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Brand: Laura / Type: Foundation / What it does: Protects / Skin type: All skin types

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      09.06.2012 15:32
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      A really nice primer which is effective and is nice to use

      I'm sure most people with an interest in makeup are familiar with the idea of a primer, but for the benefit of anyone who is not too sure what it is, a primer is intended to provide a smooth base for makeup, often helping to even out any fine lines and reducing the appearance of open pores, and it helps makeup last longer throughout the day.

      I bought this Laura Mercier primer in January when on a trip to America, as I had been keen to try this brand after hearing good things about it, and I wanted to take advantage of the bargain prices in America.

      === Packaging ===

      The primer comes in a simple smooth tube which is an oatmeal grey type colour. Laura Mercier is written on it in large letters in the brand's typical font and foundation primer is written in smaller writing. If you also have other products such as the tinted moisturiser, you need to be careful which one you pick up as they look almost identical! I keep mine in separate sections of my makeup box to avoid any mishaps where I waste product by squeezing the wrong stuff out onto my hand. The tube has a large screw top lid and a thin nozzle inside. It is very easy to dispense the primer by simply squeezing. The instructions tell you to take a pea sized blob, so quite a small amount goes a long way.

      === Use and Effectiveness ===

      The primer itself is a creamy off white in colour. The texture is like a light, slightly gel like lotion. I find it interesting that so many primers have completely different textures to each other. This feels nothing like other primers I use, such as Smashbox Photofinish (which feels more like a thicker gel paste) or MAC SPF 50 (which is a white cream). The Laura Mercier feels very light going onto the skin, and it is smooth to apply, without any stickiness. It is difficult to see where you have applied it as the off white colour disappears as soon as you smooth it out onto the skin. However, you can feel where you have applied it and if you always cover your face in more or less the same way, you are unlikely to miss bits. The primer has a light, refreshing slightly lemony scent to it, which I like.

      I leave this primer for about 10 minutes before I put my makeup on. I'm not sure if you strictly need to wait so long, but it is definitely advisable to leave some sort of gap to ensure the primer doesn't end up mixing with your foundation if you put it on too early. After 10 minutes I can apply my foundation and the rest of my makeup on top. The primer does leave a smooth surface and the foundation brush really glides over it. I find this means you need less foundation than if you don't use any primer. The Laura Mercier gives a similar effect to other primers, but I do think it is a bit smoother than some. I apply the primer all over the face, including a bit under the eyes and on the eye lids, and it works as an eyeshadow primer too. I am sure a specifically designed eyeshadow primer would probably be a more effective at that, but since I haven't tried one, I find the Laura Mercier face primer works fine there!

      My makeup stays put very well on top of this primer. I usually use Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, which is longwearing anyway, but I have also used tinted moisturisers (Laura Mercier's own and Clinique Moisture Surge tinted) as well as NARS foundation on top of this primer. All of them last very well throughout the day on this base. The colour and finish of the foundations are not at all distorted by the primer, and they look as intended, but just a bit fresher due to being on top of the primer and not sinking into the pores, as can sometimes happen without a primer.

      I have had no irritation to my skin from this primer.

      One minor negative is that the primer does not have any SPF. However, for me this is not a big deal as my foundations and tinted moisturisers tend to have about SPF 15, which is enough for most of the time. Sometimes I use moisturisers with SPF too. However, If going on holiday somewhere hot I would use a higher SPF primer rather than this Laura Mercier one, for example the MAC Prep + Prime SPF 50.

      === Price and Availability ===

      I bought mine in America from Sephora. I actually paid about $65 for a massive box of Laura Mercier, including this primer, tinted moisturiser, undercover pot of undereye concealer, blemish concealer and powder, a couple of brushes and a makeup bag. For that amazing price I was really pleased with all of it!

      However, in the UK unfortunately you are going to end up paying more.

      Laura Mercier seems to be becoming more popular in the UK lately but I haven't that many of their counters around. Laura Mercier is generally stocked at Space NK stores and some John Lewis stores. I know the John Lewis in Reading has a Laura Mercier counter. I think House of Fraser has some Laura Mercier counters, as the products can be bought on their website, but personally I don't think I have come across a Laura Mercier counter in House of Fraser and my local store does not have it. You can buy online from John Lewis, House of Fraser and Space NK.

      The primer costs £28 for 50 ml. This is quite expensive, but 50 ml is a much larger sized tube than most other primers, which usually seem to contain 30 ml. This actually makes it quite reasonable value compared to other higher end makeup brands.

      === Overall ===

      I liked this primer a lot. I am just now coming to the end of my tube, which was the smaller 30 ml. I didn't use it every day as I sometimes alternated with other primers, but I would say I got about 3 months of constant use out of it. I have other primers to use up before I rush out and buy a new one, but I would definitely be happy to use this again, especially if I can get it on offer. It is quite expensive at full price but considering the tube is large in size, I do think the price is acceptable considering the quality is excellent.

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      22.05.2011 22:36
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      A great primer which will make your foundation look and feel better for longer

      I started using this primer a couple of years ago after a Laura Mercier makeover in prep for my wedding. In fact, I'd never used a primer before. I'd just read about them occasionally in magazines and thought it was probably an extra makeup step (and expense) that wouldn't make too much difference.

      However, I must say that now I'm a total convert. On a day to day basis I don't bother with eye makeup/lippy or blusher, but I have always put a bit of slap on my face - foundation, concealer and usually powder. Since discovering primer that routine has now become primer, foundation, concealer, powder.

      It's a cream in a tube that you put on a small amount on your face before foundation and any other make up. It prepares the surface of the skin for your foundation, and helps create a more even finish and helps the foundation stay put and looking fresh for longer.

      As I've never used another primer I can't compare this to other brands and products on the market. However, I can say that the Laura Mercier primer really does make a difference. It makes the skin feel really smooth and really does give a longlasting foundation finish.

      My one complaint would be that it leaves my (dry) skin feeling a bit tight. However, my most recent purchase was the hydrating formula variation and that's just perfect for me. There is also an oil-free formulation which I assume would be great for oily skin.

      At around £28 per 50ml tube it's not cheap, but you only need to use a tiny amount and it lasts for ages. And if you're going to spend money on your makeup I think it's much more worthwhile spending it on getting the basics for the face right than on stuff like eyeshadow!

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      21.03.2010 16:55
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      Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

      I'm pretty new to the world of primers, I guess I decided to start using one as I thought 'oh maybe this will be the magical thing that will make my make up look perfect.' The first primer I tried was Smashbox Photo Finish which I have also reviewed. It was good but I felt like it didn't live up to the hype.

      The only other primer I have heard good things about (i.e. lots of reviews in magazines such as Cosmopolitan) was Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.

      I haven't really tried Laura Mercier before, probably because it's a bit out of my price range and it only seems to be sold in places like John Lewis & Selfridges. What I knew about it was that it was French and seemed to have a good reputation so I decided to give it a go!

      As I said you can buy it from John Lewis where it costs £27 for a 50ml tube. Strangely enough I ended up buying it from BA's online flight shop as I discovered I could get it for £22 including postage even though I didn't have a flight number!

      The primer comes in a pale brown tube and claims that it 'creates a smooth and invisible layer to prepare the skin. Your foundation will stay fresh all day.' It recommends that you apply it over moisturiser before concealer or foundation. This are the directions I followed.

      The primer itself is white in colour and has a pleasant flowery smell to it. I expected it to be firm in texture but I found it was quite watery and greasy. Almost like a body lotion. This meant that I only had to squeeze the tube a little and I only needed to apply a little otherwise my skin would end up greasy and 'wet.'

      I massaged it in and it was absorbed quickly and well by my skin but a minute or so later my skin didn't feel particularly smoother. There was a little bit of a difference but not enough to justify the price tag.

      With regards to making my foundation stay 'fresh all day' I think that my base make up lasted a little bit longer but to be honest this could just be my imagination!

      In my opinion this primer was just okay. It did make a little bit of a difference but I think a good quality moisturiser could do the job just as well. In fact I think my Liz Earle moisturiser alone leaves my skin feeling softer and smoother. I will continue to use the rest of the bottle but I will not buy it again as it's not worth the £27 price tag.

      The search for a decent primer continues!

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      05.11.2009 21:25
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      Not for dry skin and a bit expensive for what you get.

      I was given Laura Mercier foundation primer as a gift, as I had been previously using No7 pore refining serum and wanted to see if there was any difference between a mid range product and a high end product. I wouldn't normally spend £25 on myself but it was a nice treat from a friend.

      The tube holds 50ml and is a white watery consistence. There is a simple screw lid and I find it easy to use. I have to say it doesn't look very expensive.

      The cream has Vitamins A, C, & E whoich protect the skin from everyday pollution in the environment which dry out your skin, it rcommends sticking it in the fridge if you have puffy skin that needs refreshing.

      You can apply it over the top of your moisturiser or on a clean face, I chose to use it on a clean face after my morning shower as I don't moisturise in the morning (I know I'm bad!)

      The cream almost instantly absorbs into your skin without leaving any residue. My skin didn't feel moisturised or hydrated but dry as if I was ready to have foundation put on it and it wouldn't end up greasy. Having said that, my skin felt smooth and didn't feel tight which is essential with sensitive skin.

      I applied my concealer, then foundation and a dab of powder. I didn't see any difference at first but through the day I noticed that I didn't have to keep touching up my make up and it wasn't sliding off my face during a hot day and under air conditioning. I did notice on the side of my forehead, I have a little dry spot and it made my skin quite flaky there and just emphasised the problem unforunately.

      I actually quite like the primer, my skin is combination and it made my skin dry and have me an even base for my makeup. My foundation didn't clog up into my pores and lines and after a few weeks I noticed a real improvement in the appearence of my skin.

      It is a nice product but costly, I think there are other products on the market that do just as good a job as this one at the fraction of the price.


      Ingredients:

      Water, Tridecyl Neopentanoate, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Honey Extract, Allantoin, Kiwi Extract, Grape Extract, Aloe Extract, Thea Sinensis Extract, Lavender Extract, Orange Extract, Palmarosa Extract, Jasmine Extract, Rose Extract, Geranium Extract, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Lanolin, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Fd&C Red #40, Fd&C Yellow #5.

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        27.07.2009 20:20
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        Another great skin perfecting product from the Queen of amazing skin - Laura Mercier

        Laura Mercier Primer is like skin treatment and a skin perfector in one! It is full of really good stuff - vitamins and antioxidants - so straight away you know it's going to protect your skin from all those environment nasties just like a girly force field - hoorah!

        I have the original as I have combination skin - and I love it! It has the consistency of a moisturising gel and is white (not tinted). You need to put on your moisturiser, wait a few seconds for it to sink in then smooth on a small amount of the primer (a little goes a loooonngg way). I'll give you tip ladies - keep it in the fridge and it will help to calm any morning puffiness and even help soothe sunburn! Double hoorah! Wait a few moments before applying your foundation then just apply it as normal. I know it sounds like a faff but it is sooo worth it as you will find your foundation lasts sooo much longer!

        I personally find it helps my foundation go on smoother and it lasts all day (or night) whatever I am up to! From a make-up artist point of view its great for helping your foundation glide - rather than sit in/on - any fine lines or dry patches. It really does help your base stay fresh too! I always recommend this to brides. Even if you don't want to wear a base you can put it on anyway as you know it is doing its 'force field' bit and helping to protect your skin!

        Like most of the Laura Mercier products it is pricey but it lasts a long time and really does make a difference to your base. I would recommend it to anyone!

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        20.07.2009 23:38
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        Great for perfect makeup application

        I have very fair sensitive skin and I'm quite fussy about what makeup I use as a lot of it doesn't suit me. I prefer subtle makeup and I've had quite a few "makeovers" in department stores that always ended up making me look like a cross between a drag queen and a hooker. Therefore, when I got married in December last year I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to have a makeup trial before hand as lets face it, who wants to look like a drag queen on their big day? As a back up I decided to treat myself to some new makeup that I could practise with at home as a backup in case my "beautician" made a hash of applying my slap. Which she did. Surprise surprise.

        After reading reviews on the best things to buy for bridal makeup, one name and in particular one product, kept popping up - Laura Mercier foundation primer. Apparently it's the must have item for keeping your makeup fresh and in place all day. Having slightly oily skin my makeup often needs reapplying throughout the day so if I could buy something that would stop the need to do that, I was definitely interested, so I tootled on down to the Laura Mercier counter at Selfridges and bought myself one.

        There are three different primers to choose from - original, oil free or hydrating and as my skin was oily enough I opted for the oil free one, which according to the LM website is "Especially created for oily, sensitive and acne prone skin types and contains high water content to address surface dehydration around active blemishes".

        The primer comes in a rather uninspiring plain squeezable tube with a twist top. Its hard to tell how much is in the tube which is slightly annoying but that's just me being picky! I used it after washing my face and applying moisturiser and you just need to squeeze a small amount out onto your hand and apply it onto the face as you would a moisturiser; you don't need much, a small amount goes a long way.

        The primer itself is a white cream in a similar consistency to moisturiser and it goes onto the skin easily and smoothly. After applying it all over my face there was no real visible effect, and my skin just felt moisturised. I used it as a base to my foundation and so applied my makeup over the top.

        As I said the lady in charge of my makeup on my big day made me look slightly shocking, so I ended up taking it all off and doing it myself. I applied the primer under my makeup and 12 hours and plenty of tears later my makeup hadn't budged. I was very impressed! It had no visible effect on my makeup in terms of altering its appearance, it just made it last a lot longer.

        The primer not only kept my makeup in place, it also prevented my skin becoming shiny. It was also suitable for my sensitive skin as I had no adverse reaction to it at all.

        I bought my primer from Selfridges for around £28 and I think other stores such as Space NK also sell it. You can also purchase it online, but not directly from the LM website as they do not ship overseas. It's not the cheapest product out there but it does last ages and truly is value for money in my opinion.

        Since having my son, my skin has suddenly changed from oily to quite dry and so this primer is no longer suitable so I shall be investing in either the original or hydrating version as I really do think its great stuff.

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          19.05.2009 20:21
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          Love this to bits; an essential step to cover in the morning

          This primer feels like lotion. It's slightly watery and feels moderately moist on skin. Well, it 'feels' moist but is matte and smooth to the touch, so will be suitable for oily / combination skin but perhaps not so much for dry skin. It also feels cool when you put it on, and I have heard of some people actually keeping this in the refrigerator to heighten the effect.

          This is a primer. So this doesn't even out the tone of the skin; it's not design to do so. However, it does even out the skin itself rather effectively. In particular, it hides the pores very well. You may choose to either spread a thin layer all over your face or just dab a bit on the area with most pores (e.g. around the nose).

          Another effect of this primer is that it helps the foundation look more natural as though it were your own skin. Shu Uemura UV Underbase is also said to have this effect but this primer hides the pores AND has a moisturising sensation to add as opposed to Shu Uemura's matte finish.

          The only problem I might raise is the tube; personally I would much prefer a pumping bottle to a tube since it just feels more hygienic that way.

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          12.02.2009 15:22
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          Not an essential but a nice extra if you have the inclination and money.

          I was recently given Laura Merciers foundation primer as a gift, generally I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a foundation primer as I find that my day cream works just fine. But after sitting in my drawer for several months I finally decided to pull it out and give it a try.

          About:

          The tube holds 1. 7 fl ounces/ 50 ml and is of a white creamy consistency, it is a simple screw top lid on a tube container and is easy to squeeze and apply.

          The cream has Vitamins A, C, & E which act as antioxidants & protect the skin from harmful, aging effects of the environment. It recommends that if you have tried or puffy skin that you keep the cream in the fridge so that it is cool.

          On the instructions it says that it can be applied over moisturizer or on a clean face. Since it was the consistency of cream I decided to try it on my freshly washed face.

          Usage:

          The cream instantly absorbs and leaves the skin strangely tight and smooth feeling, it does not have the feel of a regular face cream as it does not leave your skin feeling hydrated but more "dry" like an even canvas which I guess is the point.

          I then applied my normal foundation and finished with my powder and blush, I didn't at first notice any difference then my normal face cream but upon closer inspection I could see some dry skin on my forehead, the foundation had highlighted this trouble spot and instead of the smooth skin as a result of my hydrating cream my skin looked slightly flaky under the makeup.

          I would recommend then that if you have dry skin that you either stick to your day cream and not bother with the primer, or that you buy the hydrating foundation primer, which is also available from Laura Mercier.
          If you have combination skin then this one is good as it really tightens and smooths your skin, making it feel very even and "dry"

          When applied over my moisturizer the primer is great and leaves my skin silky smooth and it also keeps the foundation looking fresh and not stuck in fine lines or clogged.

          Conclusion:

          My final conclusion is that if you have the time and inclination to add another layer to your makeup routine and if the 25 pound price doesn't scare you then this is a nice extra, but according to me by no means essential.

          Ingredients:

          Water, Tridecyl Neopentanoate, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Honey Extract, Allantoin, Kiwi Extract, Grape Extract, Aloe Extract, Thea Sinensis Extract, Lavender Extract, Orange Extract, Palmarosa Extract, Jasmine Extract, Rose Extract, Geranium Extract, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Lanolin, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Fd&C Red #40, Fd&C Yellow #5.

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          Formulated with Vitamins A, C, & E which act as antioxidants & protect the skin from harmful, aging effects of the environment /