Beauty on a Budget – Primers with Boots

I thought I would make a”thing”out of this Beauty on a Budget , remember my last post about Technic Eyeshadow Palettes, you can read it here if you missed it.

This time I am looking at Primers, and although all are above £4.99, I think its important to spend a margin more on this product for it to do its job properly

Primer is something which is talked about everywhere, myself I have only been using it for about 3 years and it has taken a while for some of the budget brands to finally bring out some that are not completely useless.

I’m going to talk about three of my favourite primers, one is a splurge purchase and two are save purchases.


LEFT: Seventeen Stay Time Long Wear Primer – £5.49 Boots

I started to use this primer about 4 months ago. Its creamy in texture and skin coloured. I love it for two reasons. One is the colour, I have some pigmentation in my skin and dark circles around my eyes, I use this on a day time because the colour creates a flawless base without me having to add layer upon layer of concealer and foundation for my daytime look. Two, is that it really does make my make up last all day long.

I had to work with this product for a while before I worked out how to use it properly, there are alot of negative reviews on Boots’ website about this primer, mainly about how quickly it dries and because of this its hard to blend. I did find this at first, it was difficult to spread. I was about to give up on it when I thought about a video I had watched by Lisa Eldridge on youtube, who said that a primer should be applied straight after moisturiser to avoid it soaking into the skin. This is what I do with this now and it spreads evenly and keeps my make up in place all day.

MIDDLE: :Loreal Studio Secrets Professional, smoothing resurfacing Primer – £14.29 Boots

I know, £14.29! I dont even spend that much on a foundation, not quite beauty on a budget but I thought I would include this in as it is and always will be one of my favourite primers. I always used to buy this, mainly because primers weren’t that readily available, but now that every brand seems to do them you can find much more value for money. I only bought these on offers in boots like buy one get one free or 3 for 2, or else I would use my boots points.

A little of this stuff goes a long way and it does exactly as it says on the tin, and literally resurfaces your skin so you have a smooth and even base to work on. Its white in colour, which means that its easier to use than some primers, and it has quite a thick and creamy texture so you need to really work it onto the skin. I used this for evenings, as I don’t like too much of a full coverage during the day but this literally is a little pot of wonder cream.  I sometimes used to wear it on its own as well, as it does improve the appearance of your skin.

RIGHT: Seventeen Miracle Matte Skin Primer -£4.99 Boots

This is the cheapest of the free and definitely a favourite for night time. As soon as its applied to the skin it begins to mattify, and I love using this with a matt foundation because then I don’t have to apply loads of powder to end up with a great matte finish.

Its white in colour and is more of a liquid than a cream, I find it blends well but again it dries quickly so I have to apply it straight after moisturising. It fills in all my lumps and bumps on my face providing a flawless base for my foundation and helps to keep it stay put.  I just wish the tube was a little bigger, for almost £5 it feels like I use it only like 6/7 times 🙁

What Primer do you use if any? Will you be giving these a try?


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