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Maybelline Baby Skin Primers and their high end counterparts.



When I was recommended Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser as a dupe for my beloved Benefit Porefessional I was instantly sold. I love Porefessional but I just can't keep up with how fast I go through it! I need an every day budget product to give my purse a break for a while. 

Of course when I squeezed out that first blob my heart sank. This was no Porefessional dupe. It's crystal clear appearance instantly ruled that out. But it did have a very similar and pleasing feel and in fact I would compare it to Smashbox Photo Finish. This feeling comes from its silicone base and if you're like me and hate texture or stickiness from your makeup then silicone is your friend. The blurring and mattifying effect effect of both primers (I would say Smashbox wins with this so its not a 100% dupe) leaves the perfect base to apply the rest of your makeup or even just to leave on its own if you're not feeling self conscious. 

Having dipped in to the Maybelline range (and with them being on a 3 for 2 offer in Superdrug) I also thought I'd have a go at a few other products. I picked another primer in Instant Fatigue Blur. This one is a pink toned cream primer but still has that soft smooth finish that you get with Pore Eraser. This time I felt the comparison was more like Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, only this is more fluid and not as heavily silicone based. The rose tone definitely brightens up the skin and leaves it perfectly ready for the next layer of war paint. 

Exactly what you want from a primer. 



And now here is where I went a bit crazy. 


I mixed them. Thus creating my own pink based version of porefessional and pretty much reaching my goal of a budget alternative. 

You're going to want to try this. Trust me.

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