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Who uses a primer? Any recommendations?

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browneyedpixie Sun 02-Dec-12 20:21:01

I'm trying to decide which to invest in! I've been using my clarins beauty flash balm and a smoothing one that I have a tester pot of and its ok, but I've heard a few rave on smashbox?

Womenandchickensfirst Mon 03-Dec-12 23:15:05

I'm recommending Lancome, takes a few years off me, and the foundation definitely lasts longer.

MoomieAndFreddie Mon 03-Dec-12 15:37:16

Avon Magix is my favourite, and i have tried loads

browneyedpixie Mon 03-Dec-12 12:23:01

Thanks for all the replies! Looks like smashbox is a fave among a few. I use mac foundation at the moment (dregs!) so may ask for them to try that under a foundation for me.
Laura Mercier is a fave brand of mine but I've not tried her primer!

jessiegeesusinamanger Mon 03-Dec-12 12:08:38

I have tried Smashbox Photo Finish Light, Barbara Daly and Benefit porefressional. Smashbox is my least favourite. It feels really heavy and greasy. Benefit is my favourite of the three. I like the finish of the Barbara Daly fbut find I need to use more of it than the other two. I won't be getting the Smashbox again after I've used this one up.

BelleDameSousMistletoe Mon 03-Dec-12 12:07:31

Sorry, should have said, Smashbox Photo Finish.

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noviceoftheday Mon 03-Dec-12 10:21:41

MAC prep and prime. Its what my make up artist used on my wedding day and I have used it ever since. No more "slippery" make up!

HeirExtensions Mon 03-Dec-12 10:04:57

The thing I found with the Barbara Daly is that it disguises my lines and then I often don't bother with foundation!

valiumredhead Mon 03-Dec-12 08:16:27

Barbra Daly - tried lots but this cheap as chips product is amazing!

fourfingerkitkat Mon 03-Dec-12 08:14:05

I have combination skin with an oily t zone. Use Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation....I've used Rimmel (pants on my skin), Laurier Mercier (so so) Smashbox (over priced but okish, can break my skin out and feels a bit heavy) YSL (ok initially but seemed to separate under my foundation) and Philosopy, The Present ( initially brilliant but then my skin seemded to be getting oilier ?) Am currently using No7 Airbrush which is pretty good but expensive at 19.50 for 30ml and I don't think of Boots own brands as being "high end" cosmetics so grudge paying this much.

I'm going to get another sample of the Philosophy The Present as I'm wondering if it stopped working because of the moisturiser I was wearing underneath it. For everyone who likes the Smashbox primer, I recommend buying a tube of Lanacane anti-chafing gel. Sounds disgusting, I know, but it has an almost identical formula ( a bit smoother than Smashbox actually) and a fraction of the price.....

LittlePandaBear Sun 02-Dec-12 21:38:37

I use the Rimmel one, £6.99, and it works for me, although I've never tried a more expensive one so can't compare!

orangina Sun 02-Dec-12 20:58:58

I have tried the Laura Mercier one twice and I just can't get on with it. I also used a Mac one (in a kind of pump) which I thought was fab.

WinklyVersusTheZombies Sun 02-Dec-12 20:58:32

Smashbox is ace

Laura mercier does very little for me and feels all wet. Won't be buying it again.

AntoinetteCosway Sun 02-Dec-12 20:49:35

Smashbox Photo Finish Light or Laura Mercier Radiance are the best IMO. MAC Prep + Prime is v good too. (Am a MUA and those are the ones I use most for weddings as they make things stick all day long.)

2blessed2bstressed Sun 02-Dec-12 20:48:46

Lancôme laBase for me. Got back from Amsterdam 24 hours before our luggage a few weeks ago, so didn't have it to put on in the morning. Couldn't believe the difference, and one of my friends said I looked "really rough"!

hermioneweasley Sun 02-Dec-12 20:44:37

I use Avon magix - they usually have a special so never pay more than £7. It's as good as expensive ones I've tried, but I haven't tried smash box.

ElvisIsKing Sun 02-Dec-12 20:41:13

Ok just looking at the smashbox primer and there a few different ones-sorry to hijack op-but just wondering which one you go for? Or does it depend on skin type? Will be visiting a counter to purchase if I do so can ask then

Other than that as heirextensions says the Tesco Barbara Daly one is good

BellaVita Sun 02-Dec-12 20:38:21

I use Trish McEvoy and Laura Mercier.

andadietcoke Sun 02-Dec-12 20:36:44

Smashbox is fab but i save it for special occasions or I break out - think it's silicone-heavy. I've been using the Laura Mercier one day-to-day, it's a lot lighter.

ScooseIsOnTheLoose Sun 02-Dec-12 20:36:31

Lancôme la base is my favourite out of all the ones I have used.

Spuddybean Sun 02-Dec-12 20:35:34

i use Lancome and i love it, i use half the amount of foundation and it goes on really smoothly and evenly.

HeirExtensions Sun 02-Dec-12 20:35:11

Smashbox Illuminating one, or Benefit Porefessional. These were both given to me, so when I have to buy my own it will Barbara Daly or Avon Magix.

ElvisIsKing Sun 02-Dec-12 20:33:50

I love benefit porefressional although I haven't used smashbox-sounds as though it might be worth a try!

PandaG Sun 02-Dec-12 20:33:09 this one

snowtunesgirl Sun 02-Dec-12 20:32:21

Smashbox every time!

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