Two Primers For Flawlessly Matte Skin

Loreal Primers

19 August, 2015 Two Primers For Flawlessly Matte Skin

You might have noticed by now that I LOVE primers. My A-Level English teacher always told me that capitals should never be used to emphasise an opinion, but I felt like it had to be done. Sorry Miss. Primers are such an essential step in my makeup routine, and two mattifying, blurring and pore minimising bases from L’Oreal have been working some serious magic on my complexion recently. Despite testing out dozens of primers over the years from some of the most luxe, high-end brands, these two are fail-safe options, and they don’t break the bank either!

Loreal Primers

For creating a smooth, flawless base, the L’Oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Primer (£14.29 here) is fantastic. It immediately blurs over fine lines, blemishes, and any bumpy or textured areas, and mattifies without dehydrating the skin or ‘pilling up’ and disturbing your moisturiser underneath. If you’re a fan of heavier makeup and like a full coverage look, apply a thin layer of this on your t-zone and cheeks, and wait a few minutes to let the primer sink in. It’s an affordable alternative to the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer, and has a much lighter texture – almost like it’s been air-whipped, which feels lovely. I am a huge fan of this for when I need my makeup to stay in place all day, and oily-skinned girls (or guys) will love how oil and sebum is immediately neutralised with just one application.

Next up is the L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base (£7.99 here). I’ve raved about the L’Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Mattifying Foundation in this blog post, and it’s been one of my favourite drugstore discoveries of the year so far. I picked up the primer from the range a week after trialling the foundation, and it’s been love ever since. The main ingredient in this little wonder is called cyclopentasiloxane, and it’s a silicone that (on my skin anyway) feels velvety soft on the skin, without that horrible tacky texture that you often find in silicone-based products. Silicones are great for keeping a lid on oil production, but can often be comedogenic, meaning that they block pores. Look at me, all fancy and scientific! I’ve definitely stumbled across a new favourite ingredient, as this primer keeps my skin matte and my makeup stays in place all day, without any nasty reactions or greasiness arriving around lunchtime. The texture is water-light and will suit even the most low-maintenance of makeup lovers, meaning you can apply a few dots of this and let it get to work without feeling like you’ve piled on the slap.

What do you think of these two primers, and our little Chemistry lesson? Have you tried them, and do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Happy Wednesday!


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    Posted at 07:03h, 31 August Reply

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  • Katie
    Posted at 13:05h, 24 August Reply

    I need to invest in one of these – I hate shine!

    Katie Loves ~ Fashion Blog | Bloglovin’ | Instagram

    • Jessica
      Posted at 20:24h, 24 August Reply

      Me too! Let me know if you do! Xx

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  • Jasmine Talks Beauty
    Posted at 19:08h, 20 August Reply

    I really like the Infallible one 🙂 it doesn’t do much to disguise my pores but I like everything else about it! I wish I’d heard about the other one yesterday when I picked up a random mascara in a L’Oreal 3 for 2 haha xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Jessica
      Posted at 20:27h, 24 August Reply

      They’re both awesome – check them out next time! Xx

  • Dagmara Klich
    Posted at 14:44h, 19 August Reply

    I have the Infallible primer and it’s good but I personally prefer less slippery, silicon-y makeup primers, my favourite at the moment are from Laura Geller and The Body Shop. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Jessica
      Posted at 16:04h, 19 August Reply

      I’ve heard amazing things about the Laura Geller primers, I’ll have to check them out! Thanks Dagmara! X

  • jenna cantillion
    Posted at 14:01h, 19 August Reply

    I absolutely love the Body shops Tea Tree primer!

    Jenna | Beauty And The Style

    • Jessica
      Posted at 16:06h, 19 August Reply

      I’ve tried it before and absolutely loved it – will definitely need to repurchase! Thanks Jenna! X

  • Tasha Forrest
    Posted at 12:28h, 19 August Reply

    I always use my smashbox photo finish primer, it works amazing for me, it smooths out any lines or dryer patches, or uneven skin texture in general and it holds my makeup on all day/night!

    • Jessica
      Posted at 16:06h, 19 August Reply

      Sounds amazing Tasha! Thanks for stopping by! X

  • TimeWithYana
    Posted at 11:46h, 19 August Reply

    I have been thinking about buying L’oreal Infallible Mattifying Base for a long now, but I’m going to give it a go after reading your post! It seems to be a good pick X

    • Jessica
      Posted at 16:07h, 19 August Reply

      It’s amazing – let me know if you like it! X

  • Olivia Redfern
    Posted at 11:45h, 19 August Reply

    I really want to try the infallable primer, as well as the foundation actually as they both look really good!

    • Jessica
      Posted at 16:07h, 19 August Reply

      They’re fantastic, and so affordable! X

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