Face Files: the base


Primer: Burberry Luminous Fluid Base; Foundation: Chanel Les Beige Healthy Glow Foundation; Mascara: Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara; Eyeshadow: Master Palette (Anastasia Beverly Hills); Highlight: Laura Mercier radiance baked highlight;  Blush: Lanôme Subtle Sheer Blush; Contour: Benefit Hoola Bronzer; Eyebrow: Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre

Work days, school days, lazy days. We all have those days when you simply do not have time nor energy to do full glam. On these days a great primer is ESSENTIAL. A primer has a couple uses: it allows for your foundation to go on smoother, it can control oil, it minimizes pores and it can give you a glow. I’ve been on the hunt to find a primer that does all of theses things. It is illusive. But I will settle for a primer that allows for smoother application, works to keep my foundation in place and minimizes my pores. Getting the glow can happen with a highlighter and oil control is sometimes a tricky beast (more on why later).


Let’s start with the one that is empty and go clockwise from there.

Hourglass, Veil Mineral Primer: This was the first primer I ever used. I bought it about 4 years ago and it fully ran out a year and a half ago and I’ve been scrapping it’s sides ever since. This primer has a silicone texture but it doesn’t pill when you work it into the skin. It is extremely pricey but considering the amount of time it lasted it became cost effective. I felt it reduced redness, minimized pores and worked it’s little butt off for my foundation. But I haven’t repurchased. Why haven’t I? I can’t get over the silicone feel. It is one of the best primers I’ve ever used but touching it just gives me the ick factor that I just can’t overcome. So the hunt started.


Mac, Painterly Pro Longwear Paint Pot: I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include an eye primer since I am mostly focusing on face primers but I just cannot do a post on primers and not mention the Mac Paint Pot. I’ve used a couple eye primers and perhaps one day I will focus on them solely but I’ll just quickly say: this one is the best. It dries down quickly so you do not need to set it. It makes your eyeshadow last until the moment you remove it. But above all else it can be the base to your eyeshadows or part of your eye look. They have a full range of colours so you can play around with how you want to use it. It’s good. It’s really good.


Burberry, Luminous Fluid Base in No. 1: I’ve been using this product for a couple weeks now. It gives a great glow and helps to minimize pores, somewhat. I would say it helps with making my foundation last longer than without a primer. It does give the face a radiant glow that makes me feel very sophisticated. It does what it is marketed to do. It makes your foundation last hours and illuminates you from underneath it. It does not exaggerate any imperfections either as some luminating primers sometimes do. But what I truly enjoy about this primer is that it not only gives your face a nice glow, I feel like it adds a little moisture as well. During the winter months, in Southern Alberta, that helps. I will take all the moisture I can get this time of year. I would rate this my second favourite primer. It doesn’t help calm down the redness but it helps with combatting flakiness around my forehead and nose. Also, it’s not the best at minimizing pores but I can still see a difference against unprimed skin.I would recommend and may re-purchase it once it runs out.


Dr. Brandt, Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer: Dr. Brandt has a wide range in the Pores No More line. My pores are large, it’s a gene thing, there is not much I can do about it but I will never stop trying. So this line has always been intriguing to me. The line ranges from cleansers, serums, moisturizers and primers. This primer is the first and only product that has ever given me an allergic reaction. My skin isn’t sensitive. If it weren’t for my skin reacting to it, I would seriously be in love with this primer. It minimized the pores really well and controls oil like a dream. I feel primers make your foundations last longer when they can control your oil production better. Sadly, there was something else in this formula that just made my skin tingle and actually broke some skin on my nose. So I used up my little overpriced bottle and put it on the never purchase list in my brain.


Cover FX, Custome Blot Drops: This product isn’t exactly a primer but it has primer properties and it is something you put on before foundation (but you can re-apply it over top foundation as well) so I’ve included it in this post. It does not smooth out the skin. It does not minimize pores. What it does is eradicate oil and therefore keeps your foundation and concealer in place ALL. DAY. LONG. It virtually eliminates oil production throughout the day. It’s incredible. A little too incredible. I used this product with the Pores No More primer and it accelerated the reaction I got from it but I find if I use it every day it over dries my skin. I don’t think this product is necessary for everyday use but I tend to use it when I need my makeup to be bulletproof from dawn to dusk.  If you have oily skin, I would recommend checking it out.


Those are a few of the primers I’ve used. Believe it or not, that’s just scratching the surface of the world of primers. There are primers for every skin type since I am more on the oily side I’ve tended to stick to primers that have oil controlling properties. I think now that I am maturing and winter is giving my skin a run for my money, I will be checking out some moisturizing primers next and maybe some that claim to act like serums and help protect the skin against aging? Maybe. So stay tuned!


What have you tried? Let me know in the comments. Don’t forget to check-out Face Files: the stapes  and let me know what you reach for on a daily basis!



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