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This $16 Primer Works So Well, People Tossed Their High-End Products

Honestly if it kept makeup in place any longer we'd start to worry.
Taylor Lane
Jun 23, 2021 @ 3:07 pm
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This story originally appeared on InStyle.com.

Expertly applied makeup leaves your skin looking fresh and natural. But, without a good primer, makeup can sometimes look uneven and caked on, and even make your foundation prone to transferring onto your clothes or melting off throughout the day.

Unlike other primers, the NYX Professional Makeup The Marshmellow Smoothing Primer creates a flawless canvas for your makeup by smoothing and hydrating the skin. It minimizes pores as it evens out skin's texture, making the makeup look smooth and fresh. The primer also offers 16 hours of extended wear, guaranteeing that your makeup stays put—and it's only $16.

Whether you're looking to maintain a "no makeup" look, or you simply want to make your full face last all days, this primer softens the overall appearance of makeup on your skin. It leaves a soft-focus finish to blur any imperfections and lines, and helps everything stay in place. 

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The Smoothing Primer has earned a dedicated following of shoppers who keep coming back. Many shoppers call it their "new favorite" primer, and say that "it smooths my face like glass and my foundation glides on." 

A shopper who turned to other products made the switch to the NYX Professional Smoothing Primer after looking for a more seamless finish. "I've tried a ton of primers, both high-end and drugstore. I like this one because it's multitasking. It makes your face feel really soft, and [it] blurred pores without drying my skin out," they said. The shopper adds that the primer's scent is enjoyable and not overwhelming at all: "I love the very light sweet scent and also the texture!"

One last shopper notes that they typically purchased a higher-end genre of beauty products, including primers, but they took a chance and made the switch to NYX. "This primer is better than all the other primers I have. It dries quickly, really minimizes pores, not oily, lasts all day, not drying, and gives your skin a lift." 

The brand recommends applying the primer to your T-zone area to blur pores any imperfections—tap your sponge over those areas to add an even finish. Let the primer absorb into your skin, and then apply makeup if desired. Want to make your makeup application smoother? Upgrade to the NYX Professional Marshmellow Smoothing Primer for lasting makeup and glowing skin.