Being blessed with oily skin makes base makeup tricky. I want to look flawless yet don't want to appear cakey nor shiny. Do I apply more powder to my nose and risk it being mega cakey so that the shine doesn't come through? Sigh, struggles of having oily skin, eh. I have tried numerous primers, some which help to keep my shine to a minimum for a short period of time but nothing that works right through the day. I have tried foundations which look perfect in the morning but crack around my nose by lunchtime. I have heard varying responses to the Smashbox Primer Water, mainly good, but I wasn't sure if the £20 price tag was worth it. Then, when I was in Primark, something caught my eye.
Primark's beauty range has really upped it's game lately. I've been buying a few things, and couldn't help but buy their primer water for the small price of £2 - a fraction of the price of the Smashbox one. Whilst buying, my initial thoughts were if it works, great! But if it doesn't, then I've only spent £2 as opposed to £20. Of course, my inner beauty blogger was shouting at me to "hurry up and put it to the test".. oops.
Oh my days, I can't even explain my love for it. I didn't really know what to expect for £2 but this little bottle has really taken me by surprise. I wouldn't say that there is any overpowering scent, if any at all. I apply my moisturiser, then roughly 3-4 sprays of this onto my face and my skin is prepped and ready for my foundation. Whenever I use this, I find that my base makeup looks air-brushed and flawless - perhaps it's due to the foundation, but I'm more lenient to believing that it's this primer. What I love most is that you don't end up with greasy fingers from applying the primer on to your face, and my skin actually absorbs this pretty quickly. Regardless, I always powder my face, paying particular attention to my t-zone, and I have found my foundation stays in tack for a good 4-5 hours. No complaints there then, eh?
For £2, I would 100% repuchase this because put it this way, it's an amazing bargain. As I have oily skin, I can only judge the water on oily skin types, however, I do feel that it possibly would work with dry/combination skin types also as it does feel quite hydrating.
So, when are you next going to Primark to pick up a primer water?