I’ll admit, I used to be one of those people on the fence about primers, back when I didn’t know all too much about makeup, and also didn’t inspect every aspect of how a product performed on my skin throughout the day. Fast forward many years and blog reviews later, and primer has become a step in my makeup routine that I will never ever skip. Why? Because I truly think that when you find the right one, not only does it help massively with the rest of your makeup application, but it can help to lock makeup in place, keep shine at bay or provide an illuminating boost.
So of course as me and primer are now besties, I naturally got a little excited when beauty front runners Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced and Benefit all released new primers into the beauty world, and I had to put them to the test.
As soon as I’d heard even the slightest bit of information about the Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow, I was eager to try it as I adore Charlotte Tilbury products, and regularly use them in my makeup routine. It contains pearlescent pigments and anti ageing ingredients which promise to even out the skin tone, blur imperfections, provide a boost of hydration and add a youthful glow.
Upon trying it I instantly thought that if the Wonderglow and Magic Cream had a baby the result would be the Youth Glow. It has the hydrating, plumping properties of the Magic Cream and the illuminating properties of the Wonderglow which merge together to create a moisturised, soft radiant effect, which helps makeup to apply flawlessly. It is a gorgeous product if you’re looking for a does it all kind of primer, but I do find that using the actual Magic Cream followed by the Wonderglow themselves packs a bit more of a punch. If you’ve tried either of those and found they’re a little too much for you then you will love the Youth Glow.
Next up is the Benefit Porefessional Pearl Primer; a more radiant version of the original best seller. I do find that it blurs my pores really well, which is something I’m sure you know that The Porefessional is renowned for, and as for the pearl namesake it does add a touch of illumination to my skin. However, I personally found that the silicone feel was a little too slippy for my oily skin type, it found it made my foundation apply patchy and ultimately caused my makeup to slide a lot quicker than usual. I’ll try it again with a different foundation though to see if that will make a difference, I always like to give products a fair chance so I won’t be ruling it out just yet!
I picked up the Too Faced Primed & Peachy Primer when I visited their flagship Carnaby store in London (which is a dream by the way, read about it here.) The texture of the product feels very much like a lightweight cream in the same way that the Hangover primer does, which feels lovely and cooling to apply. It gives a soft focus, mattified finish that still brightens the complexion, looking fresh and life like.
Have you tried any of these primers?
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