Friday, 18 January 2013

Primers: the good, the bad & the ugly

MAC prep & prime, L'Oreal Lumi magique,17 miracle matte skin primer, Elf mineral primer

Undeniably, primers have become an essential piece of kit for me. I never understood why people used primers until I decided to take the plunge and see what the fuss was about. As I have tried a few, I decided to do this post based upon my experience with them.

Before we start, here is a little advice:
I have tried these products on my skin which I would class as normal/edging on sensitive.These products may be suitable for my skin, but I would advise that you go with what suits your skin.

The Good

MAC Skin base, L'Oreal Lumi magique

MAC Prep & Prime Skin Base £19.50 :
This was the very first primer that I bought after using up a sample size that I had. I found that this product blends into the skin easily as well as making make-up last longer. This product is on the slightly pricey side as far as primers go, but I feel that it is worth as it lasts so long. I think I had mine for about 6 months before it was finished (and that is using it everyday). A final thing to note is that this product comes in a 30ml bottle which is about the same size as some foundations.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique £9.99 :
This is my current primer which I am using. Like the MAC primer, it blends in easily as well as holding on to make-up. What I do love about this product is it gives a slight radiance to your skin. In other words, it has highlighting properties.I normally use one pump of product which is plenty, if not slightly too much.This product comes in a 20ml tube and is slimline so it is easy to throw in a make-up and take with you without taking up too much space.

The Bad

17 Miracle Matte Skin Primer

17 Miracle Matte Skin Primer £4.99 :
I have tried a few products from 17 Miracle Matte range and so far I've enjoyed the range. However this product was a bit of a disappointment. When this primer is applied to my skin, it left it extremely dry and it felt quite tight. It's certainly not what I look for in a primer. Reading the back of the product, it does suggest that it is applied to oily areas which is perhaps where I was going wrong. However, as someone who does not have oily skin, I don't think this product is suited to me and therefore is probably much more suited to someone with oily skin/patches.

The Ugly

ELF Mineral Infused Primer

Elf Mineral Infused Face Primer £6.00 :
It is not that I don't like this primer. Quite the opposite. It is a good product - smooth application and holds onto make-up well. The problem here lies within the packaging. I was enjoying this product and I used about half of it when the pump broke. Not a blockage in the tube, but the tube broke into pieces. I was not impressed with that. After that I thought I would try to scrape the product out. However that failed as the hole at the top is really small - no finger was getting down there. So currently I have half a bottle of primer that is doing nothing.


  1. I have that Loreal one and I absolutely love it. Always a good one to use when my skin is feeling/looking a bit dull!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  2. i used to use that MAC primer and loved it but now i use laura mercier's oil free one (if i can get it cheaper on ebay!) great reviews :)

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    1. I've not tried any Laura Mercier products before.I will have to keep an eye out for them

  3. ah love the loreal primer :) ..I always used to use the mac primer until the loreal one replaced it ;) haha xx

  4. So glad I found a review on the L'Oreal Primer as I was in two minds about buying it. Totally will now :) I had the exact same problem with the ELF primer, I was raging!!

    Denise x

    1. I'm glad i'm not the only one. I've actually contacted ELF about that problem :)


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