Let’s talk about Korean primers. I have tested some of the very best and most popular ones! Sharing my top 4 best tips on primers from Korea!
A primer is applied after your usual skin care routine but before putting on makeup. A primer serves as a base for foundation and makeup to even out the skin. A primer can also hide pores, provide sebum control, SPF and helping makeup last for longer. If you have problems getting your foundation even, or if your makeup cracks or breaks, or even disappears during the day? Then try using a primer. I have tested several Korean primers by now, and they are really good and incredibly affordable and cheap. I will never buy a primer paying more than β¬10 ever again. Here are my best tips for Korean primers, all skin types.
Tonymoly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm
Tonymoly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm comes in a lovely golden egg that looks really luxurious on the bathroom shelf. The texture of this primer is very very unique. It’s kinda tricky to scoop some out of the jar. A soft and silky almost “plastic” thick balm. It kinda falls into pieces trying to grab it. “Varm up” some product between your fingers before applying to the skin. This primer has the nicest scent of sugar sponge cake with a slight hint of lemon. Tonymoly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm covers up pores and bumps. The skin becomes smooth and matte. A perfect base for makeup without the skin feeling neither dehydrated nor sticky. I usually use Tonymoly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm mainly around the T-zone to cover up pores and smoothing out the skin. You can use quite a bit without getting smeared. I recommend Tonymoly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm to anyone with enlarged pores and uneven skin. Tonymoly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm is the most unique and exciting primer I’ve ever tested from Korea. The product costs about 7β¬ with free shipping from Korea. Absolutely worth testing if you suffer from enlarged pores and uneven skin.
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Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer
Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer is a “hard core” primer for those use a lot of makeup and want the makeup to last for hours. The texture of Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer is properly thick, sluggish and very concentrated. You have to squeeze firmly on the tube to get the product out. Light beige color. Somewhat “silky” creamy feeling on the skin. Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on the skin even though it’s very concentrated and thick. Fresh mint-like scent. The skin becomes even and smooth, and the pores are less visible. The makeup also looks better I feel. Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer does matte down the skin some, but still retains a natural glow. Controls the sebum without drying out the skin. If you are using a lot of makeup or looking for a primer for evening use, then Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer is my best tip. It’s suitable for most skin types. From normal to combination and oily skin, enlarged pores and even dry skin if you moisturize properly before using it. Also good if your foundation tends to “slide off the skin”. I really recommend Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer. It costs about 8β¬ with free shipping from Korea, and that’s incredibly cheap for this kind of quality in my opinion.
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Aritaum Pore Master Sebum Control Primer
Aritaum Pore Master Sebum Control Primer is said to be a perfect dupe for the expensive but oh so popular Benefit Porefessional Primer. A typical smooth, soft and silky silicone-like primer that glides on the skin with ease. Beige transparent color. Mild skin care scent. The skin becomes smoother, more matte and pores are less visible. The makeup lasts for longer with sebum control without drying out the skin. If you’ve never tested a primer before, then Aritaum Pore Master Sebum Control Primer just perfect to start with. A really good quality primer in my opinion and worth every penny. Suitable for most skin types. Aritaum Pore Master Sebum Control Primer costs about 9β¬ with free shipping from Korea. Highly recommended for normal, combination, oily and dry skin. It’s simply awesome! If you have oily skin than also take a look at Aritaum Pore master Sebum Control Matte Gel here.
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Etude House Face Blur SPF33/PA++
Etude House Face Blur SPF33/PA++ is a moisturizing & hydrating primer with a brightening effect that gives the skin a healthy fresh radiance. 3-in-1 multi filter effect that adjusts the light on the skin. The texture is similar to a concentrated light pink and light-flowing “sun milk”. This primer is completely different from the other primers mentioned above. The skin doesn’t get flat matte with Etude House Face Blur SPF33/PA++ , but gets this lovely radiance. The skin feels moisturized & hydrated. The product may even be used as a day cream I feel. Mild skin care scent. I mainly recommend Etude House Face Blur SPF33/PA++ for normal and dry skin types, and for tired dull skin that lost its luster. Also nice for mature skin. This is the primer for those who want radiance, a brightening effect, and to make your makeup last longer. It’s moisturizing the skin and providing a natural finish with a healthy glow. Etude House Face Blur SPF33/PA++ also includes sun protection which is a big plus. A multi tasking product that provides a very nice base for makeup. Etude House Face Blur SPF33/PA++ costs about 11β¬ with free shipping from Korea. It’s a really nice one!
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I experience that my skin is looking more even using a primer. My foundation looks better and the makeup lasts for longer. Above an image with and without using primer. Bare skin on the left and using Tonymoly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm on the right.
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What do you want to get out of your primer? Cover up pores? Sebum control? A more even smooth complexion? New radiance? Have your makeup last longer? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.