10th January 2017

Everything You Need To Know About Choosing A Luxury Primer

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Don’t be sceptical – primers work! From product finishes to skin types, choosing a suitable base for your complexion doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.

I know what you’re looking for. You want a primer that will feel comfortable, prolong your makeup and create the smoothest, baby soft base. Well, voilà! Everything you need to know about choosing a luxury primer awaits below. Are you ready to find your perfect base?

 

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Important factors to consider:

1) Your skin type – A moisturising primer won’t benefit an oily skin type. Match your concerns with the credentials of your chosen primer to boost and enhance your foundation’s current longevity levels.

2) Texture preference – If consistency is important to you, the texture of your chosen primer is essential. Creams, gels, balms are available… choose wisely.

3) Your foundation consistency – Most primers work perfectly with any foundation. However, those who like a powder foundation may want to wait an extra few minutes to apply. The contrasting consistencies can mean that the products need extra time to blend perfectly together!
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1) Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Makeup Base

For me, Dior Forever & Ever Wear is an essential step to ensure my makeup lasts all day. The difference with this primer is that it’s enriched with soft focus and mattifying powders, so those with oily skin can feel secure knowing its non-oily formulation will lock their favourite foundation in place. It’s ‘Poreless Effect’ technology specifically targets any pore-related problems (dryness, dilating, etc) to keep you looking beautifully matte all day long.

Recommended skin type: All, particularly oily
Primer Finish: Non-shiny radiance
Primer Texture: Fluid to powder

 

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2) Givenchy Mister Smooth Smoothing Primer

Mister Smooth by name, Mister Smooth by nature, I can’t describe in words how soft this primer actually is. Flaky skin, be gone and enlarged pores can now be a thing of the past with this one. Your canvas has never been so flawless than with the Mister Smooth Smoothing Primer. If you’re looking for a perfectly even base that’s baby soft, then this one is for you.

Recommended skin type: All, particularly patchy
Primer Texture: Opalescent to transparent
Primer Finish: Smooth

 

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3) Guerlain Meteorites Base

Ah, Guerlain! Everybody knows that if a glow is what you need, Meteorites is where it’s at. Combining the skin-awakening power of Stardust Technology and the irresistible scent of parma violets, the Meteorites Base primer is a veil of sheer luxury for those who lack in the radiance department. Dewy, glowy and all round angelic, dull skin tones need to give this primer a whirl.

Recommended skin type: Dull
Primer Texture: Gel
Primer Finish: Sheer and glowing

 

 

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4) Bare Minerals Prime Time

Preservative-free and mineral-based, the bareMinerals Prime Time primer will be the perfect veil for those who like to keep things simple. This award-winner works perfectly with powder based foundations; it won’t clog your pores or be too heavy on your skin. Seamless in every which way, choose Prime Time if you break out or react to products easily.

Recommended skin type: Sensitive skin
Primer Texture: Velvety
Primer Finish: Matte

 

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5)  Hylamide HA Blur Hyaluronic-Based Prismatic Blurring Surface Finisher

For those worried about a primer clinging on to dry patches or a primer drying your skin out, this one is for you. Not just your basic primer, the Hylamide HA Blur Hyaluronic-Based Prismatic Blurring Surface Finisher features the proven power of hyaluronic acid hydration in powder form to keep your skin plumped and hydrated throughout the day. Blurring, smoothing and comforting, I highly recommend this primer (especially if you like a soft focus effect) with or without makeup.

Recommended skin type: Dehydrated/dry skin
Primer Texture: Balmy
Primer Finish: Blurred

 

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6) Laura Geller Spackle Under Make-up Primer Neutralizer

A primer so good, Laura Geller developed it into 9 different formulations! The Spackle Under Make-Up Primer Neutralizer is renowned for its smooth surface properties. Our customers love this Neutralizer edition as it colour corrects an uneven skin tone with its subtle peach undertone. Kind-to-skin and oil-free, expect your skin to feel comfortably cushioned, and unwanted veins and freckles to be diffused.

Recommended skin type: Pigmented/Uneven
Primer texture: Fluid/cream
Primer finish: Radiant

 

Over to you!

Which primer would you like to try the most? Let me know in the comments box below or chat to me on Twitter, here!

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  • Beautyqueenuk

    Love love love Hylamide Blur but am undecided whether to repurchase or try something new. I love the sound of bareMinerals but have never tried them as a brand x

    • escentual

      It’s an incredible primer, Rachel! In fact, I adore Deciem as a whole, HA Blur is definitely up there with my favourites from their ranges. Ooh, fancying a change, are you?

      The main differences are:
      1) HA Blur has the plumping benefits, whereas Prime Time is solely a makeup primer
      2) Prime Time’s texture is way more velvety than HA Blur
      Do you prefer skincare benefits in a primer? If so, stick with HA!

      I hope this helps 🙂 – Chelsey

    • escentual

      It’s an incredible primer, Rachel! In fact, I adore Deciem as a whole, HA Blur is definitely up there with my favourites from their ranges. Ooh, fancying a change, are you?

      The main differences are:
      1) HA Blur has the plumping benefits, whereas Prime Time is solely a makeup primer
      2) Prime Time’s texture is way more velvety than HA Blur
      Do you prefer skincare benefits in a primer? If so, stick with HA!

      I hope this helps 🙂 – Chelsey

  • Amy

    I’d like to try the Gurlain Meteorites and the L’Or 🙂 xx