I was so hoping that this would be my miracle product.....but it actually make my skin more oilier than i don't use it.......I took it back to the counter and the salesperson told me i might be using too many oil free products on my face that's why it reacts that way.......but i have combination/ oily skin.........i have to use oil free stuffs.....so i don't really understand what she was trying to say..............back to my search for my HG make up base.......
Seems okay. Can't tell if it makes a difference when i wear it under my foundation.
The Laura Mercier oil-free primer is a very good product for enhancing the texture of your other cosmetics products. It allows your foundation and eye shadows to go on more smoothly and vividly. Unfortunately, I have oily skin and the primer caused my eye make-up to wear down. By the afternoon, I looked terrible with my liner and mascara underneath my eyes and my shadows creasing on my lids. A blunt male co-worker actually commented on how bad I looked. I finally stopped using the primer and my eye make-up looks alright again after a long day. This product is creme-like compared to Smashbox which is gel-like and, in my opinion, does not hold up as well. For me, neither item was really worth the extra step in my routine or the extra cost.
Purchased this after reading the reviews here... i think it's a great product. Makes my foundation go on smooth and helps it last a little longer. Doesn't feel heavy at all going on, even over moisturizer and didn't make me break out (which is rare!)... will definitely repurchase even though it's on the expensive side.
At first I didn't really see what the fuss is about this product as I could not see any difference, but after 3 months of use, I feel that this is a good primer, it is invisible, but it works quite well. I have combination/ blemish prone skin, and I use this over my moisturiser before foundation. It has a light, fresh feel, and does not make me break out. It gives foundation a smoother base and makes it last all day (I may need to use a bit of powder to take shine away from t-zone halfway through the day). I bought it for £27 for 50ml which is a bit pricey (which is why I took one lippie off), but I am not even halfway through my tube yet, so it does last a while. Update 5/12/07. While this is still good I cannot be bothered with extra step so I will not be repurchasing.
i really like this primer. i use it under my tinted moisturizer. normally, i break out with lots of products but this one doesn't do that. goes on really lightly and i use it as a moisturizer as well.
I love this primer! I have combo, hormonal acne prone skin and this primer doesn't break me out (Smashbox and Nars primers did). I use it under LM's new mineral powder (which is excellent by the way) and I can definitely see a difference when I use this as opposed to when I don't. I get better coverage with my foundation with this, because it lets the powder adhere to a base and spread evenly. This doesn't make me oilier, and is average in oil control, but the flawless, poreless, smooth and buttery finish this gives my powder foundation is enough for me to keep on repurchasing. The only caveat is the price, not cheap for the amount you get.
Edit: After more than a week of use, this clogged my pores and broke me out, and is going back to the store. :(
Definitely a must-have product in my opinion. I bought this primer after reading Laura's book, in which is suggested using a primer. Laura says to use a primer because it helps set your foundation and creates a barrier between your skin and your makeup, resulting in less breakouts. I LOVE THIS STUFF. I apply a small less than dime sized amount to my face after cleansing and using moisturizer, and I've really noticed a difference in how my makeup sets. I can't go without it. Next time though, I might get the hydrating version, just because my skin has been drier than normal.
I use this Foundation Primer daily under my Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation. The greatest thing that it does is allow me to use less foundation. There is a noticeable difference in the amount of foundation I need for even coverage whether or not I am using this primer. Without the primer it takes about four small pea size dots of foundation to give me even coverage, with the primer it is two or less. It also makes the foundation easier to apply. It gives me the impression that it is gliding on my face. Other than amount of foundation and feel I don't see much difference in the appearance of my face. I don't have any fine lines to cover yet, however I do have rather large pores on my nose and chin and I did not see a marked difference in the appearance of those pores. I will repurchase this for the qualities listed, in fact I have already placed an order for a second tube, after about 5 months of use, even though I am not completely out of the first one. The overall rating of 3 is beacause it doesn't do anything for the appearance of my skin. The price rating of 4 is because at $40 it is pricey, however there is plenty of product in the tube to justify the price. The packaging gets a 5 because the tube is neat and clean and easy to squeeze out product.
As far as liquid makeup goes, this has been the best primer. It works wonders. I use it under my LM TM Oil-Free and it looks amazing and it really does help the TM last throughout the day. I can totally tell a difference when I wear it and when I don't. It works well under foundation too. It has never broken me out. The consistency is the best. It's not gel-ish like the Smashbox, which just kind of sits on my face and clogs my pores. The Nars Primer on the other hand, was like applying another layer of moisturizer. Pretty pointless, IMHO. I didn't see any results w/the LORAC Primer either. LM is hands down THE BEST!!!