Half Face of NO Primer OR Setting Spray

I really wanted to test out if primers and setting sprays really do anything to make my makeup last longer and/or look better. I’ve said it before, I am not with the hype of primer. It doesn’t do anything that I can tell, and I’ve tried many different kinds. I love setting sprays though and I feel like they do a really great job of keeping my makeup in place for hours!

Here is my full faced finished. My right side (your left) has primer and setting spray. I used Benefit Porefrssional Primer and Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray. To me, both sides look the same. P.S. I will not touch up any photos in this post in any way.

I finished my makeup around 4p.m. And I took pictures all through the night of both sides of my face. My husband and I went to a concert this night. It was hot, sweaty, and there was A LOT of jumping around. I also didn’t touch up AT ALL throughout this night, so this makeup really went through a journey of its own. I want to apologize in advance for the shitty bathroom selfies and the terrible lighting.

Two hours after finished makeup application and everything is looking great still. I don’t notice any difference between the two.

Four hours after I put my face on is when I started to notice a different. My highlight is beaming on the right side of my face but a little lack luster on the left (Of course I had to snap the pics before I finished drying my hands 🤷🏻‍♀️).

Eight hours after application, my foundation was looking a bit rough on the left side of my face vs the right. Like I said, there were a lot of other factors from this night that could’ve caused the degradation in makeup. You can see my pimples through on the left side of my face a lot more than you can on the right.

I took my final picture at 10 hours. Overall, my makeup looked pretty rough on both sides. In my opinion, at this point, they look the same. No touch ups, no editing, 10 hours of jumping around and sweating. I expected to look like this or worse! 😂

My final thoughts on this:

Primer still does nothing for me. I will never purchase primer. I have so many samples that if I feel the need to use it, I have it. I didn’t notice any difference applying makeup with or without primer. Also, my pores are easily covered up by a good foundation. So, this feels like an extra unneeded step to me. I’m sure there are really amazing primers out there that help people with different skin types as me, but for me, I don’t see the need.

Setting spray is a must. While I don’t expect it to completely lock my entire face down, there is a noticeable difference with highlight and powder products that setting spray holds in for a lot longer than without spray. I love setting spray!!!

Thanks for reading!

Other products used:

  • Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation
  • Makeup Revolution concealer
  • Cody Airspun Setting powder
  • Urban Decay Shape Shifter palette
  • Tarte Park Ave Princess bronzer
  • NYX Micro Brow pencil
  • ABH brow pomade
  • Itsmyrayeraye palette
  • Colourpop x Laura Lee Super Shock in Ritz
  • Stilla Liquid Eyeshadow
  • Koko Lashes
  • NYX Lip Liner
  • JSC Liquid Lip Celebrity Skin
  • Colourpop x Laura Lee glitter lip gloss

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