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!
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!