I cannot even begin to stress the importance of a good primer. That one extra product that you can add to your makeup routine can make you look several times better, it can make your skin look flawless, it can make your pores look less apparent and of course, it should help your foundation stay on longer while making sure it remains natural looking. So yes, choosing the right primer is incredibly important. Personally, I was luckily to find a good one the first time I tried one, but that is not always the case. Best thing that you can do before you spend 20 pounds plus on a primer is try to find a sample or a travel sized one somewhere. I did not mean to imply you need to spend 20 plus on a good primer, sorry if it came across that way, there are many drugstores ones that I love and do the trick as well, but the primers we often see in shops as well as magazines are around 20 pounds.
Anyway, now that we are all on the same page about the importance of primers, even though you are absolutely free to disagree with me, let’s get back to the Laura Mercier foundation primer which is as you probably guessed the number 2 item from the John Lewis beauty advent calendar.
Argh, I do not even know where to start. I have seen this primer everywhere and I mean everywhere so of course I had high expectations. I mean why would you feature a primer in so many places if it simply was not good enough? Of course, there might be a money incentive, however there must be people who would refuse to do so anyway, no? You probably gathered by now that I do not like the primer. I might be one of the few, but I just cannot get along with it. I tried using the Laura Mercier primer with several of my usual foundations and it just does not make them look as beautiful as with other primers I have used in the past. These were all foundations that I know look good on me. It might be my skin type or something else, but the formulation which is more like a lotion than anything else does not help me achieve my best makeup look. I am not saying that it is absolute crap as the primer does work, but there are others that do work better. Even when I was using just moisturiser, as primers were not all that wide spread especially in my native country, my makeup looked better. Even now when I am using a mattefyeir that is supposed to help with acne instead of an actual primer, my makeup looks better. I do have to admit that the previously mentioned product does have the texture of any silicon primer so maybe that is why it works like one even though its intended purpose is another.
Overall, the Laura Mercier primer just isn’t for me. I won’t say do not try it, as the product is not rubbish, but there are others out there that I feel are better, even drugstores ones that you can get for less than 5 pounds. Of course, if you are against silicon primers, then this primer might actually be the one for you as the product does feel comfortable on the skin and has a luxurious texture. I think I just committed the ultimate sin of writing and added more info in the conclusion. Sorry about that! (she said while hiding in her shirt, like she tends to do when embarrassed and not in public).
Have you tried any of Laura Mercier’s primers?