My Primer Collection | the good and the bad.

from left-Stila One Step Bronze, Stila One Step Illuminate, Dr Brandt Pores No More Pore refiner,Sarah Mcnamera Miracle skin transformer, Soap and Glory Glow job moisturiser, This Works Perfect Look skin Miracle, Shu Uemura UV under base mousse SPF 30, By Terry Eclat de Rose Sheer tinted moisturiser, Stila One Step Correct.

I never thought primer would be something I'd be that interested in, but ever since I purchased the Stila One Step primers, I have been sold on them. Since I have dry skin I don't use primer to prolong the wear of my makeup. In my experience if I wanted to make my makeup last all day I'd use a long wear formula such as Revlon's Colorstay and set with Mac Prep and Prime or Studio Fix Powder. The range of primers on the market now is a tad overwhelming to say the least; every single brand now has a primer in their collection and drugstore brands are catching up. My advice to you would be to really pick a primer with added skin benefits, pore minimising ingredients, antioxidants, SPF or skin tone correcting properties that will not only make your skin look better upon application but also in the long term.

First of all let me state that not all mentioned in the above photos are 'primers,' however that being said I'd rarely wear any of these alone, without some sort of foundation or BB cream. Stila's One Step range is one of my go-to primer collection as they are all multi-tasking and work fairly well. My favourite of them all has to be the One Step Correct, my face tends to get slightly red and flushed after applying my skincare so this product helps neutralise any redness. In terms of ingredients it has a couple of standard vitamins found in most primers/skincare, but what really makes me stand out is the fact it's silicone free.The product claims to get rid of fine lines, minimize pores and pigmentation, little can be said for that claim to be true but if you like the 'dewy' look you will like this product. 

Now onto the Stila One Step Illuminate! Well, it certainly 'illuminates' but it does so by using a lot of glitter. I do not recommend this for using all over the face, if you already own it I'd recommend using it as a highlighter. The One Step bronze is another hit and miss, it does make me certainly more tanned in a natural way but I just can't justify spending that amount of money on a primer that doesn't 'wow' me. 

Over the months I have collected some primers that aren't really that suited to my skin type. My previous job allowed me to pick up some products for a really good price so I could trial them and possibly review them for you! One of these was the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner which is formulated for combo/oily skin. Pores No More as the name explains is a silicone based primer that instantly refines pores and mattifys the skin. It has a slight tint to it but disappears once blended in and creates a powdery natural finish. They also state on the Dr. Brandt website that it can be used through out the day applied over makeup. The main beneficial ingredients are Tea Tree which is antibacterial and Flaxseed oil which is known to absorb oil. All in all this is a great primer which is worth the price as you need a minimal amount. I recommend to anyone who has oily skin!

The Soap and Glory Glow Job moisturiser is not exactly a primer, it can be worn alone or with a touch of concealer. When I first used it I was unaware it contained bronzing beads but after I buffed it into my face using a real techniques expert face brush I realised why it was called 'Glow Job'. Their is really nothing like it that I have used before! Soap and glory always make girly products that make getting ready that bit more fun!

One of my all time favourite skin perfecting products has to be This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle. It provides little coverage and has a carmel like tint which blends into most skin tones. It contains the key ingredient for dry skin: Hyaluronic acid, which helps the skin retain water. I know as soon as I run out of this product I will repurchase it! I love to use this for days when I just want a quick brighten and want to be out the door in a matter of minutes. 

Next up is one of the few primers I have that has an SPF; Shu Uemura UV under base mousse. I have the limited edition packaging designed by Mamechiyo which sadly isn't available anymore but I believe Memechiyo for Shu Uemura cleansing oil is! So anyway let's get to the point, what is really interesting about this product is the consistency; it comes in a mousse formula which is kind of similar to the Revlon Airbrush Mousse Makeup but a little easier to work with. A little goes a long way but you need to make sure you apply it fairly fast as it dries quick. It doesn't feel too heavy on the skin although it does leave a slight pale purple overkast on the skin. I have the shade Beige although I do feel that the shades are kind of useless as they are so sheer. Don't quote me on that though as I haven't tried any of the other shades. I mainly use this primer for an everyday SPF as it includes UVA/UVB protection which is a must for me. If I were going to the beach or on holiday (I wish) I'd probably wear a high SPF, Shiseido SPF 50 springs to mind!

Ok lastly (thank you if you are still reading this) my newest edition to my primer family; Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20. This product is another one of those all in one products, suitable for all skin types and tones. It claims to both hydrate and mattify at the same time, I ask myself how is that possible? The good points is that it does contain some nice ingredients; vitamin A and E and the effective anti ageing ingredient Coenzyme Q10. I think the before and after photos on the website are ridiculous though, I can tell you now this product will not get rid of freckles or pigmentation. Overall though I do like this product, I just don't believe it's a 'miracle'.

Now there are a lot of primers I'd like to try- Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Rouge Bunny Rouge primers and I'm sure I could add another ten to that list.

Have you tried any of these? Let me know your opinion! 


  1. Wow, this is a great post Hayley. I've still not ventured into the world of primers, like you I also have dry skin and often find that my makeup stays put pretty well throughout the day. However I have been getting a few oilier spells due to hormones and was thinking about investing in one soon.
    I'm glad you included a couple that contain SPF too!


  2. The Dr Brandt primer sounds promising! My skin is really oily at the moment and I'm on the hunt for anything that mattifies so I'm tempted to invest. Great post :)

    Claire xxx


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