#3 Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Oil-Free
My #3 primer would have to be Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Primer. My skin is quite prone to breakouts and I do love almost all Smashbox cosmetics. The reason I put this little guy at #3 is because the oil free version is a little too liquidy and does not seem to give you the same smoothing finish as the original version. I, however, cannot use the regular because it does make my skin break out. It does do the trick and keeps my make up in place for most of the day, but still just feels a little on the light side when it comes to smoothing the pores. Don't get me wrong I still use it from time to time, but not my favorite. A good dupe for this is also the Victoria Secret Oil Free Primer...very similar.
#2 Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil-Free
Runner up is Laura Mercier Primer. I received this in a "bonus point" gift pack from Sephora and gave it a whirl. It is a little bit thicker than the Smashbox primer and seems to glide onto your skin very smooth. It did seem to cover my pores well and I feel like my makeup stayed on well throughout the day. I still wish this one was a bit thicker as well, I just feel like it does more of the trick when I can really tell a big difference with or without a primer on. I would use this one in the hot summer months when I want some coverage and smoothness. Im sure I will repurchase this at some point when my little sample runs out. I do give it 4 stars. It doesn't make me break out either, which is always a plus!!
#1 Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional
Winner!!! I love almost everything from Benefit Cosmetics, but this takes the cake! The POREfessional primer is by far my favorite out there. First of all it is more of a balm then a liquid primer. You do not need a lot, and thank goodness, because my only gripe is that it is sold in such a small tube! It goes on so smooth and instantly covers your pores and smooths your skin. It is like a baby's bottom right after you apply it! I do give it a minute or so before applying my makeup to make sure it is all set and ready to work. My makeup goes on smoother and stays on ALL DAY LONG! I never break out with it either. I have gone through many of these and have yet to find another brand that I like more! You feel like you have perfect skin to apply your makeup to and I also feel like you do not use as much make up since it glides on so nicely. A++ for this little number!!