your new best friend, but dry/normal skin keep away. I read so many great reviews about this and I was so excited to try it, but I was very disappointed and I've now handed it down to my mam. This just rolls off the skin, literally, it wouldn't even apply to my skin properly because whenever I tried to rub it in, it just fell off my face and into white lumps on the floor. It made my foundation look cakey, dry and patchy as hell. It's 110% way too mattifying, chalk board matte.

Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot - £10.00
This drugstore gem is so worth the hype it gets, I love this more than some of my high end primers and I can't recommend it enough if you're after a primer and only want to pay drugstore prices. It claims to be for all skin types and I can definitley see how, despite it claiming to keep you shine free it still works really nicely on my dry skin. This primer also works wonders on the appearance of pores, it pretty much makes them invisible and leaves the skin feeling silky ready for a flawless foundation application. It works equally well with both light covering, hydrating foundations to even my most high coverage foundation. It contains Vitamin E which is one of my favourite beauty ingredients and any product with it in I know I'll love, it's great for my skin! Also, look how cute that packaging is.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer - £8.00
Although not advertised as a primer as such, it definitely works that way. I use this as a primer and sometimes a calming pore minimizing mask when I sleep. It feels pretty thick on the skin and therefore fills in lines and pores, but it isn't too comfortable to wear. Again, this isn't very hydrating at all so I mix it with another primer or apply facial oil underneath. It's most definitley mattifying and would work amazing with oily skin. The Tea Tree obviously smells wonderful and has skin benefits, it can feel fresh and like a little wake up call on my skin.


...And breathe.
There's a few primers I no longer have that I reviewed in my last edit.

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