Primers: Are they worth it?

I have always struggled with my makeup not lasting very long at all on my combination/oily skin, and having texture issues aswell. My makeup literally looks like a flakey and blotchy mess after 1 hour. I never really used to bother with primers, I figured aslong as I have moisturised my skin then I will be fine but today I will be talking about the primers I do own and whether they make any difference for me.

Nivea Men Post Shave Balm £5.35
The first item I will talk about isn't actually a primer. Some people will probably think I'm mad but if you are a follower of the beauty gurus on youtube then you would of heard about this Nivea Men post shaving balm. People claim it makes the best face primer, some even say it is better than the more higher end brands on the market. It has a very strong scent of mens aftershave, which is obviously expected but once applied to the face that scent does go away. This balm has a lovely creamy consistancy and leaves your skin feeling very soft and moisturised. I find this helps my makeup apply more smoothly but sadly I see no difference when it comes the longevity of my makeup and you can still see the texture of my skin pretty bad, maybe I purchased the wrong one since there is different types of this post shave balm, I dunno but I wasn't very impressed overall. I personally wouldn't repurchase.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer £28
Like many others I have to battle with my pores everyday. I mainly have pores around my nose area and cheeks and the best type of primer to tackle these nasty pores are silicone based primers which fill your pores and creates a smooth base on top so no product can sink in and emphasise the look of pores or fine lines. I absolutely love this primer! Although it is quite a pricey item I think it's worth every penny. I don't apply this all over my face, I only use a small amount on those large pore areas and it really does make them appear invisible and of course makes the product last longer too. Smashbox claims this primer blurs pores, doesn't dry out your skin, mattifies shine and controls oil for up to 8 hours and I completely agree. My foundation sits nicely on top and I don't tend to get oily in my T zone when I use this. Sadly I am very nearly finished so I need to repurchase ASAP. A great product for those oily boys and gals!

Gosh Primer Plus + Hydration £13.99
I first purchased this in summer 2015 when I was going through a really dry stage with my skin, I found this primer really hydrated my skin and created a nice base for my makeup. This primer contains 'Snow Algae' which is an active and anti aging skincare ingredient. The consistancy is like a thick cream but once blended it feels like a super soft, velvety moisturiser. When I blend this into my skin it reduces the appearance of my dry patches instantly and even when I take my makeup off my skin still feels more hydrated. This primer makes my makeup last a little bit longer than usual but not a huge amount. Still a great primer for anyone that needs that little bit extra hydration for their skin.

Rimmel Match Perfection Fix & Perfect Pro Primer £6.99
Whenever I am in the drugstore (Boots or Superdrug) I always pick this up but tend to put it back and not bother since I haven't heard much about it. I finally decided to go ahead and give it a try and I am pretty glad that I did. The consistancy is just like the Gosh primer mentioned above with its thick cream texture which turns into a smooth base. This primer states it smoothes, resurfaces, brightens, mattifies and protects. I agree with the smoothes and resurfaces part but the others I am not so sure on. I don't feel it gives me that matte look or brightens my skin either but it does give me that flawless look once I apply my makeup which very little primers tend to do. For the price I think this is a great product to have.

The Bodyshop All-In-One Instablur primer £14
I mentioned this is my Drugstore Haul post and spoke a little about it on there. This is similar to the Smashbox pore minimizer but has more of a thick consistancy but still works just as good. Again I only use this on the large pore areas and it creates a smooth base for your makeup or it is great to use without makeup aswell to mattify the skin. The Bodyshop claims this primer controls shine for 12 hours, reduces pore appearance, hides blemishes and extends makeup wear. I agree with all except the blemish hiding part. I don't feel this does that because its clear colour. If you don't want to spend the £28 on the Smashbox version then I would recommend this as an alternative.

Again this is another one from my drugstore haul, I've used it quite a few times now and I am liking it. I can't say it's my favourite but it is working well with my skin. I really like that this primer comes with a pump compared to a squeezy tube. This primer has a very creamy but lightweight feel to it and helps to soften my skin to give it that flawless finish while giving a very subtle glow to the skin. Out of all the primers I think this one makes my foundation last the longest, not a great deal of time since my skin seems to just reject makeup no matter what but alot longer than the rest, up to 4 hours. I especially like this one because it is paraben free, oil free, fragrance free and talc free so it's great for your skin.

If anybody has any suggestions for some long wearing primers for combination/oily skin then please let me know :)

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