Super Contributor
Posts: 329
Registered: ‎03-16-2010

Re: Need help finding a good primer.

I've tried a few of the higher end primers but none of them work as well as Monostat Chafing Gel (on me).  Just last week I was given a sample of Lancome's primer.  It was terrible compared to the Monostat that I've used for several years.  Yes, primers make ALL the difference!

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Posts: 2,088
Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Need help finding a good primer.

Maybe it's not your primer, but what you layer under it.  Too many layers or some thick creams will ball-up, and some products just don't mix well.   I've used several different primers and have never had a problem with any of them balling up.  But I don't apply lots of product layers either. 


@Iwantcoffee - some of us think primers are necessary and our foundation looks fresher all day with a primer.  Personal preference.

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Posts: 3,260
Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Need help finding a good primer.

ironsister wrote:
I have tried many different primers.
Mally, Laura Gellar, Smash box and Bare Minerals.
It seems that even if I apply just a little, wait for a few minutes before I apply my foundation.... primer balls up and I look worse than if I didn't use primer at all.
I'm 51, combination skin and have a few fine lines. Any suggestions?

My favorite is Benefit Porefessionals Primer. 

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Posts: 5
Registered: ‎06-19-2014

Re: Need help finding a good primer.

I think part of the problem is that almost all the primers I've tried are silicone-based.

I only use a very light moisturizer for oily skin, and I use it sparingly.

I cleanse each morning in the shower with Philosopy Micro face wash, and use my Clarisonic at night, so I don't think exfoliation is the problem.

I'd really like to find a primer without silicone.


The only layer under the primer would be light oil free moisturizer, and a light eye cream, both applied after I shower.  If I were to apply primer before makeup, it would be at least 15 minutes after that...

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Posts: 623
Registered: ‎02-24-2016

Re: Need help finding a good primer.

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@ironsister Your not using too much product but apparently you have a problem with silicone primer. I would suggest trying TooFaced Hangover which has no cones. You can get a sample at Ulta. If you want to try a higher end product, Marc Jacobs sold at Sephora. HTH you Smiley Happy Google some reviews too!

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Posts: 4,781
Registered: ‎10-21-2010

Re: Need help finding a good primer.

I just ordered the IT spa serum primer. I would have to look but I don't think it has silicone. The too faced mentioned above might be a good option also.

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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎03-28-2017

Re: Need help finding a good primer.

I have Gellers (several varieties), IT, Bare Minerals and I use them all however the very best is Mally's pink jar. Excellent in every way. Works for me, I totally believe in primer.

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