Allergic to Laura Mercier
I was always under the impression that Laura Mercier products were really gentle and generally good for sensitive skin. Of course I understand the products won't agree with some people, and I'm one of them! I tried her Oil-Free Foundation Primer, Silk Creme Foundation, and Oil-Free Supreme foundation, and all of them made my face itchy and gave me little bumps. I've been using the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, but it's so expensive, that I'd really like to try something a bit cheaper this time. I've posted on here about primers before and everyone recommends Smashbox, but I've tried that and it makes me break out like crazy. I've also tried Too Faced Primed and Poreless original, and it was just too heavy and did not make my makeup last or control any oil. As for my skin... it's is oily/combination, and I'm looking for a primer that isn't incredibly greasy/silicony feeling, and helps my makeup last for long periods of time, while helping to control a bit of oil. Not exactly asking for miracles here!
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hmm, my first primer was a Bare Minerals one and they are affordable, so you might like to try that. Right now I'm using Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20, a primer + moisturizer + sunscreen: http://www.sephora.com/miracle-skin-transformer-sp
It's more expensive than Laura Mercier but less expensive than Hourglass. I like it because it's got all the beneficial vitamins and stuff of a moisturizer, the feel and smoothing effect of a primer, and a SPF 20 sunscreen without breaking me out or making me oily. I have combination skin, light/med complexion and had no problem with the transluscent one.
p.s. If you like Hourglass primers, there's a promo "prime28" for a free deluxe sample of their No.28 primer serum and it comes in a pretty glass bottle. Supposedly it works for oily skin, too, but...well, it's free and no harm if you like their line and is ordering online.
I have oily combo skin too and I've been using Benefit's The POREfessional as my primer. It seems to help minimize the oil, goes on silky smooth and is very light weight. Doesn't have that silicone feel to it. A little of this goes a long way. Has never caused me any acne and I get a great finish with it under my foundation and powder. Give it a try =)
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hmm...well Too Faced now has an oil free version of their normal primer (Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer For Sensitive Skin). Otherwise I've heard great things about Givenchy's Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer.