My Makeup Collection Vol 1 The Primers

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m coming to you with part 1 of my new series called My Makeup Collection … I’ll go in depth to help you choose primers that are right for you. So let’s get started ….

*Note all swatches done are on bare clean skin with nothing underneath and I have only swatched the glowy primers*

The Illuminating Primers:

Typically I use my illuminating primers as a second primer step to get that added glow. I find that an illuminating primer doesn’t help with the longevity of my foundations on their own….

Believe Beauty Body Illuminator- Golden Glow $5 for.85 fluid ounces of product – sold only at Dollar General stores. This isn’t really a primer It’s more of a liquid highlighter but I use it very lightly as a glow lotion under my foundation. A very little is all you need as this one is super reflective. It’s creamy but not greasy and it does have just the faintest hint of glitter … this is only noticeable if you use too much of this product.

L’Oreal Infallible Glow-Lock Illuminating Primer $12.99 for 1 fluid ounce at Ulta. This primer claims that it leaves skin with a healthy, radiant glow that lasts all day. It is a very nice primer and has a champagne sheen. I do find that this is one of the few “glow primers” that actually does aid in foundation longevity.

J Cat Beauty Prime & Glow Face Illuminator with Licorice Extract $7.99 for 1.05 fluid ounces at Ulta. This primer claims to provide luminosity to the skin while licorice extract fights aging and brightens the skin. I don’t really see a huge illumination with this primer … I like to use it on light makeup and no makeup days. I don’t typically use this under foundation since it’s so subtle.

Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer $15.99 for 1 fluid ounce on their website. It claims to be an universally flattering illuminating primer that blurs, corrects, and protects to deliver a radiant, spotlight glow. I don’t reach for this primer often… there is a ton of micro glitters in this primer. When I do use it I use it sparingly (over the tops of the cheek bones and along the bridge of the nose only) because if not I end up looking like a disco ball.

BECCA Backlight Priming Filter $39 for 1 fluid ounce at Ulta and Sephora . I just love this primer so much! I wear it even when I’m not wearing any makeup because it just gives this lit from within glow to the face that is so pretty without looking like you have product on your face. This is also another glow primer that I do use under foundation, it works very well as a first primer. There is no glitter at all in this primer. I have repurchased this primer several times over the years. I use this one mainly as a glow drop mix in to my foundations.

MAC Strobe Cream Mini (in the shade pinklite) $16 for 1 fluid ounce at Ulta. You can purchase the full sized, in several shades for $35 for 1.7 fluid ounces, at Ulta here or at MAC here (MAC also has the mini of pinklite for $16). I purchased the mini because I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. There was so much hype about this cream a few years ago. It’s nice but I really don’t see what all the hype was about. This is pretty when worn alone, it gives a healthy glow to bare skin but I really don’t see much of a glow when I use it under foundation. I’m glad I got the chance to try it out but I don’t see myself repurchasing this item in the future.

AOA Studio Wonder Skin – Illuminating Primer $1 for .67 fluid ounces on the Shop Miss A website. For being only 1 buck this primer is such a great little find! It has not glitter and the glow you get is pretty. It remains me a lot of the BECCA Backlight Primer. I sometimes mix this one into my foundation for added shine.

Catrice Light Correcting Serum Primer $10.99 for .47 fluid ounces of product. It comes in 3 shades, I own Candlelight. I’ve purchased this a few times over the past year. It’s such a beautiful primer to use as a glow drop mix in to foundation. I don’t like to use this one alone or under foundation, preferring to use it as a mix in medium.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter $44 for 1 fluid ounce at Sephora. It comes in 7 shades (sadly none for richly deep skin tones but there is one for light deep skin tones). I have the shade 3 for light/medium skin tones. This is an amazing this product! I have to say hands down my favorite illuminating item I have owned in the past 4 years. I have used this alone on no makeup days but I just don’t like it on it’s own. I prefer that if I’m using it as my main face product that I bounce a hint of tinted moisturizer over the top for just a bit of added coverage. This is a hefty price tag for a primer but it’s so worth it and 1 pull of the doe-foot is all I need for my full face.

VDL  Lumilayer Primer $32 for 1.1 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. This is another super pretty illuminating primer. This is one of the few glow primers that I actually use as a base primer. It doesn’t have any glitter that shine you see in the swatch picture is actually blue and pink pearlescence . This isn’t going to give you high glass skin shine but what it does give you is the ethereal glow to the skin when worn under foundation. I purchased this one on recommendation from YouTube MUA Robert Welsh . It just looked so pretty when he used it in a video that I purchased it that same day! This is the newest of glow primers to my collection and out of all my base primers (those that I actually use as primer before foundation) this is my favorite one.

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter $45 for .8 fluid ounces of product at Sephora. It comes in 2 colors, I have it in the Dew You? shade. This is actually a liquid highlighter but I use it as a base primer sometimes and other times as a mix in. There is not glitter in it but it is highly reflective. I’ve had this bottle for (scared to say …) a little over 4 years and I still have 1/2 a bottle. While I do like it some times, it’s just not one I reach for much. I don’t see myself repurchasing this one when I run out. It’s a big ticket item and I have other liquid highlighters that are cheaper and (in my opinion) better.

Profusion Way to Glow Liquid Illuminator $15 in a kit on the profusion website. I purchased this for my Week 1 of March 2020 beauty haul and to be honest the best part of this kit were the 2 makeup brushes that came with the kit. The loose highlighters that came in the kit were chunky and messy and highly glittery. This liquid illuminator is cute but I just don’t find myself reaching for it hardly ever. I’ve moved it to my vanity in my chopping block jar to try and remind myself to try it out a few more times to see if I will be keeping it or not.

Pixi by Petra Flawless Beauty Primer $22 for 1.01 fluid ounces on the Pixi website and at Target . I love this stuff. I’m actually wearing it today, I put a little on to give my skin a glow when I went to pick up my Ulta order today. I use this one as a stand alone product and sometimes as a glow drop mix in medium. It just leaves this beautiful glow to the skin. I’m happy to have this in my collection.

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Dewy Face Primer Dewy Lumineux $5.99 for .84 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. This primer looks great under makeup but doesn’t play well with all my foundations… I find it works best with drug store foundations but not so much with my high end foundations. There is no glitter in this primer and it does do well as a mix in medium for my drug store foundations and any BB or CC cream that I have.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glow Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops $14.99 for .47 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. This is actually a liquid highlighter that comes in a cool tone and a warm tone. I have the cool toned called Daybreak. I don’t use this as a stand alone liquid highlighter because it’s got micro glitter in it … I use it 2 drops at a time as a glow mix in medium mixes with my foundations.

Pore Filling Primers :

*Note: from here on through I will not be swatching my primers … since they go clear it didn’t make any sense for me to take of storage memory for my website to swatch the rest of the primers.*

ELF Poreless Putty Primer $8 for .74 ounces of product at Ulta (also carried at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS and also on the ELF website). I missed placed mine somehow when we rearranged the bedroom … so this is just a jpeg from Ulta’s website. This has a creamy consistency and blurs the pores effortlessly. It works well with other primes and does not pill up. I have been know to use this as an all over face primer a time or two and it worked just fine. I’ve heard it’s a spot on dupe for the Tacha pore primer but I haven’t tried that one (due to the price tag). It’s a really good pore blurring primer.
Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer $37 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Sephora. This primer doesn’t fill in the pores like the ELF one does, but it does truly blur the skin (without leaving the skin looking matte), it even blurs the small wrinkle between my brows. It’s a good primer, I’d repurchase it again, if I could get it on sale. I just don’t need another primer in my collection and so I wouldn’t actively seek out to repurchase it.
Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer $39 for .5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and also Sephora . I really like this one it does the best out of all my pore primers… it’s just the price is so stink’n expensive for only 1/2 ounce of product (grated you really don’t need much of this product, a tiny swipe on the finger is enough for the pores around my nose and on either side of the nose). I think I may repurchase this one when I’ve finished it up … I would have to think about it because the price tag is just so high and the ELF one is under $6.
Dr Brandt Pores No More Pore Refining Primer $45 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta. I really don’t know how I feel about this product. First off the smell is gross (if smells medicinal). It feels greasy on the face. It doesn’t really fill in the pores, it just blurs the skin. You also have to be careful about how much you use … a little too much and this one pills like crazy. For this price tag the product should do what it says it does. I will use up the one I have but I will not be repurchasing it.
Catrice Cosmetics Prime and Fine Poreless Blur Primer $7.99 for 1.05 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. Ya this one does nothing to hide the pores and it doesn’t even blur the face. It’s an OK face primer but it’s nothing to write home about.
NYX Pore Filler $14 for .67 fluid ounces of product from Ulta. This was actually the first pore filling primer I ever tried. It gets the job done but it’s a bit gritty. You also can’t use it as an all over primer … it will pill up if you do. I just take a dime sized amount and press it into the pores around my nose and sides of the nose as well and that’s it… so one bottle lasts me a very long time.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer (discontinued). I can not wait to be rid of this primer! It does absolutely nothing , no pore filling, no blurring, and doesn’t really work as an all day primer. It’s an OK primer for being in the house or if you only will be wearing your makeup for a short time, it just doesn’t hold up to a full day of makeup wearing. It also leaves a weird white cast to the skin. I just never really enjoyed this one.
Flower Beauty In Your Prime Pore-Minimizing Primer $10.99 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta. This is another pore minimizing primer that doesn’t fill in the pores but does blur the face. It’s a pleasant primer and I think I will repurchase it again when I’ve used it up. It’s also moisturizing too.

Blurring Primers:

Physicians Formula Spotlight Blurring Primer $14.95 for 1 fluid ounce of product on their website. This primer really does blur the face and it’s a pretty good primer. I’ll use it up but am not sure if I will repurchase it or not … depends on if they still make it (they tend to discontinue products frequently).
HourGlass Veil Mineral Primer $54 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Sephora. This one leaves my skin velvety smooth and blurred to perfection. I love this primer so much. I just hate the price tag a heap. I already know I will be forking over the dough to repurchase this one.
NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer $16 for 1.02 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. This primer is a spot on dupe for the HourGlass Veil Mineral Primer and I do mean a spot on dupe! It’s velvety smooth and lasts all day and pairs great with any foundation I put over top of it. It’s a definite favorite in my collection.

Moisturizing Primers:

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Breathable Primer $6.99 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Walgreens (also sold at Walmart). I dislike this primer. It’s sticky and greasy all at one time. It doesn’t play well with most of my foundations and I dislike the scent … I keep it as a reference but I never use it … I think I will declutter it soon.
Milani Prime Perfection Hydrating Face Primer $9.99 for .68 fluid ounces at Ulta. This is a great hydrating primer. Feels really good on the face and holds my foundation in place all day without fading.
Believe Beauty Pretty and Primed Hydrating Primer $5 for 1 fluid ounce of product only at Dollar General stores. This is a super moisturizing primer. It’s not an all day long wear primer but it feels so good on the skin and I don’t really need my makeup to lasts for many, many hours and I don’t mind touching up. I do like this primer a lot.
Hangover Replenishing Face Primer $34 for 1.34 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and also Sephora , however I have the mini which costs $17 for .68 fluid ounces (so basically 1/2 the price for 1/2 the amount). I wasn’t sure if I would like this primer… and I do but not enough to want to purchase the full sized bottle ever. I also don’t know how I feel about the “coconut” scent … it just smells like fake coconut scent … not at all like the scent in the Marc Jacob’s coconut primer
I heart Revolution Coconut Dream Hydrating Primer $8 for .91 fluid ounces of product at Ula. Basically it’s a dupe for the Too Faced Hangover RX primer except I actually like the way this one smells. I would probably repurchase this one over the Too Faced one.
Benefit The POREfessional Hydrating Primer $32 for .75 fluid ounces at Ulta and also at Sephroa . I purchased the mini for $13 on Beautylish’s website to try it out and I really do like this primer. It’s very hydrating and long lasting . I am going to purchase the full sized next month.
ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Primer $12 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta and also on the ColourPop website. I don’t know how I feel about this primer. It’s pretty sticky and not at all hydrating but it does hold on tight to my foundation. I’ll have to use it a bit more to see whether or not I will continue to keep it part of my collection or not.

Well that’s it dolls…. that’s my full primer collection…. stay tuned tomorrow when I go through all of my foundations.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember dolls … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.