Friday, 5 August 2011

Save vs Splurge.

Save vs. Splurge PRIMERS
MAC Skin base visage 'Prep & Prime' & Technic 'Prime It'

- If you had said primer to me about 18 months ago I would have looked at you vacantly. Not really knowing what you were talking about AT ALL. It is only within the last year or so that I have really gotten into the whole 'primer' hype.

I have had the Urban Decay 'Primer Potion' in my makeup collection for years but until again, the last year or so I hadn't used it because I didn't really know what it was for. *embarrassed shrug*

Thankfully through my Bloggy/YouTubey makeup lessons from the likes of the Pixiwoo's etc I am now a primer princess! I thought this post would be helpful to anybody like I was not having a blummin' clue what a primer was for or what it did!

.....So what is this 'primer' you speak of?

A primer is essentially a base for your makeup, helping to even out your complexion and most fabulously, keeping your makeup on for various lengths of time.
It contains waxes and silicones that form a bond with your makeup products to keep your makeup looking it's best all day. For example an eye primer helps prevent creasing and a lip primer helps prevent feathering from lipsticks.
A foundation primer allows us girlies to use LESS foundation to create a beautiful complexion. Woo Hoo! They are often quite translucent helping even out the skins surface, sometimes they are also tinted to help sort out discoloration's on the face from scars or freckles and such.

I use a primer when I know I will need my makeup looking as flawless as it can for a long period of time OR if I am going out clubbing and I don't want my eyeshadow to budge. It also helps out with the large pores I have on and around my nose.

I know that some girls prefer to wear a sheer moisturiser as a base for their makeup. Whatever works for you really, but I am intrigued by the primer and it is definitely a 'go to' product for me.

I have used two primers for a while now, one is more of a splurge and the other an absolute save. After featuring one on my most recent YouTube video here;

One of my subscribers suggested it would be be a good idea to test them out against one another to see if splurging is really necessary when you can save and still have a great primer.

So that is exactly what I did!

First up, It's

MAC 'Prep & Prime'
Skinbase Visage


001. What the MAC website says.
“An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones. Calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. Improves the laydown and application of foundation or powder.”

002. Price.

003. Packaging.
The little bottle uses a pump (very hygienic!) to dispense the primer and each pump does not produce a lot of product.
The MAC 'Prep & Prime, Skin Base Visage' comes with 30ml of primer.

004. The Primer Itself.
It is quite a creamy product, certainly not a runny consistency at all. The translucent, soft cream blends really lovely into the skin too. When you first pump it out onto your hand it appears quite shimmery but it doesn't show up shimmery on the skin at all. I wouldn't say it completely odorless but it doesn't have an unpleasant smell, it smells fresh and clean. :)

005. What do I think?
As I said above, I have used this countless times as a base on my face before a big night out in good old 'Shakey Wakey' and it has

+ always worked a treat for me, sometimes I even like to wear it alone.

- However this isn't always great as it doesn't contain an SPF.

+ Never fear though there is the MAC 'Prep & Prime Face protect in SPF 50.

+ Through wearing Skin Base Visage my complexion is immediately smoothened.

- Although my large nose pores aren't really altered much at all.

- I reckon as a 'budget beauty' lover the price is well, pricey.

+ But it is long lasting so you aren't CONSTANTLY re purchasing.


"Prime it"


001. What Technic Say.
“ Adds luminosity, brightens and evens out the complexion, minimizing imperfections”

002. Price.

003. Packaging.
Alike to the MAC Primer the bottle uses a pump (very hygienic!) to dispense the primer and each pump does not produce a lot of product.
The "Prime It" primer comes with 33ml of product.

004. The Primer Itself.
The product when pumped onto the hand is not at all shimmery, instead is a matte, white cream. It smells really clean and is not over powering in the slightest. It smoothens and blends nicely onto the skin but feels a little heavy in comparison to the MAC primer

005. What do I think?
I have been using this primer religiously for the past month of July, I have also used it when I have done makeup for other people in varying ages. I used it firstly on Kirina who's 16 before her prom and also Jeanette who's 44 before she attended a wedding. So it has great versatility It sat well on both of their different complexions and they didn't have any break outs.

- I'm not sure if this product is available to everybody, so many people have told me they can't find it anywhere. I purchased mine from a shop called (yes you guessed it) Bodycare as they stock the Technic products.

+ It is SO reasonably priced you could buy 4 of these for the price of the MAC primer and you get more product for the money!

+ I honestly, hand on heart (not just because I am a budget beauty lover) can say it compares very well to the MAC one in the way it works as a makeup base it evens out my complexion just as avidly.



- Okay, so I know some beauty toffs, cannot BARE to use or buy anything from a cheapy budget beauty store but honestly girls, this primer really does give the MAC some stiff competition and I'm NOT just saying that.
If your after a a budget option, choose the Technic primer. The MAC only lost out because of it's pricing, but hey, that's MAC!

Let me know if you can get your paws on the Technic Primer and where you can buy it, also if you have tried it,

The Lovley Laura informed me via Twitter that you can find the Primer here for £3.98 plus £1.49 postage :)

What do you think?





  1. Great post Holly :) I've never really got on with primers but both of these sound fab! x

  2. I love your love for bodycare.This was really helpful; please do more posts like this.

    I will have to try that Primer:D

  3. Sounds great:) just going onto the shop4makeup site now to have a snoop! I agree with Corrie, never noticed much of a difference with any primer I've used but these two sound really good:)

    lovely post


  4. Seen this in Bodycare a few times and thought it looked like a rip off Benefit's 'That Gal' primer but after this I'm tempted to get it. Love this post (and your blog in general, even though I haven't commented before haha) xxx


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