Battle of the Face Primers

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Primers were an aspect of my routine I used to be really lazy with. I don’t suffer from oily skin, but do have some dry patches, which makes some products sit badly on my skin and emphasise pores. I’m also a big fan of using cream products, which have a habit of sliding off the skin unless you use a good primer or powder. Along the way of my primer exploration journey, I tried a number of products. I thought I’d give you guys the low-down on what I discovered and if the products really worked :).

Benefit ‘The POREfessional’


At £24.50, Benefit’s Porefessional is the most expensive primer I’ve tried out. I was a bit sceptical at first as I’ve heard mixed reviews about it. I do happen to like the silicone-feel of primers, so I felt that it did work well. I could see a clear difference in the visibility of my pores. When you apply it, you can feel it smoothing over your blemishes and it gives the skin a velvety texture.


I worry with primers that they’ll break me out, as they clog up pores. I didn’t have any trouble with the Porefessional even though I have sensitive skin.

If you are not a fan of silicone feeling primers, I’d steer clear of this one. If you’re looking for a colour correcting primer, this one doesn’t help with dark or red patches.

I don’t have oily skin, so I don’t have much problem with make-up slipping. It is probably more suited to oilier skin-types, you’d get better value for money as I’ve heard it’s amazing for keeping make-up on. Having said this, I really did enjoy using it and I could see a difference in my skin and the quality of my make-up.

My rating: 7.5/10 – worked well, keeps make-up on and reduces visibility of pores. BUT – pricey, no colour correcting feature.

The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Skin Reviver



I really do love this product. I don’t think it is the best primer to use for covering pores and blemishes, but I really do like the effect it has on my skin. It comes in at £15, but has lasted me for ages and is often on offer (I use it on most days so I think it’s really good value). 


On days that I’m not feeling wearing any make-up, I apply a touch of the skin reviver and it really brightens up my dry complexion. If you suffer from dull skin, I would really recommend this. It contains light-reflective particles (very much like a primer version of Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation). 

Once again though, if you’re not a fan of the silicone feeling, you probably won’t love this primer. As well as this, if you’re all about the matte finish, don’t buy this. This is a nice light primer, but it does not drastically improve the appearance of pores or colour correct skin. 

My rating: 8.5/10 – great for everyday use, brightens the skin, smooths out complexion, reasonably priced BUT not drastic results.

Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer



Bourjois always kill it with base products. I really want to try all of them and am slowly making my way through. This primer has to be my favourite of all the ones that I’ve tried (I’m currently trying out a MAC primer though so watch this space). It costs just £10.99, which is very reasonable.


It comes in a matte and luminous formula, so whatever you prefer there is an option for you. I love the way the luminous one brightens and smooths my complexion. It’s got a hint of tint to it, meaning that it is colour correcting, but is still light so doesn’t cake. It is not silicone or gel-feeling, so if you’re not into them kind of primers, I’d recommend this one.

What I would say though, is that this primer has not received good reviews for those with oily skin. If you’re trying to keep your make-up on all day, it’d probably be better to invest in the Porefessional. 

My rating: 9/10 – for my skin type, I really enjoyed this primer, it’s brightening and light and smooths over the skin BUT – not great for oily skin.

The Body Shop Instablur

22324m_lI am a big fan of this primer. I haven’t been trying it out for as long as the other products, but have fallen in love with it. It keeps make-up on my face for the entire day and visibly improves the appearance of pores and my skin. Make-up sits really well on top and it does have a kind of blurring airbrushed effect. It’d be a great one to use for any big events where you’re going to be photographed. 


I’ve had no trouble with break-outs since using it, and it really looks good with my Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream. It’s similar to the Porefessional, but a fraction of the price at £14, and it doesn’t feel as siliconey. This primer is perfect for oily skin-types as it’s mattifying and make-up really sticks to it’s viscous formula. 

What I would say though, is that I wish it wasn’t so thick. It’s kind of hard to distribute it around the face and I always just end up applying it to areas of desperate need as it’s a bit of effort to apply. It’s not a great primer for colour-correcting either, which is a shame.

My rating: 8.5/10 – great for oily skin, keeps make-up on all day, mattifying, airbrushed effect. BUT – not colour correcting, thick, not amazing colour correcting properties.

All in all, the hunt for the perfect primer continues. I am definitely gonna look more into colour correcting primers that brighten (especially ones that’ll help combat my dark under eye circles). What primers would you guys recommend for me to try next?



28 thoughts on “Battle of the Face Primers

  1. I’ve found that I like the Body Shop’s Instablur primer a lot better than the Porefessional! Which is funny because they do feel very similar on the skin. I also feel like I should try out the Vitamin C one now, cus I love the Body Shop and haven’t tried any of that range.

  2. Hey, I agree about the porefessional, it is good but a bit too expensive! I recommend the Gosh Velvet Touch Primer, I’ve used it for years now. This is the Primer I always come back to♡

  3. I must get the Bourjois one next! 🙂 I am using the Laura Mercier face primer but I only put it on my lids as an eyeshadow primer ahahaha, it’s HORRIBLE on the face 😀

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