I have a full-fledged makeup addiction, which means I’m constantly buying and trying new makeup. Although I own a lot of makeup, I do make a serious effort to use and abuse my cosmetic purchases. As someone who tries a lot of formulas and who wears makeup on a daily basis, I’ve embarked on a series where I showcase and rank the items in my collection, by category.
So far, I’ve ranked my blushes, bronzers and contours, and highlighters. In today’s post, I’ll be conducting my primer collection ranking. If you’re an oily-skinned gal or guy, then this may be helpful for you!
Primer Collection Ranking
Compared to my previous collection ranking posts primer collection ranking was much easier for me. As someone with oily skin, primer is a nonnegotiable in my makeup routine.
9 | BECCA – Backlight Priming Filter Mini (CF, $21.00 USD)
BECCA’s Backlight Priming Filter is considered a holy grail for makeup lovers who are after a dewy glow. As someone with oily skin, I rarely reach for this primer. However, the primer is handy on days when I’m wearing a dryer, matte foundation.
8 | Glossier – Priming Moisturizer (CF, $22.00 USD)
As someone with oily skin, the Priming Moisturizer doesn’t do much to improve the longevity or appearance of my base products. I tend to only reach for this primer on days where I am strapped for time and want to cut out a step in my skin prep routine. Beauty lovers with dry skin would likely love this primer. Read my Glossier brand review here.
7 | Bobbi Brown – Mini Vitamin Enriched Face Base ($10.00 USD)
Similarly to the Glossier Priming Moisturizer, the Bobbi Brown Face Base doesn’t do enough to help my base products last on my face. Again, individuals with dry skin may enjoy this primer.
6 | Milk Makeup – Mini Blur Stick Matte Primer (CF, $14.00 USD)
I have a love-hate relationship with the Milk Makeup Blur Stick. After struggling to make this work, I figured out that this is best applied with the fingers rather than directly via the stick. However, the effects of this primer are very subtle. Read my Milk Makeup Brand Review here.
5 | Cover FX – Blurring Primer (CF, $38.00 USD)
Cover FX is a brand that is known for making super high-quality face products. The blurring primer does a great job at smoothing the appearance of pores and texture on my skin.
4 | Milk Makeup – Mini Hydro Grip Primer (CF, $15.00 USD)
The Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer is odd – in many ways this primer reminds me of the J.One Jelly Pack Skin Firming Primer due to the very sticky feeling of the primer. That being said, this locks foundation into place all day.
3 | Korres – Pomegranate Mattifying Primer (CF, $33.00 USD)
Korres is a brand that people are sleeping on. I love how the brand makes clean beauty products. The mattifying primer does a wonderful job of keeping oil at bay without sucking the life out of my skin.
2 | Tatcha – Mini Silk Canvas Protective Primer (CF, $20.00 USD)
The Silk Canvas Protective Primer from Tacha was one of the most hyped-up primers of 2019, so I was thrilled to purchase a mini of this primer. This does a great job at smoothing imperfections and leaving the skin prepped and ready for foundation.
1 | Smashbox – Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Primer (CF, $39.00 USD)
The Smashbox Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Primer was my biggest surprise love of 2019. Although this is an expensive primer, it works wonderfully to keep foundation in place all day and prevent oily shine from ruining my makeup. Read my full review here.
*Note: I have not yet used my Ole Henriksen Primer as it is newer in my collection. This primer came in one of the brand’s skincare sets. Also, I did not rank my the Touch in Sol Primer I received in Boxycharm, the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer sample or my Make Up For Ever Mini Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer in my concealer collection ranking. I have not used these enough to rank them.
Final Thoughts on my Primer Collection Ranking
As someone with oily skin and large pores, I am most drawn to primers that help to minimize the appearance of my pores. Also, if it wasn’t apparent from my primer ranking, I need (and prefer) primers that keep my foundation in place all day. In fact, one way that I am able to get away with wearing luminous foundations and cheek products is by using a mattifying primer and setting products (powder and spray).
Although I do enjoy mattifying primers, I prefer formulas that provide a soft matte finish. I don’t want to use primers that will leave my skin looking cakey or dry. Whether a primer works for you will depend on your skin concerns, so if you have dry skin, you’d probably flip my ranking! Also, foundations that are water-based perform best with primers that are water-based, while primers that are silicone-based tend to perform better with silicone-based primers.
I want to cut my primer collection in half so that I only have one mattifying primer, one blurring primer, one brightening primer, and one “traditional” primer.
Disclaimer: I am in no way intending to brag about my beauty collection or to show off any wealth. I work hard to buy what I own and so much of what is in my collection has been purchased at a discount or given to me as a gift. Moreover, these items have been garnered over the years.
What did you think of my primer collection ranking? Do you have a favorite primer? What skin type do you have? Please let me know in the comments below.