Does anyone use primer under their foundation?

I really am interested in trying it, but it's $10 for L'Oreal Studio Secrets Face Primer (the one I was looking into) and I'm stingy with my cash! Make-up costs add up so quickly...

I'm just wondering if it is worth it? Pro's? Con's? Does it make that much of a difference?
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CO-Wash: L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
RO: L'Oreal EverCreme Intense Moisturizing Conditioner
DT/LI: L`Oreal EverSleek Smoothing Deep Conditioner
PT: Hask Henna 'n Placenta
Styler: L'Oreal Everstyle Curl Activating Mousse, LA Bella Curl Gel, TRESemme Hairspray
For me, it's worth it. My foundation applies better and lasts longer without sinking into my pores. I use Too Faced primer.
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I use my BB cream as a primer, leaves me with soft, light, nearly perfect coverage.
Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
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I use a couple of primers (not at the same time!) - I really like the Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct.

My Bare Minerals one is ok, it does the job but it works better if my skin isn't really dry (like it is now), or I find it doesn't apply very easily.

But I tend to use one, when I do, my skin gets oily a little slower than usual, so I'm reapplying/blotting less often.
I use Laura Gellar's Spackle. I also liked Sally Hansen by Carmindy .. The primer she had.
I really am interested in trying it, but it's $10 for L'Oreal Studio Secrets Face Primer (the one I was looking into) and I'm stingy with my cash! Make-up costs add up so quickly...

I'm just wondering if it is worth it? Pro's? Con's? Does it make that much of a difference?
Originally Posted by colormemichelle
I really didn't like the L'Oreal, BTW - it's kinda lumpy and gunky. Save your cash and try another brand ;p lol!
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S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
My hair officially hates protein Once a month is enough!
Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay!
BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!
I use MAC's skinfinish natural and I have to use a primer under it if I don't want to transferring on every surface imaginable. I use Revlon's Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer and I like it! The only thing I don't like about it is the scent, it's very....perfumey.

If you're interested in a cheap (it's always on sale!), multi-use primer, I've heard good things about monistat anti-chafing gel. I've never tried it, but I know as soon as I finish the Revlon one I'm going to grab it.


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I use MAC's skinfinish natural and I have to use a primer under it if I don't want to transferring on every surface imaginable. I use Revlon's Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer and I like it! The only thing I don't like about it is the scent, it's very....perfumey.

If you're interested in a cheap (it's always on sale!), multi-use primer, I've heard good things about monistat anti-chafing gel. I've never tried it, but I know as soon as I finish the Revlon one I'm going to grab it.
Originally Posted by Alice_42
Anti-chafe also helps with preventing blisters when you wear new shoes without any socks lol!
Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
My hair officially hates protein Once a month is enough!
Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay!
BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!
good reminder for me to use my primer. this summer i was using my aveeno sunscreen/moisturizer under my makeup. my primer is good though and has spf 30. it's chocolate mouse scented and adds a nice finish to my face so yes....i should be using it!

you can check reviews on ALL primers on makeupalley.
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I've just started using primer for the first time ever. It came with the Sheer Cover makeup set my bf's mom ordered. The makeup shade she got was too light for her so she gave me the whole set and I'm soooooooo happy because I would never have spent that much money on makeup I usually go with my revlon colorstay anywaysssssss I love the primer and how smooth it makes my makeup look along with it staying in place even more than it already does. After it's gone I'm gonna miss is, but I'm sure that I'll look for a more affordable replacement now that I know what it can do

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Some foundations, like Kevyn Aucoin SSE, require either a primer or a moisturizer. Otherwise, it goes on like paint.
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Some foundations, like Kevyn Aucoin SSE, require either a primer or a moisturizer. Otherwise, it goes on like paint.
Originally Posted by The New Black
I use MUFE HD (which has amazing variety for pale skin) and it feels pretty thick and paint-like without primer. It gives amazing coverage, though.
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Some foundations, like Kevyn Aucoin SSE, require either a primer or a moisturizer. Otherwise, it goes on like paint.
Originally Posted by The New Black
I use MUFE HD (which has amazing variety for pale skin) and it feels pretty thick and paint-like without primer. It gives amazing coverage, though.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Please explain MUFE? lol! Tx (ps I got the HD part tho ;p)
Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
My hair officially hates protein Once a month is enough!
Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay!
BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!
Makeup Forever. The brand often gets abbreviated as MUFE.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
Makeup Forever. The brand often gets abbreviated as MUFE.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Tx, much appreciated, RCC. I never was good at acronyms.
Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
My hair officially hates protein Once a month is enough!
Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay!
BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!
My sunscreen has a matte finish so it works as a primer. But I'd like to try one for evening makeup. I've been using Benefit Stay Don't Stray primer made for above and below eyes, it's pretty good.
I use MAC's skinfinish natural and I have to use a primer under it if I don't want to transferring on every surface imaginable. I use Revlon's Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer and I like it! The only thing I don't like about it is the scent, it's very....perfumey.

If you're interested in a cheap (it's always on sale!), multi-use primer, I've heard good things about monistat anti-chafing gel. I've never tried it, but I know as soon as I finish the Revlon one I'm going to grab it.
Originally Posted by Alice_42
I've been using the Monistat anti-chafing gel for about a year now it's a dupe for the smash box photo finish primer I was using before! I love it!
My Holy Grail face primer is Black Radiance face primer...its like $5 and works PERFECTLY. It has clay in it to help absorb oil and keep my matte. In the winter when my face is a bit dryer, I'm all about philosophy's "The Present" primer. With my super oily skin, if i don't use a primer, my foundation literally slides off my face.
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Older thread, I know, but still a good question. I've just started using primer in the last year or two. I have always moisturized before hand but some of my current foundations work much better when primed. I tried the Hard Candy primer first and will say it is not bad. I read it was a dupe for a few of the more expensive primers. After moving on to others, I had to move it from good to not bad. It is a clear, straight silicone, type of primer and not my favorite feel. After that I tried the pink toned Revlon Photoready, and hated it. Gunky yet dry, and settles in or on everything and turns stark white. Next was the Laura Mercier. It is a creamy primer that blends in clear. Wonderful but I was accidentally given the one with sunscreen in it, and didn't make the drive back to return in time. Sometimes we do not get along, and the SPF is the culprit. Most recently I bought Benefit's The PORE-fessional, and Chanel's Base (something something in French) *Le Blanc De Chanel, Sheer illuminating Base* The Benefits is light beige or buff toned primer that has a creamy and slippery feel. It is by far my favorite all over primer. The Chanel is a light white thin liquid that is great to mix in with thicker foundations and thin them out a touch. It works better than water or some lotions did when I tried it. They apply much better and do not cake. The two have now will last for some time, and I think they do make a good difference. It just depends on your foundations. Some work better on naked skin or with moisturizer.
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