I am back after a long unplanned hiatus to write a blog that I have had planned for a long time. It involved testing out a few different drugstore primers with one very important thing in common: They were all green. As I mention in every blog, I have rosacea and quite a bit of facial redness. One of my favorite ways to counteract this is by color correcting. I’ve been color correcting since 2010. In the past few months, I’ve taken the time to test out some great and not so great primers.
4) NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer In Green: Overall, I love NYX. I am constantly impressed with their lip products and I’ve been using their brand for years. This primer was always sold out in stores. I had to wait for Target to restock the product. Since I love another NYX primer, I thought I might really enjoy this one.
First, this primer smelled. Since it took a few weeks to restock, I knew it wasn’t an old product.It smelled the way I would expect a children’s makeup to smell. There was no tackiness to this foundation and it didn’t melt into the skin. It had the texture of watered down slime. The first time I tried it, I immediately wiped it off and started over. The next time, I commited.
For someone with dry skin, I am not used to developing a lot of shine, but with this primer, I looked greasy the entire day. Needless to say, I am not recommending it.
Price: $12.99 for 1.01 oz
3) Ulta Beauty Color Correcting Face Primer: This product was okay. When I first tried it, I wasn’t overwhlemed with joy, but I thought it did the job well enough. At awhile, I started to really like it. It blurred the redness without turning my skin an odd shade a gray and it had a very smooth texture. Yet everytime I wore it, my fiancee would mentioned that my face smelled like playdough. It took my weeks to figure out which product it was, but I finally narrowed it down to this primer. It was the most expensive primer from the group. I’ll very likely use the product up, but I don’t think I will be repurchasing, even when Ulta has another very tempting sale.
Price: $18.00 for 1.0 oz
2) E.L.F. Tone Adjusting Primer: For a few months, this was my holy grail primer. I love how smoothly it went on while still blurring redness. The green never showed through my makeup. It didn’t blue pores or help the longevity of my makeup, but that wasn’t really what I was looking for. I have mentioned it in previously blogs and I have purchased it time and time again. Truthfully, I expected this to be the best primer I tried.
Price: $6.00 for 0.49 oz or $10.00 for 1.01 oz
1)Milani Prime Correct Corrects Redness + Pore Minimizing Face Primer: For some reason, I had very low expectations for this primer. I think it may be because I was disappointed with their foundation shade ranges and I had never heard anything about their primers. Until their most recent foundation launch, I barely heard anything about the brand at all. I assumed that it was because it didn’t have many great products and was a pricer drugstore brand. Milani can laugh in my face now.
This product corrects redness, makes my makeup go on smoother, minimizes pores (which I have never even noticed until they became small) and increases the longevity of my makeup. The only negative I really have is that for nearly $13, you don’t get a full ounce of the product.
Price: $12.99 for 0.85 oz
Have you tried color correcting? Share your experience down below!