Are They Worth the Hype?
We all question, is this product really going to extend the life of my makeup? Is it really worth that extra step in my routine? Is it really worth the money? Well, as you know, I am 45-years-old, and I can honestly tell you that I did not even think about priming my skin until the last few years. I did my daily makeup routine as I always did. So I came into this with completely virgin eyes where I REALLY had years of experience with just doing my makeup on bare skin after having cleansed…ok I will be honest there were times that I did my makeup without cleansing and my skin was lucky if I splashed water on it – but moving on!
I woke up one day and really looked at my skin. Father Time was really having free reign across my face and that is a wakeup call that nobody is ready for. I immediately started researching what would work in reversing the signs of aging that was starting to show on my face and give me a healthy, hydrated look each day. (There will be a series of blogs regarding our ventures into our current skincare routines.)
One of these steps in having hydrated skin that looked healthy was finding my perfect primer. What primer would work the best with my foundation AND my skin type. I have combination skin, but also mature skin. I don’t want to say that I want a youthful glow, I want a healthy glow. I want my primer to blend and be one with my foundation. That really sounded so Highlander for a moment.
I tested Stila, BECCA, MAC, Hourglass, Benefit, Too Faced, Smashbox, Tarte, and Guerlain. I literally tested out primers while in my search for almost two years. Like all of us, I religiously watched my ride or die makeup gurus on YouTube to hear the thoughts and outcomes on their ventures with primers and proceeded to go from there. I can honestly say that I feel I have the best Primer for my mature, combination skin.
I do a cocktail of two. I use Benefit and BECCA on my face. I of course do my morning routine in cleansing and moisturizing my face. I will then put Benefit Porefessional on my T-Zone only. I press this in rather than spread this on. I really like the difference in a pressing technique in that it really becomes one with my skin where I want it (sigh…so Highlander again). From here I will then prime my face with BECCA First Light Priming Filter Instant Complexion Refresh. This I will place all over my face that I did not use the Benefit. I found that this has worked with my foundations in increasing the longevity of my makeup AND keeping my skin looking hydrated.
This does not mean to say that all of the other primers that I have tried did not work for me or were complete fails. We all have a preference. These two are the ones that just suit me and gave me the results that I was looking for time and time again.