Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance ★★★★★Price: $45
About: liquid facial primer designed to assist makeup to last longer on the skin and to brighten the skin's appearance. Packaged in a plastic squeeze tube with twist lid.
Review: Having combination skin, I usually have the issue that my foundation starts to slide off my face by lunch time, so using a primer is vital to making it look nicer for longer. Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer claims to provide a 'soft focus effect to minimise the look of imperfections with a radiant finish'. The actual primer is a slightly tinted lightweight cream and has a pearlescent sheen. Often shimmery products are the worst enemy for those with combination and oily skin, as they simply make the skin look even greasier. but not with the Radiance Foundation Primer. Once applied to the skin, it gives the skin a nice healthy glow, the sheen is nice and subtle, and not too shimmery so it doesn’t make my skin look like a disco queen. Adding foundation or tinted moisturiser on top does reduce this sheen a little, however, it still leaves the skin look luminous. Radiance Foundation Primer works wonders for making my foundation looking fresh for longer, adding several additional hours before I need to do any touch ups. It also helps stop my foundation from settling into fine lines and wrinkles which is great, especially if like me, you have ageing skin.
Radiance Foundation Primer is intended to be used as a primer, after moisturiser, but before foundation application, however some days I actually found myself using it on its own, as it simply gives my skin such a nice healthy glow and leaves my skin with a soft dewy finish when used alone. When used on its own, it also helps even out the skin tone, reducing any redness, minor blemishes and pigmentation as well as it minimises the look of the large pores I have on particular my nose, and fine lines around my eye area and my forehead. I have tried to use Radiance Foundation Primer on top of my foundation, and it works brilliantly as a highlighter on cheek bones and along my brow bone, adding a touch more sheen than when used underneath the foundation.
Radiance Foundation Primer is a lightweight cream, which spreads easily onto the skin and absorbs quickly, yet still allows enough time to work it into the skin. It is quite concentrated so only a little is needed, although more can easily be added for a little more sheen. It has next to no scent, which is a nice change, as often I find that makeup products are too over-perfumed. At $45 for 50ml this is not a cheap primer, but as it also doubles as a highlighter and really does make a duifference to the look of my makeup. This primer also ensures that I use less foundation and so I really find that this is a worthwhile investment. I really have no negatives to say about the Radiance Foundation Primer and consequently I give it top marks.
Reviewed by: Karina, Beauty & Lifestyle Hunter
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