primer for a first time primer user?[ Edited ]
So I have tried pretty much every kind of beauty product out there EXCEPT primer. Well, actually I have had a couple samples like a Tarte one and a Smashbox one, but both of them felt like I was appyling grease to my skin. My t-zone tends to get kind of oily, but the places beside my nose(like under my dark circles) can get kind of dry. I do have some small clogged pores on my forehead, nose and chin but they are going away and are just leaving a little redness. Ok, now that you know my skin type, can someone reccommend a primer(or primers) for me? The only thing is that it needs to be available at a beauty retailer like Sephora and Ulta, a department store, or a drugstore(do they sell primers at drugstores?) because I don't want to have to order direct from a company. Thanks
I would DEFINITELY recommend the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer w/ SPF 15. It's phenomenal for all skin types - whether you're excessively oily or excessively dry (or both), sensitive, or prone to breakouts. It doesn't have that silicone texture that many primers have (ie. Smashbox Photo Finish or Benefit Porefessional) that many people dislike (although some love that texture - personally, I'm not a fan.) The other great thing about it is not only does it create a perfect canvas for your makeup, it FEELS amazing going on. Every time I put it on my clients they comment on how nice and cool it feels. It also minimizes redness, calms irritations, and is quite balancing for hydration and oil production.
Well, primers certainly have a unique feel to it. Most primers contain silicon, which smoothes skin and gives it a very glide-y, softened balm, dry-greasy kind of feeling when you apply. Does your face look oily/greasy after applying it? Does your face feel greasy after 5min when the primer sinks in/dries?
I enjoyed Miracle Skin Transformer SPF20 in clear, which is a moisturizer+SPF+primer in one (enough moisture for oily combo skin) and doesn't make my skin look oily/greasy. I think the tinted/colored ones will help you tone down the redness. I also like the sample of Benefit POREfessional I got. It primes and mattifies the skin (I'm undecided about pore minimizing effect cuz I think it makes them look smaller by mattifying the skin so they don't reflect as much light, but I think they look the same.). And of course, you can get samples of primers, MUFE and Korres are the other 2 popular ones.