I’ve never been big on primers, I don’t like adding anything between my skin and my foundation when it can already be SO oily. As I age (it happens to the best of us) I’m realising my bare skin isn’t providing the flawless base it once did. Between areas of dryness, fine lines and more visible pores I could stand to at least try out some of the fixes available and these three from Primark are an affordable (£5 each) option for anyone experimenting with Primers, like me.
The Miracle primer is much like Benefits Porefessional, thicker and silicone based to smooth over an uneven surface and give you a smoother base to apply your makeup on top of. I see the benefit of these but they’re my least favourite, I don’t like the heavy texture, I think this again comes down to my oily skin and silicone feeling a little greasy to my touch.
The Mattifying Primer is a light, gel texture that sets quickly and does do something to absorb oil. I’m not sure it does much else to make my skin look or feel nicer but its something I’d apply over my tzone and chin if I was attempting to control shine. As is I’ve only found one product that really works for that but it also really dries out my skin.. can’t have it all.
Finally the Illuminating gel is again very light and I don’t feel that it adds anything unwanted to my oily skin so if you’re looking for radiance that doesn’t just look like shine this might be right up your street. Added to foundation I think it adds a lovely sheen but worn underneath for me is pointless. Alone on bare skin it’s pretty though.
So they’re the PS.. Pro Primers. I’ve been pretty impressed by the new, posher Primark makeup range so far and if you’d like to see the entire collection I swatched them all in this video