Top 5 Favourite Face Primers

Top 5 Favourite Face Primers

Hey Beauties!

How are you all doing today? I thought i would talk about something that i find to be the most important part of doing your makeup, be it for controlling oily skin, creating a smooth canvas to apply your base on to or to shrink pores and fine lines.

Today i wanted to share with you my Top 5 Favourite Face Primers that i have used.. Of course there are others out there that may be better but these are the ones ive used and loved, When i say i have tried a lot of primers i mean a lot so this is the best of probably 30 primers…obsessive i know haha.
In the selection above you have the New CID Cosmetics i-prime, Daniel Sandler Retexturizing Primer, The Body Shop Matte It Primer, Illamasqua Satin Primer and the Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer.
New CID Cosmetics iprime
New CID Cosmetics – 30ml (£28)


New CID Cosmetics iprime
First we have the New CID Cosmetics i-prime is as soft as silk this is mainly because it is a silicone based primer. The i-prime dulls down your imperfections, fine lines and makes your skin feel smoother, when applying it i like to apply to parts of the face that need it wait for a while for it to be absorbed then apply foundation, you can tell straightaway that the skin is smoother and the foundation just glides on, As for wear time i would say that it does extend the wear of foundation but not by much more than usual this primer as this is more of a correcting primer than extending wear.
Daniel Sandler Retexturizing Primer
Daniel Sandler Retexturizing Primer 28g- (£20.50)


Daniel Sandler Retexturizing Primer
The Daniel Sandler Retexturizing Primer is again a silicone based primer which extends the wear of foundation as well as reducing the size of pores and fine lines. It contains an SPF of 20 which is important for the protection of your skin whilst in the sun but isnt sufficient enough to be used on its own. I think this primer has to be my favourite of the 5 simply because this is the one i get the best results with i can actually see a difference in how my skin looks and how long foundation/concealers lasts.
This is best used for those of you who want an all rounder primer one that does everything from shrinking pores, extending wear time, concealing fine lines, smoothing out skin.
The Body Shop Matte It Primer
The Body Shop Matte It Primer- 25ml (£12)


The Body Shop Matte It Primer
The Body Shop Matte It Primer was quite a surprise to me simply because i never expected this to work as well as it does, it is a great dupe for the MAC Matte Primer which is a bit more expensive and you get less product as well. This primer works best at creating a smooth oil free matte surface to applying your base onto, I would say this primer is for those of you who just want something to mattify your skin if you don’t want a satin glowy finish. I wouldn’t say this extends the wear of your base by much but i doubt its supposed to as its a mattifier.
Illamasqua Satin Primer
Illamasqua Satin Primer- 30ml (£26)


Illamasqua Satin Primer
Illamasqua Satin Primer was one of the first primers that i had ever used when i had first gotten into the whole beauty scene. This primer mainly focuses on a satin finish when applied it gives the skin this gorgeous satin-y sheen so when you apply your foundation you literally look like you’re glowing. I would suggest this for anyone with normal/combo or dry skin because it doesnt accentuate dry patches i wouldnt recommend it for oily as it gives a really dewy/shiny finish so it might make you look a little oil slicked
Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer
Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer- 15g (£24.50)


Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer
The Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer is great for those of you who may be oily or those of you who want your foundation to last much longer than it normally would.
You will find this primer isnt like a lot of others because its in a stick form but it works just as well all you need to do is apply it in circles around the face then apply your base on top without blending the primer into the skin. I know it says 15 hours but you will honestly find your foundation lasting well into 9+ hours i havent tried it for the full 15 hours but ive heard it has lasted that long

What is your favourite primer?
What do you look for in primers?
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  • I fell in love with the Dr Brandt Pores No More based on a Birchbox sample a year or so ago and am now on my second tube – it’s at the premium end of the pricing scale but I love it.

    Lis / last year’s girl x

    • Sounds great I need a good pore refefiner as I have them quite large around my nose
      If it works then I think that price isn’t really that bad

  • Sophie B

    Love the look of the Body Shop primer- would never have thought of going there for one! The Illamasqua primer sounds perfect though as I get quite dry skin. I absolutely love the Clarins Instant Smooth primer- it’s my ultimate fave! xx Sophie/

    • I think that’s the same with a lot of people they don’t of the body shop and makeup being together The satin primer is really nice such a gorgeous finish to it

      Thanks for reading!

  • Mikaelah

    My favourite primer for summer time is the Ilamsqua Matte Veil primer, it works so well at keeping shine at bay! I’m currently looking for a good illuminating primer though but haven’t found one that actually makes a noticeable difference

    • I remember when that came out such a good product am I the only one who think it smells of yoghurt haha

      Try out MAC strobe cream that’s amazing for illuminating

  • Sophie

    I really want to try than Daniel Sandler one! 🙂 xx

  • I haven’t tried any of these primers, but I like the sound of all of them especially the body shop primer – A bargain too x

  • I love benefit but the stay flawless primer just wasn’t a product for me, which is strange as I love the hello flawless foundation. I find the primer makes my foundation look really sticky and cakey, I was super disappointed with this one! I prefer porefessional much more! I’m also really loving the NARS pore perfecting oil free primer for this time of year!

    Toni x

    • I think you need a certain skin type for a few of benefits products
      I love the NARS primer that comes in the square tub it’s really silky it’s gorgeous

      I haven’t tried the oil I’ll have to take a look

  • I havent actually tried any of these, so I have a lot of catching up! I haven’t found one Body Shop item that I don’t like, so that could be my starting point!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Scientific Beauty

    This is a really great post! I’m looking at buying a primer for my oily skin but never really knew where to start so thanks for the recommendations! Loving your blog!
    Sophie x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I haven’t tried any of those oops… I do love the Makeup Revolution Face Base Primer though, really good value for money x

  • I love illuminating primers because I search something that creates a flawless canvas while perking up my complexion! my favourite at the moment is the CT Wonderglow! 🙂 xx

  • i’m not generally a primer kind of girl, but some of these sound really, really amazing! I’ve tried the benefit primer before, and quite liked it, but I don’t think it worked that well for my skin! The illamasqua and the body shop products I’d really like to try 🙂

    Fii | little miss fii

  • this is such a great post!!! You have so many great options here! Anyway, I’ve nominated you for a Beauty Blogger Award, looking forward to your answers if you choose to participate =)

  • LaaLaa

    The Daniel Sandler and Illamasqua ones are my favourites xo

  • I haven’t tried any of these but I like the Laura Mercier primer and the Body Shop Moisturise It primer x

  • Emily Knott

    I don’t always prime, mainly because I haven’t found one I love yet. I have noted these down!

  • Tanzina

    I am really liking the look of the Illamasqua one, I might need to try it next time I am near an Illamasqua stand. Recently I am loving the whole dewy look, I don’t really know why but I just do! My skin is quite dry so I think I will get along with it too.

    Great post 🙂

    Tanzina | Makeup A to Z |

  • I love Benefit POREfessional! I really need to try some more, thanks for the recommendations.

    Daniella | Freshly Pressed Beauty