Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Primer Picks!

I have been testing out some different sorts of primers recently and thought I'd write all about it!

There have been some that I love and some not so much, I've picked five of the best and worst to discuss with you here!

I have combination to dry skin and look for a primer that will give me a nice base and keep my make up on for longer. So these reviews are about how these products worked for my skin, but if you have a different skin type, the ones I didn't get on with may work for you, just as the ones I liked may not work for you. Bear that in mind whilst reading, I hope this is helpful!

Benefit That Gal brightening face primer. 

I got this little sample size with my benefit concealaholic kit around christmas time and the teeny 7.5 ml has lasted me until now!

Rating: 4.5/5


  • I love the texture of this, its lovely and creamy, it blends in really well and leaves the skin soft but without any residue. 
  • It's pink and slightly iridescent so it gives the skin a nice dewy glow. 
  • It doesn't dry my skin out. 
  • It does hold my makeup for noticeably longer that without any primer.
  • The packaging is lovely (in sample size and full size).
  • A little goes a long way.
  • It smells lovely!


  • It's not the most affordable choice at £21.50 for 11ml.

Bourjois Flower Perfection Translucent Smoothing Primer.

Rating: 4/5


  • This primer is one of the velvety textured ones and it sooo soft, and leaves skin feeling all silky and smooth.
  • It smells really nice and floral.
  • It holds make up in place.
  • It's good for oily or combination skin because it gives a matte finish. 
  • The price is a bit better than the Benefit primer, at £9.99 for 7ml.


  • It's not brilliant for dry patches, the matte effect highlights dryness.
  • It says that it disguises blemishes and fine lines which I haven't noticed.

 No7 Radiance Boosting Skin Illuminator

Rating: 4/5

I realise this isn't technically a primer, but I sometimes use this instead and it actually does an alright job of keeping my make up in place. But the reason I do this is because of the lovely subtle glowy effect it gives.


  • It's nice packaging and the applicator is really efficient. It has it's own brush and it twists to On/Off positions so it's quick and easy to apply.
  • It has a really slight shimmer which creates a dewy and glowing effect under makeup which makes skin look really healthy and bright.
  • It can also be used over makeup as a highlighter.
  • It's not too pricey, It's £11 for 30ml and with the Boots £5 off No7 vouchers it's only £6.


  • It doesn't smell of anything, and I do like a nice scented product.
  • It can get clogged up in the applicator.

ELF Eyelid Primer

Rating: 2/5


  • It's affordable at £1.50 for 5ml.
  • They have a range of different colours to suit different skin types.


  • It's a really thin consistency and doesn't feel like it's doing anything.
  • It doesn't really do it's job holding my eyeshadow in place.
  • It creases.

No7 Shine Free Primer

Rating: 1/5


  • With the Boots £5 off vouchers it is only £6 for 40ml which is good value.


  • It's very sticky and hard to apply.
  • It's good for oily patches but it highlights dry patches.
  • It's white not tinted so it makes skin look grey.
  • It's really thick and feels heavy on the skin.
  • It makes skin really matte and I prefer a dewy finish.

Have you tried any of these?

What did you think of them?

What are your favourite primers?

Thanks for reading!



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  2. This is a really good post! Primer is so important!
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  3. oh my goodness! the "that gal" primer i've been meaning to try forever! i love benefit products, but i hate how they're so stinkin' expensive. ughh :(
    but i'm glad to see that you really seem to like it -- maybe one of these days when i have more cash i'll pick it up :) but for now, it's on my list of things-to-eventually-buy!
    love your little blog, by the way! i'm officially subscribed :) can't wait to see more posts from you soon!


    1. I know, they are so expensive! But so pretty...
      Thank you for the lovely comment :)

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  5. I've never tried a primer before, I like the look of that Bourjois one xxx

    1. That one is really nice, smells lovely too! xx

  6. Lovely post, thanks for doing it:)!
    Hope you have a great day♥!
    Love, Iris

  7. I love Benefit's That gal!! But the price is a bit of a turn off...

    1. It's so much, and considering that sample size is 7.5ml and the full size is only 11ml, I may just scout out samples all the time!
      Thanks for commenting!

  8. Great post, I keep meaning to try out some primers but never get round to it. Thanks for your opinions on some of them :)! xx


    1. Definitely do! Thanks for your comment!


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