Monday, 16 May 2016

Battle of Primers | Rimmel VS Dior


Primers are essentials in my makeup routine. I could honestly ditch something else, like blush or bronzer or even contour (oh yeah, I did just say that) but I'd never neglect the base. Now that the sun is making an appearance more often, I need to use anything I can to keep the oily areas at bay. The past few months I have been alternating between two products that have the same function but quite a big price difference. 

One is the Dior Forever & Ever primer (reviewed along with the Forever foundation here), and the other is the Rimmel Fix & Protect primer. Now, as you may have guessed I purchased the Dior number first and what sold me to this product is that it lets the skin - and my pores in general breathe. I noticed that some of the other base products I was using were far too thick and silicon-based which made me clogged by the end of the day and certainly didn't improve my skin. Now, I'm not one to believe that makeup can improve your skin's texture but it can make it worse so you really need to find a product that highlights the best features whilst being light and avoiding any excuse for a spot to come through. 

I loved the Forever & Ever primer as it has an SPF of 20, it creates a perfectly smooth base and it brightens the skin giving it a soft-focus look. Spending £29 on a tiny product every few months though wasn't my ideal goal. Don't get me wrong, if I didn't find anything else similar on the market I would have sacrificed my budget and re-purchased it, but after finding the Rimmel alternative I knew I needed to share it with you guys. 

The product claims to have a unique advanced formula where foundation glides on more smoothly, more evenly and wears longer. I love that it minimises pores, it helps give an even complexion and it brightens skin all day (similar to the Dior's option). Of course it also mattifies and eliminates shine whilst protecting skin from environmental aggressors. Whilst the Dior one has a pink colour and looks slightly thicker, Rimmel's option is lighter but still great at creating a base that certainly won't crack after a few hours. 

The two products are so similar that if it wasn't for the price difference I may not be able to pick one but as you may have guessed, Rimmel wins. For only £6.99 you can bag yourself an amazing Dior dupe that will do the exact same job and cost you far less. You're welcome. 







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26 comments

  1. I have to say that I hardly ever use primer. Like...maybe 3 times a year. With a blog with a name like mine...surprise, surprise, I do try to keep things pretty natural and healthy. I think the primer I have at the moment is the Laura Mercier one, but that's not very 'crunchy mama'. Are there any more natural brands of primers you've tried and been happy with?

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    1. Hmm not that I can think of right now as I don't necessarily look for "everything natural" but more for something that will help my skin stay matte :) But if I do I shall let you know x

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  2. I didn't know the Rimmel Fix & Protect Primer mattified, I guess that's why they've stopped selling the Rimmel Stay Matte primer, I hope the other one is just as good because the stay matte one is a god send for my oily skin!

    Just Little Things

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    1. I never tried the stay matte but this one is pretty awesome in my opinion :) x

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  3. oh I definitely need to try the rimmel one then!!! let me write it down on my list of things too look out for at the drugstore!!
    I usually don't use primers because I think they indeed clog my pores and nothing else. The only thing that positively surprised me recently is the nivea aftershave balm

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    1. Ah love that nivea balm :) And these primers are not going to clog your pores thankfully which is awesome, let me know how you get on x

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  4. good to know the cheap one is just as good! I would def. go of that one than

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    1. haha I hope it will work for you :) x

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  5. I love primers, even though some are expensive I find they last a long time. I am a fan of drugstore primers too, I will definitely try this Rimmel one x

    Zoe Mountford x

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    1. I definitely go for higher end ones as well :) If they're worth the money, then I'm in! Would love to know your picks! x

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  6. Oooh I'll definitely be picking up the Rimmel one, sounds fab! I'm loving The Body Shop's Instablur for keeping my skin matte in the heat :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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    1. I'm yet to try the instablur primer but it's on my wishlist x

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  7. I love these comparison posts. There's nothing worse than forking out loads of money when a much cheaper product is just as good!!
    I'm really oily, so primer is a must for me, too. I'll check out the Rimmel version for sure!

    Beekeyper - Latest post - 5 Top Tips for Curly Hair

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    1. Let me know if you like it :)
      I love comparisons posts too haha x

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  8. I never use a primer but perhaps I maybe should?! :-)

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    1. haha well if you don't need to it's not essential but personally my makeup wouldn't look flawless without it x

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  9. I agree that I couldn't ditch primer! It's one of those products that I keep trying new releases or ones I've missed in the past etc I must have quite a few in my collection! I love Rimmel's original Fix and Perfect primer in the blue packaging!

    This is a great comparison post :)

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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    1. I haven't tried the original one but my friend used to love it x

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  10. I love a primer, deffo need to try that Rimmel one!

    Sophie x

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    1. It's a lovely one and it's so affordable! x

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  11. Uh-mazing! LOVE a good beauty hack and this us a goodie. I've been thinking whether to nab myself a primer soon and this bad boi sounds like a good place to start 👍

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x
    www.fashiondujour.co.uk

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  12. You just sold me on this Rimmel primer. Especially with the summer coming, I'm so getting this one now :))

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  13. Now that Rimmel primer sounds amazing and for that price too x

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  14. Great find! If I had oily skin I would definitely snatch up that Rimmel one!

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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  15. Now I need to try the Rimmel primer! I don't think I have ever tried any of their primers before. Thanks for the recommendation <3

    Laura
    Öku Möku

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  16. interesting to know the cheaper one is better than the expensive ones!

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