5 Differences Between Silicone Face Primer, Lotion Face Primer, and Cream Face Primer

I  have extreeeemmely oily skin so without a primer my face would be all oily and gross like 2 hours after I’m done with my makeup. Before face primers, I had to blot twice a day. I know, I know, over-blotting actually induces the skin to produce more oil. But the amount of oil on my face could save the global crisis ! I swear you can see your reflection on my cheeks if I don’t blot mid-day.

And then I got introduced to the makeup world and *throws confetti into the air!* got to know about face primers!

Primers are like a web over the skin, to smooth out the skin by sort of ‘filling in’ the unevenness in the skin and allow makeup to have something to cling on to. Like legendary celebrity makeup artist Adrien Arpel says, face primers are “under-makeup makeup”.

Face primers come in lotion, cream and silicone form.

Creamy Formula Face Primer

My first experience with a cream face primer (Stila Hydrating Primer) ended in tragedy. It was horrible! My face looked like a melted plate of candle wax in the hot and humid weather of Singapore. I think the fact that I paired the cream primer with a BB cream made me the greasiest pancake-faced person ever. Gawd, BB creams are creamier and oilier in texture and I was putting a BB cream on top of a creamy face primer on top of a moisturizer on top of an oily face. Dang!! Creamy makeup primers are too rich for me.

It is, however, recommended for dry skin as creamy formula face primers tend to contain moisturizing ingredients.


5 Best Face Makeup Primers For Oily Skin

The most important factors I take into consideration when deciding on a suitable face primer for oily skin like mine are:

– Ability to hold foundation and makeup for long hours
– Does not feel greasy
– Does not cause foundation to oxidize

In no particular order, here are the 5 best facial makeup primers for oily skin.


How Applying Face Primer on 5 Areas for 5 Seconds Each Can Make Your Makeup Last The Whole Day

You’re in a rush for time but could never leave the house without at least a little makeup. And then you remember you have a dinner right after work hours and you most probably will not have time for touchups.

How do you ensure that your makeup lasts through the day?

Use a face primer!


Are Face Primers With Silicone Safe?

OKIE! This is gonna be science-y science-y post. But I’ll try to be make it more sexy than science-y!

Benefits and effects of silicone in skin products is one of the most passionately debated issues in the makeup world. Nobody has the right answer nor evidence to prove that it is or not beneficial, or hazardous to our health or skin.

I’ve been using the Monistat Chafing Relief Gel as a face primer for 6 months and it doesn’t clog my pores, doesn’t cause breakouts, doesn’t leave a greasy residue, and as a makeup face primer, works like magic for prepping and priming my face.

Here are 5 good reasons why using silicone on your face is more YAY! than NAY.

1. Silicone is used in most products these days

Silicone is everywhere. Just so you know, most off-the-shelf hair conditions and serums; and face moisturizers and foundations contain a fair bit of silicone, especially in those that are waterproof or ‘long-wearing’. The fluid properties of silicone make them feel like silk on the skin and act as a water-binding agent that holds up makeup well as silicone repels water and sweat.

Just turn your shampoo or conditioner around spot for ‘Dimethicone’. Dimethicone forms a barrier that locks in the hair’s natural moisture and waterproofs it to block dryness from humidity, reduce tangling and hair loss. Now you know why your hair shines!

Makeup products like the much loved Urban Decay Cosmetics Eyeshadow Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance – Anti-Crease Eyeshadow Primer are silicone-based eye primers. That’s how your eye makeup stays on the lids forever and why we all love them!

And they are, erm, also used as lubricant on condoms. (more…)

5 Good Reasons Why The Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel Is The Best Face Primer For Oily Skin

After reading countless blogs and watching YouTube videos that compare the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel, I finally went ahead to get the Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel as a face primer. I’ve tried the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer at our local Sephora before and I didn’t really like that it ended up slightly flakey on my skin. I thought I might as well give the Monistat one a try since it’s much cheaper. I’m really glad I did!

I didn’t even bother looking around for it in Singapore because well, at this point in time of blogging, not a lot of US makeup brands are readily available to us. If not for Sephora planting its biggest Southeast Asia’s store in Singapore, I’d never even have the chance to try out US products.

Important note: This is NOT the Monistat yeast infection product. The Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel was developed to complement the brand’s medical products. Please make sure you get the right Monistat product, don’t go applying yeast infection gel on your face, yo! O.o

Here are 5 reasons you need the Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel as a face primer: