These 3 Primers Are Letting Me Customize My Makeup Results as the Weather Heats Up

I can be as illuminated, hydrated, or mattified as I want.
Publish date:
May 20, 2016
primers, Banila Co, Juice Beauty, Primer For Summer, Touch Of Sol

Sometimes it really is all about that base. Case in point: makeup primers, the stuff that either makes or breaks your entire cosmetic routine and ultimately determines your skin "finish."

We've been talking more about primers lately because, well, it's primer season. Not that it isn't always a good season to wear primer, but warm months specifically call for an A+ base, lest you have melting, dripping, caking foundation due to the heat, humidity and sunshine.

I've been alternating between these three primers over the past couple months. Each one does an excellent job of keeping makeup in place (I wouldn't use them otherwise), but they all create a different finish, even if the rest of my routine is exactly the same.

Consider my BB cream, cream blush, cream highlighter and concealer the constants in this little "experiment," and the base primers are like the variables.

Touch in Sol Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base

Touch in Sol is a relatively recent Korean brand to come stateside, and you can buy their products on Sephora. The Feel Like Honey Moon skin base costs $24 and contains tiny flecks of real gold in a silky, slightly syrupy, honey-infused gel.

You can actually use this without makeup as your final step in a skin routine, but I love how hydrating and plump it makes my skin look underneath BB cream. The little flecks of gold aren't really noticeable once you have it on. The star ingredients, instead, are honey, collagen, hyaluronic acid and various vitamins.

When I want a super moisturized, "dewy" (hate to say the word, but it's true), ultra-healthy-looking, natural finish, this is what I reach for.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer

This $36 primer is by Juice Beauty, and it's somehow able to truly illuminate your skin without making it look wet or shiny. It kind of reminds me of BECCA's Shimmering Skin Perfector, only it doesn't have quite as much shimmer and dries with less of a wet sheen. That makes it perfect for oily skin, and it keeps sweat at bay, too.

It's pretty lightweight, and I find it dries pretty quickly so you need to work fast when you apply. On the plus side, it creates this incredibly even complexion and really soft, smooth skin — the perfect canvas for foundation. I'd call this a slightly mattifying but truly illuminating primer.

Banila Co Prime Primer

Banila Co Prime Primer is a moisturizing, "blurring" type of gel primer that's akin to Maybelline's Baby Skin (only it's thicker and more moisturizing, in my opinion) and Make Up For Ever's HD Primer. It's pretty thick in consistency, and I love how smoothly it applies.

For me, this is a good go-to when I want something that's hydrating and smoothing without creating too much of a matte or shiny finish. It's a standard that I recommend to friends and readers all the time, as well. I love that it's only $22 and it lasts forever.

  • What do you look for in a primer?
  • What finish do you prefer?
  • Have you tried any of these?