Nothing says, “high maintenance” like a makeup primer. But nothing says “Damn, you’ve got great skin!” either.
Sure, primers seem like just a quick way for cosmetic companies to pull another thousand pesos out of your wallet. But it keeps your skin looking smooth and your makeup looking perfect even under the Philippine heat. Plus, it makes application of makeup easier, controls oil, and creates a barrier between the product and skin—all in one easy step.
If you’re set on jumping on the primer bandwagon, read on for the ModernFilipina.ph-approved priming products that are going to revolutionize your beauty routine:
For Babes on a Budget
Maybelline Baby Skin Primer! One of my favorite primers! It's drugstore so it's affordable, the packaging is so cute I mean come on! ? This does a great job of minimizing the appearance of your pores. ?? I used this in a video before and pointed out how you can't see my pores. ?? In my opinion it's a great dupe for the @smashboxcosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer! #maybelline #maybellinebabyskin #maybellineprimer #maybellinebabyskinprimer #maybellinenewyork @maybelline ???
Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser (P300)
Maybelline Baby Skin lives up to its name with this super affordable primer; it gives the skin a baby-like, velvety soft texture, while mattifying your face without looking too flat. This product glides on quite well. According to the packaging, the transparent gel contains Silicon Elastomer, Emollient, and Silica formula with added cherry extract.
You can apply it under or over your makeup. Best of all? It’s only P300, which is much cheaper than the usual quality primer.
For Babes Who Want to Splurge
Banila Co. Prime Primer (P1,100)
This is one of Banila’s star products, and it’s heavy on the skincare. I have high hopes for the Banila Co. primer, as Koreans know their beauty products. And true enough, it controls oiliness and leaves a powdery finish. It feels like a moisturizer.
The Banila Co. Prime Primer is good as both a primer spray and a setting spray.
Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue Gel (P1,700)
The Porefessional primer is one of the most popular of its kind; it’s a gel-based primer that, according to the makers, targets pores, gives a refreshing feel to the skin, and absorbs oil.
This product lets the pores breathe. While it controls oil to some extent, it seems it’s mainly for addressing visible pores.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Classic (P1,950)
Containing vitamins A and E and green tea, the Smashbox Photo-Finish Foundation primer will make your skin look Instagram-ready. It’s pricey, but if you want a photoshopped-in-real-life look, this is hands down your best bet.
It can seriously smoothen the fine lines on your face, make your skin look even, and make you look poreless. You can even wear this product alone, but with foundation, you get a supremely velvety finish that will last all day.
We can’t promise you that all of these will work for your skin, because every skin differs. But we do believe that prepping and priming will surely change your life.