First, we prime

Some people swear by them, some people think they’re completely useless. Me? I fall somewhere in the middle. I fear you all might take my hydrationqueen status away for saying this, but I find moisturizing primers to be completely useless. I hope to be proven wrong one day, but for now I’m regretfully sticking to this claim. If a moisturizing primer is what you need for your makeup to stay on better shouldn’t you just…use a moisturizer? I find them redundant.

For people with oily skin, or those who need their makeup to last longer, silicon based primers are pretty good. Problem is, many of them pill. This mainly occurs when the formula of the foundation is water based, as silicon and water based products do not mix well. However, a silicon based primer with a silicon based foundation on top are a match made in long-wearing makeup heaven. I rarely wear silicon based foundations anymore ever since switching to lighter coverage makeup looks. They do, however, work wonders on drunk nights out. When I go out dancing with friends, I always use a silicon primer and foundation. I’ve had my fair share of drunk nights out dancing, and I’ve gone through many a bottle of primers in these times. Though I may not recall much, let my still-flawless-foundation the morning after be a testament to two of these primers (one left me looking shinier than the disco ball at funk night). I assume this logic can be applied to other situations where one needs their makeup to last through long hot hours.

The first of the three primers I own is the Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer $44. I have a lot of questions, but first of all: how dare you?? No, seriously. I wish I thought to return this on time. My crusade against the hydrating primers didn’t begin here, but this is where it really solidified. Forty-four whole American dollars for a lightweight coconut scented moisturizer that does nothing to hold my foundation on any longer. Also, the name is really long and stupid. I might be holding a grudge here, but come on, $44 is a lot for pretty packaging and an ineffective product. Apparently there is a “coconut water-derived polysaccharide” that mimics synthetic primer’s qualities. I happen to disagree. It smells nice, it looks nice, it feels nice enough, but ultimately when I buy a primer I’m looking for it to provide an extension on the wear of my foundation.

Packaging: 5/5

  • Sturdiness  5/5
  • Functionality 5/5

Value for Price: 2.5/5

  • Amount of product per price 3/5
  • Approximate CPW (cost per wear) 2/5

Effectiveness: 1.5/5

  • Does the product do what it claims? 2/5
  • How does it compare to competitors in the market? 1/5

Total Rating: 3/5 

My favorite of the bunch is the Sisley Instant Perfect Priming Skin Corrector $72. I would like to acknowledge the insane price of this primer before going forward here. It’s really really high. It’s a small bottle. I would probably not purchase it for myself again, despite how much I love it. When I first got this product in a set of Sisley skincare, I ignored it. I was in my primers are useless phase. One night while I was getting ready to go out, I realized I had completely ran out of the primer I had been using for nights out. I almost surrendered to the fact that I would have to bake my makeup, until I remembered I had this buried in my skincare drawer. The texture of this product when smoothed over the face is incredible–it’s a soft satin silicon that feels equal parts hydrating and velvet. There’s an almost-cooling sensation as well and my face felt incredibly refreshed. My makeup lasted all night without suffering from the heat and my face-touching. Again, my only draw back for this product is the price, and I am most definitely looking for a dupe at a lower price point in the future, when I run out of the these three primers. If anyone knows of one please leave a comment!

Packaging: 5/5

  • Sturdiness  5/5
  • Functionality 5/5

Value for Price: 3/5

  • Amount of product per price 3/5
  • Approximate CPW (cost per wear) 3/5

Effectiveness: 5/5

  • Does the product do what it claims? 5/5
  • How does it compare to competitors in the market? 5/5

Total Rating: 4.3/5

The last primer that I own is The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer $7.90, an incredibly affordable silicon primer. This is my second favorite primer of all time! The Ordinary has blown up in the past year, and for good reason. Most of the products I’ve tried have been outstanding, and there’s really no beating the no-nonsense single-ingredient focused, beautifully packaged products that they provide. This primer features “flexibility silicons”  to “help avoid the unnatural and uneven accumulation of pigments” around the eyes and on dry skin. The primer is advertised as a a fluid, hydrating, serum-like silicon primer for those with dry skin, who want lasting power to their dewy looks. I think it does quite a good job. I like using it around the sides of my nose during the day and all over on nights out. It definitely prevents oil from forming on my face, and hold’s my makeup down for a few hours more than it would normally last. The price is unbeatable, and a tiny-bit of this primer goes a really long way on the face. The high-spreadability silicons, whatever those are, definitely work. There’s no drag on the skin when applying, and it doesn’t feel heavy the way other silicon primers can. For silicon primers this is the total package.

Packaging: 5/5

  • Sturdiness  5/5
  • Functionality 5/5

Value for Price: 5/5

  • Amount of product per price 5/5
  • Approximate CPW (cost per wear) 5/5

Effectiveness: 5/5

  • Does the product do what it claims? 5/5
  • How does it compare to competitors in the market? 5/5

Total Rating: 5/5

Are there any primers that you love and swear by? Do you think I’m an uncultured fuck for not loving hydrating primers? Comment down below and have a lovely day!

 

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