Sunday, 12 February 2012

Primer: It's not just for your walls

Let’s talk primer… no, not the stuff you put on your walls before you paint, although truth be told its purpose is similar. Primer is meant to be applied before foundation and concealer. Basically, it evens out your skin’s texture, providing a smooth canvas and helping your makeup last longer.

Since I started using primers I’ve only had eyes for one in particular, Lise Watier’s Base Miracle. For this post, I will be comparing my tried and true choice with Revlon’s Photoready Color Correcting Primer to see if a cheaper choice can steal my heart.

Retails for approx. $29
Retails for approx. $19.99

The Prep:

To begin, I applied Lise Watier’s primer to the left side of my face and Revlon’s to the right. I then applied my makeup as usual. Here are the results.

  Revlon                    Lise Watier
And 8 hours later…

     Revlon                   Lise Watier
Both sides look pretty similar and aside from a little shine on the nose they both held up pretty well throughout the day. But, I have to say that the difference between the textures of the primers was hard to ignore. The thickness of Lise Watier’s primer made for a much easier makeup application, whereas Revlon’s primer left my skin much less smooth and my brushes almost seemed to tug on my skin. You can see the difference for yourself below.

Lise Watier Base Miracle
Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer

Given that the purpose of primer is to smooth out your skin, I’d have to say that Revlon missed the boat on this one. The verdict: splurge.


  1. Thanks for the tip, I'm always on a search for a good primer. I recently bought a oil-free one from Smashbox that you might like.

  2. Wait...but its still good for walls right? Should I be practicing on my face before my walls?