Primed to Perfection

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It doesn’t seem like two minutes ago I was a clueless 16-year-old caking foundation on to my face with no prior preparation.

Fast forward almost four years (scary) and I’ve tried a number of different weird and wonderful primers. From gels to creams I’ve tried a fair few to try and help my foundation stay in place all day.

I’ve chosen three of the primers I’ve tested over the past year in my quest to find the one just right for me.

Just a little note… I have combination skin, which tends to be a lot drier in the winter which is why some of these primers may have not worked as well for me as they would for you 🙂

Instablur by The Body Shop is a one that I’d heard tonnes of good things about, at £14 for 25ml it promised to blur blemishes, control shine for 12 hours and reduce the appearance of pores.

I sooo desperately wanted to love this product, so many bloggers had raved about it and I’d been so excited to try it, however although it did do a lot of what it said, by the end of the day I found that my foundation had began to crack especially on my nose (very attractive).

I tried over and over again to enjoy Instablur, I tried different ways of applying it, different foundations… everything, but it just didn’t do the job for me.

Another highly raved about primer is the Benefit Porefessional Face Primer. This primer comes in at £24.50, so quite a bit more pricey than The Body Shop primer. (I don’t have any photo’s of this primer as I got rid of it a while ago… oops)

However, with the main focus of the primer being to reduce the appearance of pores I assumed this would be great for the parts of my face that began to crack with the other primer.

This product was a very different texture to Instablur, much more creamy as oppose to dry and gel-like.

Unfortunately, after an hour or so the primer did the opposite to minimising the appearance of pores and in fact, to me it made me look like I had a number of pores I didn’t even know about.

At this point I was giving up and I was starting to think it was just my skin not the products I was trying. But then I bought Bare Minirals Prime Time.

Costing £22.00 it would have been another risk, however this one I bought from an outlet on holiday from America so it cost almost half the price!

The consistency was very silky and made it so lovely for my foundation to glide over and last all day. And thankfully, it did not crack my foundation!!

There are a few different variations of this primer that you can buy depending on your skin type, I opted for ‘brightening’.

At last I had found a primer that actually worked on my skin, but then I realised, on days that I was too lazy to apply this primer (guilty) I had been using just a normal moisturiser before applying my foundation and this had been working just as well, if not better!

IMG_2506 - EditedI use the Simple Kind To Skin Moisuriser which can be bought for as little as £3.99 for 125ml!

I tend to vary between whether I prime or moisturise but recently I’ve found that the moisturiser has been working better, especially when my skin has been dry over the Winter months due to the hydrating aspects of the moisturiser.

I also use this product after my skin care every night and it has lasted forever.


Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these primers or let me know your favourites I’d love to find a new product that works for me!

Thanks for reading,





  1. February 3, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    I’ve used the same moisturizer before! I was very impressed with it.

    • February 3, 2016 / 3:33 pm

      The bare minerals one? It’s so good isn’t it I absolutely love the texture of it x

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