7 New 2019 Makeup Primers That Keep My Face On All Day (And Night): Review


Once upon a time, I believed that primers were one of those marketable but slightly unnecessary products that I could skip when doing my face. But after dealing with horrible adult acne for a year and a half, I needed to focus on clearing my skin to let my skin breathe. Throughout this time, my stance on priming has shifted, and now I rely on a few new 2019 makeup primers to keep my skin healthy under my full face.

My skin is prone to breakouts when overwhelmed with product, and I tend to suffer from dry spots and an oily T-zone once the afternoon creeps in. Many of the new launches from this year address all of those concerns and more. The products don't just act as a way to keep my liquid foundation locked in all day... they're almost an extension of my skincare routine. Especially with ingredients like vitamin C (in Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer) and blue agave extract (in Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer). With the seven products that I tested, I don't feel like I'm neglecting my skin or jeopardizing it at all. These primers work with me rather than against my goal of clearer skin — and most importantly, they make me feel good, too. See the seven products that I discovered (and fell for) in a week's time, ahead.

Monday: Crunchi Smart Primer

Taylor Lane

On a cold winter morning, I gave Crunchi's new launch try. My skin was a bit dry due to harsh winds, and the formula helped to soothe it. I also felt a hormonal breakout coming on, and unlike most heavy products, this one didn't encourage inflammation — it actually soothed it. I began my day at 7:30 a.m. and didn't wipe my makeup off until 9 p.m. that night... and all I needed was a quick powder touchup that afternoon. My makeup remained flawless otherwise.

Smart Primer



The Smart Primer is packed with jojoba, avocado and rosehip oils that work together to make your skin radiate. It works wonders with oily skin but is suitable for all skin types.

Tuesday: Cover FX Gripping Primer

Taylor Lane

I applied the Gripping Primer, which launched late 2018, at 8 a.m., right before barre. After an hour-long class, my makeup stayed put aside from the excess concealer I dabbed on top of a blemish. And as you can see, my face looked glowy rather than oily.

Gripping Primer


Cover FX

The Gripping Primer's formula has a jelly-like texture that holds your makeup in place for all-day wear.

Wednesday: Tarte Base Tape Hydrating Primer

Taylor Lane

I had a ton of running around to do and meetings to attend on the day that I put Base Tape Hydrating Primer to the test. The first photo, above, was during a coffee meeting around 10 a.m. And the last photo was taken at the end of my day, around 10 p.m.. I loved the lightweight texture of the product, and the coconut scent reminds me of the beach.

Base Tape Hydrating Primer



With jojoba and grapeseed extract for moisture, along with coconut for smoothing, this primer offers all day comfort.

Thursday: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer

Taylor Lane

Even though my breakouts were practically invading my face, I still rallied and put on a tiny bit of makeup to cover up. I couldn't get over how creamy this primer was — it smells incredible, too! It instantly made my tired and stressed complexion look alive and feel energized. Even I didn't feel the need to touch up all day and ended my day with bright skin.

Banana Bright Face Primer


Ole Henriksen

The vitamin C and banana powder-inspired pigments work together to keep skin illuminated and hydrated.

Friday: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer

Taylor Lane

I took the day off, so I didn't need a ton of makeup on, but was still excited to test this highly-lauded release. Admittedly, I thought that the texture of this was a bit sticky. But as soon as I worked it in, the consistency became smoother and felt so refreshing. It helped me blend my makeup better, and I found myself using less foundation than normal since my canvas was so smooth.

Hydro Grip Primer


Milk Makeup

The blue agave extract added into this primer helps your foundation stay on all day, while the cherry blossom and B vitamins help add a dewy finish.

Saturday: Pür 4-in-1 Correcting Primer Dark Spot Corrector

Taylor Lane

I have acne scars and an uneven skin tone, so I was excited to see if this primer could help with color correction. While applying my concealer and powder, I was amazed at how my spots and scars basically disappeared. It's like magic!

4-in-1 Correcting Primer Dark Spot Corrector


Pur Cosmetics

Aside from the peach tint (which helps with color correction), this primer also contains aloe vera for soothing.

Sunday: Smith & Cult Glow Brite Radiance Boosting Primer

Taylor Lane

I finished my week by testing the Glow Brite Radiance Boosting Primer, and can attest that this one is true to its name. The texture was light and smooth, and gave me a glow that rivals my favorite filters. I wore my makeup from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., and still felt really fresh-faced by EOD.

Glow Brite Radiance Boosting Primer


Smith & Cult

In addition to the fragrant orchid notes and the pretty purple tint, the hyaluronic acid in this formula makes your skin look so plump.