Primers aren’t an essential for everyone, but personally priming before makeup application is a step I love to do. I love my skin to look glowy and smooth, so those are the types of primers I tend to gravitate towards. However, there are times when I use a foundation that is very glowy and therefore, I don’t use a glowy primer, I tend to use something that will give my skin a velvety finish that will still look glowy when my foundation is applied.
The primers in my current rotation have all different finishes and do different things for my skin. Which primer(s) I use depends on what I want on the day. I tend to always use a smoothing primer, regardless of what other primers I use, as I always want my skin to look smooth (who doesn’t?!).
Unfortunately, the Becca primer is discontinued as Becca is no longer in business, however you can still get their products in TK Maxx, which is why I am including it in this post. Their Blacklight Priming Filter is a stunning illuminating primer that gives a lit-from-within glow. It’s just stunning and one of the nicest illuminating primers I’ve used. It’s such a shame that Becca have gone out of business as they made some fabulous products, which are thankfully still available in TK Maxx, so snap them up if you see them!
Catrice Cosmetics TEN!Sational primer is fantastic alternative to the Becca. It gives my skin such a beautiful glow and it’s one I wear even when I’m not wearing any other makeup. I just love how my skin looks when I wear this. I’m on my second tube now. It’s around €6, which is a great price given how good it is and how long the tube lasts too. You don’t need much per application so it lasts for ages. Highly, highly recommend this!
The Silk Canvas by Tatcha is the best smoothing primer I’ve used. A great alternative (not dupe) is The Putty Primer by E.L.F Cosmetics. I have both and like both, but the E.L.F primer is not as smoothing as Tatcha’s. Tatcha’s is quite creamy and slightly thick on the skin, whereas E.L.F’s Putty Primer turns a lighter consistency and doesn’t smooth my skin quite the same as TSC does.
It is a fraction of the price though and it is available this side of the Atlantic, TSC is much more expensive and not available this side of the Atlantic. You need to use a shipping service to get it to Ireland.
Both the Hourglass Veil Mineral and Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch primers are very similar. Both give my skin a velvety finish, that feels really soft and perfect for foundation application. Neither minimise my pores or give a blurred appearance to my skin, but they are still lovely. As the Hourglass and Fenty primers are similar you definitely don’t need both.