We Tested 4 Of The Best Primers On The Shelves

Our days are busy enough as it is and we definitely don’t have time for our makeup to smudge. We need a reliable product that’ll keep our makeup looking flawless throughout the day so we don’t have to give it a second thought. With such a huge selection of primers available on the shelves, it’s hard to pick which one is right for you. So we put four of the most highly rated products to the test to see which are the best and why.

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#1 Beauty Flash Balm, Clarins

Winner of awards from the likes of Woman & Home and Woman’s Own, Beauty Flash Balm is the ultimate pick me up for tired skin. With a creamy consistency, this award-winning product eliminates the need for a moisturiser, brightens and tightens the skin leaving it looking refreshed and renewed.

With key ingredients including olive and witch hazel extracts, Beauty Flash Balm helps to smooth the skin’s surface priming your skin perfectly for makeup application.

For long-lasting makeup, radiant and glowing skin, use Beauty Flash Balm for makeup-ready skin in a flash. It’s great for tired skin, I found that it instantly lifted and brightened my skin.

#2 Effaclar Duo+, La Roche Posay

This miracle product from La Roche Posay is the answer to clogged pores, oily and blemish-prone skin. It’s both hydrating and completely oil-free and leaves your skin perfectly dewy for makeup application. It’s durable, light-weight, non-sticky and absorbs quickly into skin.

Three Effacalar Duo+s are sold every minute which is evident of just how well-loved it is. Manufactured with a tolerance to all skin types, the soothing benefits that La Roche-Posay is known for and long-lasting matte finish, this product works as both a makeup base and a night serum.

After frequent use, I discovered a huge improvement in my skin and I have been, and will continue to recommend this product to anyone and everyone. La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo+ is miracle product from a trustworthy brand.

#3 Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Smashbox

If there’s one thing Smashbox are clued-up on, it’s primers. With a whole range targeted at individual problems from dark spot correcting to pore minimizing, they’ve got just about everyone covered.

The photo finish foundation primer from Smashbox is a completely oil-free product which reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Not only is this product a best-seller, it also made it into Marie Claire’s list of 25 Products That Will Change Your Life.

Its silky smooth texture means it glides onto skin easily and perfectly primes your skin ready for foundation application. Apply to clean, moisturised skin before makeup for all day staying power. This is a blogger favourite – and for good reason, this primer is perfect for photographs!

#4 Delilah Under Wear Future Resist Foundation Primer

This serum has a fresh, silky feel. It’s paraben free and dermatologically tested, and primes your skin to ensure that your makeup applies more easily and lasts longer. It also contains peptides to help your skin become smoother and plumper.

If you’re looking for something more minimalistic and fresh, this primer is perfect. It’s subtle and can be worn on its own, as well as paired with a great foundation or powder. It creates a dewy, fresh-faced look that won’t smudge!

Photography by Regine Manoy for CGD