Face Primers - My Top Picks

If I had to recommend one makeup product to anyone, a primer would probably be it. They are products that keep the rest of our makeup stay exactly where it is. It is also a product that when you find one (or a few) that work for you, it will probably stay with you for life. In this post, I've picked four primers that I love, fit four different categories and that I will keep using for a long time. My categories are hydrating, brightening, pore-filling and illuminating. I interchange with a lot of these, or use a combination. Multi-priming for the win.



Get primer + moisturiser in 1! Primerizer delivers up to 24-hour hydration plus powerful face primer benefits in the lightest possible texture. It was created in our L.A. photo studio to instantly increase moisture & prep skin for makeup in 1 step. This non-greasy, quick-dry formula acts as a makeup magnet that locks on foundation & makes it last.

Without a doubt one of my all-time favourite products. If you need a boost of hydration, this is the primer for you. With hyaluronic acid, this is a dehydrated skin’s dream. Smashbox are well known for their Photo Finish primers, and whilst I’ve tried their original primer, the Primerizer is the one I would pick. I have already gone through one full size, a travel size and I’m almost finished with the third. Whilst I am currently loving a few other primers, I will continue to use this as it gives my skin the hydration it loves. 


Our silky pink primer takes your complexion from dull to darling! Simply blend it on for the look of brighter, smoother skin.

That Gal was one of the first primers, and first products of Benefit that I ever tried. I found a travel size in Boots at the end of August, and it reminded me that whilst you don’t hear about it that much in the beauty world, it is actually a pretty decent primer. So whilst I was in Carnaby Street last week, I decided to pick up the full size. Whilst it is pink, it doesn’t leave your skin like you have covered it in blush, it really does just give your skin a little boost. 


With the POREfessional quickly minimize the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. The translucent formula of the POREfessional contains a vitamin E derivative known to protect skin from free radicals.

One of Benefit’s most iconic products. If you have oily skin or enlarged pores, you need to try this out. I tried it out a few times in the past, but it is only recently that I focused only using it on the pores around my nose that I truly started to love this product. Pore-filling primers are one of the most interesting makeup products to use as it is something that you can actually see work immediately, and that you don’t need to blend it for ages to get the effect. 


Our Hydrating and Radiance Primer has been created to prep and prime skin for a natural looking complexion and a subtle radiant base. The lightweight formula is designed to hydrate the skin whilst providing a sheer natural glow.

I bought this primer as part of my #GRWM post with only Natural Collection products. Primers from the high street can be very hit or miss. This, is a hit. Illuminating primers can often be overly packed with shimmer, but this primer provides the perfect amount so you do not look like you have dunked your face in glitter. It is also a little thicker than other primers and illuminators that I have tried, but I think it works in its favour. 

Have you tried any of these primers?

Ellyn xx

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