Makeup Bag Minimalism : #1 Primer

October 12, 2014


So here it is, the first step in my makeup routine: Primer. And hence, the first post in my makeup bag minimalism series.

I know not everyone wears primer. Depending on your skin type, you might get enough wear from your foundation without. If, however, you find your makeup sliding off your face within 30 minutes of application, this might be the solution. I have seen a huge difference in longevity since I started with the primer. Now we are inseparable.

There are (obviously) loads of primers on the market, and you want to find one that works best for your skin. I’ve just recently started using this Nars Pore Refining number (above), but I previously always used Laura Mercier – I’ve used both Normal and Radiance.

Aside: Laura Mercier is a bit of a running theme for me. This is because I went to a Laura Mercier (consumer) event at Space NK a little while ago, where I tried out and stocked up on lots of products from the range, some of which have lasted, and others which I’ve liked enough to repurchase.

I find the formulation of Nars and LM very similar – a translucent, white, fairly runny liquid. Both are very light, don’t feel clogging and are easy to apply (with fingers). The Radiance version from Laura Mercier has a slight pearlescence to it. I actually liked it a lot when I used to use it (much better than the LM Radiance Tinted Moisturiser, which gets a NO from me). At the time I was going for that dewy, glowy look. It was pretty subtle though, which is always good thing.

Laura Mercier has tonnes of primer options: Hydrating, Oil-Free, Mineral etc. They do the basics really well, so I would definitely recommend trying them out and finding your favourite.  Nars also has a couple of other options, including an SPF one, and like Laura Mercier, they also offer their own version of “Radiance”, or in their case “Light Optimising“. So that’s another option if you like a slightly dewy finish to your makeup.

Another brand that has a huge range and very good primer reputation is Smashbox. This might be another good place to start if you’re thinking of dabbling. They also offer their primers in a travel size for £12.50 so you don’t have to shell out the full £25 for the big tube.

But remember, always try before you buy!

Laura Mercier Normal | Radiance | Nars Pore Refining | Smashbox


P.S. I haven’t included any budget beauty options, mainly because I don’t have any genuine recommendations, but also because I’m generally happy to invest a little bit in good staples. If you have any great budget options let me know in the comments!

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