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Primer or BB cream. What's your favourite brand?

(12 Posts)
Grockle Wed 22-May-13 23:51:21

I had a sample of Clarins primer and I love it. Its about to run out so I need to replace it & am not sure I want to spend Clarins prices... any suggestions for an alternative?

valiumredhead Thu 23-May-13 11:10:17

Lanacane anti chaff gel. Seriously.

Littleturkish Thu 23-May-13 11:16:22

Grockle I used collection 2000 as had run out and was desperate with only boots to shop in. Wasn't bad but wouldn't buy again.

I love smash box- not sure how that compares to clarins price wise

DerbyNottsLeicsNightNanny Thu 23-May-13 11:20:12

I've got the smashbox primer and quite like it, it hasn't changed my life or anything but would recommend it. Was previously using the No7 Matt under-make-up-base thing and smashbox one deff is nicer than that. Used a Lancôme one years ago which was OK but seemed to flake off if you rubbed it in too much

DerbyNottsLeicsNightNanny Thu 23-May-13 11:21:00

....only BB cream I have used is the No7 one and I liked it, have nothing to compare it to though

TheOrchardKeeper Thu 23-May-13 11:26:40

Garnier BB cream is lovely. Smells great too! Prefer it to a primer alone.

Gives your skin a bit of a glow too which helps when you've not slept and have a twitchy eye smile

Grockle Thu 23-May-13 21:33:51

I don't even know what the difference is between BB cream and primer. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll tackle Boots on Saturday

forgetmenots Thu 23-May-13 23:06:52

I've tried most bb creams now - I have very oily, stressed skin and foundation (mineral aside) can flare me up.

I liked Kiehls a lot, skin79 and No7 for normal/oily.
Hated Estée Lauder (but loved the smell!) The rest I could take or leave. Have sampled Clarins and it has a nice finish, might not be right for my skin though...

forgetmenots Thu 23-May-13 23:08:07

Primer is an undercoat, usually colourless. Bb cream is more like a tinted moisturiser but usually has skincare benefits like SPF and pore refiner...

forgetmenots Thu 23-May-13 23:09:13

Also liked Dr Jart (boots stock a range of these..)

I'll stop now! Anyone tried the la Roche posay one?!

SingingSilver Fri 24-May-13 00:16:28

I wanted to love Dr Jart but it was too dark on me. Oddly it was recommended to me by someone who is paler than I am!

I like the Max Factor CC complexion enhancer, and Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream, I haven't tried any high end ones.

I like any silicone primers, Gosh Velvet Touch, Maybelline The Smoother. The only one I tried that was terrible was the MUA one, it was like very diluted PVA glue!

RoomForASmallOne Fri 24-May-13 00:19:39

Have just used the Aldi primer today.... loved it!!

As good as any other I've used.

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