Primers - The Best & Worst

Let's face it (pun intended), any look you want to pull off this holiday season will need a good foundation to start with. The perfect primer will give you just that, a smooth base on which to apply all of your favorite holiday looks, and that little extra "stick" needed to make sure it lasts throughout your entire holiday party.
Primer is important, not just during the holiday season but throughout the year. It's an easy step to add to your makeup routine that will make you look just a little more polished. I've spent the past year trying out A LOT of different primers, and wanted to share my thoughts on the following five with y'all.
1. Smashbox Photo Finish - To me this product is a classic. If you're just experimenting with primers and don't know where to begin, Smashbox Photo Finish is a great start. I love the consistency, it goes on smooth and leaves your skin feeling silky and looking fresh.  
2. Tarte Clean Slate Poreless - This product was a HUGE DISSAPOINTMENT. I was really excited to try it, especially because it's marketed as an all natural product, but as much as I wanted to love it I just couldn't. The consistency was really thick, making it hard to distribute evenly on my skin, and it didn't make my makeup last any longer than normal.
3. Lorac POREfection - This product reminds me a lot of the Smashbox Photo Finish primer. It has a similar consistency and effect. The only downside is that my face did seem a bit more oily when I used this compared to Smashbox.
4. Cargo High Definition Mattifier - I absolutely love this primer. It has a nude tint to it, which some people might not like, but I love it because you can wear it by itself on those days you might be in a hurry. Also, if you have oily skin this is by far the best mattifier I've used.
5. Benefit Stay Flawless - Another slight disappointment with this primer. Out of all the ones I tried, this one really did help my makeup last the longest. The consistency however is really thick hard to blend in, making it more of a hassle than a benefit (pun intended again, ha!)
A couple of disclaimers: My skin tends to be on the oily side, so depending on your skin type you might have different opinions of the primers I've mentioned.
Also, the best trick I've learned is to apply your moisturizer, wait 5 minutes, apply your primer, wait another 5 minutes, and then apply your makeup. Although it adds some extra time to your makeup routine, applying it this way really does help it last all day.


Kym Fox @ Travel Babbles | Living the (hockey) Life said...

This was super helpful because I've been torn on a new primer! Which do you suggest over the other, Smashbox or Cargo High Definition Mattifier ??!?

Bekah @ re•solve said...

Sad about the tarte. I too like safe/natural products so it's a bummer it doesn't work. I am an arbonne fanatic though (they are vegan and clean formulation) and their primer is AMAZING!

Penniless Socialite said...

Thanks for the tips on waiting between layers!
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Cat said...

thanks for the tips :) Do you happen to know which might be best for dry skin? x

Kallie @ But First, Coffee said...

Really great picks! My skin is combination and I love the Lancome La Base Pro primer SO MUCH! I was also disappointed with Stay Flawless as well. Not for me. Your blog is so amazing, new follower FOR SURE!
Kallie @ But First, Coffee

Kasey Lynne said...

Would you believe me if I told you that I don't own any of these primers??? I want to add the Smashbox, Tarte AND Benefit ones to my makeup bag...just gotta get the money first ;)

Alex said...

Love these tips, I'm a big fan of smashbox products!

Kailagh said...

I have been looking everywhere for GREAT primers, can't thank you enough.

xo. Kailagh

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