Nuts about this primer!

Max Factor primer 2

I happened to come across this Max Factor Primer last week while looking at the make-up that was on sale at Clicks. This primer was unfortunately not on sale, but is well worth it’s price. Primer has become one of my key make-up products in the morning and I always feel ready to tackle anything if I’ve applied it before my make-up. After application this primer sinks straight into my skin and instantly makes it feel matt. It also has an SPF of 20 which is perfect for when you are outdoors in summer (don’t forget your sunscreen and hat though). At the end of the day, my make-up still looks great and is firmly in place, without any hint of shine. It really does extend the wear of my foundation. This is a huge feat considering it’s summer here and the last few days have been sweltering hot. The ladies at Clicks told me that this is end of range, and if it is I am really sorry to hear that. It’s a fantastic primer that is affordably priced at R185. I may just have to go buy another one before they disappear for good.

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Besotted with this primer

Revlon Perfecting Primer

Primers are still a bit of a new concept for me. My skin is very sensitive, with occasional breakouts, and the thought of layering more than 2 products on it still freaks me out a bit. Too many bad experiences with make-up and skincare products during my teens and 20s have left me wary of applying anything more than a basic moisturiser and foundation. Funny thing is, in my 30s I’ve learnt that it was more a case me using the wrong products for my skin and not looking after it properly that resulted in all those unwanted breakouts.

I have oily skin, that is also temperamental at times and can dry and sensitive, and am always on the lookout for products that will leave it with a matt finish. I’m tired of getting to halfway through the day and my eyeshadow has creased, my mascara has left lines on my eyelids and I have a shiny nose. Surely there must be a way that I can get to 4 pm with make-up that still looks freshly applied?

I’ve seen the Revlon Photoready primer on a few beauty blogs. I decided to try it out and chose the perfecting primer in the range – there is also a colour correcting one but I don’t really need that. I applied it for the first time and could immediately feel a soft matt finish. I applied my make-up as usual and went on with my day. Much later that afternoon I took a look in the mirror and to my surprise my make-up still looked great AND freshly applied! A few days later I went to yoga in the evening and was amazed to see that my make-up still looked great when I got home after the class (in general I try not to gym with any make-up on so that my pores can breathe, but on this particular day I hadn’t removed it before yoga). Liquid liner also stays in place all day which is such a relief because I always battle with that.

I have been using this primer for 2 weeks now and am in love with it! Applying more than 2 layers of products no longer freaks me out as much and I haven’t had any breakouts. I am so happy with it I even went out and bought a second one in case it is limited edition and I won’t be able to get more. It sells for between R179 and R199 and I found it at Dischem and Clicks.