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Today I am going to be reviewing the anti redness primer from L'Oreal. I bought this because I was out of my other primer which was quite expensive and I wanted a cheaper one so I bought this one. This primer is not meant to keep your makeup on, it is meant to correct the colours in your face. It is still called a primer because it goes on before your foundation but it is not used in the same way as a normal primer. The green tint diminishes the amount of redness in your face. I like the fact that this product gets rid of the redness in my face because it is quite unique. I think this is pretty amazing ! The tube is really thin and it has a pump which makes it easier to use. I only don't like the consistency because it is quite thin but it doesn't really matter. I use clean fingers to apply this where I need to get rid of redness. You can layer a normal primer over it if you want to make your makeup last. It glides nicely over my skin and it doesn't leave my skin green either ! If you apply a thick layer it might but your only need a little ! There will be a tiny tint but if you cover it up with foundation / tinted moisturiser and then it doesn't show through. All in all this is a good product.
I suffer from mild rosacea which leaves my skin looking red and sore when it flares up so I am always on the look out for products which claim to help combat the redness. Studio secrets is a primer which is supposed to counter the redness and leave skin looking more even and ready for applying make-up.
I bought this after trying the clinique base which I found to be okay but not great and I hoped that l'oreal would perhaps be a bit better at actually making my skin look less rosy when I was having a flair up.
It cost me just over £10 which I thought was expensive for the amount of product which is only 20ml.
The primer is a green colour which is supposed to be the opposite of red making it neutralize the rosiness. The consistancy is quite nice and it is liquid enough to be able to spread across the skin and not too thick so it immediately clumps to any flaky skin leaving green patches. It leaves skin feeling really nice and silky to the touch and it also leaves a nice sheen which looks healthy rather than greasy.
It is actually a plaeasure to use unlike the clinique one which was too thick for my liking but it has the same problem in that although it does neautralise the redness really well it also leaves the skin a strange ashy colour that looks horrible. You definately need to add foundation on top to make the skin appear more normal and once you have you can really see the difference in the redness. it doesn't completely get rid of it but it definately helps with it and even going from outside in the cold to the warmth I could feel my skin burning but it didn't look too bad in the mirror.
The only problem I have with this is that it leaves my skin so smooth feeling that I have trouble applying make-up on top as it slides around so much. To begin with I would have to really rub the make-up on which caused the primer to also rub off. I did manage to get the hang of applying the primer and foundation in the right amounts but it did take some trial and error to begin with.
I find that the bottle doesn't last nearly long enough though for my liking and this does put me off buying it very often and I usually stick to boots cheaper own brand and use this for more special occassions.
If you are concerned with redness of the skin then definately give this a try as I think it is a good product that does what it promises and I only wish that I could use it on it's own without having to apply foundation on top.
The tube is a solid plastic and is mainly transparent apart from the top and bottom which is black and the lid is a clear plastic. Also at the top of the tube a push top to get the product out. On the front of the tube is the brand and product name. On the back is the ingredients, contact information, size of the bottle which is 20ml, recycle symbol and the fact that it has to be used within twelve months of opening.
I came across this product in Boots one day as I noticed there was a new range for L'Oreal called Studio Secrets. Now this is a primer of sorts, it helps to reduce the redness in the skin to give you a more even tone. When I was in my twenty's I use to get one from boots but they stopped doing it and I was glad when I saw this. I have a lot of red in my cheeks and find it hard to wear blusher as it seems to change colour and just doesn't look right, hence the purchase of this product.
Applying the product is easy; you need to apply it on either clean skin or a clear primer before you put the foundation on. You just need to push down the top and the product comes out, it is light green and a liquid foundation consistency. Now I know what you are thinking what on earth are you putting green primer on the face for. Well it actually counter acts the redness leaving it to a more even tone, but don't think you can where this on its own, you will look silly. I apply the product using my finger tips but you can also use a foundation sponge or brush. It goes on and doesn't feel heavy at all, you notice it to start to work straight away and your redness starts to fade. Once the product is applied it leaves a smooth layer for your foundation. Once my foundation is applied, my skin looks normal and I am able to put on blusher and bronzer without the colour changing. Now I only tend to use this when I'm going on a night out or on an interview. This product is well recommended by me and I wouldn't be without it.
Price and Availability
It is priced at £9.99 and it is available on boots online. I have only seen this once in a boots store and I have been in several since it came out. If anybody knows anywhere else to get this line then let me know.