Make Up Primers 101

Gosh primer, BodyShop Insta Blur, MUFE step 1

I’m sure everybody and their momma has heard of makeup primers by now and its uses and I am also sure there are probably the same amount of people that are skeptical about it. I was too, I heard all about it and read all about it but I was never really convinced of its use. I thought it was just another trick to spend more and in terms of making your makeup last a bit longer, that’s why you have setting sprays/powders-  am I right?

But makeup primers are actually beneficial especially face primers (because there are ones for eye shadows, lips and mascara too). Not only do they help with your make up but they are great for your skin. They create a barrier between your skin and your foundation which means it’s not sitting right on top of your skin whereby minimising breakouts, filling in pores and lines etc so your foundation goes on smoother and some are great for controlling oil so your beat face stays on longer!

Fun part

Here are my 3 fav primers I use on a daily basis. I have actually noticed a difference in my skin between when I used to wear makeup regularly without a primer and now that I wear a primer. At the end I will give 3 more primers I think are worth having a look at

The Body Shop All-IN-ONE Insta Blur £14.00/25ml

Available from BodyShop

Body Shop Insta Blur

I really like this primer although I am not a huge fan of its consistency. It comes out thick and clumpy, which can make it a bit difficult to use and spread around so you have to use quite a bit. Sometimes it comes out as a ball and just rolls off my hand lol. But if you look pass all that it’s a really great primer! It creates a nice surface for you to work on and helps to blur your pores. It has 5 benefits which are

  • Shine Controlling 12h
  • Reduces appearance of pores
  • Blemish Hiding
  • Complexion Unifying
  • Make-up Extending

swatch of body shop insta blur


GOSH COPENHAGEN Foundation Primer Classic, £12.99/30ml

Available from Superdrug

Gosh primer classic

This is my favourite primer! It’s almost like the body shop one but its thinner and spreads easily. It doesn’t do a great job in reducing the appearance of pores but it creates a nice canvas for you to work on.

It also has a pump which is super because its so easy to use!

swatch of gosh primer classic

MAKEUP FOR EVER STEP 1 base mattifying primer, £13.00/15ml

Available from Debenhams

MUFE step 1 mattifying primer

I don’t have super oily skin but I got this because I wanted something to use around my t-zone to control oil. This is great for that! I have used it all over my face once and I didn’t like it because it’s super matte which it’s supposed to be anyway lol. So if you have oily skin you should check this out because it is really good for mattifying.

swatch of make up forever step 1 mattifying primer

Extra 3

Benefit The POREfessional primer, £24.50

Benefit porefessional primer


It won’t be a primer post without it

L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Primer, £14.20

loreal studio secrets primer

Sercet’s is out

Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer Clear 3, £5.99

Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer

Get the London Look


I just had to use these cute Christmassy placemats as the background lol

What are your fav primers?

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