Let’s Talk About Swatching! Face Primer Edition

Alright Sheena I have heard your call out and I am ready to talk about swatching. As we’ve said before, we are not pros, however after years of wearing make-up, comparing, brands, and spending waaaaaay too much money I’m beginning to have a good idea how to tell if a make-up product is worth it’s value and if it will deliver what it claims. I’m going to walk you through how I decide whether a product is worth spending my money on and hopefully you can apply these tips to your next purchase.

Face Primer:
Face primers should be applied to the back of your hand and you should perform 3 tests before investing in one.
1) Choose a part of your hand that’s particularly red, rough, or veiny and then see how the application of the primer changes/blurs the imperfections. If the primer does nothing, put it back. If it improves the texture, blurs imperfections, or makes your skin look pearly (depending what your end goal is) then you can start thinking about the overall feel of the product.


2) Primers should feel buttery/satiny – so a little bit thick but not like you’ve just applied cling film to your hand. If you flex your hand and the primer feels plasticy or like it’s cracking put it back and try another one.
3) If the primer has passed those two tests above then it’s time for the touch test. The primer should have adhered to the back of your hand by now. Run your forefinger over it. Does the primer have an ‘edge’ or has it sunk evenly into the skin? If it’s difficult to determine where your bare skin and the primer begins you have a winner!

 

no primer
no primer
With Stila One Step Correct. Hard to tell but notice how my hand now has a 'radiance'?
With Stila One Step Correct. Hard to tell but notice how my hand now has a ‘radiance’?

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while then you know that my favorite face primer if the Stila One Step Correct.

The Stila One Step Correct is my absolutely favorite primer!  This innovative, three-in-one serum that contains three color-correcting, moisturizing brighteners for flawless looking skin. Makes my skin feel and look great immediately upon contact!
The Stila One Step Correct is my absolutely favorite primer! This innovative, three-in-one serum that contains three color-correcting, moisturizing brighteners for flawless looking skin. Makes my skin feel and look great immediately upon contact!

But I’d be remiss not to give a shout out to the following products (in order of frequent use and preference)

Benefit Cosmetics 'That Gal' Brightening Face Primer. It's a silky pink primer that makes skin appear smoother and brighter. I love tossing my sample size in my purse whenever I go on vacation. It makes your skin appear radiant and smooth. And I find it pairs great with a sheer foundation on top for a more polished effect.
Benefit Cosmetics
‘That Gal’ Brightening Face Primer. It’s a silky pink primer that makes skin appear smoother and brighter. I love tossing my sample size in my purse whenever I go on vacation. It makes your skin appear radiant and smooth. And I find it pairs great with a sheer foundation on top for a more polished effect.
NARS Pro-Prime™ Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15. This primer got me through my muggy wedding day in August. Get primed for a vibrant complexion. It's lightweight and applies like a moisturizer to enhance skin’s natural beauty. While it doesn't really change the appearance of you skin when worn alone, it pairs beautifully with a full coverage foundation and will keep your application looking fresh while making it last.
NARS
Pro-Prime™ Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15. This primer got me through my muggy wedding day in August. Get primed for a vibrant complexion. It’s lightweight and applies like a moisturizer to enhance skin’s natural beauty. While it doesn’t really change the appearance of you skin when worn alone, it pairs beautifully with a full coverage foundation and will keep your application looking fresh while making it last.
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer. This was the first primer I ever used so it holds a special place in my heart. It has a decent price point (for the small tube) and it delivers, especially if you're getting your photo taken! Use after moisturizer and before foundation for complexion perfection. I found it was really great to fill in fine lines and even out skin texture.
Smashbox
Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer. This was the first primer I ever used so it holds a special place in my heart. It has a decent price point (for the small tube) and it delivers, especially if you’re getting your photo taken! Use after moisturizer and before foundation for complexion perfection. I found it was really great to fill in fine lines and even out skin texture.

 

Stay Tuned for next month’s “Let’s Talk About Swatching” Edition!

Missy

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