Lip Primer: What is it and do I need it?

Going through all my beauty box samples looking at what I am going to keep and which ones I’m not as part of my minimalist challenge, I seem to have collected a fair few lip primers.  Collected and never used because I’m not sure what to do with them.  So, while I’m asking, “should it stay or should it go?”, I thought I would take a bit of a look and see just what it is and why I should be using it.

Lip primer, it turns out – and in a nutshell – is foundation for the lips and can be used under lipstick or lip gloss.  It’s clear so doesn’t affect your lip colour but it does help it go on more smoothly and last longer.  The ones I have are in a tube that you apply with your finger but a quick online search shows that most come in lipstick-style packaging, making them a little less messy to apply.
Once you apply it, you leave it for a few minutes to dry (it will feel sticky until then) and then you are good to go.  Hello smooth lips and long-lasting colour, goodbye leaving lipstick marks on my morning coffee, having to reapply lipstick or lip gloss every five minutes and – even worse as I get older – feathering.
With all this in mind, I have been giving the primer in my sample boxes a bit of a go.  It’s only been a few days and I’m not sure I’m convinced.  Still, it’s only one brand (which it turns out has been discontinued) so I guess the jury is out.  There are plenty of others out there to try if it’s worth it, ones that offer lots of extras like including an SPF or coating my lips in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. 
What do you think – there are still two unused tubes left – do you use primer and is it worth sticking with it or is it out they go?

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