I am a firm believer in the power of primer products. Primers can change how makeup stays on your skin. Before primers, my makeup would not stay survive a full work day. It would slowly disappear bit by bit until there were just threads of foundation and powder. I hated the hassle of reapplying or constantly whipping out a mirror for touch ups. I wanted my makeup to last at least 8 hours with just an occasional whack of a powder puff.
Smashbox Primer was originally my savior along with primers from countless brands. I thought I was satisfied until I met Velvet Veil.