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.