One thing I have always struggled to find is a decent primer. I've tried a few cheaper ones out (such as Max Factor's FaceFinity and Maybelline's Baby Skin), and have dabbled in innovative priming waters, but have never come across an amazing, cream-formula primer. So far, they have all remained in the 'this will do for now' category. As such, I decided to venture into more 'high end' beauty to see if I could find anything which would smooth out my skin and combat dryness by creating a sufficient barrier between my skin and foundation. After trying a sample of Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer, I knew I had to splash out and treat myself to the real thing. It's truly amazing.
The gorgeously, silky primer is encased within an elegant glass pot which is just so beautiful. You may not seem to get much of the product (15g), especially for the £26.50 price tag, but a little goes a long way with this primer. It's an incredibly thick formula so you only need a small amount, worked slightly between your fingers first to melt it slightly before gliding it over particular problem areas. With most primers, I work it into my whole face, but (maybe because I am trying to use it sparingly!) I only focus on my forehead, nose and chin- the areas which I notice my foundation slipping most from and where dry patches show up most underneath foundation. If there is any left over, I just massage that across the rest of my face.
Because it is so rich- almost like a paste-, you may think that it would overload your skin. However, don't be put off by the texture! It melts into the most incredible velvety texture which is actually really light once on the skin (hence why you only need a small amount). I love how this has a cream texture (instead of a clingy gel), and find this sort of product helps far more with my dry skin. This primer leaves your skin feeling so smooth and really helps in blurring any imperfections by evening out your skin tone, prepping it for foundation. I find it creates an amazing 'veil' between my skin and make-up, helping to hide signs of dryness despite a slightly mattifying finish, and really helps my foundation to last all day. Although it's a tad pricey, I'm so glad I invested in this product. It does everything you would want from a primer and more and is suitable for all skin types; it's certainly the best one I've ever used!
Have you tried Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer? What's your favourite priming product?