Ask Me Mondays: Makeup Primers below PhP1,000

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I was supposed to publish this post a few weeks back. But then I just had to add another budding product to this post!

Today's answered question if from Charm J:

Hi Miss Gem!

I would like to seek your advise regarding primers. What products can you recommend that are of quality and affordable (Php1000 or less)? Thanks and more power to you and your blog! - Charm J.

Let's begin this post by knowing what a makeup primer is. Makeup primer is the first base or coat you apply all over your face for a smoother foundation application. It also helps to make your makeup stay longer. Makeup primer has 3 types of formula - gel, cream, and powder. Gel and cream are the common ones.

When are you supposed to use a makeup primer? You can use it everyday before makeup application. It's up to you. Personally, I only use makeup primers on three occasions - attending events/parties or when I have enough time to do my makeup before going to work or when I am testing a makeup primer. That said, I don't use it everyday.

I've tried several primers - high end and drugstores. The ones in the photo are what I consider a keeper (under PhP1000 mark, of course).

The Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser has got to be the makeup primer I have used for a long time. I've already finished 4 tubes of this. I don't use makeup primer everyday but when I do, I apply a lot on my T-zone and on my cheeks. A little usually goes a long way. But eventually I got used to putting a lot on my face because of my big pores (for this particular primer). This product really does blur my big pores making my face look pore less after foundation application. This is silicone based so skip this if you're allergic to that. Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser is available locally and retails for PhP299.

The Ellana Let's Make It Last Makeup Primer is another silicone based primer that I like. For me, this has more product and a bit watery than Maybelline's. Althought they are both 30g. This one comes in a pump so no need to squeeze when it's almost empty! Pretty hygienic! I only need a little of this (pea size amount) and it completely blurs my big pores! No oily face til end of your day! Ellana Primer retails for PhP499 and is available at The Ramp branches and online.

Etude House's Goodbye Pore Ever's catchy name is the main reason why I got this product. This is included in their Wonder Pore range. Unlike most makeup primers, this one comes in a stick packaging. It's cream so it's still not that hard to use. You can either use your finger or apply it directly to your face in a downward stroke. It's colour flesh although it disappears on your face once applied. I notice that the best way to use this is to use it without a moisturiser. When I use Maybelline and Ellana, I still have moisturiser underneath and they still work fine. With EH's Goodbye Pore Ever though, I have a bit of difficulty in application. It's like it glides and doesn't stick on my face. It still does the job of blurring powers and keeping my BB cream intact for a good 4 hours. Goodbye Pore Ever retails for PhP348 at all Etude House branches.

Lastly, the newest item in the crowd - L'Oreal Paris True Match Blur Cream was released this September. Among the other primers mentioned, this one has a sheer tint that blends to any skin tone. So, you don't have to worry about that tint. The feel/texture of this primer reminds me of Benefit's Porefessional although the Blur Cream is only 1/4 of Porefessional's retail price. I started using this the day after I received it and so far, so good. It blurs my pores. My matte foundation stays matte for 8 hours. No fading of the foundation until I remove it. L'Oreal Paris True Match Blur Cream retails for PhP400 and is available at all leading department stores.

There you go, Charm! I hope you find your HG makeup primer among the 4 products I featured!

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