Primers are an essential for oily skinned gals like me. Otherwise I find my foundation slipping and turning into a bit of a mess. Finding drugstore/high street primers are a known struggle as it’s hard to know what it’ll be like until you buy it and by then you’ve already spent the money.
I have rounded up a few primers that I think covers a range of skin concerns we try to address.
I’ve raved and raved about Bourjois Paris Happy Light Matte Serum Primer, £10.99 since last winter. It was the first drugstore primer that worked for my oily/combination skin. It doesn’t have that silicone texture and glides on much like a serum. It has a really light texture and is almost undetectable on the skin. It really kept oil at bay for me and added hours on to the longevity of my makeup! There’s a luminous version of this too, which I haven’t tried. I imagine it’ll help if you like a dewy finish to your foundation.
Sleek Makeup Control Shine & Prime, £7.99 I tried out over the last few months. This has a more silicone texture and gives that velvety finish. It works well to control shine and makes makeup last too. If you’re main concern is shine, this completely works. However the silicone texture is something I don’t enjoy and I’m very aware that it’s on my skin! This is quite a personal choice; I’m just not a fan of that ‘velvety’ feeling on my skin. I’d say if you’re a fan of Benefit’s Porefessional, you’d really like this. It has a very similar texture and finish!
I had heard a lot of great things about MAC Prep + Prime Skin, £21. Naturally I was intrigued and got my hands on a sample as the price is pretty steep. The generous sample has lasted me a while and I have absolutely fallen in love with it. I’d say it’s a cross between the hydrating primers I like and the silicone primers I dislike. It’s strange to me that I like this as it still has a little of that silicone feeling, but I can’t feel it on my skin once it’s applied. It really helps control oil around my T-zone and helps my makeup stay put the longest. If you’re in for a long day or a party that you need your makeup to stay put – this is definitely the way to go.
The newest addition to my stash, GOSH Primer Plus + Hydration, £13.99 (currently £8.99) has well and truly blown everything else out of the water. This feels like a moisturiser to me, when I first applied it, I was sceptical it will do anything. About 6pm when I left the office, I was surprised to see that my face wasn’t the oil slick it usually is by then. I still can’t understand how something that feels like a moisturiser and hydrates can control oil and hold makeup so well! It doesn’t make my skin look too matte, just like my skin. It feels a little more moisturising than my Bourjois primer and helps my makeup stay as well the MAC primer, so if you don’t want to shell out over £20 for MAC, go for this! It’s out from 21st January at Superdrug stores and is on offer for £8.99! Go go go!
What’s your favourite go-to primer? Share in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!
Some of these items have been sent to me for review purposes.