Monday, 20 July 2015

De-clutter with me: makeup primers

One day I was organising my makeup drawer and decided that de-cluttering process is in order. In the last two years, since joining the blogging world, my makeup collection has grown significantly. And while I don't own a huge amount of products, I definitely have way more then an average woman and that's ok, considering it's my hobby and I'm not planning to stop exploring and discovering new products. But there are so many products that I don't get on well with, some I stopped using because new came along or they're too old but I keep hoarding them. So the time has come do de-clutter my collection.
I'm starting with makeup primers as I do own way too many. I have become kind of obsessed with finding the perfect primer that will leave my skin poreless and make my makeup last all day.

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At the moment of doing this post I had 20 primers and many of them were not touched for months so it was time to say 'goodbye' to some of them. I tried to separate them in small groups so it was easier for me to talk about them and made the post more organised. So let's get started!
 
The ones I really dislike - going.

makeup primers
makeup primers
 
Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser - it's one of those primers that it's pure silicon, very slippery, greasy to the touch and I hate applying it to my face as it makes my skin feel like an oil slick. It doesn't fill in my pores enough and it doesn't extend my makeup wear time.
Dr Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner  - I had wanted to try this primer for a long time as I heard people saying great things about it but I am totally disappointed. For product to claim to make your pores invisible it doesn't do that to mine, feels greasy on the skin and it's hard to blend in.
Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime and Anti-Shine Balm - again, the super greasy feeling when applying it to my face, I hate it under my makeup and even more to apply it over it, I could not make it work for me and, as you can see, I did try.
Freedom Makeup Pro Primer - yet another product full of silicon which just doesn't feel good on my skin and I don't find them extending my makeup either.
 
The ones that are NOT my favourites - going.

makeup primers
makeup primers
 
L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream, Garnier 5Sec Perfect Blur, nspa Instant Blur Primer
All of these three primers have very similar consistency, a mousse like, quite slippery to the touch, they do blur pores and imperfection quite well but leave slightly greasy feeling to my skin which is not my favourite and I didn't noticed that they actually extend the wear time of my makeup.
 
The ones I like but are too old now - going.

makeup primers
makeup primers
 
I had these primers for nearly 2 years and they just need to go.
Nip+Fab Sheer Makeup Fix - this primer feels very hydrating, blurs imperfection only slightly, I used it when my skin was feeling dry and needed extra help before applying foundation.
Rimmel Fix & Perfect - this was my first primer bought on recommendation of some other bloggers, I liked it, it felt a bit hydrating, smoothed out my skin without the greasy feeling of the other primers, and kept my skin matte for longer therefore extending the time of my makeup.
Pixi Flawless and Poreless - while it did nothing to the appearance of my pores it made my makeup last a bit longer and my skin look smoother.
 
The ones that need some extra testing - staying.

makeup primers
makeup primers
 
Here are primers that I'm not sure what to do with and I want to test them more as I feel like I didn't give them much chance to see how do they really perform.
L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base - this one is more likely to go as it has the greasy feeling to it, but not as bad as the Maybelline Baby Skin one for example, I've only ever used it with the Infallible foundation which doesn't need any primer underneath to be honest, so I want to test it with other foundations before waving 'goodbye' to it.
Essence All About Matt - I don't think I used this primer more then a few times and I really want to check how well mattifying this is as the consistency is really nice.
Seventeen Stay Time Longwear Primer - this one have a nice consistency, it's not greasy at all but it sets on the skin within seconds making it very hard to work with but I want to give it another go.
 
The ones that are new to me - staying.

makeup primers
makeup primers
 
These primers are my latest purchases so obviously they are staying in my collection to be tried and tested.
L'Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur - this primer has been loved by many American Youtubers and while it's not the miracle I'm waiting for it's not bad but I definitely need to use it more to form my opinion on it.
Tarte Color Clay CC Primer - I have used this colour correcting primer only couple of times, I liked it but, again, need more time testing it.
Payot Instant Perfecting Base - this feels lovely on the skin but I'm yet to properly test it.
This Works In Transit camera Close-Up - this is more of a moisturiser and primer in one and I love using it when my skin is de-hydrated and needs extra moisture boost before the foundation but I still don't know if I love it.
 
The favourite ones - staying.

makeup primers
makeup primers

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser - while this primer doesn't blur my pores, it feels lovely on the skin, hydrating and cooling, keeps my skin matte and my makeup in place for longer, really good primer for oilier skins.
Laura Geller Spackle Under Makeup Primer - I love this, it smoothes out my skin lightly without any greasy residue, it doesn't really blur my pores but it feels hydrating and extend the time of my makeup looking good.
Benefit The Porefessional - the cult classic, I don't love it but I like it, it blurs my pores slightly, doesn't feel overly greasy on my skin and does keep my makeup looking good for that bit longer. The Dr Brandt is similar to this one but its texture is harder to work with so the Porefessional wins.
 
makeup primers
 
From 20 primers I have now 10 which will possibly be reduced further after I have tested more some of them. The basket looks now so much better!
Have you tried any of these primers? What was your experience with them?
If you have any recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments section as I am still on the hunt for the perfect primer that does it all :)

Dagmara
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  1. I love declutter posts and videos, but I'm definitely not going to ever do them, I throw out/give away products immediately after I make up my mind lol. Right now, I have 2 face primers, love both and that's it :)

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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  2. I love doing these sorts of clear outs and I often find that after blogging about them or giving it some thought you really can get rid of quite a few. I am afraid that I can't offer any great ones for you as I am still trying to find 'the one'

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  3. That's a lot of primers! I had a declutter at Christmas and it was great! I now actually use the products I own! Ha!


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  4. That's a great post. Thanks to you I will definitely stay away from buying some. Have you tried http://www.boots.com/en/No7-Instant-Illusions-Airbrush-Away-Primer-30ml_1496503/ as I watched it someone recommend it. It's not the cheapest but with Boots coupon and 3 for 2 may become something quite cheap considering. It supposed to be better than Porefessional :)

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  5. Wow. Now you are definitely prime expert!

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  6. Do you use any of these?


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  7. Any recommendations so far?

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  8. Can you share your favs?

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  9. Oh wow, that's A LOT of primers! I have to admit that I only have two mini size of Smashbox and Porefessional primers and both of them are from ipsy. For some reason I just never find the need to use them, maybe I should try to use them more often and see the differences.


    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  10. Danielle Beautyblog20 July 2015 at 17:22

    What a collection! I have the Laura Geller one but haven't opened it yet! My favourite one I've found so far is the Laura Mercier primer!

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  11. I have a few primers lying around but not that many, maybe 6 or 7 including deluxe sample sizes. I didn't like the Baby Skin either. The Dr. Brandt was OK for me and I do like the Porefessional. Most of the others you've mentioned I haven't actually tried. I have a sample of the Laura Geller waiting to be tested, so hopefully that works out as well for me as it did you. :-)

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  12. I only have 2 I need your collection!




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  13. Great job, that's a TON of primers! I don't own too many, but I do have that Maybelline one, and the thick greasy feel is not my cup of tea either. Right now I'm trying one from NYX, and so far I like it!

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  14. I really enjoyed this post! I would love to see more like it - if you have any other makeup you're decluttering, I'd like to see on a post on that! I only have the Smashbox Photo Finish primer right now as I never really bother with them anymore. I've seen a lot of good reviews on the Body Shop Tea Tree one though and I'm tempted to give them another try, starting with that!
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings
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  15. This is such a great post Dagmara! Well done! I loved to read the comparisons between each primer and I must add I am really impressed by your collection. Even though I blog, I tend to finish a product before buying a new one (except for palettes, lipsticks and nail polishes) and so my collection isn't that big. I just own 1 primer which is the POREfessional however, it needs to go as it's quite old now. I need to declutter too :) xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

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  16. I'm not very experienced with primers so this was a great post to read, you've got so many and I definitely have my eye on a few now. I hate the silicone or greasy feeling ones as I usually opt for hydrating options such as the NiP & Fab or Laura Geller ones x


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  17. The Laura Geller one is really lovely and they have one specifically hydrating so it's worth checking the range out :) x

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  18. I'm too impatient to finish a product before trying out a new one, lol! But I did get overboard with primers and some other things too which I will be de-cluttering as well :) x

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  19. The Body Shop primer is really nice for oily skin so hope you'll like it if you try it. I will de-clutter my foundations next :) x

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  20. I SO need to reduce the amount of products I own so de-cluttering is a must :) I haven't tried any NYX primers but I have my eye on few of them :) x

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  21. Having 2 primers is perfectly normal :) x

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  22. I'm just so impatient and keep buying new things trying to find the holy grail product :) x

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  23. The laura Mercier primer and Silk foundation are on my list :) x

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  24. I know, it is A LOT! lol! I guess if you have normal, smooth skin you don't really need primers. I have noticed that lately my skin looks much better and I'm not as determined to use primers underneath my foundation. x

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  25. I might try it when I have the No7 voucher next time, thanks for the recommendation. I remember trying it on the back of my hand one day and it didn't feel any different then the others I have already tried but it might look different on the face :) x

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  26. De-clutter is a must every now and then for us, beauty junkies, I feel so much better about getting rid of some of the products that I haven't used in months :) x

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  27. It feels really good to de-clutter the makeup drawer :) I still need to do my foundations and I might touch my palettes ! lol x

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  28. Which one do you use? You're good then, I always think that I might want to try that product again in a few months ;) x

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  29. Hourglass mineral veil and Too Faced primed and poreless :) Both do different things, so I like them.

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  30. This is such a great post, you definitely have a nice collection of primers here :) I love the idea of de-cluterring, I definitely need to do the same with some of my makeup. One of my favorite primers is Benefit's Porefessional.

    Paula

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  31. Great post Dagmara - I love the way you have set it out - makes it super easy to read and follow. And I like how you gave a mini review of each primer too. Really looking forward to the rest of your declutter posts :) xx

    Brenda BusyBee | Win a Travalo Perfume Atomiser

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  32. De-cluttering is so nice, makes me feel like I am going actually use what I have :) x

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  33. Benefit Porefessional is definitely my favourite. I'm glad you said the Maybelline Baby Skin isn't all that as I was tempted to buy for comparison. I also want to try those from the Body Shop too.

    Victoria x

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  34. That is a lot of primers. I have quite a few myself, but not that much.. haha.
    I would be interested in hearing about the Tarte primer.
    With the MUR primer, I am not surprised you don't like it. As a primer, it is pure garbage, but I find it is great at prevent the dewy look if you prefer a matte look if you don't have oily skin naturally.


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  35. Thanks Brenda! I will definitely do some more de-cluttering posts as it seems like I have way too many beauty products :) x

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  36. The Maybelline Baby Skin is nothing like Porefessional, if you want to try something similar the L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream is more like it. x

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  37. I didn't realised I have that many until I started organising them, haha! Will definitely talk about the Tarte primer after I have given it a good try :) x

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  38. I try to do this once a year, at least. I like your sorting system, though. I'll have to keep it in mind.

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  39. Getting rid of products we don't use any more is so important for us beauty junkies :) x

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  40. You did such an amazing job! You've inspired me to sort mine out now. I hate throwing things away, but breaking it down like this makes it a lot less scary haha xx

    Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com

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  41. I hate throwing things away as well but it had to be done as I've been keeping too many products and now I have started de-cluttering my collection I feel so much better :) x

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  42. I love the idea behind this post! :) and I know what you mean about constantly being on a search to fine THE perfect primer. I tend to prefer high-end ones, though I've tried a lot of drugstore options. I want to try the Body Shop Tea Tree one as I did really like Instablur. The Porefessional is my favourite xx

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  43. Haha you make me feel so much better Dagmara! I've been meaning to try In Transit as I like This Works as a brand. My favourites are good old Laura Mercier (her radiance primer is on my wish list), Dermalogica (v smoothing!) and YSL Blur Primer.

    Nic x

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