If you had asked me about primers before last year, I would have said that Smashbox was the way to go and nothing else should even exist as far as I am concerned. Smashbox works for me and I snubbed all other brands as being as inferior as cheap toilet paper! Then I found NYX.
I was looking to save money, the harsh winter means that our construction business suffers. I went to Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall in the hopes of something cheaper. I mean, primer goes under your makeup, it should be the first thing that gives right? You can see foundation/powder so I am not going to compromise on those.
NYC Smooth Skin Perfecting Primer
At one, they recommended NYC Smooth Skin Perfecting Primer. It was cheap but not for me, Smashbox has a smooth but thick and velvety texture and goes on invisible filling all the cracks and no grease or sparkle. NYC was more like a cream but full of sparkle I could see even through my foundation. Others were more expensive and close enough in price that I wasn’t giving up my Smashbox primer given the difference in quality.
NYX Photo Loving Primer
Then I thought of NYX, I already use their HD studio primer alongside Smashbox to get rid of redness (it has a slight blue/green tint and light diffusing properties that make it look great with Smashbox but wasn’t smoothing enough alone).
At $15, NYX’s Photo Loving Primer is a steal compared to Smashbox at over $40. It isn’t quite as rich and velvety feeling but goes on smooth and does the same job as Smashbox. My makeup stays put and I don’t look like my 3 year old niece did my makeup with sparkles.
For those in need of the purple or green primers – I am not a huge fan of them with Smashbox but NYX has them too.
I recently redeemed my points, since Shoppers Drug Mart does not stock NYX, I treated myself to Smashbox and now have both. I keep Smashbox for special occasions and days when I need my makeup to last a long time. For daily wear, a decent primer doesn’t feel like an extravagance with NYX and my makeup looks better for it!
Buy NYX: Rexall or Target (selection varies by store)
Buy Smashbox: Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart (check locations, not all SDM stores carry Smashbox)