03-14-2017 09:54 PM - edited 03-26-2017 07:58 AM
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?
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.
03-14-2017 10:21 PM - edited 03-14-2017 10:22 PM
If you are using an acid product, like a BHA toner, prior to applying the primer, this can sometimes cause the primer to ball up when you apply foundation. Also, some sunscreens do not play nice with primers. It can be tricky trying to find the perfect combination of moisturizer-sunscreen-primer-foundation.
I have an oily t-zone and have good luck using CeraVe Skin Renewing Day Cream (moisturizer and spf) and Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer. I use L'Oreal True Match liquid foundation which does not have a built-in primer in the formulation so I must use a primer. I've tried high end and drugstore primers and frankly, the drugstore primers are just as good as the high end ones.
03-15-2017 07:49 AM
@ Could be a few reason why its balling up. If your using a rich moisturizer that does not sink into your skin then apply a primer, that will cause it to ball up, it happened to me. Since your oily in the T zone use a mattifying primer in that area. Could be you need more exfoliation. Try using less moisturizer & pat in in to your skin, let that set well. Then pat on your primer sparingly. You maybe be using too much product. Try using a beauty blender to apply your foundation by patting it on. Some spf's will cause the problem.
03-15-2017 08:39 AM
I have been using Spackle since it was first brought to the Q. I have never had the experience the OP describes. I believe the OP is using way too much. I use a dot about the size of a peanut.
03-19-2017 07:41 AM
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