A primer can perform various functions:
- it serves as a "stage" for your makeup to truly shine and last longer
- it preps your skin
- it smooths out imperfections, fills in gaps and pores
- it will prolong your makeup's staying power and potency
There are also different kinds of primers depending on which problem you wish to address. Some primers take care of dull skin, some even out redness, and others do what they do best. It really depends on what you want to achieve.
Since I've been doing it all wrong, I am now contemplating on which primer to get. I hope you can help me decide. Here are a few options:
Contender #1: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
This one costs about $36 or Php 1634. Lots of makeup artists and experts swear by this product. Here's the product description (from Smashbox): Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation to increase longevity, our best-selling primer helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish. Oil-free!
Contender #2: Etude House Aloha Ice Sherbet Primer Limited Edition
|This one costs about Php 578. Aside from its prepping power, it also has a cool after-effect upon application. In this Philippine heat, who can say no to a little chill? (Photo is from cosmo.ph)|
Contender #3: The Face Shop FACE IT Magic Cover BB Cream SPF 20
|I forgot to take note of the price. BB creams (or Blemish Balm creams) have triple the power of a normal primer. They also have whitening properties and built-in sunscreen. (Photo: cosmo.ph)|
Contender #4: Colour Collection Gluta Whitening BB Cream
|This one will cost you about Php 379. According to cosmo.ph, it's a whitening cream, moisturizer, toner, sunscreen, and makeup primer in one! Whew!|
So, what will it be, thrifty gals? Is Smashbox worth a splurge? Or will the other more affordable alternatives will do (for now)? Just a reminder, primers are not an absolute necessity but using one can go a long way. If you have a long day ahead, this will definitely keep your makeup intact all throughout the day. However, for girls like me who have combination skin and have minor flaws here and there, primers can be our best friends.
What's your favorite makeup primer?