Primer seems to be one of those beauty products that has exploded in recent years. When I was in my teens, I don't think I even knew what it was, let alone thought of using one! Although previously primers may have been more of a trade secret of make-up artists and the like, there are so many on the market for us regular folk to choose from, that there really is something for everyone.
My first foray into the world of primers was Smashbox Photofinish Light, and although I did love it, it was far too dear for what it was (about €38 I think). I've also tried Benefit's Porefessional, which I loved. Two budget primers that I'd recommend are Avon Magix and Catrice Prime & Fine. I'm also dying to try the Clarins Instant Smooth primer, it's a fantastic product according to Sinéad!
I picked up the new Revlon Photoready primer a couple of weeks ago when it was on special offer for €11.99 in my local pharmacy - it's regularly about €19. The bottle is the exact same as the Photoready foundation bottle, and has a great pump which dispenses the product easily. The primer itself is a lot more fluid and less firm in texture than the Smashbox one, and I tend to use 2-3 pumps. It's worth noting, though, that I use this much because I have an uneven skin texture and like a matte finish, so you mightn't need or want to use as much yourself.
As soon as I apply this primer, my skin looks visibly smoother and more refined. It makes applying foundation so much easier and faster, and I also tend to use less concealer when I have this on. It definitely elongates the wear of my foundation, but I still wouldn't skipping the powder. Overall, I really liked this, and I would actually shell out the full price for it. That said, €19 is extremely high for a high street brand like Revlon, and knowing how much cheaper their products go for in the States is an added kick in the teeth.
What's your favourite primer? Any cheapo recommendations?!