As the seasons come and go, so do my primers. I don’t need them in the warmer months; the humidity in the air does enough for my makeup to look and feel decent throughout the day. My dry skin only gets drier when autumn hits though, so I stick to hydrating primers in my routine. I don’t prefer silicones in my primers because of the texture, and luckily all three of these are silicone-free!
( top to bottom: ren perfect canvas skin finishing serum, too faced hangover replenishing skin primer, becca backlight priming filter )
Ren Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum | When it comes to primers, this doesn’t feel like one! As the name implies, it’s serum-like and has a dropper instead of the usual pump or tube. I was a little hesitant at first since it’s not balmy or creamy like the other primers I’ve tried. It has a much tackier finish than I’m used to, but it’s also lightweight. It doesn’t feel like I’m adding another layer upon layers of skincare. I did an ad on Instagram for this, but I’m not paid to talk about it elsewhere. That being said, it’s on the pricier end at $55 a bottle, and I’m not sure if I’d buy it with my own money. The bottle is matte and scuffs easily, so you better take those photos sooner than later!
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Skin Primer | Perhaps I have a soft side for this primer, since it’s the first one I fell in love with. This is your basic hydrating primer, without any frills or gimmicks (though to be fair, it’s marketed in a pretty gimmicky way that boasts coconut water and probiotics in the ingredients). It has a light consistency, similar to a watery or gel cream. The slight tackiness provides a great base for makeup, and has a natural dewiness to it. I’ve purchased this time and time again and it’s one of those products I constantly go back to.
Becca Backlight Priming Filter | Becca always does well when it comes to skin, and their Backlight Priming Filter is (sort of) no exception. It gives off a radiant, lit from within glow thanks to the shimmers infused in the formula. This sounds like the beginning of a rave review, but it unfortunately ends here. It tends to pill if I already have a few layers of skincare on, which my skin benefits from. I only really use this for days that I’m doing makeup for fun at home, when I don’t need a layer of sunscreen. A lot of people seem to love this, though – so maybe it’s just me!