Three Great Budget Makeup Primers To Help You Look Flawless

If there’s one product I rely on to keep my makeup in place all day,
then it’s a primer. They’re a makeup artist’s secret weapon, the key to
achieving a flawless complexion and the way you can stop that horrendous
‘4pm slip’. Although I didn’t discover the benefit until starting to write this blog, for the last four years there’s never been one far from my side. Some of my favourites include Bare Minerals and Benefit, but there are also some incredible budget buys that do just a good a job but will cost you half the price. Here are three fab primers that are worth picking up pre-payday.

1. Elf Mineral Face Primer (£6.95) 
Hailing from one of the brands I used to love back in the early days of blogging, Elf’s transparent primer is a more affordable version of the Bare Minerals ‘Prime Time’ I love so much. Developed to combat against excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines, this multipurpose primer helps to prepare skin so makeup goes on evenly for a long lasting satin finish. It literally glides over skin and really does keep my foundation in place all day long.

2. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser (£7.99) 
Great for those of us a little conscious about enlarged pores, this little tube contains a clear gel formula that pretty much eradicates any visible sign. It definitely blurs imperfections and tones down discolouration, creating a more uniform base while simultaneously helping to keep makeup in place for longer. This works even for the most oily or runny of base products, helping to lock everything where you want it to be so you can simply get on with your day. 

3. Max Factor FaceFinity Primer (£7.99) 
Although I’m slightly cheating here as this is technically £10.99 and therefore 99p over my £10 budget this week, it’s currently on offer in Boots and Superdrug so well worth mentioning. It’s much more lightweight to the touch than the other two, being more of a cream than a gel. If primers are new to you then this is definitely a great introductory product, helping to create a silky base that aids the application of foundation.

Do you love a primer as much as me? Do you have any other purse-friendly favourites?



  1. Makeup by Sophie
    September 8, 2014 / 2:44 pm

    I must try the Max Factor one as i love the face finity foundation xx

  2. Nicole Isabella
    September 8, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    I really like the Body Shop's Tea Tree Pore Refiner for priming at the moment.x Nicole Isabella

  3. Eleanor Broome
    September 8, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    This is so useful, thank you! I never really know what primers to get, but now I have some ideas! Might get the Baby Skin one

  4. Mary Tohill
    September 8, 2014 / 3:28 pm

    I used to love the ELF primer but found the dispenser often got stuck but looks like they've redesigned the packaging so must give it a go again!Mary @

  5. Emma Louise
    September 8, 2014 / 3:58 pm

    The elf one sounds worth a buy, iv looked it at for a while and wasnt sure. Iv tried the baby skin one and hated it 🙁 didnt work for me at all. xEmma / Everything Beauty

  6. Emily
    September 8, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    I'm going to pick up the Max Factor one whilst it's on offer as I've tried the other two and loved them.Beauty and Lifestyle Blogxxxx

  7. MaRy Michaelidou
    September 9, 2014 / 6:03 am

    Have you ever tried Sephora's primer? Is a little bit like silicon texture but awesome for priming pores and keep make up in place!!!kisses from GreeceMary

  8. Anonymous
    September 9, 2014 / 11:51 am

    I love the baby skin! i really want to try the others now!Love your blog x

  9. Laura-May Atkins
    September 13, 2014 / 1:17 pm

    I really want to try the ELF one as I love their products. I love the Benefit Pore professional primer but this is a bit pricey compared to these ones!

  10. Victoria Bonnevie
    September 18, 2014 / 11:27 am

    I found the ELF primer to be worthless and a waste of money, in my opinion it doesn't do anything for you, and the dispenser later 'locked' itself which made it hard to get the primer out (and to add, my skin is not oily at all, it is sensitive). I'm very curious about the Maybeline and the max factor, and might give them a try 🙂

  11. Saving Faces
    September 23, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    I've been after the Max Factor one for ages – surprisingly hard to find a primer with good SPF! I definitely prefer the creamy formulas over the gels too; Maybelline's powdery feel gets on my nerves. Great reviews!Much love =)

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