Affordable Beauty | Week 1 |  Primers

Hey Guys,

I’ve decided to start a new series about affordable makeup.  I personally love a good bargain and I love when I find something from a chemist or drugstore brand that works amazingly well for me but doesn’t cost the earth.

I love high end beauty products too, but there’s something joyous about finding gems for great prices.

This week will be about primers.  I hope you enjoy reading and if you have any recommendations, comment on this post or Tweet me, I’d love to hear from you.

I have three primers that I really love.  First up is the PS…Pro Illuminating Primer by Penneys.   This is one I picked up on a whim and grew to love. 

The first time I used it I didn’t shake it and when I squeezed some out it was all watery and I ended up with white blobs which just smeared around my face rather than absorb into my skin which I really didn’t like it at all.  That was my own fault rather than an issue with the primer though.

It has quite a watery consistency  so you do need to give it a good shake to mix it well otherwise you will just have blobs of white cream which won’t mix well with any foundation or apply nicely to your skin.

I have dry skin so I love anything that can give my skin some glow and this primer is one that does it well.

I love mixing it in with my foundation too for even more of a glow as well as applying it to my face before applying foundation.

Next up is the Catrice Priming Serum.  I spotted this in a pharmacy was intrigued by it so decided to pick it up.  It was €4.95.  I got the shade Candlelight which is a gorgeous pale champagne shade.

It looks white at first when but once blended in it gives a glow to the skin.  

If I want an all over glow I will mix a tiny bit (2-3 drops) in with my foundation as well as apply it to my skin before applying foundation.  It absorbs quickly and leaves a beautiful sheen on my skin.  

It has a dropper applicator which makes it very easy to dispense just enough. 

 

In the below photos you can see both the Catrice and Penneys primer swatched alongside each other.  The darker photos show them up better. 

 

My third and final recommendation is the L’Oreal Skin Perfection Magic Instant Blur.  This is one I have repurchased a few times. 

If pores are something of an issue for you, you need to try this.  It is fabulous for pores and giving a smooth base for foundation.  

It’s incredibly hard to find though, I always end up buying online from eBay, Amazon or somewhere.  I can never find it in Boots.

It’s a white cream with a thick consistency that’s slightly like a mousse.  It reminds me a lot of the L’Oréal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer.

I know Catrice have this primer which looks and sounds similar although I haven’t tried it myself so I can’t compare.

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