Having quite large, oily pores means that some days if I don’t use a primer, you can visible see all these mini craters in my face where makeup goes to die. A slight exaggeration maybe, but they are pretty huge making me extremely self conscious when people get too close to my face. However, a pore-fighting duo, well I should really say a pore-fighting-team are Benefit’s Porefessional, £24.50, Smashbox Photo Finish, £25, and Smashbox’s Photo Finish Hydrating under eye primer, £21. Porefessional is one that most people have heard of or have tried for themselves. It has a slight colour to it meaning if you were confident enough, you wouldn’t need to put anything on top. It has a mattifying finish that fills the pores (ingredients wise, it’s as bad as it sounds) making makeup flawless on top. It’s a very similar consistency and quality to Smashbox’s Photo Finish, where the only difference is that Smashbox adds no colour to the face at all. However, in my opinion, Porefessional doesn’t. Benefit also believe that Porefessional can be used on top of makeup to help reset it, with oily skin I find this makes your face look ‘caked’ on, and with dry skin, you shouldn’t really be using this primer to start with. They feel incredibly soft of the skin, creating a fantastic base to buff in foundation. I sometimes mix the two together for days where my pores have decided to grow arms and wave at everyone for attention. The Hydrating Under Eye Primer sounds like I’m contradicting myself completely, but my trusted Smashbox adviser (Steph who works in Boots Meadowhall) educates me on all things Smashbox, so I now know that this one can be used to target extremely large pores, or fine lines and wrinkles to ‘blur’ them. We tested it out on our knuckles and I was completely sold. It’s also fantastic to add a little extra moisture under the eyes, where my oiliness thankfully does not spread, and around my nose where I tend to be a little dryer.
Finally, a new piece to my hopefully-ever-growing Smashbox collection is their new eyeshadow primer! I will admit it, Urban Decay’s Primer Potion that everyone absolutely raves about, did nothing for me, nada. In fact, I found it ruined my makeup a lot of the time, so I have been desperate to find a decent primer. Smashbox’s 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer may be the first ever product to last as long as it says, I say ‘may’ as I took it off after around 12 hours to find that my eyeshadow looked fantastic and the rest of my face looked like a 3 year old had done my makeup. I love air conditioning at work. It’s safe to say that this is now an everyday essential that has really impressed me and my oily lids. As you can see, although I do go on and on about bargain and saving money (and having no money), I do prefer to spend more on my primers as I feel they do a much better job than all the cheaper ones I have tried.
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