When I first really got into makeup I jumped on the hype of Benefit’s Porefessional because it was the primer everyone was using and ranting and raving about. As much as I liked it’s silky smooth finish I began to learn more about my skin type and realised a pore filling primer wasn’t the sort of primer I needed. I needed a primer that was going to help combat my dry patches and keep my face soft throughout the day and stop makeup going flaky after a few hours wear. Over time I’ve built up a little collection of my favourite moisturising primers and throught I’d put them together in a post.
Laura Geller Hydrating Spackle Primer
This is top of my list as it’s my all time favourite. I discovered this in my Feel Unique Best Of Beauty Box and fell in love instantly, it’s everything I want in a primer and my number one recommendation for those with dry skin. The Spackle Primer hydrates, softens, minimises redness and leaves a beautiful glow to the skin. Honestly what more could you want? My makeup lasts throughout the day when using this and doesn’t sink in or cling to any dry patches. A must have primer in my opinion.
Bio-Essence Miracle Finisher
I was really intrigued by Bio Essence’s Miracle Finisher when I first tried it. Rather than leaving your face slightly shiny it has a completely matte almost velvety finish but still makes skin look glowy, something I’m still mind blown it can do. This is great for those days when your skin is a little oily as the matte finish helps to counteract this, it thankfully isn’t remotely drying though. It also smooths skin beautifully and allows your foundation to blend in flawlessly.
Mac Strobe Cream
This was my original favourite primer and it still remains a staple in my makeup routine. Although not officially a primer I feel it works very well as one. Strobe Cream hydrates skin while leaving a subtle, shimmery glow that peeps through foundation creating a flawless base. You may be wondering why I have the travel size rather than the full size if it’s one of my favourites, it’s actually more cost effective to buy travel sizes than full size! You save £10.00 per 100ml of strobe cream when buying the mini so it’s definitely a good saving!
Pixi Rose Flash Balm
Rose Flash Balm is the newest primer to my collection so I’m still figuring it out. It has the same pore minimising effect my old Benefit primer had but is much more hydrating. It also has a slightly pink tint which brightens skin. I’m looking forward to playing with this more but so far I really like it.
Urban Decay Quick Fix
Quick Fix is a bit different than any of the other primers included in this post. Rather than being a cream product it’s actually a mist. You apply it before any makeup and it leaves your face cooled, hydrated and slightly tacky ready to apply your foundation over the top. I particularly love this during the summer when you want something lightweight and don’t want to cake tonnes of layers of makeup on. A spritz of this with B.B. Cream over the top makes a perfect summers day base.