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Three Things: Budget primers

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I’m a late arrival to the primer party, only rocking up a couple of years ago. And typical of the late party arrival, I’m usually there to the bitter end, singing out of tune and drinking everyone else’s booze. The only difference is now I have my perfectly primed make-up still in place.

I bloody love primers. In fact, I’ve no idea how I survived Before Priming (B.P). I suspect I was a shiny mess with make-up sliding down my face for most of the day. So today I thought I show you three of my current favourites I have on rotation. Let the shine-free party begin…

Wet n Wild Primer Base De Teint
The budget-friendly Wet n Wild Primer is part of the Prep & Prime kit (€6.99) which includes a concealer quad palette (I’ve yet to try this). A moisturiser-primer hybrid, the primer has a white cream formula and is a perfect dupe of Rimmel’s Fix & Perfect Pro Primer. It applies beautifully and gives the skin a velvety smooth finish.

In terms of oil-control, it gave me a couple of shine-free hours before I had to touch up. My only issue with this primer is the slightly medicated smell but that does disappear after application. Overall, a good budget option.

Catrice Prime and Fine Anti-Shine Base
The bargain Catrice primer also appears to be a cross between a primer and mattifying moisturiser that promises to minimise pores. It too has a white cream formula but doesn’t appear to contain any silicones.

As I like to trowel on my primers, I generally prefer ones with silicone to completely fill in my (expansive) pores. Personally I found I had to touch-up my make-up a couple of hours after application. A less oily girl may fare better with this one but I need industrial-grade shine control.

NYX Shine Killer
Speaking of industrial-grade shine control, NYX’s aptly titled Shine Killer does exactly what it says on the tin. I absolutely love this primer. A dupe for Smashbox Photofinish Primer, it’s odourless, applies like a dream and doesn’t ball or pile under foundation. I paid €15.99 for this, which isn’t cheap. But it’s such good quality I will definitely repurchase.

What are your favourite primers?

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