I used to think of primers in a bad light, just another product piled onto the skin in the hope of long lasting makeup.. Then that hope was fulfilled and I became a little addicted. So now as it stands I don’t apply my foundation without one, my favourites for my oily skin being the silicone based, but there are so many to choose from. Whether illuminating or mattifying I think that every foundation wearer should atleast consider it for the long days out of the house.
Starting off with the one I probably enjoy the least and that is MAC’s Prep and Prime, for me it doesn’t do too much for my complexsion, it leaves it looking a little shimmery and for the pores it’s just a no, I think lovely for those with a normal/ dry skin type wanting something illuminating.
The Rimmel Fix and Perfect is a brilliant cheaper alternative, infant I like it more. It doesn’t resemble a disco ball with shimmery particles like the MAC one, and also manages to mattify the skin slightly which is just what I need. Not as long lasting as the others mentioned but it is the cheapest I have found that makes a good difference to my makeup and a perfect option for someone starting out, or broke…
My top two have to be the Benefit Porefessional and The Body Shop Instablur. As they are silicone based they glide over the skin which also minimises the look of pores and keeps your makeup looking matte for longer. I have tried a couple other silicone primers that managed to helped my face resemble a patchy mess five hours into the day, so some are pretty awful. Anyway talking about the good of the bunch, The Body Shop primer is probably the one I reach for most, it is so good at keeping everything in place and making my skin look smooth, my foundation lasts from 9-5 which is just what I need.