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If you’re wearing makeup frequently, then you know the advantage of having a good makeup primer. A makeup primer gives long lasting life to your makeup and won’t let all your hard work go to waste as you brave the day amid humidity, rain, wind and sunshine.
As the base of your makeup routine, it’s also important to find a primer that has other advantages like minimizing the look of pores and fine lines. Not only is finding a good primer an important foundation to achieving your best look, but it’ also extremely hard to find. And God help you if you end up paying for something that’s thick enough to mess up your foundation or too light to do anything at all. With the high cost of makeup today, you will undoubtedly feel cheated of your hard earned money.
So, here I was, minding my own business without a primer related thought in the world, when I came across a Jeffree Starr video that featured a drugstore primer in comparison to a high-end brand. At the time, I basically bought whatever primer I could find at a decent rate. Although I craved pore refinement, because my pores could host their own rose bowl event, I went with whatever was cheap. My favorite thing to do was to buy the sample size from Smashbox that you see on the side bins while waiting in line at Sephora.
Jeffree Star said that he couldn’t find a significant difference between the two primers, but would probably invest in the more expensive one in the future. But it made me incredibly curious to find out more about the cheap one. It’s conveniently available and the price is decent enought that I don’t end up like the old lady that lived in a shoe.
L’oreal Paris Magic Perfecting Base is retailed at $12 at your local drugstore, and it’s an absolutely amazing find. (Thank you, Jeffree)
You can buy it here for $2 less then advertised at other locations:
The cream base is silky and feels velvety to the touch. It’s like putting on this thin veil of lotion that makes the skin feel soft and rid of bumps and lumps. The amazing part of this is that the smoothness makes putting on foundation a breeze. Pores also appear minimal with the smoothness of the base.
Cons: Over time, the cream hardens a little. It won’t affect the way it feels when you put it on your face, but as you scoop into the jar, you will notice it loses it’s creaminess.
The Verdict: Sometimes, heading out to Sephora or Ulta is not a reasonable option. The fact that theirs a drugstore brand primer that is available at locally is incredibly convenient. It helps your makeup stay on and minimizes pores. I wouldn’t say that it’s 100% in everything, but it’s defiantly as close to being the perfect primer as possible.
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