Primers are the BEST for helping your makeup last all day, as well as to make your skin smooth in preparation for foundation. Most of the formulations on the market have silicone in them, which fill your pores and/or wrinkles, and the most popular on the market would UNDOUBTABLY be Benefit’s Porefessional. It’s velvety smooth and fills the pores beautifully! It’s a tad pricey though, so I think you’ll be pleased to find that I have found a dupe!
I’ve been on the L’Oreal base bandwagon for about 12 months now, and I have to say I am in love. I started off with the Revitalift Magic Blur, which is a colourless primer that mattifies the skins and blurs imperfections. When Priceline had their 40% off sale last year I purchased the L’Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream in Light-Medium, which is a light skin tone shade.
In terms of texture, this is where the two differ slightly. Nude Magique is slightly pastier (?) than Porefessional, which is a lighter, more fluid formula. This means that it requires a little more working into the skin than Porefessional, but the result is just as fantastic. Here’s a picture to show you the difference in texture,
L: Nude Magique R: Porefessional
Both formulas mattify the skin as described, both fill the pores, both feel heavenly, and both help makeup last for ages! Around midday, I have a bit of wear happening around my nose, but I think it would take a miracle to stop the oil from producing in that area.
My only qualm with Nude Magique is the silly, SILLY packaging! It comes with a precision tube, which means that every time I dispense the product it spits it out into my hand, and everywhere else! Especially now that it’s getting a little on the empty side. All packaging problems aside, the product is so high quality that I can look past this… Just this once.
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What’s your holy grail primer? Have you found anything that rivals Benefit’s Porefessional?
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