I’ve been dipping my toe into the world of drugstore primers, as to be quite honest – I didn’t really see the point in them. For me, the best ‘primer’ for your makeup is a good moisturizer and that’s about it. For the last 2/3 weeks or so I’ve been trying out two different drugstore primers and putting them to the test, and seeing of they’re worth the price tag.
The first one I tried was the NYX Born To Glow illuminating primer. I know it’s sometimes difficult to get this brand in your local boots or superdrug, but, the great thing is that NYX is sold on ASOS, which means you don’t even have to leave your bed to order it. This was actually a surprisingly good primer. at £12.00, it’s affordable and does the job, and it does it well.
A little goes a long way with this, and you are left with really nice glowy skin. I guess the main worry with this primer (for me) was that I have combination skin, and anything that is ‘illuminating’ can be confused with greasy, so a lot of things labeled as glowy I try and stay away from unless it’s been recommended by a friend/I’ve bought a sample. Overall I’d give this an 8/10. Top notch.
The second primer I’ve been trying recently is the Bourjois Paris Flower Perfection primer. The only reason I bought this is because I was making the most of their 2 for £12 offer in Boots. This isn’t a new primer from Bourjois, it’s been around for about 4 years now, but the packaging is actually really cute, so I thought why not.
The one thing I will say about this product is that it really does minimize your pores. I don’t have big pores anyway, but it was shocking how well this product covered up any blemishes and evened out my skin tone. This, however, left my skin looking quite dull after I’d put on foundation.
I think it’s probably because I’d been so used to the glow that NYX gave me, that I was somewhat disappointed with Bourjois’ looked like after applying foundation. I do, however, think that this primer would be a match made in heaven for people with oily skin, who are looking for something that is going to mattify their skin.
Overall, I would give it a 6/10.
The winner of the two is definitely the NYX primer. Though it’s a couple of £’s more than Bourjois, it does the job better, and leaves you looking glowy and fabulous.