face primers, foundation primers, skincare primers, dermalogica face primer

Face primers are strangely not that popular in Australia as I have spoken to many NON-beauty blogging girlfriends about make-up primers and they are like, “Huh?  What are they?”  Basically, face primers are used to prepare your face by smoothing out lumps and bumps and sealing up pores before application of make-up, usually foundation or BB cream (and in the future, CC cream).  Not only does it prep the face, it also helps keep make-up lasting longer which in turn, makes you look even more awesome.  As regular readers of The Best Beauty Blog already know, I have been on a foundation frenzy lately so I have also been trialling and testing a few face primers so here is a quick run-down of a trio I have been using…

Dermalogica Skinperfect primer, Mirenesse Invisible fill, bloom primer

Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer Review

Product Description :  Smooth fine lines, brighten and prime for flawless skin, and to prep for make-up application.  A potent peptide (ooh saucy!  Yeah weird things turn me on 😛 ) helps improve skin firmness.

Packaging :  Faultless with its sexy slim tube with a thin nozzle to allow precise control over amount of product squeezed.  I like!

Performance :  It has a neutral tint which gives a slight iridescent shimmer which ladies will either love or hate.  Fortunately for me, the neutral tint blends into my skintone beautifully and the shimmer doesn’t bother me.  The SPF 30 is a big plus for me even though I always use a separate sunscreen – the more the merrier!  It smoothed away my fine lines and light flaky skin attacks and concealed tiny pores.  The Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer would have been a perfect product for me until I saw the price which is RRP : $79 AUD for 22ml.  *gulps*  Must use sparingly!!!

Perfect for :  Daytime use  (Note :  Do not use for events where there will be flash photography due to the high SPF unless you are prepared to be called Casper – the friendly ghost, not J-Lo’s toyboy!)


Mirenesse Invisible Fill Makeup Review

Product Description :  Airbrush line filling mattifier with SPF 10

Packaging :  At first, I recoiled in horror when I noticed the sponge attachment!  Sponge and germs go together like noodles and dumplings!  But then a twist of the lid reveals a lovely thin nozzle so sponge use can be avoided and the primer can just be squeezed out when needed.  Also, the top of the lid has a mirror – and it’s not one of those wonky foggy mirrors; it’s actually a functional reasonable sized lid mirror.  LIKE!

Performance :  The Mirenesse Invisible Fill Makeup is a tinted silicone-packed primer which works well for me.  I have dry skin and anything that makes it feel less like sandpaper is right up my street – silicone or not!  No complaints from me about make-up staying power either but I don’t do more than 12 hours wear usually.  It is $59.50 AUD for 40g which is more affordable than the Dermalogica one…but it’s not available in shops and can only be purchased online.

Perfect for :  Faces which don’t break out after using silicone products  (*insert own silicone implant joke here – it’s too late and I can’t think of a witty one!)


b collection by bloom Prep And Prime Primer Review

Product Description :  Lightweight, non-greasy base designed to prime skin prior to makeup application

Packaging :  Plain simple squeezy tube

Performance :   It does have a lightweight texture which is great, but I have only used this a couple of times on my face because I didn’t like the strong chemical smell of it.  Okay, I’m lying.  It’s Made in PRC – People’s Republic of China – and I also bought it at the bargain bin for like $2 so being a skincare freaky snob, I can’t bear to use this on my face again.  Just in case something bad happens to it.  There, I said it!!  Instead, I have been using it on my arm these days to swatch beauty products.  Fantastic!

Perfect for :  Arm swatches if you’re a beauty blogger

Have you used any of the face primers I reviewed today?  What face primers have you been loving lately?  Are there any types of products that you would like to see on Tried & Tested Trio?  Let me know in the comments.  I love comments except Spambot comments!

6 Comments on Tried & Tested Trio : Face Primers

  1. Jules
    10/11/2012 at 7:06 am (5 years ago)

    I haven’t tried any of those, but my fave is Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer – Exxy but feels amazing. Second fave is Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless. It has a unique moussey texture that goes on smoothly.

    • Ling
      11/11/2012 at 11:06 pm (5 years ago)

      @Jules, Oooh oooh. Haven’t seen any of the brands in the Aussie shops anywhere 🙁 I have used Too Faced lip gloss and mascara before though and really liked it 🙂

  2. Sarah
    12/11/2012 at 8:19 pm (5 years ago)

    I really like Face of Australia’s primer… They do an SPF free one which is what I have… I must admit, however tat I am lazy when it comes to primer – I only bother with it when going out, not on work days lol!

    • Ling
      15/11/2012 at 11:05 pm (5 years ago)

      @Sarah, Yes I love FOA’s primer!!!! You must have great skin to not have to prime!!!

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