I don’t really know who started the lip primer trend, but they have been rocking the makeup world for quite some time. What was once an option prior to any lipstick application, is now a must-have for any makeup junkie. Actually, I kinda love them and hate them at the same time. Whoever started the idea that you can treat your face or lips like a wall that needs a primer prior to painting it, is really clever. At the same time, you’d start to wonder if your face works like a wall. 🙂 or perhaps, you might ask, do they really work? or are they really that necessary?
Well, for some reasons, yes. They do work, but not all lip primers are created equal, and depending on your lips, lifestyle, lipstick or personal preferences, you may not need them at all.
Too Faced Lip Insurance – One of
if not the first lip primer ever created out there. It comes with an easy application brush and has no discerning scent. This goes on creamy yet matte and slightly powdery on your lips. It glides well and feels really smooth upon application. It also helps prevent feathering. The tube may not have that much contents, but it delivers what it promised. I find that they work with any lipstick texture or even with lip glosses. They also make your lipstick lasts a long time with minimal transfer and less smudging. Overall, this a good all-around lip primer
Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion – This is Urban Decay’s old formula, and also one of the first in the lip primer saga. I haven’t tried the latest one. But this one is particularly interesting. I didn’t like it at first, I thought it was kinda too drying and not that creamy, so it was hard to apply it on my lips. Come the liquid matte lipsticks and I realized that this particular lip primer works really well with it. Some liquid matte texture lipsticks tend to settle on your lips’ fine lines when dried and this primer prevents that while retaining that matte look/effect on your lips. What is amazing, is that you don’t need to apply a lot to actually make this work. This could work on matte lipsticks too. Sadly, this formula is now discontinued. I haven’t tried the newest one, but if interested, you can check it out here.
MAC Prep+Prime – This primer from MAC has been gaining a lot of momentum lately. I can totally understand why. It’s the creamiest and easiest to glide lip primer I’ve ever tried. At first, I thought it was a lip balm. Not annoying scent to it, and they really feel good on the lips, but they don’t hold my lipstick well, compared to Urban Decay’s and Too Faced’s. I find that I’m better off using my lipstick alone than priming my lips with this. They do stop the feathering, but not the smudging. I usually use this in conjunction with my matte lipstick whenever I feel like I need more moisturization on my lips.
Bite Beauty Line & Define Lip Primer – The latest to join the lip primers club. This one is my new fave. I love the taste and the scent of this primer. It’s a cooling menthol without being too dry. Just so refreshing and they perform really well. There’s a lot of product in its easy to use container and it delivers the right texture without making my lips too dry or too smudgy. Its holding power may be slightly less than Urban Decay’s or Too Faced’s, but personally, this is better than MAC’s Prep+Prime.
So, if you want a good, overall, “won’t disappoint” lip primer that will grip your lipstick well, use Too Faced Lip Insurance. For a good liquid lipsticks partner: use Urban Decay’s Lip Primer Potion. If you have dry lips and wants a creamy lip primer for your matte lipsticks, use MAC’s Prep+Prime. For a “fresh feeling” on the lips that won’t disappoint, try Bite Beauty’s Line & Define Lip Primer.
Personally, if I have to rate them in order of preference, 1st: Too Faced Lip Insurance and Bite Beauty Line & Define Lip Primer, 2nd: Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion, 3rd: MAC Prep+Prime.