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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Budget Beauty {{Primers}} Reviews

If you are like me, then you LOVE face and eye primers. Even when a product says that it has a primer in it, I still use a primer. I love the way that they can make your skin feel and the wearability they provide for eye shadows. I have rounded up a group of primers that I have personally tried to give you my honest reviews.

ELF Eyeshadow Primer is a primer that I love to use on a daily basis. It costs $3 and you can find it anywhere. It helps eye shadows to keep their pigmentation, not crease throughout the day, and not bleed or flake. Definitely worth the $3 price tag.

Mica Beauty Eye Primer is something I received in my ipsy bag. I have to say, it has not disappointed. It retails for $45, but on their website is on sale for $22. I use a minuscule amount every day, so it definitely gives you bang for your buck. Much like it's $3 counterpart- it helps eye shadows to keep their pigmentation, not crease throughout the day, and not bleed or flake.

NYX Studio Perfect Primer comes in a variety of shades and is supposed to be a dupe for smash box primers. I bought it in the green color, which corrects redness. For me, this foundation primer dried my skin out and did not help my foundation go on smoothly. Worth the $13? For me, no.

ELF Mineral Primer is another dupe for the smash box primer. Again, it comes in a variety of shades to fit your skin needs and I bought it in green. It comes in a large pump bottle, which is nice. The primer itself goes on smoothly, feels light on the skin and does help even out the skin tone. The only con I had was that the bottle is large, but the amount inside is approximately 25% of the bottle. It has a tube inside filled with product. Worth the $6 price tag? Yes, but don't expect it to last too long.

Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer retails for $8 and can be found anywhere. It promises to smooth, resurface, brighten, mattify, and protect. For me, it came out gritty and didn't have the staying power to keep my foundation on all day looking dewy fresh like expected. I would assume the gritty feeling was the smoothing and resurfacing power at work, but I didn't particularly enjoy nor like that.

Benefit Stay Flawless is a product I wanted to try after seeing it around the blog world. It retails for $38, can be found at specific makeup retailers (Ulta, Sephora, Beauty Brands), and is a stick form. Again, the packaging on this is misleading as it holds product  approximately 50% of the tube size. For me, the formula was sticky and the stick was hard to use. I wasn't able to get the product into the nooks and crannies of my face, where I feel as if I need product the most (around the nose, under the eyes, etc.). Not worth the $38 to me.

What primers have you tried? Which do you love?


  1. I haven't tried any of these! How, I am not sure?? I have used Smashbox and Make Up Forever primers in the past and while I liked their texture, I don't feel like they did anything for my make up long term. I am using Rimmell BB cream right now and I really like it. It also has SPF in it which is a huge benefit for me.

    I may need to try the ELF eye primer. I have used Urban Decay for YEARS and was obsessed but now? I feel like maybe the formula has changed. I get creases in the upper part of my lid by mid day now. Not cool UD, not cool at all.

  2. I have used the rimmel primer and i really like it. I have also tried the UD and the Too Faced primers, both great.


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