We recently decided to put a selection of the top-rated, best drugstore primers to the test. Lots of people are watching their spending right now and with most people staying home or wearing masks when they are out, makeup seems less important than ever. We still want to look our best, but might not be willing to spend top dollar. Can we find the answer in drugstore formulations? We tested them so you don’t have to!
The packaging of this product is an obvious dupe of Smashbox Photo Finish Reduce Redness although that’s where the similarities end. Master Prime is a thinner, lighter colored formulation that goes on very smooth and can be worn on it’s own unlike the Smashbox primer with it’s heavy green color. I actually prefer the Maybelline version for that reason.
Instantly blurs the look of pores, without clogging them
Transparent gel formula, smoothes on clear
Smoothes & refines skins appearance
When I initially saw this product, it reminded me of its sister product ‘Baby Lips’, which made me nostalgic, I loved that stuff!. This product has super cute packaging, and overall it works really well. I typically only use concealer in my makeup routine, and I did notice my pores were less noticeable when using it before concealer application. I always get nervous that products are going to make me break out, however after using this product for a few days, I have not experienced that issue.
I went into trying this product already having a favorite eyeshadow primer. I typically use Too Faced Shadow Insuranceas my shadow primer, and I love it a lot. What stood out about this product was its application wand, I didn’t need to use my finger to apply it to my face. Especially during this time, I want to avoid touching my face as much as possible. I easily went in with a beauty blender and prepped my lids, still no creases as I write this! It gets the job done.
Forget filters! Achieve smooth, even, and poreless looking skin in an instant!
Preps skin for foundation and makeup application
I had really high hopes for this product, but I honestly don’t think it’s for me! It’s packaged like a chapstick, and you run it over your face, and rub it in with your hands or a beauty blender. I can’t help but worry about the bacteria that collects on the product each time it rubs against your skin. After I applied my concealer, it appeared blotchy. This product was not my favorite.
Create a fresh & natural glow with this lightweight makeup primer
This makeup base primes the skin for long wear, & also moisturizes, brightens, and refines skin appearance
Silky formula leaves skin fresh & natural looking
Enriched with Acai + Vitamins C & E
I think Elf has really stepped up their game recently, their section in stores seems to keep growing bigger and bigger. Not to mention they are super affordable, and they have sleek packaging. I liked this primer, the scent is super light and not at all what I was expecting. It was almost refreshing, like lotion. My concealer went well with this product, and I’m excited to add it to my collection.
Final score: 9/10, would recommend
What are your holy grail face and eyeshadow primers? Share with us in the comments!