Primer help needed!

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
238 posts
Helper bee

I really like MAC’s prep + prime transluscent power. You can apply it before foundation, like a primer, and after to set the foundation. That has been my most successful matte product. 

Post # 4
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I love Smashbox. I use it always. They have a photo finish one that is amazing. And a green one that does wonders if you have any redness. I will not wear makeup without one or a combination of both. Not sure if they are silicone free though. 

Post # 5
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love Smashbox primer! I can totally tell a difference at the end of the day when I wear primer. 

Post # 6
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I agree with PPs that the Smashbox Photo Finish primer is amazing. I use it every day, but if you really want your makeup to stay in place all day, you must try Urban Decay’s All Night setting spray. I spritz it on after I finish my makeup and never need to touch up. I also used it on my wedding day and the results were amazing. 

Post # 7
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Smashbox is my favorite so far!

Post # 8
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I like Laura Mercier! 🙂

Post # 9
15 posts
  • Wedding: October 2015

@cdncinnamongirl Hands down Tarte Clean Slate primer. Natural ingredients and goes on nice and smooth! And you only need a little bit (which is good for the $30 you spend on it).

Post # 10
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@cdncinnamongirl:  There are also some non-silicone primers.  I know that the Sephora brand makes one, and I’m sure there are others that I haven’t tried.

Post # 11
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Smashbox makes the best primers ever. They have a ton of options so you can find one that suits your skin type. 🙂 

Post # 12
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@cdncinnamongirl:  When I actually wear makeup, which is admittedly a rare occasion, I use Monu Skin Perfector. It makes my skin crazy soft―I love it! I’d honestly use it more often just as a moisturizer, but it’s a bit expensive, so I try to conserve it for when I actually need a primer. I used it on my wedding day and my make-up was still flawless by the end of the night and basically flawless the next morning. I didn’t have to touch-up even once. I have dry skin, though, so I have no clue how it would do for oily skin.

Post # 13
187 posts
Blushing bee

@cdncinnamongirl:  I’ve had good results with Urban Decay’s Pore Perfecting Primer Potion. My skin is similar to yours and tends to only get greasy when I’m wearing makeup. But this primer tends to decrease the size of my pores and also help with keeping things matte. I wear it in conjunction with a tinted moisturizer and powder, followed by the matte setting spray from urban decay. I know that’s a lot, but I’m just saying that even with all that on, i have really good staying power and minimal grease. HTH!

Post # 14
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Silicones are in most primers, they actually make everything smooth and are not greasy at all. I don’t think any make up primer is worth the money, just go with Monisat anti chaffing gel.  It is silicone based and that is what does the job in the primer, any additional ingredients in a makeup primer aren’t really making it any better than the Monistat.  Plus it is $7 for a tube 2-3x bigger than a makeup primer.

Post # 15
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I second Laura Mercier’s Oil Free foundation primer. I used to use Smashbox Photo Finish and color correcting primers, but honestly found them too oily. My backup suggestion is Boots No.7 primer, it makes a huge difference in the lay and longevity of m foundation (Boots is a British pharmacy, I think you can buy it on Amazon). 

Post # 16
25 posts
  • Wedding: July 2015

Another thing to consider is you have to use the same kind of formulation in primer as in foundation: ie, if you use a silicon based primer, it needs a slicon based foundation. Before I figured this out, my makeup slid around all day.


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