5 Sec Perfect Blur costs £12.99 (although if you are quick Boots are offering a third off so the cost is only £8.66 here) for a 30ml tube which works out to 43p per ml. Baby Skin (available here) is cheaper at £7.99 but the tube is smaller at 22ml. The cost per ml is 36p. Both products are manufactured in France.
Maybelline says Maybelline Baby Skin provides a matte finish and leaves the skin fresh, soft and protected. The gel texture in Baby Skin instantly helps to vanish pores and makes the skin feel light.
The silicone gel texture is similar to Smashbox's famous primer available here.
As the tube contained no directions on how much should be used, I assumed it would be a large pea sized ball for a full face as that is how much other, similar brands have recommended to use.
I tested on the back of my hand. The gel was easy to apply, it spread over my hand with no problems and I lightly tapped my hand afterwards to ensure the primer sank in as much as possible. Immediately my hand felt smooth but greasy. After one minute or so the greasy feeling had disappeared and my skin DID look fairly improved but I still felt that I needed some tinted moisturiser or similar.
The product is clearly aimed at younger girls with it's name, packaging and claims (for example, no fine line reduction is promised). I would consider this expensive compared to similar products by brands such as Seventeen, MUA or ELF.
I would rate this product six out of ten.
Garnier says this innovative formula diffuses light in all directions to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, open pores and uneven skin tone.
This primer is thick and doesn't come out of the tube smoothly. In colour and texture it reminds me of L'Oreal's Studio Secrets Smoothing Primer available here.
Again, no directions were given on how much to use so I applied a large pea sized ball. I spread this over the back of my hand but found it wasn't as easy to spread as the Baby Skin primer. After spreading the primer I tapped it into my skin. After application my skin felt like I had applied the very thickest and softest cream. My skin did look visibly improved, smooth and matte and did not feel greasy at all. I would have been confident for general day to day make up in wearing no foundation.
Unlike Baby Skin, I believe this product is aimed at the older market; looking at the claims of fine line reduction for example, which would confirm my thoughts. I found the promises of correcting uneven skin tone to be accurate although I would still need to use concealer.
I would rate this product eight out of ten.
Whats your favourite primer? Do you wear it alone or with foundation?