Glow Giving Primers

One of the questions I get asked most is what the best primer is. The thing that is key to remember with primers, is that they all serve a different purpose. It is no different to saying what is the best foundation – that depends very much on your skin type, are you oily or dry. It would also depend on the level of coverage you like and the finish you like. Primers are no different. What “the best” primer is depends very much on what you want it to do. Do you want it for filling in pores and fine lines, do you want it to mattifying, do you want it to give a good glow and make the skin more radiant, do you want it for longevity of your makeup or do you want it for hydration. As you can see there are lots of different categories when it comes to primers.

My favourite type of primer would be a radiance boosting primer. I would use this as my main primer, but then I would add a little bit of a pore refining primers round my troublesome areas.

I am going to talk you through some of my current favourite radiance boosting primers.

My newest radiance boosting primer is the Mac Strobe Cream, this is not a new product, it is just new to me and it is definitely radiance boosting. This is not a product I would put all over my face, as it is seriously light reflective, but I do like to put it over the high points of my face. The cream is almost white when it comes out of the tube and when blended in gives a very silvery glow, but not at all glittery or sparkly, just a sheen. The 30ml size that I have costs £10.

Another fairly new primer is the Becca Backlight Priming Filter. This is gorgeous, it is the one I am currently reaching for on a daily basis. It creates a gorgeous canvas on the skin and makes dull skin look fresh and healthy. This is less “in your face” than the strobe cream, so I apply it all over the face and it gives a real soft focus look to the skin. It is a much more peachy toned cream and it blends in beautifully. This costs £30 and you can buy it from Space NK.

A much more budget friendly primer is the No7 Rapid Radiance Balm. I have talked about this a few times on the blog, as this has been a long time favourite of mine. This, when it comes out is a very pale peachy pink, with what appears to be slightly lilac toned illuminating sheen. However; this one, as with all of the others, when blended in doesn’t have a colour to it, just a brightening sheen. This is more of a balm consistency in comparison to the other three primers, which are much more of a cream. It is only available in Boots and it costs £17.

The last glow giving primer I am loving is the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer. This is by far the most pigmented, it is almost a soft gold when it comes out of the pump. When blended in, this gives the most visible glow of them all. I use this one as I do the strobe cream, by applying just on the high points of the face and then blending out. This isn’t a travel friendly product, as it is quite a chunky glass bottle. (although on googling it, it now appears to come in a plastic tube, so will be much more travel friendly when I repurchase.) It costs £24 and is available online at


  1. Lisa
    25th May 2016 / 2:45 pm

    Interesting reading Alice , I’ve just finished my bottle of hi beam by benefit – think I might try one of these you have suggested next – maybe the Mac as it sounds like it’s in s travel- friendly size

    • alicelovesxo
      26th May 2016 / 7:51 pm

      I am loving the mac one more and more each day, I would definitely recommend trying it. They do sell a bigger size, but I just went for the little one first. x

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