What’s the Perfect Primer?

Priming is a key step in makeup application for reasons such as, longevity, smoother application for your foundation and minimizing the appearance of pores. Of course priming has many more benefits than just the three I mentioned, but if I continue listing this post would turn into a ‘get to know the benefits of priming’. With different skin types, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive skin, there are of course different types of formulas for primers designed to help each and every skin type. I will be reviewing two different brands of primers, both which claim to help with pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Also, I have mentioned a third option and a new personal favourite. I will begin by starting with the primer costing the least and work my way up.


First, we have the ‘Poreless Face Primer’ by e.l.f.

This brand has come to prove itself to be very economical, yet still create quality products. Every brand has its hits and misses, and I do believe this would be a miss. My skin definitely varies depending on the season, but for the most part I can say that it is combination skin. My issue with this primer is that immediately when I applied it to my face, it was too greasy. This primer is definitely not light weight. As the product was applied to my face I felt it was on there, if you know what I mean. It wasn’t light weight, nor did it seamlessly blend into my skin. After applying the product, it was still all over my fingertips, just too messy for me. The consistency of the primer is great; when you pump it out it isn’t too runny or too stiff. But the problem lies in its formula, and does not do the job for my skin instead feels as if there is another layer on my skin.

Second, the legendary ‘Pore-Fessional’ by Benefit Cosmetics.

This primer won the hearts of many makeup lovers, including me. This primer has proven itself to be successful every use. When applied, you can instantly tell it has done its job smoothing over fine lines and actually does minimize your pores. You can feel the smoothness, but it does not leave an oily residue on your skin. It absorbs into your skin very well, where it does not feel as if there is a layer of primer on your skin. This product is very lightweight and oil free which are some of the most important features of the formula. The Pore-Fessional’s consistency is thicker, in comparison to e.l.f, but it blends flawlessly and effortlessly with my foundation.  Although this primer is a bit pricier, a little does go a long way. Instead of buying the full size bottle, I bought the smaller size which is 22mL or 0.75oz. I’ve had the smaller sized bottle for over a year and it still continues to work well every time. I would say for a non-drug store option, the Pore-Fessional is a staple for any makeup kit.

Alternative option: ‘Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer’ by pūr-lisse.

The last product I will be mentioning is a moisturizer but can also be used under makeup for hydration, preventing fine lines, and an overall smoother finish to your makeup. Although this product isn’t advertised as a primer, it works as well as many others on the market. The consistency is great for this product, similar to that of the e.l.f. primer, but the formula is completely different. It does not leave a greasy feeling all over the face or an oily residue which a lot of moisturizers can do. This moisturizer blends perfectly into the skin, absorbs well and is great for applying underneath makeup. It does smooth out your skin, while at the same time keeping it hydrated. I will compare this product with the Pore-Fessional because its smoothing powers are very similar and blends well with your foundation afterwards. After applying this moisturizer you do not need to wait for the product to dry, and can continue with your makeup immediately. This product can be used for normal, dry and sensitive skin, and fights premature aging. With this product I don’t have to use a separate product for priming before I apply my makeup.

(top to bottom: pūr-lisse, pore-fessional, e.l.f.) All of these primers go on transparent.

Prices, without tax, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer: $8
  • Benefit Cosmetics The Pore-Fessional (22mL or 0.75oz): $16
  • pūr-lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer (15 mL or 0.5oz): $26

Until next time!



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