The Comparison… Primers (DUPE ALERT!)

Hi Guys!

So I have been meaning to write a couple of comparison posts for a while and I am finally getting round to it. This week I will be posting a comparison of three primers and next week I will post a mascara comparison that was requested a while ago now (sorry it has taken so long!).

Blog 13 - 3 Primers laying down

Blog 13 - 3 Primers swatches
Left to Right: L’Oreal Infallible, Bare Minerals Prime Time, Benefit Porefessional

The primers that I will be comparing are:

Benefit Porefessional Primer

Bare Minerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Mattifying Primer

The majority of people will have heard of, if not tried the first two and a lot of you may have heard of the latter; which is a fairly new release from L’Oréal as part of their “Infallible” collection.

First of all, these primers all have a similar consistency associated with a silicon based primer. These primers are usually associated with pore-minimising, however, I don’t buy them for this reason as I personally don’t find my pores are a problem, so I can’t comment on the effectiveness of the primers for this.

Benefit Porefessional

Blog 13 - Benefit Primer

Blog 13 - Benefit Primer Swatch

Of the three above, this was the first I tried. I had been considering it for a while and on a whim I decided to get the smaller size after wandering around Boots. I have always preferred this type of primer over those with a liquid consistency, however, I do not think it is worth the price tag.

As I said above, I can’t comment on the ability of this to minimize pores, however I do like (sadly not love) the feel of this on my skin. It is flesh toned, but the colour makes no difference to the skin as it blends in invisibly and has no colour coverage. It feels very smooth, not at all greasy and overall gives a lovely base for my foundation. I particularly like this under my Bare Minerals Original Loose Powder Foundation. I have found that, in some instances this foundation doesn’t sit so well if the primer beforehand is too greasy, however, it is definitely not a problem when I use the porefessional. At times, I do find that the porefessional can be a bit drying on my skin, I definitely need to moisturise well and if not all of this has sunken in, the porefessional absorbs and dries this. For me, this makes it difficult to justify the price and I doubt I would purchase this again.

The smaller 7.5ml tube of this cost me a ridiculous £9.95 and the full size 22ml will set you back £24.50. I personally find these costs very excessive, it is not the most amazing product for me and it reminds me a lot of the first primer I tried when I was 16/17… which cost just £3 at the time. The primer I remember is one I got when I went to Superdrug to pick up a cheap primer to try under my foundation and decided on one from MUA which I think was the Matte Perfect Primer (now £4). My first use of the Porfessional had me thinking back to this as from what I remember the consistency was the same and the colour most definitely was. In the next couple of weeks I intend to search for this primer and give you a proper comparison of the two.


Bare Minerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer

Blog 13 - Bare Minerals Primer

I acquired a small 15ml tube of this in a set which you can read about in my previous post “I went a bit crazy in TK Maxx…”. I have since tried this out regularly to get a feel of it. As I said before, this has a similar consistency to the porefessional, but it isn’t coloured and doesn’t have the drying effect that I find I get with the porefessional, but at the same time I don’t find it at all greasy. For me, this feels smooth and lovely on the skin and helps both powder and liquid foundation apply better than on bare skin. I do love the sample of this which I have however, at £22 for 30ml, I personally struggle to justify the cost, no matter how good it seems.

L’oreal Paris Infallible Mattifying Primer

Blog 13 - L'Oreal Primer

I picked this up from Boots in March as I wanted a more budget-friendly daily primer. I searched the racks and deliberated between this and the Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer. I chose this because, in the shop I found the Maybelline primer a lot greasier and almost unpleasant on my skin which isn’t something I wanted so I chose the L’Oréal infallible primer instead.

For a budget primer, I do really like this. It is slightly greasy, but nowhere near as bad as Maybelline Baby Skin seemed. This has no colour and feels lovely on the skin, just like the Bare Minerals Prime Time. The consistency of the Bare Minerals Primer is slightly runnier, however, as you can see from the comparison picture below, there is very little difference. I definitely think this is a DUPE for the above, despite the minor greasy feel.

Blog 13 - Dupe swatches

The only issue with this primer is that the slight greasier feel isn’t always great with powder foundations, so I can’t always use it, this is where Bare Minerals Prime Time is better in terms of consistency, overall though the L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Primer is definitely worth a try for £7.99.

I therefore think that, despite the very slight greasier feel, I would choose the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Mattifying Primer over the other two. It is only £7.99 for 35ml making it much better value than both of the others and at no point does it feel drying on my skin. However, as this sometimes isn’t great under my Bare Minerals Original Loose Powder Foundation, I am still on a hunt for the perfect primer for a reasonable price, until then I will rotate these three until I find another one I like.

If I had a full time job, I would possibly justify the cost of the Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer as this would be my favourite of the three not considering the price, however, I don’t think I can justify the cost while I am still a student.

So there we have it, my opinion of the three primers that I have been trying recently with the L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer being a sure dupe for the Bare Minerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer.

I will definitely pick up the MUA Matte Perfect Primer as soon as I can and let you know my opinion of that with a comparison to Benefit Porefessional soon!

Thank You so much for reading my posts and keep a look out this time next week for my mascara comparison of Benefit Roller Lash and Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara, Maybe it is another dupe…?

Please let me know below what you think of the products mentioned above and if there are any other comparison posts you would like to read that I might be able to try for you over the summer!

Thanks again for Reading!

~ The Mechanic  x

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6 thoughts on “The Comparison… Primers (DUPE ALERT!)

    1. I definitely think it is worth looking at drug store ones! I have since writing that brought the MUA primer and it is so similar to the porefessional, a tiny bit greasier but not much and for £4 I think it is great 😀
      ~ The Mechanic x

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