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Friday
Jun252010

Make It Last All Day: My 5 Favorite Makeup Primers.

I am talking makeup here, my friends. Trying to have makeup stay put while making it look fresh all day is no easy task when using makeup alone. In case you have not heard, the answer to making it last all day is by using a primer. Primers are popping up from brands big and small, and not all are quite cracked up to what they should be. I have tested and tried my share of primers, and I am here to present you with the ones that have worked for me the best.

Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Makeup Primer - $25.00
I am a fan of Laura's Spackle Under Makeup Primer so when I saw a tinted version that can add a glow to my complexion, I had to buy it right away. This primer cools and soothes skin with Aloe Vera Gel, natural plant extracts and the powerful anti-oxidants, White Tea and Centella Asiatica. Choose from Champagne for an extra added pearly glow or Bronze for a touch of bronze color.

Purple Lab NYC Pearlesque Show Primer - $30.00
Pearlesque Show is a silicone-free primer, so if you are sensitive to silicones (dimethicone) this one will not bother you. Enriched with crushed pearls for a beautiful glow and other ingredients to not only smooth out skin to help makeup apply more evenly, it contains plumping peptides to help fill in lines and pores, any imperfections really. Other ingredients optically dfiffuse skin for a perfect looking finish. I love the soft scent too.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - $16.00
The travel sized version (in the most convenient sized tube!) of the famed Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is my fave. It is a constant in my traveling makeup bag and I can always rely on it to get my face through the longest and most harsh conditions. This is a heavy duty primer, meaning that I think it contains the heaviest blend of silicones, and I have heard from some that this does irritate them. Photo Finish contains vitamins A & E, along with Green Tea and Grape Seed Extract work to perfect as it preps your canvas (your face).

Luminizing Face Primer by Sally Hansen - $9.99
This is from the Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy line, and is another silicone-free primer. Skin-smoothing cork oak and olive leaf nourish your skin and deliver improved radiance while micronized pearls help to create a glow. If you are on a budget and are new to the primer categories, start with this one and you will not be disappointed. Makeup glides on more smoothly and just looks better, as it lasts throughout the day when using.

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer - $30.00
Laura Mercier is one to perfect the application of foundation, so when she created this primer, she took great care in making it work for all, especially those that are most sensitive or acne-prone. Oil-Free Foundation Primer is oil free and is a gel/cream hybrid that seems to sink into skin, not stay upon it as most primers do. Not to fret though, it does act as a barrier between the face and makeup, as this primer indeed keeps makeup looking its' best all day as powerful antioxidants of Vitamins A, C & E help to protect skin as it smoothes it out.

Did your favorite primer make my favorite list?

Reader Comments (9)

Yes, it is very hard, especially where I am now - on the Mediterranean shores of Middle East! It is hot and humid here and your face becomes shiny in sticky as soon as you switch off AC! Thanks a lot for your tips.
I rec'd sample of the LG Spackle in the past and liked it. Is the one you speak of the same, only tinted? Have you tried the original one?
These are looking very nice but they may have chance to harm your skin...
I do like the Smashbox one, but was wondering about MakeupForever? Have you tried any of theres?
I need to try these. Thank you for the informative post.
Elena - I hope you are enjoying your hot Mediterranean summer. I hope you have the chance to try one of these primers. I am sure you will find one that works really well.
Hi Chic Mommy - Yes, I have tried the original Laura Gellar Spackle and it works just as the tinted version does, just with a pearly finish (very soft) and not the extra tint.
Harlene - I am sorry, but I have not tried the MUFE primers. If I do, I will definitely post my thoughts.
Thanks for reviewing the Pearlesque Show Primer!

XOXO, MUAH!

-Karen.

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