If there’s one thing I’ve learned from following beauty bloggers and makeup artists, it’s that the most important part of your makeup application starts with your skin prep beforehand.

Now I’ve written a whole piece on my skincare journey which I’ll link here for you, and I feel that side of things is finally under control.

So then, I set about finding the perfect primer to add that iridescent glow to my skin as my skin is dry I suppose. Finding the perfect primer didn’t happen overnight for me, as;

  1. There’s SO many to pick from
  2. They are expensive
  3. I’m buying these myself
  4. You need time to really test a product

Anyway, I’ve narrowed it down to the four I’ve used the most over the last year, which are mostly meant to prime and add highlight.

You can see three of them are a golden shade/tone and one is a more pearly colour but does actually come in a rose gold tone too.


Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow €49

I was drawn to this because Charlotte used it on Amal Clooney for her wedding day look, say no more, SOLD.

Charlotte said you can use this as a primer, or wear it on it’s own. Well I most certainly could not use this on it’s own as it does nothing for my skin. It leaves a kind of half a**** glow and that’s about it. Not the first time I’ve been underwhelmed by her products. Swipe up HERE if you’re dying to try it.


Penney’s PS Range Strobing Cream €4

(Available in rose gold too)

Said to be a dupe for Mac’s Strobe Cream, I was dubious, am I the only one who thinks a dupe never lives up to the original? Anyway, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I love this product for it’s price point and also for the nice glow it adds to my face. I wouldn’t say this does much to my skin other than gives me a dewy look but that’s all it proclaims to do I suppose! I use this mixed in with foundation every day for work. Available in most Penney’s stores.


Laura Mercier Radiance Primer €36

(Available in other formulas also such as hydrating etc)

As you can see, this has been well used and there’s a reason why, it is AMAZING. A little goes a long way, and it comes out of the tube quite quickly, well mine did anyway, so be careful. It gives such a healthy glow to your skin, and primes too!

If you’ve got oily skin, try a different consistency of this primer. Go into the Laura Mercier counter and ask the girls to try one of them out on you. I find Laura Mercier and Nars to be my main brands to buy from in the last few years. They’re not greasy and they don’t make my skin break out. Swipe up HERE to buy.


Becca Backlight Primer about €38

Last, but by no means least is Becca back light primer which I got in New York or France in Sephora.

I think I tried this because there was a lot of hype on YouTube from the American bloggers about it.

I do like it a lot, but it doesn’t fully blow me away like the Laura one. If you’re in Sephora, ask the girls to pop some on, maybe it will work better on your skin than mine, and it smells divine. Swipe up HERE to buy.

So there you have it, any questions, leave them below 👇 I’d love to be a real beauty blogger and get some comments or questions on this blogpost.

Thanks for reading,

Fashionably yours,



Images used are my own except for top two – Pinterest