Face Primer Recommendations? All Brands Welcome!

leaveyourlove

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i need help finding a primer!

i've never found a primer that actually improves my skin texture or made my foundation stay on any longer. I've tried MUFE HD in green because of all my redness, i didn't notice any results , I've also tried both of MAC's primer with no luck.

I have combo skin, not very oily- so any recommendations?
Preferably something from nordstrom or sephora.
Thank you so much!
 

Candy Christ

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Re: i need help finding a primer!

I use Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel and it's AMAZING! I have normal to combination skin and my friend has combination to oily skin and it works for him also. It keeps your makeup on ALL DAY and I don't need to touch up at all and trust me, by 11 I used to really need to touch up. It's only eight dollars (well in New York at least) and you don't need a lot. Just make sure you moisturize before and let it sink in AND that you let the gel dry before you do your foundation. It's the best primer I've ever tried.
 

vixo

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Re: i need help finding a primer!

What about Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch ?

It has got great reviews on the sephora site.

I thought about getting it, but since my skin is too oily, I gave it up.



 

rhiannon

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Face primer?

Recently moving to a warmer climate + oily skin is no fun, and I'm having trouble with my foundation! I use clinique superbalanced, it's the only foundation I can use which is gentle enough on my skin. But i've been looking for a primer... MAC or smashbox? I've heard good things about both, but I'm a student and want to go on the cheaper end... any suggestions are useful!
 

gigiopolis

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Re: Face primer?

Have you thought of trying Monistat Anti-Chafing gel? It's very similar in texture (and ingredients) to the Smashbox Photofinish primer. Instantly mattifies the skin and I feel like it makes my foundation go on smoother and last a bit longer. PLUS it's cheap!!
 

gildedangel

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Re: Face primer?

I would try the Monistat first, but if it doesn't work for you I really like the MAC P+P with SPF 50, it doesn't break me out.
 

xphoenix06

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Re: Face primer?

I really like Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer Light, it has great oil control for me and has never broken me out. MAC Prep and Prime is very similar to Smashboxs' Primer, just the MAC primer feels more like a moisturizer.
You should try the Monistat first and see if it works for you, I think it's a fraction of the prices of both primers for Smashbox and MAC. If you decide on getting a primer from MAC, get the original and not the one with spf 50. The thought of a primer with spf in it sounds great but that product isn't effective as the others. By far I think Smashbox primer Light is the best out of the four though.
 

BEA2LS

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Re: Face primer?

i am going to bump this old thread instead of starting a new one.
i love primers for foundation but am on a budget.. does anyone know if any drug store ones are good?
 

highonmac

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Re: Face primer?

I agree with trying out monistat. It really depends on your skin type and whether it is sensitive or not. Seeing as you use a foundation that is gentle no your skins sort of implies most products have compatibility issues with your face. For me, things like smashbox, monistat and prep and prime made my skin break out because it contained silicon in it. My recommendation is Korres Primer which is like 99.8 % natural and does not contain silicon. It is pricier but IMO when it comes to my face I do not want to risk it. Some primers made my skin so bad that I had to spend MORE money just to get it back to what it was.


But try monistat simply because its inexpensive. Hopefully all works out.
 

nikkic

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Re: Face primer?

Have you tried a thin layer of Milk of Magnesia? For me that's the only thing that helps. Monostat, Laura Mercier, and Smashbox don't do a thing. Also don't put any lotion, sunscreen, etc. on your oily areas in the morning.
There's also another one by Boots sold at Target that you could try, but it doesn't work as well as plain Milk of Magnesia.
 

makeba

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Re: Face primer?

i agree with Korres Face Primer being a good item for you to try. i purchased it from Sephora during their F/F sale and its the best by far.
 

2browneyes

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Re: Face primer?

I like Revlon's face primer. I think it costs about $12 or $13...not bad, especially during a BOGO sale!!!!!!!
 

venusmichellee

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Re: Foudation primer...

I really like Smashbox photo finish foundation primer. it makes your skin super soft and ready for foundation. I also think that Laura Mercier Silk Cream is a wonderful foundation to use with this primer.
What kind of foundation do you use with this primer?
 

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