Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday | Top 10 Primers

This week the Beauty Blogger Top Ten team is focusing on primers. I don’t think I recall a time when there has been such an onslaught of new primer releases. Most of these being blurring/pore refining primers. I thought I would share with you ten that, with the exception of my professional kit staple Benefit POREfessional, are all new to the market. I have divided them into categories to make things a little more coherent.

Top Ten Primers

 

Skincare that Performs as a Primer  - Who doesn’t love a product that pulls double duty?

Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin Global Age-Defying Skincare Perfect Skin Creator ($115 CAD) is a new addition to the Capture Totale skincare lineup. This serum is designed to be as effective on the surface of the skin as it is deep down. It has an exclusive and precise blend of two powders, mica platelets with a crystalline mesh and hollow silica microspheres, to smooth skins tone and texture to both sight and touch. It does so invisibly. It also works deep down over time with the powerful age defying floral actives of Longoza extract from the Ranomafana Garden in Madagascar as well as Opilia, a new discovery made in the Dior Garden in Burkina Faso to perfect skin texture. This product addresses pores, firmness, redness, radiance, and dark spots. It’s a true powerhouse due to the fact it acts as a primer to hide these imperfections while it improves them overtime. It also happens to smell incredible and has a lovely light, weightless feel. This will work on any and all skin tones.

Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Age Skin Corrector ($22.99 CAD) works to correct wrinkles, radiance, dark spots, uniformity, and firmness with LHA, proretinol, vitamin E, anti-oxidant ginger, and firming peptides. It comes out white with invisible micro-capsules enriched with micro-pigments that are supposed to create a universal shade. I find the shade far too dark on my skin but if you aren’t as fair as I this is a lovely feeling and smelling product to try at a great price.

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Dior DreamSkin, Garnier Ultra-Lift unblended, Garnier Ultra-Lift slightly blended

 

Illuminating Primers – Due to my dry skin this is probably my favourite category. I am madly in love with all three of these glow giving primers as they are all quite different.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Rose ($37 CAD) this opalescent pink translucent fluid feels hydrating and gives skin a lovely radiance. It feels really light and I adore the finish of the Rose shade. This is a new permanent product released with the spring collection and it also comes in Champagne and Peach. I am dying to see how the other shades look.

Dior Glow Maximizer ($42 CAD) has quite a strong golden glow. It can be mixed with your foundation to boost skin’s radiance, patted full strength on top of your makeup as a highlighter in light catching areas, or even used sparingly as a primer all over under foundation if you are in dire need of some radiance as I sometimes do.

NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer SPF 15 ($38 CAD) has the benefit of light sun protection and it offers a very subtle, completely neutral, illumination to the skin.  It contains red algae to revitalize skin as well as Vitamins A, C, and E to ward off free radicals. It really works well as a base and feels very light, absorbing quickly into the skin.

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Clarins Instant Light | Dior Glow Maximizer | NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing

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Clarins Instant Light | Dior Glow Maximizer | NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing barely blended

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Clarins Instant Light | Dior Glow Maximizer | NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing blended further

 

Blurring/Pore Minimizing Primer – These seem to really be the rage these days with many drugstore and higher end brands releasing their own version of this silicone heavy primer. I find these all to be fairly similar so it is all trial and error with liking the feel and scent.

Dior Pore Minimizer ($42 CAD) can be used alone or under foundation to smooth skins texture by filling lines and wrinkles. It has a thick balmy, ultra smooth texture. The soft focus pigments work to even out the complexion. You can even use this lightly over foundation to touch up to matify and diminish pores. I find, like with a lot of these kinds of primers, that if you use too much product you can experience pilling.

Garnier 5 Sec Blur Skin Renew Instant Smoother ($19.99 CAD) has soft focus, mattifying, and wrinkle and pore filling effects to give you that airbrushed effect, with or without makeup, in only seconds thanks to silica spheres and silicone elastomers.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser ($10.99 CAD) has a clear gel texture and includes cherry extract. It is an well performing and excellently priced option if you want to give these kinds of silicone based pore blurring primers a try.

Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional ($36 CAD) is the original Pro Balm to Minimize Pores. This is the only primer I’ve included that isn’t new but how could I not include this cult favourite that has been around since July 2010. It is the primer I use most often in my professional kit to ensure a long lasting air brushed finish.

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Dior Pore Minimizer | Garnier 5 Sec Blur | Maybelline Baby Skin | Benefit POREfessional

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Dior Pore Minimizer | Garnier 5 Sec Blur | Maybelline Baby Skin | Benefit POREfessional blended.

 

Targeted Primers

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother ($ CAD) is basically a targeted version of a blurring/pore minimizing primer that also includes illuminators to brighten the eye area and a wonderfully cooling applicator. It includes Revitalift’s Pro-Retinol A, vitamin C and specially designed peptide for the eye area to helps improve the delicate skin around eyes and lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and under eye bags look reduced over time. I love that this has long term benefits and works as an eye cream and primer in one. We all know it can be a struggle to find an eye cream that works well under makeup.

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L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother

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L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother blended

 

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L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher Review and Giveaway

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When we think of young, beautiful skin we think of the smooth, poreless skin of children. I look at my kids faces and think, wow, my skin used to look that plump, smooth, and youthful and I didn’t even know what a blessing it was. When we put our foundation on in the morning we are not doing so only in the hopes of covering imperfection but trying to mimic this smoothness. In order to achieve this refined, smooth look we need to start before our makeup. Not only in terms of skincare but also prepping the skin with a product like the newest addition to the L’Oreal Youth Code lineup, Pore Vanisher. The L’Oreal You Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher ($29.99 CAD) works on the surface to blur the look of pores thanks to the Aero-Gel’s soft-focus effect. It has long term benefits to reduce pore size over time with LHA exfoliants and 3% Perline-P to strengthen and maintain the shape of pore walls.

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Pore blurring primers are really, really popular right now. It seems almost every brand from drugstore to high end is coming out with their own version.  What I really like about the L’Oreal YouthCode Pore Vanisher is that it feels much lighter than a lot of the other pore filling primers I’ve tried, and I don’t experience any pilling of the product when I apply foundation afterwards as I find tends to happen on me with some other formulations. If you are looking for a more targeted result with a more concentrated, thicker product then you can add the L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur to your routine as well where needed.

Here you can see the before and after effects on a section of my hand that has highly visible pores at the moment.

Before:

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After:

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And here you can see the overall refined, mattified, and almost airbrushed effect of a full face application.

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After:

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I don’t know about you but I find the results pretty dramatic. You can really see the improvement around my eyes, nose, cheeks, between my eyes, chin, well I guess everywhere! The product has a very slight tint to it but not enough to actually impart any colour on the skin or offer coverage. Once you apply your foundation on top to even out your skin tone and hide imperfections than you really achieve an almost flawless result.

I am excited to be able to offer my Canadian readers the opportunity to win a L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Pore Vanisher of their own. Another lucky reader will win a Youth Code set including Texture Perfector Serum, Day Cream, and the Pore Vanisher! Please enter via the RaffleCopter widget that will load below.

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Win a Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit in Your Shade! – Review & Giveaway

I still remember the release of the Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Foundation and all the associated hype. Even though one of my favourite foundations has always been Make Up For Ever Face & Body I somehow managed to go all this time without trying the infamous HD. Well I have finally tried it and I have an opportunity for you to win a chance to try it yourself. So what did I think?

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If you are going to try out the HD Foundation what better way to do it than with the Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit ($92 CAD).

First off the Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Foundation has an extensive shade range of 26 shades. It is one of the most impressive out there. The shade 115 Ivory is a wonderful match for me. It’s a tad dark but I need to work around my freckles! There are also some really fair shades that are more pink toned but I wanted to keep the shade more neutral to cancel out some of the pink in my skin rather than accentuate it. This foundation offers medium coverage with a very natural finish. I have been loving it.

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Another great thing about this complexion kit for me was finally trying the Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Primer. For some reason I have always thought this was a standard silicone type primer. I’m not a huge fan of silicone primers so I had never tried it. While the HD Primer is silicone based it does not have the texture or feel of a typical silicone primer. Rather it has a light lotion like consistency and feels very hydrating thanks to the D-Panthenol & Glycerin. The kit also contains the small sized version of the HD High Definition Powder which is a translucent setting powder that offers a flawless and lightly mattified yet natural finish. The kit includes a incredibly soft Kabuki Brush for application of the HD Powder.

Before (naked face):

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After (Make Up For Ever Complexion Starter Kit):

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Now here is your chance to WIN your own Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit in your shade. The kit includes:

  • 0.17 oz HD Microfinish Powder
  • 0.5 oz HD Microperfecting Primer
  • 1.01 oz HD Invisible Cover Foundation
  • HD Kabuki Brush

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