Product Type: Lancome makeup
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Lancome La Base Pro Perfecting Make-up Primer
Member Name: Stephiej
Lancome La Base Pro Perfecting Make-up Primer
Date: 30/05/11, updated on 05/01/12 (207 review reads)
Advantages: Creates the perfect base for those of us with less than perfect skin.
Lancome is part of the cosmetics giant L'Oreal. They started over 60 years ago, initially creating perfume, but have since diversified into skincare and cosmetic products. As one of L'Oreals companies, Lancome has a dubious history when it comes to animal testing. In 1989 Lancome, along with several others of L'Oreals subsidiary companies, stopped testing their products on animals, however, they are still using substances in their products that have been tested on animals, although they state in their press releases that they plan to stop this in 2013.
Lancome La Base comes in a silver cardboard box with all the information I would expect to find printed on it. The primer is contained in a small opaque glass bottle, with a transparent, smoky grey coloured plastic lid which pulls off to reveal a black and silver plastic pump dispenser. This bottle contains 25ml of primer. The cheapest price I have been able to find for this primer is £25.00 from Boots. Although I have never found this primer reduced, Lancome frequently has special offers of a free make up or skincare set when two or more of their products are purchased. Although at £25.00 this is certainly not a budget buy, I find that a little goes a long way with this primer, and using it once or twice a week a bottle last me almost six months (it has become a regular on my Christmas and birthday lists!). The pump dispenser is ideal, because the product doesn't come into contact with my skin as it would in a pot or tube I don't need to worry about contamination so it doesn't worry me that I have the same bottle on the go for nearly six months. I find that the amount dispensed through the pump is easily controllable, and I usually use one and a half pumps each time. The pump dispenser can be screwed off the top of the bottle, which I do when I am running low, to enable me to get every last drop out of the bottle.
When dispensed the primer feels like a really smooth, silky, silicone gel. It reminds me of the anti-chaffing gels I used to use for running long distances. It is not at all greasy, odourless, and dries rapidly, leaving a totally transparent, matte, super-soft, even layer on the skin. I put a small amount on my nose, chin and forehead, which I gently smooth outwards and downwards across my face and neck, with my fingertips. Within a minute it has dried completely, and is undetectable. This is where the magic comes in; as I apply foundation over the primer I can feel it gliding smoothly over the even base and rather than sinking into and accentuating my large pores, it creates a uniform base, creating the illusion of almost-flawless textured skin. As well as delivering deceptively smooth looking skin the primer has light-diffusing properties which, when used with a sheer foundation, makes my lines less apparent, and gives a hint of a healthy, dewy, glow. I feel that I look as though I've had a few really good nights sleep, or just been on holiday, when I use this primer. Because it blurs the lines around my eyes and evens out my skin I don't need a heavy foundation, and I look significantly brighter, fresher, and healthier. I look at it like painting a wall; no matter how good the paint is, the wall won't look good if the plaster underneath is cracked and lumpy!
The primer also helps make up last longer. I find eye shadow doesn't crease, and foundation doesn't need reapplying or touching up, even after a long night out. The matte base provided by the primer prevents my oily T-zone from causing my make up to disappear, something I used to experience frequently in hot or humid conditions. Lancome states that this primer is non-comedogenic, so it won't clog pores and aggravate problem skin.
I can't feel this primer on my skin once I've applied it, but I definitely notice I'm wearing it when I look in the mirror. It's pleasant to use, and easy to remove along with the rest of my make up using my normal make up remover. Despite my initial reservations about primers, it hasn't caused any of the problems I experienced with the primers I had tried previously, and I am absolutely convinced it makes a real difference. It can't give me back the skin I had in my early teens, but it does make the skin I have now look infinitely better, and for me that's worth the price. I don't use it every day, as I'm happy with tinted moisturiser for work, and I don't really do heavy make up, but for special occasions and nights out I wouldn't be without it.
Summary: A truly great product that really works - I just wish it cost a little less.