Monday, March 14, 2016

Ready And Prime: Favourite Primers for Combination Skin

Gone are the days a proper make-up face was done without the use of a primer. I remember using my first primer; the Rimmel London one with that blue cap and whilst it wasn't the best primer in the world, at the time my make-up felt fresher than before, lasted a lot longer and those little pores around my nose were a lot more diminished. Ever since, I've tried my fair share of different primers hoping to find the "one" and I actually ended up with 4 favs that work pretty well on my skin. 
During my teenage phase my skin was dry and flaky; fast forward a few years I now have to deal with combination skin (even throughout winter months) for reasons unknown to me. Combination skin comes with challenges I had not experienced before; my foundation seems to melt off a lot quicker through the day, my pores are more visible and oxidisation of products has pretty much become the norm. Having said, with these guys I find that all of these negatives are lessened, a few more so than the others. So if you too battle with combo skin, check these out.

Benefit POREfessional Face Primer Balm | £24.50
Not the cheapest but definitely my favourite of the bunch. I hesitated for a few months given its price tag but when I finally gave in, I understood why this is raved so highly. Being oil-free, and having that silky smooth texture I knew my skin was in for a treat. I tend to reach for it on special occasions like events and parties and I love the result. My pores are no match for this primer, no matter how huge they are and my make-up looks fresher for longer which is exactly what I look for when opting for this one.

Pros: Oil-free, silky texture, pore minimiser and extends foundation wear.
Cons: Pricey and contains fragrance.
Ideal for: Events & parties.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer | £7.99
Not raved as much as the above, but I find this to be quite a good dupe for the Porefessional in terms of pore coverage. It doesn't hold my make-up for as long as the former does, but for daily use this is perfect as the price tag isn't so scary. The matte finish and soft skin I am left with are my favourite features, and with this I always wait a few minutes before carrying with my routine so that primer can set to my skin properly and not blend in with my foundation. 

Pros: High-end dupe, matte finish, soft silky texture, pore minimiser and affordable.
Cons: Not as long wearing and needs to be set.
Ideal for: Daily use.

L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base Primer £7.99
I talked about pretty much the entire Infallible range in my Gym-Proof Make-Up post so you will know how I impressed I am with them. This primer had just finished at that time of that post, otherwise it would have been there too; I repurchased it since and I love wearing it on days I know I will be hitting the gym hard! Nothing is worse than a patchy looking foundation after a few hours of wear. This helps diminish that and despite being a tad greasy as it comes out of the tube, it does help with the pores situation and oily t-zone. 

Pros: Matte finish, pore and t-zone minimiser, sweat-proof and extends foundation wear.
Cons: Feels greasy aft first.
Ideal for: Daily use (gym).

Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm | £5.35
I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try this thanks to Nikkie. I will start saying that in my opinion, this should not be used alone as a primer. It became so popular due to the the science behind it: this contains glycerin which essentially makes everything stick more easily to your face hence the sticky feeling after you've given it a nice rub all over your face. I do find that my foundation will stay in place the entire day without melting off no matter how oily my complexion may get. However, this does not minimise my pores in any way which is why I always use it alongside another primer applied to my t-zone.

Pros: Extends foundation wear.
Cons: Feels sticky and has a strong after shave fragrance.
Ideal for: Sensitive skin and when used with another primer for best results.

What are your favourite primers? Tried any of these? Let me know below!
Thanks for reading beauties and wishing you a beautiful week ahead!




  1. Produtos maravilhoso amo tudo, tenha uma semana abençoada.
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  2. I am one of the dinosaurs of makeup that do their face without even having tried a primer. But I plan on changing that soon.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  3. Perfect review :)
    Bonjour from FRANCE, Sand.

  4. These are great recommendations, can't wait to try some of them!!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  5. Wow the men's post shave balm is interesting. I'm currently on the hunt for a primer, so thanks for the post hun. Xx

  6. My current favourite primer is the too faced hangover primer x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  7. I like very much POREfessional it's a great product.

    La Flò ♡ blog

  8. I really love the Nivea one but totally agree that it does nothing for my pores, I like the idea of using one for my t-zone!
    Pretty Mad Things .. xo

  9. NYX Angel Veil is my favourite primer by far. I have tried Porefessional but I'm not a huge fan of it, I might pick up Maybelline Baby Skin to try next.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  10. I'm searching some nice primer, so your post was so helpful.

  11. Esse nívia é MARAVILHOSO <3 <3

  12. I love the Nivea Shave Balm! Haven't used the Porefessional in ages but I used to really like it too!

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  13. I need to try some of these out, I've never used a primer!

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

  14. Great post doll, love the pics!

    Alice Cerea,

  15. I have to try out the loreal primer :D I totally agree with your points of the maybelline and benefit one , since I use them for exactly the same occassions :D Maybelline for daily use and the benefit one for parties and occassions :D so sad that the benefit one is so expensive *_* I love the results of it :)

  16. I'm looking for a new primer, so these are awesome recommendations. I am definitely going to check them out. :)

  17. Porefessional is my favourite primer at the moment - the texture leaves my skin feeling amazing. x


  18. I really wish that the Nivea didn't have that smell... I mean it's probably because it's for men but I wonder if they have an unscented one? I've tried my hubbys. He just has the regular one and that one definitely has fragrance! haha


  19. need to try thia after shave balm,.nice post and review xoxo

  20. I haven't got any primer but maybe I will buy one of these from your post! Great reviews.


  21. Nice products! Have a nice week

    xx LL

  22. Weirdly, for someone with so many skin and pore problems I've never tried any of these - but I've been meaning to try the Porefessional by Benefit. I'm currently using one by Clinique and I absolutely adore it.

    But gonna add these on my to-try list!

    Ella Pinto xx

  23. I love The Porefessional for my oilier days!

    xo, Liz

  24. Primer is still one product I haven't experienced with enough, so there's a lot that I haven't tried. Quite tempted to pick up the Nivea shaving balm next but I am put off by the aftershave scent x

    Beauty with charm

  25. I don't like the primer by Maybeline, I think that it has a weird consistency. But I'm really curious about the Nivea one because everyone raves about it.

  26. I really nee to try the Nivea one, heard so much about it but keep forgetting to pick it up

    Lauren x |

  27. I tried Nivea men, didn't work for me. But I love love love the infallible by L'Oreal. it's my favorite primer for quite some time now.

  28. Awesome list - and really intrigued by that Nivea for men, one! I used to be a big fan of the Maybelline Primer, but recently, I've been loving the NYX Tea Tree Skin Elixir as a primer.

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

  29. Gostava bastante de experimentar o da Benefit. Oiço tantas coisas boas que é impossível não querer testar

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  30. This post is perfection! We have the same type of skin I think, because I completely understood everything you was saying about your skin Pam. So I definitely have tried the L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base Primer and it's one of my absolute favourites. I never thought that I'd find another one like it - until I bought the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm 2 weeks ago. Oh my goodness, it's a complete game changer and I'm so addicted to it at the moment!!:D

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  31. I have the Maybelline one, and I really like it, I want to try the Benefit one though, it seems great!

  32. I've just recently started using the Baby Skin primer again and I'd forgotten how much I loved it. I think I'll definitely try out the shave balm to see if it works for me :) xx

  33. Isn't it crazy how good the aftershave balm is?! I can't get over it haha xx

  34. I totally love primers as well! My current obsession is one from Nars. Primer really makes all the difference in my routine!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

  35. Seems like a great selection! I do not usually use a primer but I have heard great things about some of these products :)

    Maireem | My Fair Autumn | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat: myfairautumn

  36. A Nivea tem bons produtos..

    Isabel Sá

  37. The Benefit Porefessional sounds good. I haven't tried any of these primers but I wouldn't mind giving that one a go. I don't currently have a favourite primer but I previously really liked the Illamasqua Satin Primer, although I would only tend to use that on a night out.

    Samio x

  38. Perfect review :)
    Have a good day!

  39. I love the idea of a face primer. However, just like everything else, these products came to Croatia rather late (we still don't have Benefit, as far as I know, and I'm not entirely sure about the other two, either), so I never really used them. However, a few months back I got one from Catrice, and was pretty disappointed, since it did absolutely nothing. My skin is also on the combination side, but it doesn't get too oily, so I don't really struggle with my foundation melting from my face. My concern are enlarged pores, and it did absolutely nothing about them... I am so sorry I didn't get the Porefessional back in London :/ Great post! Thanks for sharing xx

  40. I need the benefit primer in my life! I've heard such great things about it! Thanks for sharing! x


  41. I'm wanting to try that benefit primer.
    It seems interesting.
    Hope to land my hands on it soon lol.

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  42. Definitely have been seeing the Nivea product cited as a primer by many beauty bloggers a lot recently but I'm afraid to try it, ha. Benefit Porefessional has been on my wishlist for ages!


  43. Adorava experimentar o Pore Professional :)
    xx, Ana

    The Insomniac Owl Blog

  44. Thanks for this! I am currently using baby skin for my routine and now I can't wait to buy loreal infallible or the porefessionals. Great blog you have, stay inspired!


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  45. Amazing products! Love this maybelline prime

    kisses Adela Acanski

  46. I have dry skin so the pore filling primers don't work well for me. The baby skin one specifically was horrible, it balled up on my skin and fell off lol


  47. Tenho mesmo que experimentar esse segundo Maybelline! Ando em busca de um primer acessível e bom e esse parece ser o tal :)
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  48. I've only tried the Benefit primer from this list, but I really do love it. I'd love to try some of the others, if I found one that I loved just as much for half the price I'd be happy!

    Hayley-Eszti |

  49. Honestly I don't use a primer, so I don't know these products but like always your review is great:)


  50. Like you, I can swear by the whole L'Oreal Infallible line! This primer is indeed amazing and makes magic combined with the foundation. Having said that, I find pretty useful to hear about the other primers you listed here, thanks for their complete and consice reviews!

  51. These are all such great products! Hugs, Kait

  52. Great review Pam! I haven't try any of them... I'm always using No7 or soap and glory :)
    Have a lovely week

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  54. Lovely post. Love these photos!

  55. I just got into using Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm after jumping on the badwagon and despite the smell was pleasantly surprised.

    Emma Inks

  56. I love the Porefessional, but if I use it for a long time I tend to get breakouts. The Glow Potion primer from Kiko is definitely my favourite at the moment. Also, I need to borrow my husband`s Nivea Shave Balm and test it, see what the fuss is all about.

  57. I know I'm super late in commenting, but wow, this is such a nice roundup of primers! Love how you organized this and listed the pros and cons :)
    I've heard tons about that Nivea mens shaving balm but haven't tried it yet. I want to!

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  58. I have tried the benefit one a few times now and i'm still not sure if I like it or not. Like sometimes it does work and then others it just doesn't.
    Alicia :)

  59. adorable post again ! :)

  60. Very interesting and colìmplete review!
    I've tried only benefit and it worked pretty well on me, but I'd like to try even some other primer!

  61. What a great post, thanks for sharing! i have just run of primer an I need to be getting one soon! Loving the sound of the L'oreal one, will be checking that one out!


  62. I wish I could get my hands on the post shave balm! The last time I checked the drugstore, there were none :( Maybe I would just have to give the Maybelline primer a try, since that's the only one available where I live. Great post, btw! Xx

    Elle //

  63. I've never used any of these, but can't use the Benefit one because of the fragrance. Have you tried Tarte's primer? I love it! :)

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  64. I have only tried the Benefits products, when it comes to their primers, I find that I cannot use them for some reason it makes my skin breakout. But, I'm keen n trying the Maybelline one. I currently use Clarins and Smashbox primer water, which I love. <3


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