I did some research and found a site that said the Sephora brand primer was silicone free, but the second ingredient I read on the product was dimethicone. Is there such thing as a good primer that is silicone free and more on the natural side? And is it too much to ask for it to be on the cheaper side?
Well firstly, Sephora did have their own silicone-free primer that was recently discontinued. It’s unfortunate, because it was actually a really nice primer… probably the only one I’ve ever found that still performed like a primer while being silicone free (under $30 anyway).
Silicones are not necessarily bad for your skin. The only negative to silicone in primers or other makeup products is that they can trap oil and bacteria in your pores while you have it on, which can cause breakouts. Primer without silicone is hard to find for a reason - and that’s because silicone is the most important ingredient that makes a primer “a primer”. Silicones fill in pores and lines, creating a smooth surface for makeup to blend onto, and they also help grip your makeup so it stays in place a bit better. Primer without silicone is basically just lotion. Personally, I usually just use moisturizer on my face instead of primer because I am very acne-prone. A good moisturizer will plump up the skin, minimizing pores and rough texture to create a smooth surface similar to what you’d get with a primer!
There’s really no drugstore silicone-free primers out there (and if you guys know of one, message me and I’ll update this post!). If you really want an actual primer, look for one where silicones are near the end of the ingredients list instead of near the front. If a silicone derivative is in the first four ingredients, it has a high concentration of silicone and will be more likely to block pores. For those of you who don’t know, anything in the ingredients list ending in -cone is usually a type of silicone!
If your skin is sensitive, try the Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer - $12. It’s a color correcting primer with swirls of purple and green (but don’t worry it blends out clear!) The reason I like it is because it actually has a ton of ingredients that are great for your skin! Glycerin is the second ingredient, which is great in a primer because makeup will stick to it and last a lot longer; it also has hydrating ingredients like squalane, ceramides and sodium hyaluronate, which helps the skin hold onto moisture. Most primers, especially ones from the drugstore, don’t have great ingredients like that. it’s also oil free, dermatologist tested, and made for sensitive skin! (And silicone is the sixth ingredient).
I hope this helps you out! Good luck in your primer quest!
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