Product Review: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, 1.75oz., US$30.00
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, 1.75oz., US$30.00

I have read so many good things about Laura Mercier’s “Flawless Face”, even though I am not even in need of foundation, I ended up buying a set that comes with two Tinted Moisturizers and a bonus trial size Foundation Primer. I generally find that though many products call themselves ‘primers’, few really extend the wear of your base makeup; some felt no different from a regular moisturizer or worse, didn’t do anything for me at all (e.g. DHC’s Q10 base). I have read on Laura Mercier’s website that to use her Tinted Moisturizer, she recommends using her Foundation Primer underneath. I know many brands try to promote their products the same way, but in this case, I want to report that she is right.

Laura Mercier’s foundation primers come in 4 formulations – regular (this one), oil-free, mineral and hydrating. I wanted the hydrating one, but the set didn’t come with that version. Anyway, the regular foundation primer, the one I have right now, is a colorless gel that goes on very easily. It has no fragrance, and has a very light, water-based gel texture. It absorbs instantly without any silicone feel. I really like that because some of the primers (like Amazing Cosmetics or DHC’s Velvet Skin Coat) make me feel like a strange greasy slick with too much silicone, to a point that the makeup slides right off instead of binding to it.

Unlike many other foundation primers I had used, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer acts as a magnet, so any subsequently applied base makeup adheres to it properly, no sliding off, no slick feeling. I put this under Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and I cannot think of a better combination, because without the primer, the tinted moisturizer won’t stick as well.

My only gripe, of course, is that I need something more moisturizing. I needed the Hydrating version. But if you have normal skin to combination skin, this is a great primer that really does extend the wear of your foundation by grabbing it tight completely. Don’t be afraid of the oils in this product – this is a super light primer and doesn’t feel the least bit oily at all.

Both Foundation Primer and Tinted Moisturizer by Laura Mercier are water-based, you will feel it, so even oily skin should be ok with it, though for oily skin you can always go with the oil-free versions of the same products.

Animal Testing?
Laura Mercier does not test on animals. 🙂

Water (Aqua), Tidecyl Neopentanoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Lanolin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Allantoin, Retinyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Citrus Auraantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Honey Extract (Mel), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 40 (CI 16035).

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