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Budget to Luxury: Which Primer Should You Choose?

To really understand the power of the primer can take a lot of trial and error, it is often so easy to assume a good foundation will do the job of delivering a flawless makeup base. However, those in the know will agree that a great primer can really make the difference to your finished look.

Whether you go for a cream, gel or powder primer, the difference in longevity, appearance and application of your makeup can be incredible! What’s great about today’s beauty industry is that there is just so much variety, you can pick up a budget or high end primer that will match your skin type, be it dry or oily, or somewhere in between – there will be a product on the market for you.

In this article we have put together some of our favourite primers, whether you are sticking to a budget or want to splash out a little, we’ve got you covered.


Grimas Under Make-Up Base - £7.99

If you prefer to tackle your make up with a minimalist approach and just want something practical, Grimas Under Make-Up Base could be the perfect primer for you! Coming in at just £7.99 for a 75ml jar, this is a no frills, perfume-free, light cream that offers a gentle and hydrating base for your make up.

Grimas are a Dutch company that produce makeup for professionals as well as for those who have a passion for good quality products. From moisturizers to special FX latex, fake blood and even prosthetics; they are an incredibly knowledgeable and varied company! 

You get what you pay for, so the packaging for this primer is very basic, but the product itself is well worth the low cost, which is really what we are here for right? 

The highly hydrating cream is perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin, and we recommend allowing a good 10 minutes for the non-greasy product to fully absorb before going in with any makeup. Perfect on it’s own, as a day cream or as the first step in your makeup routine!


Kryolan Ultra Under Base - £19.80

Described as the preliminary step to any makeup look, Kryolan’s Ultra Under Base primer is the super fine cream perfect for creating long lasting makeup, no matter what the circumstances!

This affordable primer has the texture of a lotion and is a must have base for those long days to ensure nothing moves out of place. While this primer isn’t the most luxurious of their range, it is a fantastic middle of the road option for those who are going to need a makeup-enhancing base that will survive long hours and intense conditions!

Kryolan Ultra Under base comes in an easy to use, compact packaging that is great for travelling with, and is an all-round brilliant option, for anyone looking for a quality primer.


Mehron Velvet Finish Primer - £20.99

An enriched blend of vitamins and antioxidants, Mehron’s Velvet Finish Primer is a clever combination of gentle, skin loving ingredients guaranteed to leave your face soothed and hydrated.

The researchers and chemists at Mehron have combined their skills to come up with a primer that not only minimizes the appearance of fine lines, but will also enhance your finished makeup allowing for a longer wear time!

The velvet finish primer does what it says on the tin, leaving your skin smooth and refreshed and ready for makeup, or even worn alone. This is a more luxurious option for those looking to upgrade their primer, and the quality is clear from packaging to formula, with each glass bottle coming in a velvet closable bag making it easy to travel with.


Kryolan HD Micro Primer - £26.10

Kryolan’s HD Micro Primer is the most luxurious choice on our list today, with its pore minimizing technology and paraben-free formula; this is one of our favourite primer options out there at the moment!

The HD Micro primer allows for easy application, with the consistency being ultra-soft and creamy, this primer works amazingly with all skin types. Made with silk proteins, the HD Micro primer is great at controlling the moisture levels in the skin, making it a versatile option for all.

This is a great product to enhance the wear of your makeup, but we love it on it’s own as it leaves behind a subtle dewy effect that gives a healthy glow to the face.

Slightly more expensive than the other primers featured, this is a wonderful choice for someone looking for a high-end product that comes in compact and sturdy packaging, and delivers a HD finish to any look.



Choosing a primer can be a very personal choice, from formula preference to skin-type, what suits one person may not suit another. Of course budget can be a massive factor as well, which is why we have compiled our favourite primers from across the board to cater for anyone.

Whether you are doing beauty on a budget, or splashing the cash – you won’t go far wrong with these four primers.