Product Comparison: Primers

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This weekend I was at Sephora(shocker) and I went in to pick up one thing and walked out with another. Sound familiar? Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for a primer because my skin is really dry and my makeup has started to crease and flake off. I went to Sephora and got samples of the following products:

Benefit Porefesional: this was the first primer I tried. All the beauty gurus I follow absolutely love this primer so I bought the $10 sample size from Ulta. The texture of it feels like paste. It doesn’t go on my skin very smoothly but It did help minimize my pores and it helped my makeup, last longer. However, it did nothing for dryness. Later I realized that my youtube gurus all have oily skin which is why they loved the porefessional because it managed their oil. It ended up working against me since I already have dry skin and needed something more hydrating. Which brings me to my next product…..

Cover FX Illuminating Primer: Since I was unhappy with the Benefit Porefesional I went back to Sephora to sample other primers. I walked in and explained to the lady that I needed something for my dry skin and she suggested the illuminating primer by cover fx. I haven’t really heard much about this brand before; other than their latest color drops( which I’m dying to try). I used this primer the other day and it’s AMAZING! It’s thick and creamy and it applies like lotion. It made my skin GLOW! I would actually wear this by itself or with the cover fx custom drops. It would work great as a tinted moisturizer and it helped my makeup last all day!

Smashbox Hydrating Primer: When I went to the Smashbox counter I was overwhelmed by how many options they have! I initially walked in knowing I wanted to sample their primers because they get such good reviews. The hydrating primer is good, but it’s not as illuminating as the Cover FX. It does lock in your foundation color, but my face felt a little tight around my mouth which is where I’m the driest. It’s almost like it takes all the moisture in your face and then sinks into your skin so that your makeup doesn’t budge. This will be great for winter but for the spring summer months where you want a dewy glow then I would suggest the Cover FX. Other than that there is nothing wrong with this product. Just not what I’m looking for for right now.

Benefit Porefesional Best for People with oily skin or oily in the t-zone. Best for applying in designated areas instead of all over the face

Cover FX Illuminating Primer Best for People who want to use this by itself or as an alternative to lotion. Great for illuminating any matte foundations; especially powders!

Smashbox Hydrating Primer Best for People who wants a ton of different options and wants it for specific needs. Great for locking in your foundation. Best used during winter.

What kind of primers do you use!?

kierra again



  1. Kel
    May 5, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    I was on a hunt for primers too and tried two of the ones you naked – Cover FX and Smashbox. They were worked okay for me! For the past two years I’ve been using Hourglass No. 28, and I absolutely love it. It’s a little pricey, but it’ll last for a good 10-12 months. My skin is super sensitive and can vary like crazy throughout the year.

    Thanks for all your great tips! You both are great 🙂

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