“ Brand: L'Oréal / Type: Foundation „
Having slightly dry skin, my makeup tends to sink into any fine lines after several hours. After finding that the No. 17 primer wasn't fulfilling it's purpose, I decided to go on the hunt for a new primer. I think L'oreal have since changed the name of this primer, but seeing the words "smoothing" and "resurfacing" on the front of the jar, I knew it was just what I was looking for. Whether it actually did this was a whole other story of course, but the product title was very enticing. Being one for not happily spending money on expensive products, I must admit at ￡14.99 for 15ml, it isn't exactly cheap. However, being really eager to try it, I headed quickly for the till before I could change my mind!
The product comes in a glass jar with a plastic screw top lid. I know some people have issues with products being in jars, but personally I prefer it, as you can see exactly how much you have left, and plus you can actually get every last bit out. The first thing I noticed about this primer, apart from it's light pink colour, is the soft, mousse-y texture it has. For me, that was the selling point. It actually looks and feels like it's of professional quality. Like with any primer, you simply apply after moisturising to any areas you feel needs smoothing out, or resurfacing. For me this was around my T-zone and around my mouth. One thing I did notice with this, is you only need a small amount. So although you only get 15ml of product, it does last a long time, even if used on a daily basis.
I found this primer very easy to apply and blend into my skin, and I didn't need it wait ages before applying my makeup either. My foundation went on smoothly, almost effortless. And I didn't seem to use as much of it either. I know this is uusually the case of a good quality primer, however this wasn't what stood out for me. I bought this to hopefully smooth out the fine lines from my dry skin, and stop my foundation from sinking into them. Even after a full days wear, my makeup still looked smooth and even. Any blemishes would be beginning to show through, but at least I didn't have the annoying laughter lines showing. In terms of prolonging makeup wear, I don't think it did. Having said that, I always set my foundation with powder, so my makeup tends to last the majority if not all day anyway.
Like I said, this certainly isn't the cheapest of primers so be sure to make the most of a deal when you see one! I managed to buy to pots of this primer from eBay for less than the price of just one pot. A pretty good deal I'd say! Although if buying from sites like eBay, make sure to check the return policy, just in case! I used to use this everyday, however because it is a little pricey, I've resorted to only using it for special occasions and nights out. During the day, if I do use a primer, I usually just end up using the Rimmel Fix & Perfect primer.
Overall, this is my favourite primer for really smoothing out my skin, making it feel velvety soft and providing a better base for my foundation.
I have written a couple of reviews about face primers and I have to say this is the best one I have EVER used. I would thoroughly recommend the L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base and here is why:
I really like the L'oreal studio secrets range - I think it offers the same quality as more expensive brands with a cheaper price tag.
I first bought this product a couple of years ago, I haven't actually purchased it consistently because I've been tempted to try other face primers or received them as gifts. However, when I do return to it or when I'm reminded how much better it is by using another product I do generally pick it up on my next shopping trip. Now I am getting to the end of my collection of other face primers I think this will be a beauty essential for me, and something I repurchase regularly.
The packaging is nice and gives the immediate impression of quality. The primer comes in a glass pot with a black plastic screw lid. The lid is light and easy to twist off and the glass jar isn't too heavy to travel with because the pot is quite small - it holds 15ml of product. I really like the fact that this primer comes in a jar, it is a constant irritation to me that companies produce products in containers that restrict you from getting all of the product out of. I've paid for it, I want to use all of it. This jar allows you to get every last bit out and with labels that peel off easily you could happily re-use the jar for something else. I actually when cutting open a tub of foundation struggle with where to store it - if you leave it in an open container it will just dry out and be unusable. This jar is the perfect solution for that, once you've used up all the primer.
In regards to the product itself I have absolutely no complaints - which is rare. The primer is a very light, fluffy mousse. It has a very subtle, light and fresh scent to it and is a expensive looking pale pink colour. The primer feels very silky and smooth to the touch, rubs in extremely easy and is very durable. It basically removes the appearance of pores, gives your skin a completely matte base upon which you can apply your makeup and gives you the smoothest looking complexion I've ever achieved with a primer. I have also found with other primers that they dry out my skin and are not compatible with moisturisers. This product is extremely hydrating, and keeps my skin feeling softer for longer. I have also found it compatible with moisturisers - if you want to apply your daily moisturiser underneath it wouldn't be a problem. I could go on saying how brilliant it is - but really the test is to try it for yourself. I absolutely loved it. I do also have to add that I have had loads of compliment on my skin when I wear this, and find it gives the impression of flawless skin rather than flawless makeup which is absolutely ideal!
In terms of price I wouldn't describe this as dirt cheap. It is roughly £15 a pot, although you can find it cheaper on certain deals/online. It does have a security seal on it so if you purchase online or in store be sure to check it has not been tampered with. I think the reason I have tried other primers is because this one does feel a little expensive. However, in terms of quality versus price this is absolutely the best primer I have ever tried. I have used far more expensive brands and found them very disappointing, at least I know I can rely on this one to give the desired effect. I think my only fault would be the size of the jar, it could do with being slightly larger as that means you don't have to re-purchase as regularly.
I did find this product long-lasting. I probably used it all up in 3-4months which I don't think is all that bad when you are achieving flawless skin. However, do keep in mind that I did not use this every day. I used it on special occasions or when I was going out and I did use it sparingly (which is okay to do because you don't actually need to apply very much at one time). I think if I were to calculate how many times I would need to buy it each year it would be roughly 3 - depending on how often you go out, which for me is probably 1/2 times a week.
Overall, I love it. I think in terms of quality it is absolutely value for money. I am annoyed with myself that I have bothered to try other brands and really wish I had just stuck to this product as I think it is the best one I've used. My only issue would be the size of the pot, but if you are only purchasing it 3 times a year like me it probably won't bother you too much.
I bought this product about a year ago when my favourite product was about to run out but I couldn't afford to replace it. The L'Oreal base seemed to be about ten to twelve pounds cheaper than my usual so I gave it a shot. However I realised that as it costs £11.25 (in Boots at the moment) for 15ml it's actually about the same price as my usual product, which I consider an expensive primer at on average £23-25 pounds for 30mls. You can sometimes get either product at reduced prices, or on 3 for two type offers which reduces the price somewhat.
I usually use Smashbox primers and am very pleased with how they work but they are expensive, as this turned out to be about the same price per ml I checked the ingredients of the L'Oreal base against those of my favourite and was pleasantly surprised to see the first four ingredients were the same. They are basically various types of silicone products, which are great for filling in stuff as any DIY fan will know (that stuff that you seal around baths etc with, though I'm presuming the stuff in the jar is more skin friendly). I find the silicone based primers much more effective for smoothing the texture of the complexion than other types, and although there are other ingredients in Smashbox photofinish designed to be good for the skin which the L'Oreal product doesn't have they have more in common than not.
It comes in an attractive little glass pot, and on opening there is no obvious scent (it contains no fragrance) and looks white with a very slight pink pearlescence. The texture feels whipped, sort of a creamy mousse. The base is also oil free which is great for me.
Although this product clearly states it is a base, I assumed it was just another way of saying primer. However this base doesn't claim to keep your foundation in place longer and or improve duration of wear, it just claims to give a smoother 'base' on which to apply your foundation so giving a more flawless look once your make up is complete. This doesn't bother me in the slightest to be honest, as I don't touch my face once my slap is on (unless I've got an incredibly intense itch), or rub it up against things so I don't expect my primers to keep my other make up welded on. The reason I use primers is to do as this one claims, to create a nice smooth base for anything else I might apply. I thought I should mention this because if you are looking for something to increase the wear of your make up this isn't it.
The base feels very silky on application, and spreads a little like a mouse. The skin does look a little more even toned and slightly matte, even better it really does decrease the look of any open pores or fine wrinkles. It won't fill in huge craters, but will make them look less crater like. Although I'm aware of my pores they are not great gaping chasms if I'm not wearing make up they are not really visible, it's only when I use foundation they seem to be highlighted. So foundation for me is a bit of a swings and roundabouts product, it emphasises some things while evening out others. This primer stops the foundation emphasising anything and smooths the look out very well.
You could use this alone if you want a natural but 'better' look. If your foundation is compatible (nothing too watery) you might even mix a little into the base and put it on in one application. Though if you do this you'd have to try and do enough for your whole face in one go as if you have to mix more the proportions might not be the same and you could look patchy. Though not ridiculously so. I'd only use the above method if you want a tinted moisturiser look rather than full make up.
My cousin used this on its own on her hands when she had engagement pictures done (she wouldn't normally have bothered with these pictures but they were 'free' as part of the wedding photographers package). It did make her hands look lovely, but her hands are pretty good anyway for 45.
Application is very easy, it glides on beautifully and doesn't feel sticky to the touch. I don't rub it in as such but smooth it over. If you rub too vigorously you are just taking the product off, or making it ball up. It's not meant to sink into the skin but sit on top, as it's a make up not a skin care product. You are instructed to apply it to areas that are less smooth, such as forehead, under eyes etc. You can apply over the entire face too of course, which is what I do.
I have to admit that once it's applied I don't like the sensation on my skin much because although this product is oil free, it feels a little oily on the skin and initially I'm very aware I'm wearing it. Silicone products can make some people feel a bit itchy, I don't get full out itching but my skin at first feels kind of 'twitchy'. However I get this with my Smashbox primer too, and after wearing for a short time the feeling goes away.
Application of foundation over the base is a doddle it smooths over the skin like silk, and I even find that I use less foundation when wearing primer. If I use too much base or don't smooth it out enough before applying the foundation it can cause it to roll up and look as if you have flaky skin. So I try and make sure that the base is smoothed and patted on thoroughly before any thing else is applied.
My make up looks lovely with this, it doesn't last any longer but it looks good and smooth while it is on. When using Smashbox I sometimes apply a little dot over my make up in areas where the pores may have started to become visible again (only after I've been wearing if for quite a while). This method works well with the Smashbox, it also works with the L'Oreal base, but you need to be frugal with the amount, because it has that white, slightly pearly look you can't get away with just plopping it on, you have to pat it on and blend in properly. However you may feel this is not necessary, I'm just a bit anal about some things.
If this was the first base I'd ever used I'd be terribly impressed and probably wouldn't try any others, but as I've found what for me is the perfect primer I can't help but compare the L'Oreal one to it. There is not much between them but for me the Smashbox does a little better all round, including the smoothing effect.
I suffered no skin irritation or breakouts while using this, and make up is removed just as easily when wearing the base as when not wearing it.
You only need a small amount for each application, but as the pot only contains 15mls it doesn't last all that long if you are using it everyday. I only use it when I go out, which is only a few times a month, and it lasted me about 7 months.
I'm not usually terribly impressed with L'oreal product but this is pretty good stuff if it were a cheaper alternative to my usual product then I might be tempted to buy it again. However as it's quite expensive for a high street brand and I feel that the Smashbox has a couple of benefits over it in that they don't test on animals, and it contains skin protecting and soothing ingredients. So in future I'll be sticking to Smashbox and won't buy the L'Oreal again.
It's really a matter of personal preference there are differences between this and some other bases out there if you fancy trying it it would be worth asking if there are any samples available, though I haven't had much success with this approach with high street brands in store.
Overall a good product.
I've got quite into my make-up lately and have taken a sudden interest in any product that makes me look good! Having had acne in the past (and so I have been left with some scars along my jawline), I am quite conscious of my skin. So I am always on the lookout for products which give you 'perfect skin', so when I read an article in a magazine about getting a 'perfect skin' look and that using a primer as a base was one of the best things to do.
So I set off to Boots on the lookout for a 'base' as I was calling it (shows how much I know about make up as the lady behind the counter had no idea what I was on about, and so I was trying to explain that it goes under your foundation, and that's when she said 'Oh you mean a PRIMER!'
I read in a magazine that it was best to use the same brand of primer as your foundation. As I use a foundation by Loreal, I decided I would go for the Loreal primer which cost me just over £14 which I thought was quite expensive as I am on a very tight budget being a student and all, although I decided that the 'perfect skin' look meant more to me and so I bought it.
The primer comes in a glass pot with the title 'Studio Secrets Profession' and 'smoothing resurfacing primer' on it. I really wasn't sure what to expect from this product (I imagined it would be similar to my foundation...like a kind of liquid).
The pot is very cute to look at, and quite expensive looking with a professional look. I am quite 'proud' to have this item in my make-up bag as it is nice to look at! To look at, the primer itself looks like a light pink kind of mousse; quite light and fluffy.
Applying the primer is very easy, you simply just get a tiny amount on your finger and apply it to your face; now it says on the peel-back instructions on the pot that you can just put it in certain areas or you can put it all over your face. I decided to put it all over my face to get an even look; this just involved rubbing it on my face using circular movements.
I was suprised at the texture of the primer; to look at it looks like a light and fluffy kind of mousse, although when I applied it to my face it felt very 'wax-y' and quite heavy. To begin with my skin felt quite 'trapped' under this 'heavy wax'. Although, after I left it a couple of minutes this feeling soon disappeared.
I then applied my foundation and other usual make-up (such as eye-liner and blusher). Whilst I use a long-lasting foundation anyway, I sometimes find that when I go clubbing and am at work in a hot and busy restaurant, whilst my foundation stays on to some extent, it is as though the foundation mixes with sweat and then comes out 'really brown' and 'cakey' looking in certain places which is annoying.
However, when I used this product (I first tested it when I was going to work as a waitress, and the second time I used it was last night when I went clubbing), my make-up stayed in place all night - and it even looked good and fresh-looking this morning!
Not only does this product keep my foundation looking fresh (I think it's something to do with the fact that the primer is something for the foundation to 'cling on to'), but it also made my eye-liner stay put was great!
I was impressed with this product as it gave my skin a really even and a 'perfect look' (something I have been trying to achieve for a long time) and it made my make-up last loads longer than normal. Therefore I would definetely recommend this product to everyone!
As for value for money, when I first bought the little pot in Boots, I thought to myself 'I can't imagine it lasting very long' as there is only 15ml in the pot. However, I can now see that you don't need much of the product at all and so now I think that it should last a few good months and so therefore I would say that it is good value for money.
I have quite sensitive skin which is quite acne prone (although I don't have a lot of acne like I used to anymore, which is good!) and so I did find that I had a few extra spots after using this product. HOWEVER, I have been using a couple of extra products on my face lately and so it may be this product or it may be just a case of product-overload. However, I would definetely recommend trying it and seeing how you get on with it.
Thanks for reading!
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The L'Oreal Studio Secrets range was created in order to let us at home have the experience of using professional products at a fraction of the price. The range includes a number of products such as; eye makeup, lip colours and skin cosmetics. The product that I am going to be reviewing today is the smoothing resurfacing primer base.
"Inspires by professional make up, this primer masks wrinkles and uneven textures on the skin, making the complexion incredibly smooth with a velvety touch. Skin feels soft as if resurfaced."
I was eager to try this product after seeing it in several magazines but the price tag of around £13 made me a bit dubious about trying the product. After searching on EBay I managed to pick a tub up for less than half the price which I was very pleased about. So if like me you are unsure have a look around and I'm sure you will find a better deal.
The product itself is contained in a small 15ml glass tub. This may seem small but since you only need to use a small amount at a time this small tub will go a long way and I would estimate that using the product every day will last at least a couple of months if not more.
When you open the screw top lid of the tub you will see that the product is a baby pink colour. Once this has blended onto your skin the colour fades and becomes invisible so you do not need to worry about walking around with really pink skin.
What surprised me most about this product was its texture, this may seem like a strange thing to be surprised about but I had always imagined primers to have a fairly liquid like texture and since this is the first primer I have used it was a shock to find that this had an almost sponge like consistency and texture. When you place your finger in the product it seems quite thick and I was worried about using what seemed like a heavy product on my face.
There is no particular scent to the primer, it is very neutral and is not noticeable at all.
Using the product
How L'Oreal recommends using the product; "Apply the smoothing resurfacing primer on shadowy areas such as under the eye, and on the least smooth areas: the forehead, the sides of the nostrils and around the mouth, to stop lipstick from running."
Personally I have found that it is easier and provides a more effective finish to use the product all over my face as a base to my foundation.
I apply the product using my fingers by placing a small amount of it on my fingers and gently rubbing onto my face. As soon as it has been applied your face feels smoother and surprisingly not at all greasy even on areas of the skin that are more prone to problems.
It is also very light. I mentioned earlier that when the product was in the tub it seemed like it would be quite heavy on my skin but it is honestly hardly even noticeable.
There is one problem that I have found when using this product which is the reason why I prefer to use the product all over my face rather than just in the areas that L'Oreal recommend. I have found that when this product is only used on some of my face it can provide a very uneven look once I have applied my foundation. Due to the fact the primer blends into your skin and you cannot see exactly how much you have used it can make foundation look cakey in areas where you may have used too much. This situation can be resolved easily by blending your makeup but just make sure you apply your make up in a good light in order to avoid going out looking like a cakey clown.
As well as using this product as a base to my foundation I have found that it works well as a primer to use on your eyelids. By just dabbing on a small amount before applying your eye shadow you can achieve a look that will last all day and not smudge. I have found this to be very useful when applying both average daywear makeup and more extravagant evening eye makeup as glitter based products stick and last all night.
I was looking for a primer that would make my makeup last all day and provide a smooth surface to apply my makeup to and this primer seems to do the trick. My makeup lasts a good 8 hours if not longer when using this primer and does make my skin look better if applied correctly. It also enables makeup to be applied easier as it goes on extremely smoothly.
As I mentioned earlier you can find this product for sale priced at around the £13 mark if not more. It can be purchased in numerous stores on the high street including Boots and Superdrug. It is also available online at various retailers.
My first experience of using primer has been a fairly good one due to using this product. However I think that it is quite expensive for what it is and do not think I would pay the full price, if it was on offer or I found it cheaper on EBay I think I would repurchase but want to try another primer next time. A fairly good product from L'Oreal which I would rate 7 out of 10.
-also on ciao-