My Favorite Drugstore Base Products (Part 1): Primer and Powder

Monday, September 9, 2013

I'm kicking off this week with the first post in my series on my favorite drugstore base products. It's taken me a bit of time to organize, but I'm finally pleased with the way I've decided to break down my three installments and group the products. As a product junkie, I like a lot (and I mean a lot) of drugstore makeup, which is why I've tried to edit this series down to products I really love. Today's edition may not be the most exciting (I don't know how enthusiastic people are about primer and powder), but parts two and three are shaping up to be very promising!

For reference, I have incredibly oily, acne-prone skin. Some of my favorites throughout the whole series are geared towards oily skin, but a good number of them aren't. (I will warn you that the majority of today's products are for combination/oily skin, but there is a lot more variety in the coming posts).

*Prices will vary on location.

Neutrogena Shine Control Primer ($12): Like a lot of people, face primer is a step I typically skip because I don't feel like it makes a huge difference in the application of my makeup. I'm referring to the smoothing, silicone-based primers along the lines of Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro--they're alright, but nothing to write home about. I suppose this is my way of saying that a primer only makes sense when it really suits your needs (as opposed to just general smoothing)--and on my oily skin there's just one primer for me. I've mentioned the Neutrogena Shine Control Primer on my blog before (here), and love it more each day. Just a bit of this primer means I can wear the greasiest of moisturizers or sunscreens without worrying about my foundation breaking down throughout the day. As we move towards colder weather, that's not as much of a concern, but this primer dramatically reduces the number of times I need to blot my face in the course of a day, which is why I keep coming back to it. This is also great for applying underneath a more dewy foundation--that doesn't guarantee all-day wear on my oily skin, but it definitely helps. 

Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Face Powder ($14): This powder is more "gentle" than the  oil-controlling powders I typically go for, but it has a special place in my collection. When I wear a mattifying foundation, I don't always like to top it with a mattifying powder as the result can look a bit heavy. This powder is incredibly light and difficult to detect on the skin. It doesn't control oil at all, but this is probably the most natural and comfortable face powder I've ever tried--without dealing with ultra-messy loose powders. Sometimes I even use this to set my under-eye concealer since I know it won't make that delicate area look heavy or crepey. I like to think of this as a good powder for makeup beginners as you can still apply this for a more long-wearing base without having to worry about putting on too much and looking cakey. Plus, the skin-sensitive ingredients means it probably won't irritate your skin if it's not used to wearing makeup. 

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder ($7): Ingrid (MissGlamorazzi on YouTube--like you needed me to link her!) first had me hooked on this powder, and I've been through about two or three of these by now. It's my favorite compact powder for on-the-go (the sponge compartment and swivel mirror are incredibly convenient), and I'm never without one in my bag. It's terrific at keeping my oily skin at bay, and although I tend to prefer the next powder on this list, I still love this product. 

Neutrogena Shine Control Powder ($12): Yes, we're back to the Shine Control range! Honestly, there isn't a lot of difference between this and the Maybelline Dream Matte, but the biggest distinction is in the way the powders sit on the skin. This is just as oil-controlling as the Maybelline, but it looks a lot better on top of foundation. I think it's more finely milled so the texture of it looks more natural on the skin. I've mentioned this powder so many times now (see here, here and here), but you might remember it most from my Buy This, Not That: Oil Controlling Powder post. In it, I explain that this is a fantastic dupe for the MAC Blot Powder in that this excels at mattifying the face without changing the texture or nature of the makeup underneath. That's really what puts it above and beyond the Dream Matte for me, and is the reason why this powder is staunchly on my list of Holy Grail makeup.

Again, I know this was heavy on the combination/oily skin products, but that's because I like the first and last layers of my makeup to be oil-controlling--with lots of wiggle room for the makeup in between.

You'll be seeing a lot more skin type variety in parts two and three!

Hope you're well!

Happy Monday!

1 comment :

  1. Hi nice blog! Just wondering what shade you wear in the physicians formula powder and what your reference shades are. Thanks!