The best primers for dry skin for all budgets!

best primers for dry skin nivea post shave balm nyx angel veil becca backlight priming filter YSL touche eclat blur primer

Hey everyone! I hope you all had fabulous weekends and enjoyed the first day of Spring.

Primers can make or break how your foundation looks. They can give you a matte or dewy finish, color correct, blur pores, give luminosity, and many other effects. I have compiled a list of my favorite primers at four different price points. Since I have dry skin, these primers are all hydrating to keep flaky patches at bay.

Drugstore:

  • Nivea Men Post Shave Balm (Sensitive)—$5. This product was first hailed by NikkieTutorials as a miracle product that both hydrates and keeps your makeup on all day. It smells like man (think Old Spice), but I personally love that scent. I’ve found that this greatly improves the lasting power of my makeup and gives my skin that little boost of hydration that it needs. I’ve also found that this is able to be used with other primers without issue. Plus, you get over 3 ounces of product for $5-6, depending on where you buy it. That’s a spectacular deal for even the most budget-conscious makeup addict!
  • NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer—$16. This primer is a pretty spot-on dupe for the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. Angel Veil is a great product if you’re looking for a smoothing primer to cover texture or acne scarring, that also feels light on the skin.

Mid-range:

  • Becca Cosmetics Backlight Priming Filter—$38. This primer lives up to the name. It is an excellent primer that gives your skin luminosity and a nice, dewy finish, while also blurring pores and any imperfections. This primer is perfect for when your skin is tired and you want it to look healthy and awake. It also smells amazing, like coconut!

High-end:

  • YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer—$52. This primer is one of my favorites. It costs a pretty penny, but its effects make it so worth it. It’s a very silicone-y primer, which means it flawlessly blurs large pores, fills in fine lines, and minimizes the appearance of any texture on the skin. It isn’t necessarily hydrating, but it doesn’t dry out my skin. The high level of silicones in the formula acts as a barrier to lock moisture into my skin. It smells similar to Guerlain products, like violets. To me, the smell is very luxurious. I can use this primer alone or apply it on my T-zone and cheeks over the Nivea Men’s Post-Shave Balm and it’s the perfect combination!

Do you guys have any primer recommendations for me? I’m always looking for new stuff to try out! Let me know in the comments below ❤

Sephora & Ulta Haul!

Since the Sephora sale was this past weekend, I decided to buy some things for myself and a gift or two. 20% off all purchases is nothing to sneeze at, and I have to admit I went a little ham. Ulta was also having a really great promo, 200 bonus points on a purchase of $45 or more, so I got a few things that I’d been wanting from there as well! Here’s the full haul:

From Sephora, I got: Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Palette, Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, Boscia Supercharge Overnight Moisture, Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Serum, and the Boscia Sake Treatment Water. I also redeemed some points to get the 500-point YSL set, a deluxe-sized MUFE HD Loose Powder, and a deluxe-sized Glamglow Flashmud Treatment. I’ve been wanting to try the MUFE Loose Powder for a while, so I had to jump on these point perks. The YSL set contains deluxe-sized mascara, Touche Eclat Blur Primer, Tint-in-Oil, and Black Opium perfume. The Blur Primer is one of my HGs, but I am really excited to try the other products!

I ended up placing two orders, so in the second one I added the Playful Perks sample bag rather than the 20% off Rouge code. It has a ton of samples in it, including NARS Audacious mascara, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara, Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser Invisible Oil, Stella McCartney perfume, Sephora Oil Infusion in Bubbly Grenadine, Glamglow ThirstyCleanse Hydrating Cleanser, and Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. This sample bag was available with only a $25 purchase, so I think it’s a pretty great deal. You get to try so many different products!

From Ulta, I got: Becca Backlight Priming Filter, NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks in Sandstorm and Tea & Cookies.

sephora and ulta haul

yves saint laurent sephora 500 point perk

perks-bag

boscia fresh seaberry caudalie skincare products sephora

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I’ve already tried several samples of the skincare products by Boscia and Fresh, so I’m expecting to really like them! The Caudalie Vinosource serum is one of my HGs. It’s so moisturizing and works really great with my sensitive skin. I’ve also tried a couple samples of the Becca primer, so I’m really pumped to dive into the full size. It makes my skin looks so luminous and amazing!

The Kat Von D Palette, NYX lipsticks, and Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer were all impulse purchases. I decided to try them all tonight to see what I thought. As for the Kat Von D Palette, I love it so far! The design of the palette is really cool and there are so many colors! It’s a great palette to add to your collection if you’re a color junkie or if you’re like me and have a ton of neutral palettes and want to add a little variety to your looks. I’m really impressed with the shadow formula—it’s very buttery, soft, and extremely pigmented. There is a good mix of matte and shimmer shadows, as well as neutrals, so you can totally do a cohesive eye look using just this palette.

kat von d mi vida loca eyeshadow palette

kat von d mi vida loca neutral swatches

kat von d mi vida loca eyeshadow palette swatches

kat von d blues and pink swatches mi vida loca

The Kevyn Aucoin SSE and NYX lipsticks, however, are not keepers for me. I picked the wrong shade for the SSE, so it was much too fair. The formula is extremely thick and can be used as a concealer, highlighter, or as a foundation. It didn’t work with my moisturizer when I tried to mix it, and looked extremely cakey when I applied it straight to my skin, so this will definitely be returned the next time I go to Sephora.

The NYX lipsticks were okay. They have a very creamy formula that is easy to work with, but they don’t dry down matte like I expected them to. They just stay tacky on the lips, which bugs me to death. I know plenty of other people who love this lipstick formula, but it’s just not for me. Sandstorm, a tan-nude, isn’t a bad color. It reminds me a lot of a slightly darker KVD’s Bow N Arrow. I’m not feeling Tea & Cookies, though, as I’m not into baby pink colors. It also took a few layers to look completely opaque, so it felt… gunky on my lips.

nyx liquid suede sandstorm and tea and cookies swatches lipstick

nyx liquid suede lipstick sandstorm

nyx liquid suede tea and cookies lipstick

All in all, I think this was a pretty successful haul! I can’t wait to start using all my new things. Did you guys pick up anything during the Rouge sale? Let me know what you got in the comments! ❤