Primers are a relatively new product in the cosmetic arena. These are products meant to make the skin look more flawless, minimize pores, and fill in fine lines. The claims are that by using these products you will look flawless and it will prevent your makeup from fading due to the fact that there is a barrier between your skin and your makeup. I’ve also heard claims that this helps to “seal” moisturizers into your skin so that it doesn’t mix with your makeup and break it down on your face.
I can NOT in any way verify any of these claims. I only know what my personal experience with these products had been.
When primers first started out, there were only one or two companies making them. Most famously the Smashbox line of cosmetics. Their primers have since morphed into several different formulations. Also, Laura Geller from QVC fame puts out one called Spackle (the most appropriately named, in my opinion). These are the first I remember hitting the market. Then came Clarins, theirs was a little different, instead of the gel like consistency, it wad more of a pale pink, very silky smooth, Play-Do texture. It was also an instant hit in the line and continues to be a very strong seller.
The four I show here are all ones I’ve tried. My favorite is the Maybelline. The Clarins for some reason did not agree with my skin at all, but thankfully I had a sample if it, so no harm done. The Urban Decay formulation didn’t seem to do anything at all for me, I saw no noticeable difference. The L’Oreal was recent purchase and I haven’t tested it enough to form an opinion.
However, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind is so far, the front runner. It smooths on nicely and also helps absorb oil. It doesn’t make me look flawless, but it does seem to help my makeup apply more smoothly and last a good deal longer. It also claims to add a pink luminescence to the skin which I don’t notice at all.
I also want to mention a small online E-tailer of fabulous mineral makeup called Fyrianne.com. They make a fantastic silicone primer in two formulations for the very economical price of about $5.50 a jar. I went through 2 jars before I was lured by other brands, but I do highly recommend them. They also have the most beautiful and unusually named mineral makeup I know of.
Like any new product you will have to see for yourself works for you. I can only offer you my educated opinion of these products.
So, my darling Lemmingista’s, are YOU ready for Prime(er) Time?????