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The Primer Edit - Which One Is For You?

I honestly don't think there's anything beauty wise that makes me as happy as a bloody brilliant primer. I've tried my fair share of high end primers, and today I'm going to break down the good and the bad of each and also rank them best to worst, so if you're looking to make your first primer purchase, this might be for you.

1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, (£52.00.) 
The best primer in all the land, but probably the most expensive- if you can afford it, it's worth it. I got mine as a Christmas present last year and I haven't stopped loving it since. Without a bit of a doubt I would re-purchase, even with my own crappy wage (currently unemployed so lol.)
If you have normal or dry skin, or even combination, this is for you.
If you want flawless, bright skin after you remove your make-up, this is for you.
If you want your make-up to stay put for a good ten hours, this is for you, too.
You'll definitley get your moneys worth, if there's one beauty product on your Christmas list this year, make it this one. It'll give you a flawless base, a glowing poreless finish and make-up that stays where you put it in the morning.

2. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Hydrating Formula (£29.00.)
Ranking number two, if you have dry skin or just find that matte foundations cake up on your skin, this ones for you.
A little more purse friendly than the Hourglass option, but not quite as amazing, but still great.
It's super hydrating, but doesn't keep my make up perfectly in place like the Hourglass one does, I use this on days I want a very matte finish by using a lot of powder, just to keep the hydration balanced. However, this primer is definitley the longest lasting, in the way that a pea sized amount fill will do 3/4 of your face, and give an even, decent coverage to all areas. The formula is a little thicker, so I like to use this with heavier coverage foundations, I would never use it with my Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua, because I think my face would just be like water. Something like the Too Faced Born This Way or Givenchy Photo Perfexion work perfectly.

3. Chanel, Le Blanc De Chanel (£33.00.)
The most illuminating of the bunch, this is great for you with dull skin that needs something to give it a little healthy glow and just generally a little reboot.
Ideal for normal or slightly oily skin, this primer that isn't really advertised as a primer, gives a super soft, glowing silk like base for your foundation, reducing marks, blemishes, or pores- shine? Hm, maybe not so much. It has a water like texture but it's white, it takes seconds to absorb into the skin.
It's 6.5/10 for keeping make up in place, so days I use this as my base I finish off my make-up with Urban Decay Setting Spray. I love it anyway, it makes foundation look amazing. And, well, it's Chanel...

4. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer (£29.50.)
Very thick, moisturizing, and like the name states, blurring.
 Not a huge fan of the thick gel formula, but as a primer, it does a great job.
I only use thick, fuller coverage foundations with this primer because it has such as thick consistency its self- although, it's a strong 8/10 for keeping make up in place, it also delivers a little glow.
I feel like this would be perfect for more mature skin, maybe if you want to blur fine lines or wrinkles, this would be for you. I can imagine it would be horrible with oily skin and totally slide away, but dry or normal, you're set. Again, a little will cover your entire face.

5. NARS Pro-Prime, Pore Refining Primer (£26.00.)
The cheapest so far, but this also reflects in performance. 
It's not super hydrating, nor not hydrating at all, although I do love the consistency of NARS primers the most, a semi thick white liquid that turns into an almost water like invisible potion on my face.
I feel like this would work okay with any skin type, and add an extra few hours to your make up, but not do any dramatic difference. I wouldn't re-purchase this, I'm just struggling to find out what makes it worth the price.

6. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (£25.50.)
Although this is great for keeping make-up in place, and keeping my skin hydrated, I just hate the texture of it. I hate how gel'y and thick it feels, I hate how it sometimes rolls off my skin with certain moisturisers, it's just too thick. It feels like it's clogging my pores and stopping my face from breathing, and I could never use it with most of my light/medium foundations, I could only imagine this being good for the heaviest of foundations, such as Estee Lauder Double Wear.


  1. This is such a helpful post - I'm pretty uneducated when it comes to primers haha! I think I'l be checking a few of these out.

    Lucy |

  2. The hourglass primer has been on my wishlist for so long, I might have to purchase despite the price tag! Great post! xo

    1. You definitley should, you will not be let down x

  3. I love the Laura Mercier one !:)

  4. I am a complete primer person and think it does make the difference even if it's subtle. I had been using the Smashbox one for a while but recently bought a miniature one of the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer and so far I am really liking this xx

    1. Oh yeah I forgot to mention they offer a miniature, I've just always thought even for a miniature the price is really high!x

  5. I really like GOSH Cosmetics' primer, Smashbox is awesome too!

    Anika |

    1. It's an amazing primer! Just a little too jelly like for me!


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