Face Primer

Top 20 Face Primer Products for May 2015

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer by Smashbox remains the #1 Face Primer product on GlamGeek this month, with a rating of 4.5*.

Holding onto 2nd place, with a rating of 4.3* is Prep+prime Face Protect SPF 50 by MAC. Lumi Magique Primer Pure Light by L'Oreal moves up to take 3rd place.

1st
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer by Smashbox
Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation to increase longevity
GlamGeek Rating:
4.5
(17 reviews)
Non-Mover in the top 20 this month.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Reviews:
"This was the first primer I ever used and after many betrayals, it"s probably my favourite!"

"I did like this product, however if i used one of my foundations it would made my skin look greasy. But apart from that this product made my face feel very soft"


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2nd
Prep+prime Face Protect SPF 50 by MAC
A skin-protecting cream with SPF 50. Applies under makeup to prime the skin for the sun. Featherweight, fast-absorbing, oil-free, invisible.
GlamGeek Rating:
4.3
(4 reviews)
Non-Mover in the top 20 this month.
Prep+prime Face Protect SPF 50 Reviews:
"Primer is great! Its good as well because you don"t need a lot as it spreads easily and does not all come out at once. My make up stays on for a long time with this and keeps my skin moisturised!"

"I love this product because it promises that your make-up will stay on all day with it. The application is nice but as its SPF 50 it does go all sticky and hard to absorb."


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3rd
Lumi Magique Primer Pure Light by L'Oreal
A pure light base which illuminates the skin. It may be used as a base or alone. A fresh, light and silky soft formula that provides 8 hours of hydration.
GlamGeek Rating:
4.2
(1 reviews)
 Up 5 compared to last month.

Lumi Magique Primer Pure Light Reviews:
"Although marketed as a "primer" the product is far too thin to be used as your main foundation base. Instead, I apply this over a primer but under my foundation. It adds a beautiful, subtle glow to your make up. However, I would warn not to add to any oily areas."


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4th
Base Perfector Primer by Sheer Cover
Apply a thin layer of this silky, transparent base cream after moisturising and your pores will appear smaller and lines less visible.
GlamGeek Rating:
4.2
(1 reviews)
 Up 6 compared to last month.

Base Perfector Primer Reviews:
"This is a really amazing product. I never use foundation as I am from an era where these were not very natural looking. I have dry, mature skin with fine lines. This primer is like velvet. It feels comforting and people at work asked me what I had done to my skin! I can`t recommend it enough; I don`t lavish praise lightly but try it because it makes a huge difference to the appearance of your skin"


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5th
Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher by Estee Lauder
Dramatically refinish skin's appearance and texture. See more clarity, smoothness and luminosity as it helps your skin get rid of dry, dulling, flaky surface skin cells.
GlamGeek Rating:
4.2
(1 reviews)
Non-Mover in the top 20 this month.
Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher Reviews:
"Ive used this for 3 weeks and I am pleased with the results. My pores appear smaller after my foundation is applied and it gives a really smooth base. I also used it under my eyes and my foundation and concealer sit better in fine lines too. Ive an oily T zone & dry face and it works well with both. Been using a sample for 3 weeks and a little goes a long way, £38 for 30ml will be worth it!"


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6th
Instant Light Perfecting Corrector by Clarins
The gliding, lightweight, fluid texture instantly melts into the skin to leave the complexion smooth and even. Imperceptible on the skin, it illuminates the complexion which stays flawless and satin-smooth in any lighting.
GlamGeek Rating:
4.2
(1 reviews)
Non-Mover in the top 20 this month.
Instant Light Perfecting Corrector Reviews:
"This is a beautiful highlighter - I"ve got the rose shade, which isn"t really all that pink (it"s quite natural actually). After foundation I apply some to my palms and press over my cheekbones and cheeks and it makes me look very fresh and awake. It"s not glittery or overly shimmery - so perfect for daytime! Try some - you won"t be disappointed!"


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7th
Velvet Touch Foundation Primer by GOSH
The perfect base for all makeup. After applying Velvet Touch Foundation Primer Cream the skin will feel and look moisturized, flawless and soft. Applying foundation will be easy and leave the surface of the skin with a silky soft and powdery feeling. Perf
GlamGeek Rating:
4.2
(18 reviews)
 Down 3 compared to last month.

Velvet Touch Foundation Primer Reviews:
"Excellent primer. Gives my skin a real velvety feeling, and prepares it perfectly for my foundation. Dont use too much product though or can leave a residue. The price is an added bonus! "

"It made skin feel papery. Didn't help foundation to go on smoothly. Had to cleanse it all off and start again without it. It was really horrible."


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8th
Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer by bareMinerals
It's great for combating dry patches, fine lines, excess oil and minimizing large pores. Infused with bareMinerals, nourishing vitamins and antioxidants, it instantly brightens your complexion and extends the wear of your bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation.
GlamGeek Rating:
4.2
(5 reviews)
 Up 1 compared to last month.

Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer Reviews:
"Lovely texture, glides into the skin, I have problem skin and find this doesn"t make my skin worse or block pores.. Make up stays on all day/ night. Lasts ages as u only need a tiny drop to do your whole face and neck. Would definitely recommend. "

"I Love this product!! I have used many primers and this one was definately my favourite. It leaves my skin feeling really smooth and helps the foundation to glide on smoothly. You do only need a small amount as too much can leave your skin feeling oily. However this means the product lasts for a long time and is good value for money. The only down side is the packaging which is a little plain. "


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9th
L'or Make Up Base by Guerlain
Particles of pure gold (24 carats) instantly melt into the skin to make your skin radiant. Highly efficient active elements moisturise and smooth your skin.
GlamGeek Rating:
4.2
(1 reviews)
 Down 2 compared to last month.

L'or Make Up Base Reviews:
"Simply gorgeous! Marvellous! Try it, you won"t regret it! GlamorousGeek101 xxx"


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10th
All Nighter Make-Up Setting Spray by Urban Decay
Urban Decay All Nighter Make-Up Setting Spray keeps your makeup looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 16 hours —without melting, fading or settling into fine lines.
GlamGeek Rating:
4.1
(7 reviews)
 Up 1 compared to last month.

All Nighter Make-Up Setting Spray Reviews:
"I love it- when I"m working an 9 hour shift I really notice the different when using this and when I"m not. I have no need to reapply my makeup - only lipstick if I"m wearing any! Quite pricey so was very reluctant to buy this but so glad I did! "

"this really sets my makeup and keeps it on all long, no matter how hot i get. i would recommend this to anyone."


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11th
The Pore Fessional by Benefit
Quickly minimise the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup.
GlamGeek Rating:
3.9
(34 reviews)
 Up 1 compared to last month.

The Pore Fessional Reviews:
"I love this primer! It makes my skin feel so soft prior to applying foundation and provides a good base - my makeup lasted so long whenever I used it. The reason I"m giving 4 stars rather than 5 is because it is quite pricey, but is definitely a brilliant product if you want long lasting foundation and don"t mind paying that much."

"Wow! Have been looking around for a while for something to reduce the look of the pores either side of my nose. This is perfect. Yes, it is expensive at £23 but so so worth it. It even helps disguise the stubborn number eleven lines between my eyebrows. Lovely texture and lasts all day."


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12th
Studio Secrets Professional Smoothing Resurfacing Primer by L'Oreal
The L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer has a beautifully smooth texture and is effective at disguising wrinkles and pores. It gives a matte look and a silky finish.
GlamGeek Rating:
3.8
(5 reviews)
 Up 4 compared to last month.

Studio Secrets Professional Smoothing Resurfacing Primer Reviews:
"I love this primer as it is so soft on the skin! Not sure how well it works keeping the make up on, hard to tell! But I would deffo buy this again!"

"This product applys nicely and with it being in a jar, you can use as much or as little as you need. I believe it would be best for people with dry/combination skin as i"m quite oily and found that by the end of the day, my face was just as oily as it would normally be. Makeup did apply nicely over the top but i wasnt wowed by the effect it gave like i have been with other primers"


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13th
Prep+prime Skin by MAC
An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones. Calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. Improves the laydown and application of foundation or powder.
GlamGeek Rating:
3.8
(12 reviews)
 Up 2 compared to last month.

Prep+prime Skin Reviews:
"I love Mac make up so thought I would give the primer a go and it is absolutely amazing I love it. Plus it isn"t that expensive. Strongly recommend adding to your make up kit!"

"I have very, very sensitive skin and not many products agree with me. This is my HG primer, it keeps my foundation in place much longer than normal and doesnt give me spots - brilliant"


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14th
Colour Calming Primer Green by Boots No7
o7 Colour Calming Primer Green is beautifully soft to apply and easily blendable. This formula creates a perfect canvas for foundation whilst neutralising and concealing redness to allow your true colour to shine through.
GlamGeek Rating:
3.7
(6 reviews)
 Up 3 compared to last month.

Colour Calming Primer Green Reviews:
"Whilst I admit that this primer did add a hint of "colour" to my otherwise pasty complexion, after continued use, I spotted a number of off-putting problems with this product. Firstly, it made my skin very oily and spot-prone. Secondly, half way through the day I would find small purple patches where the primer had gathered. Thirdly, any facial redness is exacerbated. Just use blusher. "

"This is a fairly decent primer, i got mine using the £5 off vouchers so it was a great price too. I will buy it again when i run out. I'm using up some foundations which don't have great staying power but this does help make them last that little bit longer."


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15th
5 Second Perfect Blur Primer by Garnier
This innovative formula diffuses light in all directions to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, open pores and uneven skin tone.
GlamGeek Rating:
3.5
(2 reviews)
 Up 5 compared to last month.

5 Second Perfect Blur Primer Reviews:
"This is stuff does what it says on the box. You only need a small amount. Little bit goes a long way! I used this pretty much everyday for a whole year and it lasted me just over a year!. Makes my make-up look even and helps spread make-up!"


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16th
Fix & Perfect Pro Primer by Rimmel
Unique advanced formula Foundation glides on more smoothly, more evenly and wears longer. Or wear alone for an all-day fresh and even complexion
GlamGeek Rating:
3.5
(2 reviews)
 Up 3 compared to last month.

Fix & Perfect Pro Primer Reviews:
"I only really use primers if it"s a special occasion or I"m going to an event like a party. I imagine that this primer probably wouldn"t last long if it was being used everyday. However, it does leave your face feeling super smooth and is very similar to a moisturiser. I don"t think it does everything it says but it"s okay for the price. "

"This is so easy to apply and makes my skin feel really smooth. It feels just like putting a moisturiser on my face. It makes my foundation glide on smoothly and fixes it in place all day. I"ll be taking this on holiday to wear without foundation to prevent my forehead becoming too shiny during the evenig"


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17th
Colour MagiX Face Perfector by Avon
HD Finish Complex for a photo-ready, picture perfect look, floral blend of fleece flower and rose extracts to leave the skin feeling satin smooth.
GlamGeek Rating:
3.5
(15 reviews)
 Up 1 compared to last month.

Colour MagiX Face Perfector Reviews:
"This primer leaves skin feeling smooth immediately, you can see lines disappearing leaving skin with a matte finish. It gives a great base to foundations and concealers, however I would not recommend it if you have quite oily skin."

"This is a really excellent product to have! It gives a nice subtle finish as it disguises the look of pores, mattifies skin and evens skin tone. The only problem is that it doesn't have a tint so if you have problem skin I suggest you use Avon MagiX Tinted Face Perfector. It's a really nice velvety cream with no unpleasant odour to it. Love this product, it's now one of my staple products"


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18th
That Gal Brightening Face Primer by Benefit
Our silky pink primer takes your complexion from dull to darling! Simply blend it on for the look of brighter, smoother skin. Contains light-reflecting pigments to help brighten all skin tones and raspberry & camomile to soothe skin.
GlamGeek Rating:
3.4
(16 reviews)
 Up 3 compared to last month.

That Gal Brightening Face Primer Reviews:
"The plus sides to this primer are the texture, the smell and the fact that it does brighten your complexion. However it doesn"t hold make up in place and it runs out pretty quickly so not the best value for money. Obviously as it has a pink tone to it, That Gal doesn"t suit all skin types. There are definitely better primers on the market."

"its okay i guess but for the price it is awful it does have a nice smell and colour but it does not keep my make up on for much longer which is really bad otherwise this would have been a great primer"


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19th
Super City Block Spf 40 by Clinique
High-level daily sun protection in a sheer, weightless formula. For all skins, even the most sensitive. Offers SPF 40 protection from sun's UVA/UVB rays.
GlamGeek Rating:
3.2
(1 reviews)
 Up 6 compared to last month.

Super City Block Spf 40 Reviews:
"It has colour that blends with your skin giving coverage but not a weird colour. I use this one with no make-up really and it has SPF 40 which is wonderful. Also a bit amount goes for long."


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20th
Skin Perfection Advanced Correcting Serum by L'Oreal
Pixel-perfect your skin. New Skin Perfection, a L'Oreal Paris 1st: Skincare to help transform the appearance of skin quality, as if perfected. Pores look virtually undetectable, tone looks more even, skin texture feels silky-soft.
GlamGeek Rating:
3.2
(1 reviews)
 Up 10 compared to last month.

Skin Perfection Advanced Correcting Serum Reviews:
"This serum works brilliantly in leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth. My skin looks so much clearer since I"ve started using this with the dry patches disappearing and improvements in my uneven skin tone. It also works well on it"s own as a primer and it does not leave any greasy feeling to the skin. Overall, a great serum which really does leaves the skin feeling silky soft."


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