Face primer is not something I use everyday before applying my makeup, mostly because I don't remember about it, don't have time in the morning for the extra step and also I haven't noticed a massive difference between how my makeup performs during the day with and without primer.
Nevertheless I am still looking for the one perfect, miracle product that will make my skin look airbrushed and my makeup flawless for the whole day.
My main skin concerns are large pores, uneven complexion and some pigmentation. A good foundation evens out my skin tone but doesn't make my pores look significantly smaller so that's where the primer should come with help. I've tried many primers that claim to minimise the appearance of pores and some of them do it better than others but I'm yet to find the one that I'm 100% happy with.
Anyway, amongst the primers that I've tried the one I liked the most is Benefit the Porefessional. You're all probably familiar with it as it seems like one of the most popular primers in the beauty world. It's a silicone based product with a hint of colour that adapts to your skin tone blurring the look of pores and other imperfection. It mattifies the skin and helps the foundation stays looking good for longer. It's a good face primer but what I really don't like about it is the price, £24.50 for 22ml of product is way too much, in my opinion, especially as it's not the miracle primer I'm waiting for.
Couple of months ago I bought the L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream ( RRP £9.99) and I think it's a great, cheaper alternative to Porefessional.
Firstly, as you can see in the picture above, the L'Oreal Nude Magique is a tinted product, just like the Porefessional. It has the same silicon-y texture which, again, doesn't feel overly greasy ( Maybelline Baby Skin - I'm looking at you), just slightly greasier than Porefessional, nor heavy or sticky on the skin.
It blends really well, I'd say even better than the Benefit offering which tends to roll out sometimes on my skin. Both of the primers blur my pores in the same way and perform exactly the same in holding my makeup in place. I've worn both of them on my face at the same time (Nude Magique on one side, Porefessional on the other) and honestly, I haven't noticed any difference how the sides of my face looked.
If you love Porefessional but don't want to keep spending £££ on it, or you've always wanted to try it but can't justify paying the price I recommend you check out the L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream which, in my opinion, is a pretty close dupe.
Have you tried any of those primers? What's your favourite face primer?