No one wants to add an extra step to their beauty routine without seeing any benefits. Primers have always seemed a little bit gimmicky to me, plus I try to wear the smallest amount of layers of product on my face as possible. So, I resisted using a primer up until about a year ago. My friend Suzy asked me for a primer recommendation, and I realized I had never found one from the drugstore that I really liked. I always like to give drugstore recommendations when I’m asked, so I thought I’d try a few more out.
Maybelline Baby Skin, $6.99. My mom gave this to me because she didn’t think it made a difference in the appearance of her skin. Honestly, I’m put off by the texture. It looks and feels like medical goo. I’ve used silicone-based primers before, but this one is clear and thick, unlike Smashbox or Benefit’s primers. It does blur the look of pores somewhat, like primers with dimethicone usually do, but it also leaves a shiny finish to skin which draws attention back to your pores. Who wants that?
L’oreal Magic Lumi, $12.99. By far my least favorite of the four, and not only because of the separated product that the dispenser produces. I noticed a distinctly dry feeling immediately upon applying, which is disconcerting. Also, it leaves a very fake-looking film over the skin. I thought maybe I was being a bit harsh, so I actually applied it to the back of my hand to see how it performs while I write this. I’m looking at it now and it’s pretty terrible. I’ll be writing about liquid highlighters this week, so check back to read about products that actually will give your skin a healthy glow. UPDATE: Check out that post here!
Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, $13.99. This is my favorite product of the four. It contains the same silicone ingredient (dimethicone), but it’s much thinner than either Maybelline primer. I find it to be a bit brightening on my skin as well, maybe because of its light pink color. It wears just fine under makeup, but I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this on no-makeup days (which happens most days) to give my skin a more smooth appearance. It’s undetectable on the skin, unlike Maybelline’s formula, which makes it the perfect product for days like those.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, $8.99. This is basically the same formula as Baby Skin, repackaged. It’s a shame because I like the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer so much (for a review click here). If you look up the ingredients in both, you’ll find Baby Skin has two or three extra ingredients, otherwise they’re the same. If you’re simply looking for a blurring effect, these will both be fine.
Above with Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer Above without any primer.Above is Magic Lumi swatch (with other makeup underneath because my hands are never clean!)
Are there any drugstore primers I missed? Let me know and let’s chat about our experiences in the comments. Also, let’s follow each other on BlogLovin (here)!