Thursday, 14 November 2013


Despite having oily skin, I've never really been one for primers. I've tried various drugstore ones that only cost a few pounds, and have never really been blown away by any. It was only after a make-up artist at MAC told me I really had to use one that I decided to buy the Clarins Instant Smooth that had been on my wishlist for almost a year, and dig out my old Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer to compare the two.

 Of course, the immediate differences are the price; Revlon comes in at just under £12, whereas the Clarins is usually over double that, unless you can find it slightly discounted online. In terms of packaging, I much prefer the Clarins. It comes in a little pot with a spatula so you're not continuously dipping fingers in, and it also means I can get out exactly how much I need and none goes to waste. Revlon, whilst looking sleek, the glass bottle and pump isn't the most practical. I can see how much is left inside, but for the life of me I can't get it out!

From the first time I used the Clarins primer, I knew it was love. It applies like a dream, leaving my skin feeling velvety soft. It smoothes over my uneven skin tone, leaves scarring looking slightly less red and pores unvisible. When it comes down to keeping my make-up looking good longer, it ticks those boxes too. Having oily skin, I'm never going to find anything that's perfect, but this is pretty close. The Revlon in comparison feels lovely too, not quite as good quality but still nice; that's not where I had the problem. It seemed to leave my make-up looking patchy, and just not as nice as applied with moisturiser alone. So whilst it probably made my foundation hang around a little longer, and made my skin look nice, the Clarins beats Revlon on all accounts, which is to be expected really. The Revlon is a good option if you're looking for a more purse-friendly option, but it just didn't seem to work too great for me!

Have you tried either of these? What's your favourite primer?

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  1. I've been hearing a lot of positive things about the Clarins primer recently, I'm really tempted to pop it on my Christmas list!

    Jennie xo |

  2. I really want to try the Clarins primer, i've heard so many good things (:


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  4. I like both of these, but I'll always prefer the Clarins one! I'm using one of the Clinique Superprimers at the moment and they're really good too. They're a little bit cheaper than Clarins and I *think* you get more in them :)

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