Makeup Collection Series | #1 PRIMERS

Monday, February 06, 2017




A few months ago I made the decision to cut down my makeup collection, keeping only the things that I use often and enjoy using. Although I have significantly fewer products I am happier now with my makeup collection than ever before. It can definitely be trimmed down a lot more and I've somehow accumulated a few extra bits and pieces since decluttering. I thought I'd share which products remain in my collection for each category and why I kept them. And also use this as another opportunity to see if there's anything still lurking here that I can get rid of. Oh and I've snuck in my wish list for each category too ;)

N.B. I use recycled Ferrero Rocher boxes for storage and use this as a limit for how many products I can keep for any given category. Generally this works great, in some cases this hasn't worked at all. You'll see...


PART ONE: PRIMERS


I personally think everyone should use a makeup primer not only to help makeup perform better based on their skin type - mattifying for oilier skins, hydrating for drier skins - but also to help makeup apply more evenly and last longer too. I have combination/oily skin, with a t-zone that will not be tamed. Generally speaking, even after using a mattifying primer, I still need to blot or powder after a few hours. And, despite being quite oily in places, I actually prefer slightly hydrating primers as my skin is dehydrated too. And after years of seeking a primer to make my giant pores disappear, I've finally realised NO PRIMER will ever be able to do that so I've stopped searching for that anymore. Now I focus on oil control and hydration, with an occasional bout of glow.





THE ONES I LOVE


Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot | post | £10

This is my favourite primer all round, especially in the summer when my skin is oilier than it is now. This light-weight gel-like primer has a lovely emollient texture that is easy to apply and spread over the face without sliding or dragging. It mattifies the skin but feels moisturising at the same time. This makes my makeup last and keeps it looking fresher for longer while unwanted shine is kept at bay. Also, it doesn't sink into my pores like some others I've tried.


This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up | post | £30

And for winter, this has been my favourite because it gives me a smooth matte base to work with while seriously nourishing the skin. This is a moisturiser, mask and primer in one and contains a mix of hyaluronic acid, argan oil, starflower oil and caffeine and smells very refreshing and clean. The more I work this into the skin, the more grippy and matte it becomes. It might be too rich for me in the summer but right now its the perfect balanced primer for me. I have been using it as a moisturiser recently too but I don't think I'd ever waste this product as a mask though.


Laura Mercier Foundation Primer | post | £25

I didn't expect to like this one as much as I did as I'm usually sceptical of hype but the hype is worth it. The fluid gel texture easily glides on all over the skin and becomes slightly tacky making it perfect for gripping onto makeup. This formula is also fortified with antioxidants to help protect the skin while you're wearing makeup which I'm always down for. It's weightless on the skin but makes my makeup look fresher for longer. I reach for this when it's a special occasion because I know I can count on it. I've got a couple of these deluxe samples to use up but I would happily buy a full size of this product.


L'Oréal Lumi Magique| post | £9.99

For a long time I had come to terms with the fact that my oily skin would never be able to handle any makeup that wasn't completely mattifying. Thankfully this primer lets me achieve a glowing-from-within base in a way I never thought possible. This intense white liquid makes my face look radiant in a beautiful way. Once I've applied my foundation over this, my complexion is instantly youthful and I love that it can also be used as a liquid highlighter on the high points of the face too.


THE ONES I LIKE


Laura Gellar Spackle | £25

This one confuses me because it's almost identical in texture and performance to Benefit The Porefessional, but I really don't feel like that one did much for me. This primer does a decent job at mattifying for a few hours and is able to hold my makeup in place. This one is siliconey and works better to smooth over pores. No primer truly ever makes my pores disappear, despite all the convincing marketing, but this one can minimise their appearance for a while if patted on.


Bobbi Brown Vitamin E Face Base | post | £40

I've been using this longer than any other primer out there, granted I do use this mostly as a moisturiser. Similar to the This Works one, this luscious concoction instantly soothes and hydrates my face. And of course, hydrated skin makes for healthier looking skin and any makeup applied on top looks so much better for it. I use this to prime before makeup when my skin is especially dehydrated otherwise it can make me super greasy because it is a very rich cream. It's got a light uplifting lemon scent that I find comforting.


Nip + Fab | £19.95

This is another siliconey gel but the only difference is that this one takes a while to sink in and if you apply your makeup too quickly it slides around. It actually states on the packaging to let it set for a few minutes. I like the tackiness which makes the makeup adhere better. While I can't say this does anything to help my pores or that it mattifies for significantly longer, what it does well is it keeps my makeup going all day. This isn't one that I think I would repurchase if I'm completely honest.


THE ONES I'M UNSURE ABOUT (and could get rid of)


Cane + Austin Mattifying Primer SPF50 | $56

I'm still getting to grips with this one. It has a very slippery texture and isn't all that pleasant a feeling to apply. It's great knowing there's a whopping helping of sun protection in the formula but the tint is little to none. It's great for me when I'm having a lazy day & I want to know I'm wearing something all over my face. It has a slight tendency to ball up sometimes when rubbing onto the skin or if I place another base product on top. I don't think it's a bad product, but I'm not sure if it's for me. I'll wait to see how we get along in the summer.


Boots Botanics All Bright Balm | post | £5.99

This is another one that allows my oily skin to enjoy some glow without looking greasy. This pink liquid has a fine iridescent shimmer in it that becomes a transparent layer of sheen once blended out. Makeup takes on the sheen when blended on top and while this doesn't help with makeup longevity, it's a great affordable option for a light-reflecting base. Now that I think of it, I haven't used this for a while and probably won't anymore so this can actually go...





THE SAMPLES


Benefit The Porefessional - After all the hype and wanting to believe this would be the primer for me, thankfully I never purchased the full size. I just never found it to do much for me. I need to use these baby samples up soon actually as I've had them a while.

Illamasqua Hydra Veil - I'm enjoying using this under overly drying products and generally under any makeup this winter. Its super hydrating but I can't say I like the weird jelly texture enough to want to purchase a full size.

Studio 10 Miracle Effect Priming Serum - This is meant to be a skincare/makeup prep product all in one. I've yet to try it but I'll admit, I don't expect very much from it.

Pur Correcting Primer - I'm curious to see how this one works on my skin as it's oil-free, silicone-free and contains salicylic acid to clarify the complexion. This is meant to be great at correcting the appearance of uneven skintone and I'm all for that.

Kat Von D Lock-It Featherweight Primer - I've had this sample for ages but I just haven't gotten around to trying it out.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - Ironically, I feel like this primer has gotten enough hype over the years that I feel like I've already tried it even though I haven't.


THE WISH LIST


I can't really complain and say I haven't found the primer for me because the ones I love, I truly love and will happily continue to repurchase but a girl can't help but lust over some others that she constantly hears so much about. My wish list consists of one mattifying, one hydrating and one light-reflecting primer:

Too Faced Hangover Primer

Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer

Tom Ford Illuminating Primer


Makeup Collection | PRIMERS


Stay tuned for the next installment in my Makeup Collection Series. If you'd like to read more about how I cut down my collection, feel free to read: My 5 Step Journey To A Decluttered Makeup Collection.



Let me know if any of these are ones that you love or hate. What primer is your favourite? I'd love to know.



Sal xxx

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42 comments

  1. I have the Hangover Primer, I will post a review soon! Interestingly, I haven't tried that many primers and I tend to go for blurring/pore minimising/mattifying primers. Unless I am catching a flight and then I grab a Hydrating Primer. I really need to try One Heck of a Blot though! Thanks for sharing Sal xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. Oh yay! Can't wait for the review. The thing is I just haven't found a primer that can truly blur or minimise my pores the way that they're advertised so I just don't even bother looking for it anymore xxx

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  2. Loved this post Sal, informative and to the point, I can't wait to read the other instalments of your collection! I'm very similar in terms of what I want from a primer but perhaps with a little less oil control haha. The In transit and Too Faced are the two on my wishlist. Thanks lovely xxx

    Beauty And The Muslimah

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    1. Aww thank you so much for your lovely words hun. Definitely helps me stay motivated! :) Yes, I have a feeling the Too Faced will be similar on my skin as the In Transit so inshaaAllah next winter xxx

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  3. I love a good primer! Have you tried the Marc Jacobs Coconut primer (has a ridiculously long name!)? I think you might like it. I wasn't mad about the Laura Mercier primer when I tried it but that was around 12 years ago and my skin has changed since then so I might try it again! I want to try the new Becca primer.

    I really enjoyed this post & I'm looking forward to the next one in this series xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceGiveaway

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    1. Your primer collection is amazing. I will definitely look at the Marc Jacobs one, thank you. I am so glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading xxx

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  4. I also believe in the power of primers. Some days I'll even wear primers without any actual base makeup. I haven't heard of that Bobbi Brown primer before but it sounds very nice for winter :) I have a sample of the Laura Geller Spackle primer but never felt compelled to use it for some reason. I'll have to give it a go on my nose because my pores there are so big lol. Thanks for all the recs <3

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. Me too! I love the feeling of primers on my face without makeup on. Maybe its the desire to sometimes have a matte complexion...lol! Yeh, deffo give it a go and let me know how you find it xxx

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  5. I love using Ferrero Rocher boxes for storage! Really love the Laura Mercier primer and the This Works one! The Soap and Glory was a huge disappointment for me, I love the feel of it but it does nothing for my oily skin unfortunately!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Oh dear...that's a shame. I really love the texture of it too. I've always had a thing about keeping these Ferrero Rocher boxes...lol! xxx

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  6. I've also recently had a clear out and now can see the wood from the trees! Up until recently, I was using the Hylamide HA Blur. Then I started using the High Adherence Silicone Primer from The Ordinary. as it felt that bit more hydrating for these colder months. Xx

    sheergloss



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    1. Yes, its such a nice feeling to have a more concise collection. I might look into trying the Hylamide Blur in the summer. Thanks for reading hun xxx

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  7. I love the Ferrero Rocher containers for storage. Great review hun. I need to remember to use primer before foundation. I have a sample of the It Works primer but haven't used it yet. I hope I love it as much as you do. xx

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    1. I hope you do too. Its been my saviour this winter :) Thanks for reading and leaving me some love hun xxx

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  8. I loved this post, Sal! Such a good idea. I really need to check out the This works primer - it sounds like something I would love. The Boots Botanics balm broke me out :( I really like the Too Faced hungover primer. I hated the MUFE one, its so drying! xx

    LPage Beauty

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    1. Oh dear...might just strike the Makeup Forever one off the list then. Yes, I think you will like the This Works. Thanks hun xxx

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  9. One Heck of a Blot is definitely my favourite out of these :) I really need to try the Laura Mercier primer. I actually really like the Porefessional but only use it on the areas of my face where I suffer from enlarged pores and use a normal primer everywhere else

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. I'll probably use the samples up like that then...who knows, I might even change my mind again. LOL! Yes, OHOAB is perfect xxx

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  10. Really enjoyed reading this post and am DYING to try spackle by Laura Geller; I've heard great things about it and these pores need to disappear! xx Great post! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie x
    https://marinawriteslife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aww thanks so much love....glad you enjoyed it. Spackle is good and deals with pores reasonably well xxx

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  11. Ahh Ferrero Rocher boxes- what an excellent idea haha. I only have about 3 primers, and always end up reaching for one most of the time anyway! I agree about the Benefit Porefessional, just something about the texture of it on my skin weirds me out(!) Looking forward to the rest of this series xx

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    1. Thanks love. Definitely feeling encouraged by the response. Yes, its strange...Spackle is very similar but I prefer it lol! xxx

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  12. Beautiful post...Laura Mercier Foundation Primer is so cool....xoxo, Neha

    http://www.theinstylejournal.com/

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  13. YESS I've been waiting for this post forever, I love looking at all the make-up people have so this series is going to be brilliant I can already tell! Hearing that you didn't get along with the professional hurt me a little bit...haha! I really want to try the Too Faced hangover primer too. There are so many here that I've never heard of.
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Awww thank you so much hun. I'm glad you're excited about the series. I hope I can pull it off. Lol..don't be hurt. It just didn't do much for me but I am so glad it works for you. Makes me a little less mad about all the hype just being hype xxx

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  14. I have tried few primers last year and came to a conclusion they don't suit me :( Though they did made my makeup go on smoothly and held it up beautifully, but it was a nightmare when I took my makeup off. They broke me out!!!!

    Saman || Beautydetour

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    1. Oh no! Maybe there's a particular ingredient your allergic to? I wish I could get my makeup to last and look good without a primer sometimes xxx

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  15. I loveee the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base! It is more of a moisturizer so I like to apply a little bit of it then apply a primer on top and do the most LOL

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    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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    1. Yes, it's one of my favourites to moisturise with when my skin is really dry or if I just feel a little down xxx

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  16. I'm going to really enjoy this series as i am nosey and love seeing what is in people's collections haha. I'm definitely keen on trying out the Bobbi brown vitamin E base, the nip and fab one. I too want to try the too face hangover x primer as well as the smashbox hydrating primer and the becca backlight primer. Great post I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. Hehehee I am nosey too and love knowing about people's collections. Oh yes, the Becca has been on my list too actaully. Thanks love...I am glad xxx

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  17. That's a great idea of blog series, Sal!
    I did something similar a while back and maybe should do it again, for my own sanity, haha!
    The S&G primer is one of my favourite as well! I need to hunt down a sample of the Laura Mercier primer :) x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. Oh really...? I'll need to check it out but yes, you should deffo do another as I'd love to read about your current collection. xxx

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  18. After reading this post I think I might need to get a few boxes of the Ferrero Rocher :D :D. They make such fab storage! As for the primers, I use them from time to time and I haven't found one that would help my make up stay longer or prevent it from separating, especially on my chin (I also have combination dehydrated skin). And the Too Faced hungover primer is also on my wish list :)

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    1. Hahahaha fab storage and a lot of chocolate too ;) Awwww...I believe the perfect primer is out there for everyone. Its just a pain searching for it xxx

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  19. I have the Bourjois primer, it is very soft and nourishing. Loved reading about your collection. Your posts always inspire me (sounds cheesy but true!) Xxx

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  20. I really want to try the Tom Form one as well!!! And personally I don't think the Too Faced hangover one is worth the hype :P but it depends a lot on your skin tone I think!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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  21. Love this post as I've been wanting a new Primer. Want to try the Bobbi Brown one as love their products and I like their Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector cream. Love the idea of ferrero rocher to store them! Great excuse for me to buy and scoff them ha! Xh

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  22. I have never used a primer and am starting to think that maybe I should! Someone else has recommended the L'oreal lumi to me too, so that might be the first one I pick up.

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