Choosing YOUR Best Face Primer

With all the many options out there, it’s no wonder we scream inside our head “Which one should I get?!”  So, here are my suggestions for face primers no matter what skin type you are.

Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector

This product provides a matte finish to the face while creating a smooth finish to put foundation on. It comes in 2 different colors:  Invisible Light and Invisible Deep which is great for different skin tones.  Because it provides a matte finish, it is perfect for those with slightly oily skin or combination skin.

Average Price:  $17.50
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Mary Kay Oil Mattifier

If you have fairly oily skin, this product is best as it provides a barrier between your skin and foundation.  Since it helps keep the oil under control, your foundation will last longer and will not “melt” so quickly.

Average Price:  $15.00
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Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

This one is my favorite primers as it is a creamy yet non-oily product.  It fills in pores, fine lines, and leaves an even finish to the skin. Because it is a cream, this will be best for combination to dry skin. (Read my full review)

Average Price:  $29.00
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Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer

If your skin is combination to dry, this primer works well as it leaves a silky almost silicone feeling to the skin.  This product comes in 2 formulas- “Original” and “Light” which makes it more versatile for various skin types. It also comes in different colors that correct skin issues such as redness, circles under the eyes, and sallow complexions.

Average Price:  $38
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Monistat Chafing Gel

Yes, this can be used in other areas besides well… you know ;)  This product is a great primer for those with dry skin as it is a bit thicker formula.  It helps smooth over the dry patches on your skin and is much more affordable than the Smashbox Photofinish.  This could be used on oily to combination skin types if a bit of oil mattifier was applied underneath, or if mineral foundations are used.

Average Price:  $8.00
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