I'm Kayla. A millennial obsessed with makeup, planner decorating, and board games. Working towards a more organized, simplified life one post at a time. #catlady

The Primer Edit

It took me a while to get into primers...hell it took me a while to get into makeup really. But once I tried my first primer I was smitten. I love them, but there are a lot of misses in the primer world that I am sure turn a lot of people off to the idea. I'm rounding up all of my primers and sharing my thoughts.

Starting with face primers the first primer I ever tried was Benefit's "That Gal" Brightening Face Primer (full size $29). It's been a love affair ever since and no other primer has really been able to top it in my eyes. I've ranted on about it in posts for as long as I've had this blog so I'll leave it at that. For a while I gravitated towards my Mary Kay Foundation Primer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (*gasps for air*) ($16) because I loved how satiny it made my skin feel. It's really a lovely product and pretty affordable for the amount  you get, but one day I just didn't like that satin feeling anymore. That's a big reason why Benefit's the POREfessional (full size $31) didn't really do it for me. It's loved by many and I really didn't mind it, but there was still that slight waxy feeling on my skin afterward.

Eyelid primers have yet to steer me astray and I hop around between primers as I haven't really found a overall victor. For a creamy, opaque base I reach for my NYX Eye Shadow Base in "Skin Tone" ($7). It provides a really even canvas and erases any veins or discoloration my lids sometimes have. There are a few other white "shades" within the line that I'd be interested to try out to see whether or not lighter eye shadows will pop more on top of. If I'm just looking for a general lid primer and nothing fancy, LORAC's Behind the Scenes Eye Primer  (full size $21) hasn't let me down yet. It's not as opaque as the NYX offering but makes my shadows last all day without creasing. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative then e.l.f.'s Essential Eyelid Primer ($1) is amazing for how inexpensive it is. I can't find any obvious differences between it and the LORAC primer in application and initial appearance, but the LORAC one does make the shadows last longer overall. 

Do you like to use primers? What primers do you use?

xoxo Kayla


  1. I adore the Urban Decay Primer Potion for my eyelids, it keeps eyeshadow in place all day long! x

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  2. I find the ELF primer only works decently when I'm using it with just one eyeshadow for a wash of colour. Anything fancier than that and it just looks like a mess.


  3. Urban Decay Primer Potion is my all time favorite! <3


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