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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)