Make Me Up Mia: A Lifestyle & Beauty Blog: All About Primers

Monday, November 25, 2013

All About Primers

Hey loves, are you as bummed about the weekend ending as me? We had a super cold weekend in Oklahoma. I enjoyed a lazy Saturday morning with Dustin & Pixie on the couch in my warm fleece pj's watching tv, drinking coffee and working on blog stuff. Sunday started super lazy too, my first cup of coffee didn't happen until noon. True story. But after putting grocery shopping off for a few days, a trip to Target HAD to happen. I talked Dustin into joining me, so it wasn't too bad.

I'm excited it's just a 3 day work week though and Thanksgiving is this week. This year will be a little different, we'll be spending it in the hospital with my family and brother. I so desperately wish he could have some turkey with us, but God's healing him right now, so next year for sure!

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite face and eye primers with you. Within the last year I have really become a dedicated user and big fan of primers. I have tried several and picked my 3 faves of each.

OneBenefit The POREfessional was the first face primer I tried and I picked it based on reviews and ratings. I love it. It truly does instantly minimize your pores and helps keep your makeup on and in place.

TwoHourglass Veil Mineral Primer is my most recent trial and man do I love it. The price on this is high, there are a couple different price/size choices. I tried this after speaking with a sweet Sephora employee and she offered me samples. It's a soft satin finish and keeps my makeup flawless all day. A little goes a long way too!

ThreeToo Faced Primed & Poreless I feel like this one is very similar to the Benefit one, and they are the same price at $30. I like them both about the same!

One- Lorac Behind the Scenes has quickly became my new holy grail eye primer. A deluxe sample came with my Lorac Pro palette. I will 100% be purchasing the full size when I run out. This stuff does not crease, AT ALL.

Two- Too Faced Shadow Insurance has been a product I've loved for a while now. I love that you can buy different variations of this stuff. They have some with a tint, a shimmer, a glitter and other options which is nice. A couple times lately I've noticed a hint of a crease but I'm wondering if it's just me or a product I've used, because most of the time this stuff doesn't budge.

Three- Urban Decay Primer Potion is to me one of the original eyeshadow primers. I have used it on and off for years, it never disappoints either, however I think the other 2 are a tad bit better in my opinion. This is is still a good one though, so I wanted to mention it for sure. 

There is 1 eye primer I do NOT recommend- 
I got a deluxe sample of Benefit Stay Don't Stray and hated it! Which stinks because I really love Benefit products. I swear this stuff made my shadow crease worse than even with no primer on. I tossed it out quickly. 

Remember, you can go to your local Sephora and ask for samples of any of these products. They want you to try the products before you purchase them so they are eager to give you samples. They have an awesome return policy too, if you don't like it for whatever reason, take it back! This stuff tends to have a hefty price tag, so you want to try before you buy. 

I hope you all have a good week!

Have you used any of these products mentioned or have any other suggestions? 


  1. I had no idea Sephora offered free samples of their products... I will have to keep that in mind! Thanks for the tip

  2. I swear by Smashbox's color correcting primer! I use the green one because I have a lot of redness on my face and it literally clears it right up. I have been wanting to try the Hourglass primer though. I have used UD's eye primer for years and thought nothing could top it but now I want to try something else! I actually have the Lorac Pro Palette and have the little sample of the eye primer somewhere in my bathroom so you've inspired me to try it out!

    1. I have never used the Smashbox one but I hear good things about it, may have to try that one too! Get you a sample of the Hourglass before you buy, it's pretty expensive… Yes, do NOT let that Lorac primer go to waste ;) Isn't the Lorac Pro palette awesome, I bought it this month and have used it pretty much everyday!

  3. I was just introduced to primer a few years ago and only have used the one's Bare Mineral carries. I like it a lot compared to none, but have not experimented with others so have no comparison.

    1. I have not tried that one, maybe I need to :)

  4. My dog's name is Pixie too! I've never used a primer for my eyes or my face but I've heard they're kind of a necessity. Thanks for this review! I just read about your brother's accident and hope he's having a great recovery!

    1. Aw Pixie <3 You should try some out, I will no go without now that I've discovered them. Thank you, he is healing, just going to take time.

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