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I never used one, despite having the benefit pore stuff for ages. Recently I've been putting it on all over my face prior to my foundation and it's really good. Why dont you buy a cheaper one and try it out? try the MUA one from superdrug
Not essential but can be useful. I did my own make up for my wedding and used smashbox primer which was excellent. I now just use it for 'special occasions' not every day cos its expensive, tho you don't need a lot. I got a sample size from boots. It helps everything stay on and evens skin out. Maybe depends on your skin though, if you have great skin could be unnecessary.
As I get older I find I need it more. I'm almost 40. I have been using the Estée Lauder one - which is excellent. Recently bought the Revlon one to save a few $$ and it is really rubbish, and makes expensive Dior make up look cheap and cakey.
Barbara Daly Tesco one is the MN Holy Grail one I believe, though have never tried it.
I currently have the Garnier one which is fine. I would avoid the "gel" style ones as they seem a bit crap, I had a (IIRC) Maybelline gel one which was useless. I had Clarins Instant Smooth years ago, but the cheaper ones are just as good.
Apparently Lanacane anti chafe gel is the same as primer.
Smashbox are high end ones which are supposed to be the best.