I have a love/hate relationship with base products and it has taken me a long time to finally find products that feel somewhat comfortable on my skin. I do use a mix of high end and drug store brands, but I don’t really have a preference. My only criteria is that it doesn’t dry my skin out horrendously, and that it doesn’t make me want to claw my face by the end of the day or night!
When I gathered all of my base products together for this blog post, I didn’t realise how much I actually use! It’s just part of your daily routine, and it isn’t likely that you don’t go through each morning by counting how many different product you apply to your skin. I must point out that I don’t pile all of these products on in one go! However, on days where I’m getting outfit photos taken, on nights out, and special occasions where I like to make the extra effort to look nice, I use a primer, BB cream, and a foundation.
Without further ado, here are my current favourites:
Firstly, Illamasqua Satin Primer is one of the best thing in my make up bag. I had applied this all over my face on the day of my sister’s wedding and because I was a bridesmaid, I didn’t accessorise my dress with a bag so I couldn’t take any make up with me other than my lipstick. Also, everybody were carrying tiny little clutches as well, so there was no chance of me asking any of the ladies to carry bits of make up around for me. I didn’t panic though, I knew this primer from Illamasqua was 100% reliable, though. Even through the summer heat, my make up managed to stay on for the full 12 hours without shifting! I didn’t need to re-apply any of my make up (apart from the lippy!). It has got a satin finish which means it leaves your skin with a beautiful healthy glow but it’s not oily – it kind of just illuminates your skin. It is just just nicest primer, and very moisturising too! The Satin Primer is probably best suited for those with normal/dry skin. If you have oil prone skin type, or if you prefer a matte finish, try the Illamasqua Matte Primer instead.
The other primer(s) ones I use are more of a balm. I have the Garnier Perfect Blur and the Porefessional by Benefit. I don’t use them both at the same time, I pick one or the other and it’s usually the Garnier Perfect Blur that I prefer because it has no colour to it, is pretty much odorless and it not as “slippery”. The Porefessional Primer comes out of the tube a beige colour (but is transluscent when applied to skin), it has a fragrance and can sometimes be greasy when my skin is misbehaving! I don’t use these ones all over my face as I have mentioned above – only sparingly around the side of my nose (which make it appear smaller), around my chin and sometimes on my jawline.
I usually opt for the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream. It does a great job of evening out my skin tone and covering blemishes and freckles. It’s also a great colour match for my skin tone and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry. I’m sure there are other better BB Creams out there but I’ve never had the urge to switch it up because I’m happy with this one. It has a slightly dewy finish to it but it’s not an overly shiny glaze. The only bad thing is that after three months, it starts to smell a bit and I have to end up buying another tube even though there’s still quite a bit left. There’s a shelf life of 9 months, though but I just can’t stand the change in the smell.
Benefit’s Big Easy claims to be more than a BB Cream. I did a reviewed of it back in April but Big Easy is a medium coverage with a matte finish, which goes from a liquid to a powder finish. I like this, it’s a really nice product but can only use it on good skin days as it tends to cling on to dry patches. Exfoliate the night before, and apply a hydrating mask and Big Easy transfers on to skin like a dream.
A recent addition to my “base” collection is Rodial’s Instaglam Skin Tint with SPF 30. This is a really gorgeous tinted moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid which is known for it’s locking in hydration and keeping your skin moisturised. It is lightweight but provides a medium coverage. At £45, it’s a bit on the pricy side but oh my, it makes your skin look so completely beautiful! Lots to talk about with this one and I will be doing a full review of this very soon! If you ever come across it when you’re shopping, you must check it out!