Thursday 26 February 2015

Partners In Prime | Urban Decay & Smashbox

Over the years I have tried and tested many facial primers ranging from high end to drug store alternatives, oil free to mattifying formulas and even though there's many more to try I thought I'd narrow down my two must have everyday primers. 

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer | £25 | Link | This primer was first raved about a few years ago, the clear gel primer flew off the shelves with hundreds of reviews backing up how wonderful it was. I never caved then, but a couple of months ago I decided to go on the search for primer that wouldn't irritate my sensitive skin. This primer claimed to increase the longevity of my foundation while reducing the appearance of fine lines and pores, I instantly thought to myself "Yeah right" (The often thought process I go through when buying products with miraculous promises), but after a few applications I saw a massive difference in the way my foundation seamlessly glided over my face and the wear of my make up. Even though the gel consistency could cause a problem for those with oily skin as it could cause your make up to slide off more easily, I personally found that the formula filled in my imperfections whilst giving my skin a super soft feel. It's definitely a best seller for a reason, so I would recommend it to anybody looking for a lightweight primer that helps creates a smooth, primed canvas for foundation application. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion | £8/£16 | Link | I recently expressed my love for this eyeshadow primer in my Top Eye Products post. This primer has been a cult favourite of beauty bloggers for years now. The lightweight, silky finish formula is a god send to those of you that want your eyeshadow to last throughout the day without creasing or fading. I apply this using my finger, blending out until it covers the whole of my lid. I find that not only does this primer increase the longevity of my eyeshadow but it increases the vibrancy and pigmentation too. The easy to squeeze tube allows for precise and controlled application meaning little product is ever wasted, so even though this is on the pricier side a little goes a long way. A definite must have in my make up collection and I will continue to purchase this until I find a better alternative. 


  1. I love the Urban Decay primer, it's so good at locking my shadow in place!

  2. Looove the Urban Decay primer potion!

    xx angela | the sunday chapter

  3. I love the Urban Decay Primer Potion! It was my first (and still favourite) eye primer ever!

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

  4. I have a mini version of the UD primer and love it! x

    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

  5. I don't use primer on the daily, the most I normally use is the MAC paintpot in Painterly. Primer is a great step for evening looks :)

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  6. Both these primers are on the top of my most wanted primer list! I've heard so many amazing things about them and am dying to step away from and expand beyond my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte x

    P.S. Thank you so much for leaving me your blog link in tonight's #crazybloggers chat. I don't know how I wasn't following you before!

    Bridie | Upon My Sleeve

  7. Fab post, the Smashbox Primer sounds really lovely - I’m not sure how it would work with my skin though as I do suffer oily patches. I’m a big fan of the UD Primer Potion and really helps the longevity of my eyeshadows :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

  8. I adore that urban decay primer - I actually like it more than the NARS primer that everyone seems to love! For face primers, my favorite is by Becca - it's great for oily skin. Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Dolce //
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  9. I love the UD eyeshadow primer, amazing stuff! Never got on with the Smashbox one sadly, glad I only purchased the travel sized one as I just didn't see a difference when using it x

    Beauty with charm

  10. I didn't get on the the UD one, but Smashbox defiantly has a place in my heart!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  11. I found that ELF makes an amazing primer for $1 that's just as amazing as the Urban Decay! I highly recommend it :)

  12. The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer works absolute wonders for my skin and because of that has been my go-to primer for the most part of 2014 - it really does make your make-up look flawless. So worth the money.

  13. I love BOTH these products there are so amazing! They are both favourites in my makeup wardrobe

  14. I cannot be without the UD primer it's amazing. Smashbox also do a great eye primer by the way which I really love


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