What Primer Should I Buy?

Happy Hump Day!

Sunny days and working late are probably the worst combination. How is everybody’s day going?

I am in need of a new primer, but before I go out and buy one, I wanted your thoughts. I am almost completely out of myΒ Maybelline FaceStudio Primer, which you all know I am obsessed with. I love trying out new products, so I am deciding if I should stick with my primer that I have been non-stop talking about or If I should buy something else, maybe more high end. I have been thinking about the primer from Smashbox, but I wanted to get your opinions first.

I do want a primer that will blur out the redness, as I really do love that aspect of Maybellines.

What are your thoughts?

68 thoughts on “What Primer Should I Buy?

  1. I recommend Stila One Step Correct; it’s a swirly blend of green, lavender & peach with serum and it’s amazing on skin with redness. If you find you have redness, sometimes it’s best to use a redness-reducing moisturizer as your morning moisturizer, after a while this will eliminate your need for a “green primer”. Try or ask for samples of Reversa Anti-Redness Soothing Care and/or Bioderma Sensibio AR Anti-Redness Care.

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  2. (I didn’t read all the previous comments, so hopefully no one has talked about this one already)! Buuuuut, I recently ordered Smashbox “try it” kit and in it was their Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I used it today for the first time, and was very impressed! It goes on very smooth and matte and my foundation did not move. It is oil free and I did notice my face did not get as oily throughout the day.

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  3. Laura Mercier! Its wonderful primer! I have done a review on it. You wont regret it. πŸ˜‰ Another one to consider is Bare Minerals Complexion Recovery. Understand from sephora sales lady that this also acts like a primer. You should test this out at Sephora! Else try the primer by korean company, VDL. They are also known for their primers that helps tp correct complexion. Hope these helps.

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    • Thank you! This helps a lot! When it comes to primers, I have only been using them for a short while, so I know some that are great. I need to make a trip to Sephora and get testers, so I can get a feel for each one. I love Laura Mercier, so I am hoping to get a tester of hers.
      Thank you again πŸ™‚

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  4. Maybellines baby blur primer is good! i know its not high end but i find it works really well and feels so light on my skin..
    the other one i used to use was the body shop wonder blur, even though its not an actual primer it works as one and completely removes the redness and evens the skin tone. but i stopped using it because it felt heavy on my skin personally but i know loads of people that use it and love it! x

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    • Maybelline products are so great! There is never anything wrong with them, well at least in my opinion. I need that light feeling on my skin or else it’s a no go.
      I heard about the wonder blur but wasn’t sure how people were liking it. Thank you for the suggestions πŸ™‚

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  5. Drugstore alternative, an oldie but goodie…. Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer and for summer I pick Rimmel Stay Matte Primer to control the shine.

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    • Stay Matte Primer is my other fave! I used it so often and then I discovered Maybelline’s! I really do love that one. I haven’t tried Fix & Perfect yet….but I have been on a Rimmel kick as of late, so maybe that will be next.
      Thank you πŸ™‚

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  6. I really like Benefit’s Porefessional for the coverage it has. I rotate wearing it with Cover FX Mattifying Primer, and Pixi Flawless and Poreless, depending on my plans. They’re all decent but Porefessional is definitely my favorite of the three.

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  7. Everybody that is saying Smashbox primers is totally correct! I love mine but I use the one that is for really oily skin, which it sounds like you should be using the green tinted one πŸ™‚

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  8. I love using my MAC CC cream in yellow. I have a lot of redness and the yellow helps cancel it out and the best part is that it is a primer with SPF 30 which is awesome since I don’t like piling on too many products on my face. It is $30 but you can go in to ask for samples and they will make you one πŸ™‚ xoxo Janet

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    • I had no idea that yellow cancels out redness, I learn something new every day ha ha. Thank you for the suggestion! I am such a newbie with MAC, but I haven’t had one complaint with any of the products I do have.
      xox

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      • Yes I love it!!! They have a powder and cream version and I use the cream version. I have red all over my face and I love that it covers it all up and gives me the sun protection I need. Before I bought it I was also a little cheap to pay for it so I would ask for samples constantly of that and their BB Cream lol. I finally caved when I realized I actually would use the stuff all the time πŸ™‚

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  9. I only use the green Smashbox primer and I LOVE it! I have fairy red skin and it completely evens it out. It’s not heavy on my skin either, which I love, and it can be worn alone, which I also love! Apparently you can get super small sizes I case you don’t want to commit to the full size πŸ˜‰

    Good luck!

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    • That is the one I have been thinking about!! I was originally going to buy it but I opted out for Maybelline’s instead because it was obviously a lot cheaper. I definitely need that coverage for my red skin.
      Thank you so much!

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      • For sure, Smashbox is expensive… But a little goes a long way with this product, which is nice. Also, I was told by a few makeup artists that Smashbox effectively invented primer so they only use them!

        I tried the Clinique redness reducing primer, and it’s really thick and you need a lot. It didn’t do for me what I thought it could.

        I’m really hoping you get a bunch of samples and review them! Can’t wait to read πŸ™‚

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        • Smashbox definitely seems like the winner! They are expensive, but I have a few of their products and I can’t say anything bad about them. A lot of people rave about their primers, so I am thinking that is what I am leaning to. I am glad you told me about Clinique because I hate thickness! I need to have a primer that is so light and works effectively. I will for sure get a bunch of samples! I love testing various products out!
          And yay, you’re Canadian too! I just saw your other comment πŸ™‚

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      • So I usually don’t do this I share my love of a product and then people usually come to me and want to know more. So I was a little hesitant to post this but I feel I must! Yes I’m biased because I am a consultant for the company but Glorious Primer is something I just can’t live without. I am obsessssssssssssedd with making everyone’s look complete. If you know me you don’t leave Brittany’s chair until your whole look is on point. Like I can do a fade in like 5 minutes then literally spend 20 minutes blending it and making it perfect. So with that said I was trying to find a good short video because Im still working on my personal tutorials. So its meh But you will get the idea its WAY BETTER IN PERSON. Point is I use this primer numerous times daily on myself or my clients whether its makeup or hair. I use this on super long hair because as you know all the ends were at one point at the top so they tend to frizz up. Also after a color Bleach especially!…It’s gonna look frizzy and I used to use expensive silk serum drops but have now switched to the primer. I love how its versatile like that because its nature based! Haha wow just left you a novel don’t think I have ranted that long about a totally different use for a product than it was ment for. So i’ll keep it short unless I get excited again.
        So as for your face and using this product I don’t think I have ever in my 10 year career as a stylist that I’ve ever come across a primer that literally works for every skin type. I think that and the fact that it actually heals your skin is my favorite thing. Since I know your a beauty blogger I used to never leave home or show up for a wedding without Urban decay’s de-slick setting spray and Clinque and their super primer. That;s how safe I feel about this product it sets doesn’t go anywhere even after hours and hours. It gives your skin a glow too! Im more of a an eye and bronzer girl but I put this on all over my face plus it accents my pigments and makes them pop. So last corny note I dunno why but I refer to it as my Optimus Prime! hahah kinda a dumb running joke. I hope this help!

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        • You are seriously the best! I love that you took the time to type all of that out and my response back is gonna be half of that lol. Thank you for the link, I will have to watch it! I always trust the people who swear by a product because you know it works! This has helped a lot and once again, thank you a ton πŸ™‚

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          • No worries Like I said I normally don’t just reach out and promote my products. Its weird when you start selling something how it changes. Im totally watching your blog and If I can help or suggest any products I will. I was a MUA for 10 years and now im kinda just doing the mom and hair stylist thing. But Im very educated on lots of brands and products.
            Thanks! Brittany

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            • Thank you! I appreciate it a lot. It’s always nice to know that there are people out there willing to help someone else out. I am by no means an expert when it comes to makeup, but I feel like I have enough experience to comment. But of course, there is always someone who knows more and that is when I become so appreciative. It means a lot πŸ™‚

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              • You seem to be doing something people like cause you have so many followers I’m in awe! Haha as I sit with my 3. I just started though. How did you collect them all? (Almost want to put a Pokemon joke here)

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              • Pokemon was my first thought when you asked haha. I follow a lot of people is really my main secret. I see posts that I am interested in and then I just start to follow. Then I find that others will follow me back. Also, comment like no ones business! I found that helped a lot πŸ™‚

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