Beauty Pie Matte Retouch Pore-Minimizing Primer

Hi beauties,

Today I have Beauty Pie Matte Retouch Pore Minimizing Primer. I have tried that many primers to try and limit my oily skin, so I was interested in how this one would stack up.

In short, it’s great! It definitely reduces shine but it doesn’t make your skin look flat, it slurps up the grease, leaving your skin with a subtle glow. It has peptides in that helps to purify, microspheres that blot and helps your skin feel so much smoother too.

I’ve been really impressed with this Primer, works so well with my Bare Minerals Foundation – no dreaded roll off at all. The only time it didn’t work was with my Laboratoire SVR Sebiaclear SPF50. That’s a dry touch formula so already has mattifying properties.

It’s a Cream like texture that sinks in quickly, the smoothness you get is brilliant and a tiny bit goes a long way. I’ve been using mine for a couple of months now and I still have so much left. I will definitely be repurchasing this one, for Beauty Pie members the price for 30ml is £3.74. Incredibly affordable and a real winner.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer

Hi beauties,

I am a bit of a primer snob, it’s ok I admit it. Having oily skin that shines through makeup within 20 minutes even when I use a primer means I don’t really rate them, I am still looking for that holy grail one that will actually work.

So when I saw that The Ordinary had bought out a two primers, I thought I would try one, I plumped for the High Adherence Silicone Primer. I suppose it was daft of me to get this one, I don’t overly enjoy the feeling of silicone on my skin, but the price was so affordable I thought I would take a punt.

Boy I really wish I hadn’t!! It is so wet-feeling on the skin, it doesn’t feel like it can dry down to be able to apply makeup on top. I don’t think it is for my skin type, I think potentially this would be better for drier skins. I tried it with my liquid BB Cream and my Bare Minerals Original foundation but the dreaded shine came through just as quickly as without primer – which is so bloody annoying!

I know it’s not a fortune, but it is frustrating. It actually puts me off wearing makeup because of the dreaded shine. I hate having to powder down, it’s the time it takes as well as the potential for your makeup to become cakey, no matter the lightest weight products. So the hunt for a decent primer continues….

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

AA Beauty Primer 360

Hi beauties

Today I have the AA Beauty Primer 360 Anti Age Skin De-Stress Complex. I still haven’t found my holy grail Primer that is mattifying enough to use with my Ultrasun SPF and makeup but also keep me shine free when I’m just wearing my SPF.

This is another eBay find, and I have to say first off that it isn’t as mattifying as I would like BUT I really like this. Makeup goes on well over the top (I use Bare Minerals Original Foundation and Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream as my bases) it smooths pores and helps fill in the lines under my eyes and it has the most gorgeous subtle shimmer effect.

Ingredients are: Alcohol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ceteareth-12, Acetylhexapeptide-8, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Faex Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Aesculus Hippocastanum Extract, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biotin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Zinc Gluconate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil, Palm Kernel Glycerides, Squalane, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Lauryl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Ceramide NP, Lecithin, Pentylene Glycol, Ornithine HCL, Carnosine, Glycine, Histidine, Lysine, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Cupric Chloride, Manganese Chloride, Benzophenone-4, Mica, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, CI 77891, CI 77491.

I think this is possibly the closest to the holy grail that I want as I would definitely repurchase this. At £8.99 for a 30ml tube it’s great value and it ticks the majority of the boxes. I’m a fussy bugger I know, so primers always have a lot to live up to. This AA Beauty Primer is definitely one to try.

Till next time, 

Lucy xxx

Witch Primer

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Hi beauties,

I have a multi-tasker today with Witch Daily Primer & Clearing Serum, I received this in a Blogger Beauty Box and I have been testing this for a very long time! I am fussy with primers as I am so oily and find that this shows through very easily, if I have made the effort to put makeup on, I want it to stay good as long as possible!

Anyhoo, I didn’t start testing this until I was having a re-jigg of product and when my other primer had finished. It has a lovely texture, very silky not heavy at all so you don’t feel like you are putting on a thick heavy layer on after you have done your skincare. It also has the pleasant herby Witch Hazel scent which I really like. I have used this with various serums and moisturisers underneath and it works well.

I like this primer, it doesn’t completely matte down your complexion like traditional mattifying primers, but leaves your skin with a bit of a glow that we are all looking for! This primer holds onto makeup well and can be used as a serum on it’s own or under a moisturiser too. I noticed while I was using this, I didn’t experience any breakouts which is quite unusual as I am usually blessed with a monthly visitor along my jawline! It may be a coincidence, but I am thinking this formula must have had something to do with it. You only need a pea-sized amount to cover your whole face and I still have plenty left in the tube. I used it without makeup too and had a good result, I feel it offers protection against breakouts, the only downside is I would like a bit more mattifying. The price too is very good, £6.99 for 30ml and available at Superdrug.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx