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Primer - what does it do, do I need one and if so which one please.?

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wineoclockthanks Fri 02-Jan-15 16:59:58

Thank you

It's a bit like paint primer imo. Fills in the holes a bit and provides a good surface for lasting foundation.

butterfliesinmytummy Fri 02-Jan-15 17:50:11

Makes foundation look fresh for hours. I love the benefit stay flawless 15 hour primer, it's really amazing.

WRT brand it's a good idea to try a few I think. I've currently settled on Lanacane as a primer alternative - it's supposed to have the same ingredients as Smashbox.

Pore Pofessional, No 7 Airbrush and Mac Prep and Prime are good options too.

tethersend Fri 02-Jan-15 17:53:35

Try translucent loose powder under foundation. Better than any primer I've tried.

Dancingqueen17 Fri 02-Jan-15 17:56:46

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MaccaPaccaMac Fri 02-Jan-15 17:57:14

I got some smashbox for Christmas and it's really good- smooths the face and makes your foundation last and last.

Petal02 Fri 02-Jan-15 17:57:56

Another vote for Boots No 7 airbrush primer.

BeeRayKay Fri 02-Jan-15 18:08:29

Another vote for primetime by bareMinerals. NOT THE OIL CONTROL ONE THOUGH!

Have tried most primers, smashbox is ok, estee lauder is quite good, max factor is awful, bareMinerals is fab, rimmel is awful.

Shop Sat 03-Jan-15 09:51:36

Do you use the bare minerals primer under mineral foundation or liquid foundation too?

arlagirl Sat 03-Jan-15 09:52:44

I like Laura Mercier

MorrisZapp Sat 03-Jan-15 09:56:33

Body Shop Vitamin C one is gorgeous. I don't actually wear foundation but I still love the effect ofthis stuff. Sali Hughes currently all over Dior Glow Maximiser, but it's v pricy so I'd want to test it first.

Steben Sat 03-Jan-15 09:56:53

The Dior glow maximiser is amazing stuff, I mix it with my foundation. I find it not as heavy as a primer, I have used the benefit pore one And the prime time one by bare minerals And didn't rate either

olaflikeswarmhugs Sat 03-Jan-15 10:09:09

You need bare minerals prime time in your life .

MorrisZapp Sat 03-Jan-15 10:29:45

The Body Shop one is called Vitamin C Skin Reviver, check out the reviews, it's extremely popular.

wineoclockthanks Sat 03-Jan-15 11:47:39

Thank you everyone. Off to the shops later so will investigate as many as possible!

BeeRayKay Sun 04-Jan-15 09:40:11

shop you can wear it under either. I use it under mineral powder, my beauty therapist uses it under liquid

TheMD Sun 04-Jan-15 12:06:36

Smashbox specialise in primers and their Photo Finish one is brilliant. Affordable too.

roundtable Sun 04-Jan-15 12:15:30

I use Smashbox photo finish and I love it.

I use the bronze coloured one, which i think is called luminous, as I use a matt foundation and it gives a lovely glow.

roundtable Sun 04-Jan-15 12:18:33

I just got another one during the week, it cost £25 but I've had it most of the year. It is so thick and creamy, you really don't need much.

shelfontheelf Sun 04-Jan-15 12:20:12

Try the Lanacane anti-chafe gel, it's brilliant as a primer an way cheaper. A tube lasts forever!

Purplerunner Sun 04-Jan-15 12:26:23

I'm obviously in the minority here as I hate the Bare Minerals one, Prime Time!

Don't actually use one myself as already have 2 layers under my make up (Dermalex for rosacea and Garnier BB cream for sensitive skin). Make up lasts all day without a problem.

Shop Mon 05-Jan-15 03:09:59

Thanks BeeRay

AmericasTorturedBrow Mon 05-Jan-15 03:17:07

I recently started using a primer, don't and never have used foundation

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