High End vs Drugstore Primers

Sunday, 10 May 2015

I often wonder whether spending more money on the high end brands is really worth it. Do they do the job better? Are the ingredients better? Do they last longer? I didn't really know much about primers so went into MAC a couple of years ago to ask their advice on the best one for my skin type and was recommended the MAC Prep + Prime Skin. However, I wasn't that impressed with it, I didn't think it minimised the appearance of my pores that well and it definitely didn't make my make up last longer. Having read many raving reviews about the Benefit Porefessional, I was eager to get my hands on that instead, however, the price always put me off, at £24.40, it’s not the cheapest primer and was more expensive than the one from MAC (which is £21). As a cheaper option I purchased Maybelline's Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Lightweight Primer (£7.99) and whilst I liked it, the gel texture was something that really put me off and I wasn't convinced it made my make up last longer. Therefore, when I was in New York earlier in the year, I treated myself to the Benefit Porefessional and instantly fell in love, so how do the three compare?

As I've already mentioned, the Maybelline Baby Skin has a gel texture which I'm not a fan of. I feel like it's quite thick on my skin, although admittedly, it does feel lighter once it's blended in. Alternatively, the Benefit Porefessional is a lightweight balm which feels so nice once applied to the skin and definitely has a nicer scent to it. However, the MAC Prep + Prime Skin is definitely my favourite consistency, it's more of a light cream and so it's like applying moisturiser to your face and it doesn't feel like it's clogging up your pores. 

Long Lasting
The main reason for me choosing to wear a primer, is to help my make up to last longer. As I've already mentioned, I was really disappointed with MAC's Prep + Prime Skin as I didn't think it made my make up last longer, especially on a night out. Whilst at first I was quite impressed with the Maybelline Baby Skin, the more I use it, the less convinced I am that it helps my make up to stay in place all day. Having said that, it does minimise the appearance of pores, which is key for a primer. Conversely, there is no debating how well the Benefit Porefessional helps my make up to stay in place all day, I now touch up my make up a lot less throughout the day. Also, it does minimise the appearance of pores really well, if I have a quiet day, I'll just apply this primer with a bit of concealer and powder, rather than use a foundation or BB cream.

It's clear to see that the Maybelline Baby Skin is so much cheaper than the Benefit Porefessional and the MAC Prep + Prime Skin despite my criticisms of it, I do think it is a great alternative to the high end products, if they're out of your price range. I still use the Baby Skin for work in an attempt to save the pricier primer for days out and special occasions. However, price isn't everything, as the MAC Prep + Prime skin is my least favourite out of all of these three and yet it's not the cheapest!

MAC's Prep + Prime Skin comes in a simplistic black pump action bottle. I must admit, I'm a massive fan of the MAC branding and all of their packaging, it's very minimalist, as often their products speak for themselves (though maybe not in this case!). In contrast, Maybelline's Baby Skin comes in a bright tube, in line with their 'Baby Lips' range which I think is really cute, but can make it appear a little 'young'. Alternatively, Benefit are known for their packaging and branding and the Porefessional is no different. A professional looking woman on top off cream and duck egg blue stripes, ties in with their play on words for the name of this product. Benefit always manage to entice me in with their quirky packaging.

So in answer to my thoughts at the beginning, I don't think spending more money and going for a more high end product is always worth it. Although not as expensive as the Benefit Porefessional, MAC is normally considered a high end brand and yet, it's my least favourite of all these primers. Despite being the cheapest by far, I would recommend the Maybelline's Baby Skin over the MAC Prep + Prime skin. However, if your budget allows you, I would definitely recommend the Benefit Porefessional as being the best primer I've tried.

 What primer do you love?


  1. I have oily skin so I should probably invest in a new primer soon! I have tried many samples of the POREfessional and have been really impressed with it, so I may have to splurge on it soon!

    - Grace's Beauty Space xo

  2. That is really a good review and you are right that it’s not necessary that high end products are always good in their results. But if you plan to have any cosmetic treatment then you should go for some eminent aesthetic clinic like cosmedocs.com which provides complete range of latest and quality aesthetic treatments.


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