OLAY 2 in 1 Make Up Primer…

Olay 2 in 1 Make Up Primer

If truth be told, make-up primers aren’t really something I’m overly familiar with. In fact, if we’re going to be reeeeeally honest I’ve seemingly never felt the need for them. After all, isn’t spending £’s per month on fancy foundations enough to keep up with let alone shelves full of lotions and potions to keep everything bump free, oil free, dry patch free and from prematurely sliding off our faces?

I feel like recently my bathroom shelves are buckling at their fixtures. This time a few years ago, all that sat there was a half empty pack of baby wipes and a few dusty face masks *tut tut* yet once I thrust myself full force into beauty blogging suddenly a whole world of creams (and such like) are gathering like a miniature bottled army, ready for battle whatever skin care dilemma may commence.

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However, as much as I’m now fully immersed in broadening my choice of pore-pampering products, I’ll be the first to admit that skincare isn’t my area of expertise. On the contrary I’m an eye shadow girl through & through… ask me anything about my beloved Naked Palette’s or virtually any drug store shadow brand & I’ll chatter until my jaw drops off. Skin care on the other hand leaves me feeling lost in a waste land of trying to decipher strange words such as ‘oxygenating’, ‘peptide’ and ‘ceramide’. Is it any wonder I recoil in fear of what concoctions I’m readily smearing over my skin twice daily – hence why as a bit of a novice in this department I tend to linger amongst brands I’m pretty familiar with. For me, Olay happens to be one of those brands. The fact that I’ve successfully tried and tested so many of their products (all with very positive outcomes I may add) tends to leave me feeling nestled in a little comfort zone in the knowledge that I’ve bought something that most likely won’t screw things up… I know exactly what it’s for and what I need to do with it!

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Of course for me (someone who likes to keep things quick & simple) anytime I spot a 2 n 1 product it never fails to peek my interest levels – I’m visualising half the time to do something resulting in more time to drink tea and read blogs = very awesome result. Hence why a few weeks ago, whilst I was battling my way browsing through the boxing day sales at a local Boots Superstore, I spotted the Olay 2 in 1 Hydration + Primer. Scanning my eyes over the pretty little box I soon discovered that not only is this wonder potion a moisturiser, but also a make up primer too. Hallelujah!

At £9.99 it’s exceptionally well priced for a moisturiser & make-up primer all rolled into one. Of course not forgetting that it’s Anti-Wrinkle whilst claiming to ‘Firm & Lift’…. I had visions of me waking up looking 16 again! Okay, so admittedly that hasn’t happened (well, at least not yet) but for the price it’s turned out to be a pretty nifty little addition to my make-up routine…

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The consistency is similar to a standard moisturiser when dispensed from the pump-action bottle – it’s white, and looks suspiciously just like any other facial cream. However on rubbing it gently into my face I notice that it absorbs into the skin incredibly quickly, without any oily type residue at all. My face feels more hydrated & moisturised, yet not greasy or slippy in texture.

I usually apply this right before my foundation, so thankfully on week-day mornings (when I’m clock watching to get out the door) it really doesn’t add any extra time into my routine. If anything, it reduces time simply because my previous day moisturiser had to be massaged in a little longer to avoid playing havoc with my foundation.

Yes, I’ve tried primers before (including Benefits Porefessional) with results that have seemingly confused me – not because it’s a bad product but simply because I’m not really finding any additional benefits for such an investment. However Olay 2 in 1 Primer noticeably leaves my skin feeling prepped, hydrated and ready for the day ahead!

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Will it remain a staple in my make-up routine? Absolutely, particularly considering that it seems to be working rather well in discretely smoothing out my imperfections without leaving my skin feeling like the Gobi dessert mid afternoon… unlike a few other primers I’ve had the misfortune of testing. Most importantly, my make-up seems to be looking fresher throughout the day. It’s retaining that nice dewiness that seems to suggest freshly applied foundation. Okay it may not be the most lavish product on the market but for an affordable alternative to some of the bigger names with heftier price tags, Olay does a great job at remaining surprisingly impressive.

So if you’re on the looking for an affordable moisturiser & make-up primer all rolled into one handy dandy little bottle then I guess you don’t have to look much further than the Olay section in your local Boots store. Give it a whirl, hopefully you’ll enjoy using it as much as I have 😉

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Do you have a ‘go to’ primer & moisturiser for creating the perfect base? Have you tried any of Olay’s range yet? Whatever your thought’s I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick hello 🙂

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43 thoughts on “OLAY 2 in 1 Make Up Primer…

    • Awwh thank you so much Laura, that’s such a huge compliment to read – certainly made my day seeing your comment 🙂 It really is a great little primer for the money, hope you enjoy it if you do end up trying it! Thanks so much indeed for stopping by lovely, much appreciated ❤ XXXXX

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  1. This has definitely intrigued me… I’m using Porefessional at the moment and as much as I love the texture, I agree that it hasn’t really made the difference it should for it’s price. I think this will be the next one I try! Such a good price as well! x

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    • That was exactly my thoughts too Jessica!!! It’s not that it’s a bad product, I just have an issues justifying the price tag huni 🙂 Glad I’m not the only one that has noticed this as there are soooo many rave reviews about it that I was almost beginning to feel totally alone in my thoughts lol Give the Olay a go and see how it works – it seems to be doing a pretty okay job with me 🙂 Thanks so much for such great feedback – hugely appreciated. Enjoy your weekend lovely XXXXX

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  2. Primers are so confusing! My first experience with primer – was that it did nothing at all. But, I found the e.l.f. Face Primer for $6 here, so I figured I would give it a go. I like it. I feel like it helps keep my makeup feeling fresh for a long while. I would like to try some different primers out, this Olay one seems to be an all star! It is officially on my list of products to try (which is increasingly long, lol).

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    • Honestly Cyndel, half time I feel like it’s more of a time consuming process just prepping everything lol Oooh the E.L.F sounds an intriguing little buy indeed – could be my make purchase 😉 As for the Olay the reviews I’ve read tonight as well were all top marks, great to know I’m not the only one loving it… whoever said you had to spend a fortune on lotions and potions eh?! hehe xxxxx

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  3. I love a good makeup primer! I use one daily! This sounds really nice, I haven’t found a good affordable one yet so this is one to try! I am obsessed with the Smashbox Photo Finish primer, it is pricey but the results are incredible!

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    • Oh I’d love to try the Smashbox one but again I find the price point puts me off… I’m ridiculously stingey when it comes to skincare *hangs head in shame* Definitely give this one a go and see how you get on… it’s getting top marks on some of the reviews I’ve been checking out tonight 🙂

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  4. Love 2 in 1 products. Instead of buying 2 products which can be pricey, you only need 1. I’m glad this works for you!! I’ve actually wanted to try Porefessional by Benefit, but I passed, and it’s kind of pricey. Primers are definitely a hit or miss; trial and error type of thing. Happy Friday!!! Xoxo

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  5. I love me some primers. I never realize how much they help in makeup application & longevity until I used the original Smashbox primer maybe 10 years ago. I was so impressed. These days I use different primers on different areas of my face. I use mattifying & pore filling primers on my nose & chin (the Becca & MUFE ones are great) and just whatever other primer I want on the rest of my face (currently liking the Too Faced Hangover & MUFE Step 1 smoothing primer).

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    • I think what I’ll do is stop using this for a few days and see how different it is as I always find that reaaaaally good in determining the results after a while. This little primer seems to be doing a great job huni, however will definitely check out your recommendations too!! This is why I loooove beauty blogging so much, always something new to add to the wishlist hehe 😀 XXX

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  6. I really love hydrating primers…they are definitely the ones I reach for the most now. I may have to give this one a go…not that I need any more in my collection like! 😉 The ‘lifting’ effect is tempting. I never used to use primers and now I just can’t live without them and really notice the difference if I (occasionally) don’t put on one. Great review! 🙂

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    • I was exactly the same huni – never felt the need for primers either, UNTIL I tried them and now I’m hooked! Doesn’t mean I know too much about them, other than I need them in my life lol lol Definitely worth the investment 🙂 Awhh thank you sweetie *hugs* XXX

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  8. This sounds like a great wee product, and for that price too I’ll definitely be looking into it! I’ve tried the Rimmel Stay Matte primer which I didn’t love and also the Rimmel Lasting Finish primer which I got on with a wee bit better but still isn’t something I use all the often. Thanks for the review and recommendation of this one!

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    • It really is Emma, and I’ve heard it’s actually down to £4 at the moment too!!!!!! Incredible value!! Oh I didn’t like the Rimmel one either – it seemed really plastic like to me, just didn’t take to the consistency at all, nor did I find it beneficial! We’re definitely on the same sheet with our primers lovely – so fingers crossed you enjoy the Olay one Emma 🙂 XXXXX

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