That’s right it is time to take a good hard look at primers. I know, I love a good primer. And really only a few are leaving, but I will talk about the rest as well. So with them all laid out in front of me, let’s take a good hard look at what we have.
First let’s look at the top six currently in my collection. These lovelies are staying until the last dregs of product have been cleaned out of the container. First we have the classic Porefessional from Benefit Cosmetics. This is just a good all round primer. It sits well under just about any foundation and it eliminates redness. To be honest this and the Elf poreless putty primer are the two staples I will always have in my makeup drawer. Between the two of them they do everything a primer should do. I have repeat purchased both of these and will continue to do so.
Marc Jacobs Undercover (currently on sale BTW) is one of my favorite hydrating primers. While it is good in the summertime, it is better in the winter. It primes as well as helping to prevent skin from looking dry. Touch in Sol ranks pretty high on my list of products and I think this might be the third container of this primer that I have purchased Oddly enough while I adore the No Poreblem primer, I don’t really care for the other primers in the Touch in Sol line up. For me this it their hero product and the one I will repurchase.
This is the first Clarins Instant smooth primer I have tried and it will not be my last. Technically I think it belongs in my top three products. It takes down redness, fills pores, adds a healthy pink tint to the skin and feels super luxe to use. I am about half way through the jar and know I will be repurchasing it. The final product in the top six has to be the Tatcha Silk Canvas. While this one is new to my collection, I have used it before and adore it. It smells fantastic feels and looks good on the skin and just feels luxe to use. It is the priciest of my primers so while I will use it and I love it, I actually have to think about it before I repurchase it.
Needless to say all six of my top products are staying.
In my collection there are two mostly used up samples. One is the Milk Hydro Grip Primer and the other is the YSL Touch Eclat primer. I think I have two more uses in the Milk primer and maybe a week’s worth of the YSL. I need to actually keep them out and use them up. I have already reordered the Milk Hydro Grip primer. I have it secreted away in my unopened products and am trying to forget it is there until I use up a few more of the open products. I really enjoy it and love the way it holds my makeup in place all day. I like the YSL primer as well, but it is pricy and I am not entirely certain it is worth the price. I think if I found it on sale, I would repurchase it, but I am not entirely certain I would pay full price for it. The Tatcha, I would pay full price for.
There are also two unopened samples of primer that I have not tried out yet. One is the Glam Glow glowStarter Nude Glow and the other is the Hard Candy Hydrating primer. I will keep both primers until I try them out and get back to you on whether or not I would want to order them in a full size.
Speaking of haven’t tried out, when taking the primers out of the drawer I found the Dr. Brant Luminizing primer. I honestly can not remember if I tried this out or not so I am putting this in my to be tried pile before I decide. In general like Dr. Brandt so I have high hopes.
The Urban Decay Optical illusion Primer just makes me sad. For a long time it was my go to primer. It honestly was the only primer I bought for years. I believe it is now discontinued so I will be using up my travel sized container and then I will let it go into the land of makeup that was. It was great, I loved it, but it is time to finish it out and let it go. I actually may put this with the Milk and YSL so that I can work on using it up and sending it on it’s way.
There are two products I am on the fence about. One is the Ciate London Watermelon Burst Primer and the other is the Too Faced Hangover Primer. The Ciate London primer I think is a seasonal use primer for me. I think it is too hydrating in the summertime, but I think my skin likes it better in the winter. I am holding on to it to try out again this winter because I remember vaguely that I liked it in the winter. The Too Faced primer I think might also be better in the winter as well. I think I was more on the fence about it than I was with the Ciate. So those are both in holding patterns until the weather changes. Once it grows cooler, I will try them again and make the decision on whether or not to use.
And finally we come to the getting rid of category. There are three in this line up. The first is the Master Prime by Maybelline. This is a good primer. The only reason that I am getting rid of it is because it is really, really old and I very expired. It fell to the bottom of the drawer and was not seen until I dragged everything to the light for this declutter. (This is another reason why I will be using up a few more products before opening new ones). I can see me possibly repurchasing it but for right now it is good bye.
The second departing product is the Studio Makeup Silk Hydration primer. I just didn’t like it and found nearly every other product that I used to be better. I see no reason to keep it around. It is in good enough condition though (as well as being recent enough) that I can pass it on to someone else who may enjoy it more.
The third product I am passing along is the Vesca Beauty Primer. I know, I started using it and never got around to reviewing it. The thing is, I am fairly certain I am somewhat allergic to something in it. After using it I realized my skin itched. I didn’t think anything of it, but I am fairly certain that it was the itchy culprit. It looked lovely under a flat matte foundation but far too shiny under an illuminating one. It has an almost iridescent look to it and on a light makeup day it worked really well on its own with just a light layer of powder over it. However lovely it looked, it wasn’t worth the itchy skin so it is being passed on to someone who will love it and hopefully not have the same issues as I did.
So that is my primer line up, the good, the bad, the not yet tried out and pretty much everything in between. While not many products are leaving, I feel really good about going through them and seeing what is in the drawer. because i really enjoy primers, I tend to keep a lot of them around, While I rotate through, a lot can be lost. I am going to concentrate on using up the samples and clearing out the open ones while trying the untested. I do roll through these pretty fast as they are my most used makeup category. Primers, powders and mascaras will always get used. I did have one primer expire on me which is really rare for me and kind of makes me feel disappointed. It also makes me want to do better. And is a reminder that will stop me from opening new products before I have used up some of my older ones. I’m sure I will forget as I sometimes just can’t resist, but hopefully the reminder will help.