Laura Mercier Foundation Primer is one of the most popular primers out there, along with the Hourglass Veil Primer. Naturally, I wanted to try the Laura Mercier version because the price tag was more affordable but I also wanted to try out a sample first before committing to a full size. You can imagine how delighted I was when the September Latest in Beauty Box had a generous sample of this primer inside and it was one of the main reasons why I purchased the box although there were other lovely products in it. So, is it worth the hype?...
I think the packaging is lovely although this is not the full size, I think it is still similar to the full size. I actually prefer the travel size which contains 30 ml of product in it because it is much more compact and travel friendly. The lid shuts really securely so you don't have worry about it spilling all over the place.
What does Laura Mercier say
Laura Mercier describes this foundation primer as a light weight creamy gel that creates the perfect canvas for makeup application. I absolutely agree with this description however, I would't quite describe it as a creamy gel; it has more of a light creamy/moisturiser feel to it. I don't find it gel-like in any manner and I prefer it that way. I love the texture as it just feels like you are putting on another moisturiser but it gets absorbed really quickly so you don't have to be waiting around or have any greasy or slippery feeling on your face which is common with silicone based primers.
Application/How I use
It's really straightforward to use and I just apply it with my fingers around my T-zones and if I have any left on my fingers, I pat it on my cheeks. The texture reminds me of the Becca Rejuvenating Primer but I think the Laura Mercier Primer is a little lighter in texture. I use this primer straight after my moisturiser/sunscreen and just before I put on my foundation and it acts as the perfect base for my makeup.
When it comes to primers, I always look out for primers that help my makeup/foundation last longer and control shine. If the primer helps minimise pores, that's a massive plus. I am very pleased with the Laura Mercier Primer results because it helps my foundation last relatively longer than when I don't use it and it helps control my shiny T-zones. I wouldn't say it completely mattifies my face but it just helps the foundation apply smoother. I am pretty sure I would buy a full size once this finishes although I secretly really like this travel size and I won't mind getting another one.
The full size retails for £29 (link) and it contains 50 ml which is quite steep but it is a really good primer compared to others I have tried. I think they sell the travel size online and it retails from £17 which is not the cheapest but it is more affordable. I got this travel size in a beauty box as mentioned previously so I did not technically buy it directly. If you are desperate to try it, I think it would be nice to wait till Boxing day sales where it should hopefully be discounted.
I really can't think of anything I don't like about it unless the price tag as it is quite pricey but as I said, it's worth it. You can also opt to purchase a travel size if you want to try it first before shelling out on the full size. More importantly, a little goes a long way so it would last for a good while even if you use it everyday.
I just love it although I don't think it is "holy grail" only because I have not tried it during Summer/Spring when my skin is more oily and in its elements. I think that's when I can see if it really controls shine as well as it does now that it's winter season. That's it folks and I would see you in my next post...x