Saturday, August 20, 2011

Oily Skin Series: Primers

There's one more in this mini-series about foundations, and so I thought I might as well do one about primers too.
I said I wasn't going to talk about my primer or really my foundations but decided to do a quick overview of both anyways just to tell you what hasn't worked for me. The other videos were about things that I liked and that worked for me but I feel like I rarely do things about what don't work for me. In general, I feel like a lot of people don't do posts or videos of products that don't work for them either.
So here they are all the primers that I've used, and then a brief explanation of the one that I currently use.
More photos and info are after the jump!

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil Free
This is the one primer that I've stuck with for about 2 years now. I've gone through a couple of them and I've just really decided that I'm happy and content with it. It's not the greatest primer ever - it doesn't keep oil at bay forever but it does a good job and doesn't break me out.
It's essentially a creme based primer, not a silicone one (which I will get to later). It feels a little moisturizing, which is nice because even people with oily skin can get uncomfortable with all the mattifying products we have to use on top.
This primer can be purchased at Sephora for $30. It also comes in a regular version and a hydrating version.
Bare Escentuals BareVitamins Skin Rev-er Upper
This is the first "primer" I had ever used. I put it in quotes because it's not really a primer. Now, I use it as a night cream and it's amazing.
I got this originally in my first "real" make-up kit, my Bare Minerals face kit. It came free with purchase I think. I used it as a primer for that, and I guess it worked pretty well, but then again the mineral foundation didn't slip off my face so really I didn't need a primer.
When I started to wear liquid foundation though this was for sure not the best medium at all to put underneath foundation.
This can be purchased at Sephora for $21.

Silicone Based Primers
The two pictured above, as well as the Smashbox Photo Finish primer are silicone based primers. They have a very slick, almost oil like gel texture to them.
The Sephora one ($16 at Sephora) was the one I used after I moved on from the BareVitamins, because it came as a free sample in some Sephora order. It worked ok, just I felt like my skin still got very oily during the day. I like to think that it has to do with the silicone base, since it felt somewhat oily. But who really knows.
The Lancome one ($42 at Sephora) also came as a sample. It broke me out terribly though. I don't usually break out due to cosmetics so that weirded me out a little bit. 
I don't have much else to say about silicone based primers, aside that if you do use them, you really want to use as minimally as possible because if you use too much, the silicone particles will start to slip around on your face and be disadvantageous to your makeup.
That and samples like this can be frequently found on Sephora.com, Ulta.com or on Nordstrom when you order a certain amount. If you're looking for a sample of something, that's a great way to get samples. You can't guarantee that you get these specific ones but sometimes you can. 

Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer
This came in a Benefit sample pack and I like it but I feel like again, the Laura Mercier just worked better.
I do use this underneath the eyes as a brightening agent though. It also smells like strawberries.
This can be purchased at Sephora for $29. It can also be found a lot in mini sizes in the Benefit packs they make... they have a priming mini kit as well as some mini versions in concealer packs and such. If you wanted to try out a ton of Benefit products that's a great way to do so.

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