Let's take a look!
First, here's a comparison of all four primers swatched next to each other.
- The Lorac Light Source Illuminating Primer in the shade Dawn looks white in the bottle, but when applied to the skin it has a beautiful pink iridescence.
- Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer has a thick texture and a slight pink tint with no shimmer or glitter.
- Milani Prime Light Primer has a golden tint with micro-glitter.
- Physicians Formula #InstaReady Primer goes on completely clear with no shimmer or glitter.
I tried each primer on my face and took close-up photos of my cheek area (they're all in the exact same spot) so you can see how, or if, they improved the texture of my skin.
Milani Prime Light Strobing + Pore Minimizing Face Primer ($9.99 at Target)- This primer claims to "create a smooth canvas for makeup and enhance your look with a universally flattering glow". It's a medium-weight formula, not too thick but not runny either, and it doesn't have a noticeable scent. When it comes out of the tube, it looks like a white lotion with a golden tint and once it's on the skin you can see small glitter particles. I feel like it definitely made my skin feel smoother but in the close-up photos, you can see that it really didn't minimize my pores...I feel like they are a little more noticeable because of the glitter. It also gave my pink-toned skin a yellow tint.
The Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer ($34) is my favorite of the bunch! It has a thicker texture that makes my skin feel super smooth and it fills in pores and lines better than any of the other formulas in this post. It doesn't absorb as fully as the Physicians Formula primer, so it leaves a bit of "slip" on your skin, but since I'm so dry I prefer that to a formula that completely dries down matte. If you don't like heavier silicone primers, you may not like this one, but if you have a lot of rough texture or deep pores that you want to hide, this is the best of the four primers. (A great drugstore dupe of this primer to try is the L'oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base). This primer had no noticeable scent.
Overall, I liked the Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer the best...it made my skin look practically flawless and provided lots of "grip" for my makeup to adhere to. For lighter makeup days, I love the Lorac Light Source Illuminating Primer. While it doesn't provide a lot of glow, it does make my skin look more awake and less dull, and the lightweight formula makes my dry skin feel more hydrated and comfortable.
Have you tried any of these new primers? What are your thoughts?
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